Ever wondered about the benefits of a water filter?
Up to 60% of our body is made up of water, so it makes sense that the water we put into our bodies is as pure as possible. A water filter is a great way to help us do this.
Most water filters are extremely easy to install and maintain, plus they’re generally very cost effective too, especially if you tend to buy a lot of bottled water.
There are many types and models of water filter on the market, which remove a greater or lesser degree of pollutants, depending on the type, but using any reputable water filter will offer you considerable benefits over unfiltered tap water consumed direct from your tap.
Here are 10 great benefits of using a water filter in your home or office, (or even on the go!)
1 – Better Tasting Water
Ever smelt or tasted a tinge of chlorine in your water?
Chlorine is applied to practically every municipal water source in the industrialised world.
Although it kills off bacteria and other microbes in drinking water, chlorine can also affect both the taste and smell of water. One of the major benefits of a water filter is that it will reduce or remove chlorine, leading to a much improved taste in your drinking water, as well as in hot drinks such as tea and coffee.
Did you know?
Even a basic water filter pitcher will reduce or remove chlorine from your drinking water, making it taste and smell better.
2 – Healthier Water
Chlorine is also known to be toxic and long term exposure can have adverse health affects.
So by using a water filter that removes chlorine and chlorine byproducts from drinking water, you are avoiding harmful substances that could potentially be a health risk long term.
Did you know?
Research has shown that long term exposure to chlorine can lead to dry hair and skin, as well as potentially contribute to skin conditions and ailments such as eczema, psoriasis or asthma.
3- Saves You Money
If you regularly purchase bottled water, one of the key benefits of a water filter, which people often don’t consider, is that the filter will both pay for itself and start saving you money pretty fast.
Once you have invested in a water filter system, cleaning and maintaining it is pretty cheap in comparison to the purchase of endless bottles of water, since most filters simply require a new (generally low cost) filter cartridge unit every few months.
Did you know?
According to the Food and Water Watch Organization, the average home water filter pitcher costs between $0.10 to $0.20 per gallon (about £0.06 to £0.12), compared to bottled water, which ranges from $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon (about £0.58 to £5.41).
4 – Reduces Plastic Waste & Helps the Planet
Since filtered water negates the need to buy bottled water to consume at home, a water filter also means less plastic bottle waste, making them a sustainable choice too.
And even if you tend to buy bottled water on the go, using a portable glass water bottle, filled with filtered water from home, or a personal water filter such as a Bobble is a far more eco-friendly and sustainable option.
Did you know?
Plastic bottles, many of which still end up in landfill, can take hundreds or even thousand of years to completely biodegrade.
5- Great for Growing Kids
Drinking clean drinking water is particularly beneficial for growing children, whose immune systems are still developing.
Providing kids with purer drinking water offers them a great start in life in terms of their mental and physical development.
Did you know?
Chlorine and lead are both pollutants commonly found in water. Chlorine has been linked to asthma and skin conditions and lead to learning disorders.
6 – Improved Cleaning & Cooking of Food
By using filtered water for cleaning or cooking food with, you are far more likely to reduce the level of contaminants that could end up in your food.
When you use tap water to wash fruit and vegetables or cook pasta, contaminants such as chlorine, which can affect taste, can still get absorbed.
By filtering your water, your food will be healthier and may even notice your food tastes better.
Did you know?
Using filtered water to cook pasta and rice makes it cook quicker and leaves it with a creamier texture.
7 – Increased Energy Through Removal of Pollutants
Whilst all water filters will reduce or remove chlorine (and largely lead) many of the more complex systems will remove almost all contaminants that may be lurking in your drinking water (and there are often a lot!).
Drinking filtered water won’t make you an expert skateboarder, but you will be far more likely to experience increased energy, plus the water will be healthier for you.
A more detailed breakdown of common contaminants found in tap water, from heavy metals to fluoride and VOCS, plus some of the potential health risks, can be found on the What’s in Tap Water page.
8 – Puts you in Control of your Water Quality
By using a water filter you know exactly which contaminants you are removing and can drink clean, fresh water, safe in the knowledge it is healthier for you.
A problem with a lot of bottled water is that however clever the marketing, it’s not always clear what you are drinking. Many reputable studies have shown as much as 40% of bottled water to simply be re-processed tap water that has been distilled or filtered through reverse osmosis.
Did you know?
Whilst distillation or reverse osmosis both remove contaminants from water, they also remove essential minerals from the water too.
9 – Helps Protect your Immune System
Tap water often contains numerous organic and inorganic contaminants, from arsenic and fluoride to chlorine and a host of other unhealthy toxins, such as pesticides and industrial chemicals.
Whilst water companies test for a whole range of factors from colour and turbidity to metals such as lead or copper, this still does not mean your tap water is pollutant free. Some toxins are unregulated and others, whilst monitored and, in theory, kept to a minimum, still exist in tap water.
So when we drink unfiltered tap water we are taking in a host of toxins that our body has to work really hard to remove. Long term, cumulative exposure to these contaminants can weaken your immune system and cause cellular damage, plus contribute to gastrointestinal diseases or even cancer.
By drinking filtered water, however, you immediately unburden the load of these toxins on your body, which can lead to an enhanced immune system and better health.
10 – Convenient and Easy to Use
Most water filters are extremely easy to use and can be installed in minutes without the need for a professional plumber.
From a simple water filter jug or pitcher to faucet water filters and countertop systems, you can have most filtration systems up and running in no time, with very little maintenance required there on in, bar a simple filtration cartridge/unit replacement every few months or a periodic clean.
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Benefits of a Water Filter – The Bottom Line
Water makes up around an incredible 60% of our bodies.
Every cell in our body needs it, plus water acts as a lubricant for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration, and helps to flush out waste products.
So it makes perfect sense to ensure the water we put in our bodies, on a daily basis, is as clean and pure as possible.
Which is why a water filter is great investment.
For an accessible overview of some of the best water filters on the market, check out my Top 10 Water Filers, for a variety of best selling filters across a range of budgets.
Love water, love your body.
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