Reverse osmosis is the most efficient and cost-effective method of purifying water in your business or home water system. This is because the membrane through which the water is filtered has an extremely small pore size – 0.0001 microns – that can remove over 99.9% of dissolved solids, including all particulates, most organic compounds and more than 90% of ionic contamination. Clogging of the membrane is prevented by pre-filters that first remove large sediment particles.
Why Reverse Osmosis Remineralization Can be Good
The small pore size means almost everything is removed from the water including the minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Some people feel that their water needs a certain level of minerals in it to be healthy. Calcium is essential for healthy teeth and bones, muscle contraction, and the nervous system. Magnesium also helps maintain healthy bones and controls biochemical reactions while sodium and potassium are needed for muscle and nerve functions. We, therefore, have to maintain the correct levels of these minerals so that the growth and repair of body cells are maintained, and the heart is supported.
The vast majority of those minerals are located in what we eat. The best way to maintain a healthy mineral content in your body is to eat a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and meats of your choice. While a small amount of the minerals dissolved in water can be absorbed by our bodies the vast majority of them get flushed down the drain. The minerals in the food we eat have been chelated and are much more easily absorbed by our bodies. Adding a proper multivitamin with minerals is also a good way to supplement a healthy diet.
How to Remineralize Reverse Osmosis Water
Since minerals are removed from purified water, it is possible to obtain them through a healthy, balanced diet or by drinking smoothies and fruit juices. However, it’s often preferred to remineralize reverse osmosis water to create a flavor one might be used to.
Water can be remineralized by adding trace mineral drops or Himalayan Sea salt to drinking water or by using alkaline water pitchers or bottles for drinking water. However, these can deliver only small volumes of water, require constant re-filling and the filters have to be replaced every one to three months. A better and more convenient option is to remineralize reverse osmosis water by incorporating a remineralizing filter immediately after the reverse osmosis filter or to buy a reverse osmosis system with a remineralizing filter already fitted.
The Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station is one that has a remineralizing cartridge. This automatically produces alkaline water out of the faucet. Some filters will add magnesium or calcium while others can add up to five types of beneficial minerals, with cartridges requiring replacement every six months.
What are the Benefits of Remineralizing Reverse Osmosis Water?
- Improve the flavor of reverse osmosis water, which is often criticized as being bland or flat, even unpleasant
- A better flavor will encourage you to drink more, increasing your water intake and ensuring you’re properly hydrated
- Water containing electrolytes quenches thirst better than pure water
- Proper hydration improves overall health and enhances the function of the brain, nervous system, bones, and teeth plus other benefits.