Pure & Clear Countertop Drinking Water Filter | Dr Mercola
Uses an advanced "selective filtration" process, which helps remove harmful contaminants such as THMs and lead, but retains beneficial minerals including potassium and calcium.
Is easy to use and easy to install. Everything you need is included.
This five stage dual cartridge system removes contaminants eliminating the most competitive compounds first, and allowing the latter stages to focus on the more difficult task of removing lead and synthetic chemicals.
Did you know that thecleanest-lookingwater isn't necessarily the healthiest? Sometimes, the greatest dangers with drinking water can't be seen, tasted, or even smelled.
Impurities in your drinking water can come from a number of sources.
There are many different toxic synthetic chemicals used in society today. And, unfortunately, the list grows longer every year.
To make matters worse, even somenaturallyoccurring substances can be harmful when they end up in your drinking water.
Then there's the question of water treatment and the myriad contaminants that can result from the process of disinfection. Finally, distribution systems and pipes create hazards all on their own.
To be sure, your drinking water is subject to many, many potential points of contamination. And honestly, these potential hazards can vary from water source to water source…
Five Sources of Water – What You Need to Know About Each
Tap Water– Easy, quick, convenient. But how many pollutants lurk in your water? And what is your associated health risk? More on this in just a moment…
Bottled Water– Did you know that 40% of bottled water is actuallyTAP WATER? With or without added filtration – you're paying through the nose for it. Worse, an independent test by the Environmental Working Group found arsenic, DPBs, and 36 other harmful pollutants hiding in bottled water. Read more about this below…
Plastic bottles are a less than optimal idea too. They can contain the potentially hazardous chemical BPA.
And the devastating environmental impact is staggering.
Distilled Water– Use with caution… Long-term use can invite health problems, because its minerals are evaporated out. So to try to maintain mineral balance, it sucks minerals out of your body.
What's worse, the contaminants in the water aremore concentratedin the finished distilled water. You can just imagine what that does to your health…
Alkaline Water– Although there is some controversy on this, I and most experts believe that this water should be used for short-term detoxification only (1-2 weeks max). Additionally, the alkalinization process does NOT filter the water so you need to carefully evaluate the water filter for the specific alkaline water unit it's using.
Vitamin Waters– Don't be fooled… Vitamin waters can contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial colours, additives, preservatives, and caffeine. Even worse… they use distilled water to produce these products – which as you just read, is one of the worst types of water you can consume.
How Your Local Water Company May Be Jeopardizing Your Health
To make your water safe to drink, your local water treatment plant most likely adds chlorine, chlorine dioxide, or chloramines to the water.
The practice of adding chlorine to drinking water began in the late 1800s and, by 1904, became the standard in water treatment, and for the most part remains so today.
Chlorine isn't necessarily used because it's the safest or even the most effective means of disinfection. It's used because it is the cheapest and it is highly effective at eliminating water borne infections that are all too common in countries like India and Mexico.
While chlorine effectively kills the harmful, disease-causing microorganisms, an unwanted side effect typically occurs at the same time.
Water supplies naturally contain organic matter, such as decaying vegetation. The chlorine-containing disinfectants react with this matter, generating toxic chemical disinfection byproducts, or DBPs for short.
Chlorine itself is relatively harmless. Research reveals that the disinfection byproducts (DBPs)produced from chlorineare potentially harmful to your health!
In other words, it's typically the disinfection byproducts, the DBPs –notchlorine – that are responsible for the potential toxic effects of chlorinated water.
Some of the more dangerous DBPs created from the chlorination of water include trihalomethanes (THMs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
These chlorine byproducts can trigger the production of free radicals in your body.
Here are some of the more dangerous chlorination byproducts and their associated suspected side effects:
Is carcinogenic as shown in animal studies
Trigger the production of free radicals in your body
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):
Lead to central nervous system depression and drowsiness
Can irritate skin and mucous membranes
Haloacetic Acid (HAAs):
Is a Class B2 probable human carcinogen
May cause liver disease in test animals at very high levels
Are They in Your Drinking Water?
According to a recentNew Scientistreport, a comprehensive survey of U.S. drinking water reveals that drinking water may contain a host of hormonally active chemicals.
Some of the most frequently found substances included:
MTBE (Methyl-tert-butyl Ether)– a chemical added to fuel to raise octane number; a potential human carcinogen at high doses
Atrazine– a U.S. herbicide banned in the European Union; a known endocrine disruptor, it feminises wildlife and lab animals, is linked to reproductive problems in lab animals, and impairs immune function
Why Your Body Needs Healthy Water
Your body depends on clean water to perform its daily functions, such as digestion, temperature and blood regulation, respiration, and detoxification.
In particular, your body's ability to flush out toxins and properly assimilate nutrients depends heavily on an abundant intake of clean, chemical-free water. The more stress, toxins, and pollutants your body battles with each day, the more water it needs.
The quantity and quality of the water you use largely determines your body's ability to shed excess fat and properly maintain your body's largest organ, your skin.
While your entire body is 72 percent water, your skin is 80 percent water. Plentiful water is needed to maintain your skin's elasticity and moisture barrier.
Your blood is over 90 percent water and uses water to transport oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies throughout your body.
How Much Water Does Your Body Really Need?
I'm often asked what the ideal amount of water to drink on a daily basis is.
A good rule is to use the colour of your urine as a guide. When you're well-hydrated, your urine should be clear, or nearly so.
Please note this guideline does not work when you are taking B supplements with riboflavin which will turn your urine bright yellow.
It's been estimated that over two-thirds of all people don't drink enough water, and suffer from some degree of dehydration.
Did you know that just a 5 percent drop in body fluids can cause a 25 to 30 percent loss of energy?
Unfortunately, many people turn to stimulants like caffeine and sugar to boost their energy level when they feel drained.
Problem is, these substances only increase your need for more water, as well as potentially cause a myriad of other health issues.
Next time you feel a drop in your energy, pour yourself a cool, tall glass of water and see if it doesn't make a difference in how you feel!
Remember Your Kids – They Need Clean Water, Too!
Your children need healthy water when they head out to school and play, just as much, or even more so than you or me.
Children need three times as much water per pound of body weight than adults. As their immune and detoxification systems are not yet fully developed, any ill effects from contaminants in the water are far more impactful to children's bodies.
Lead in particular is dangerous for kids. Studies show that fluoride, added to most public water supplies, can actually increase your child's absorption of lead.
Pesticides and herbicides are beginning to show up in school drinking water supplies as well. Since developing children are less capable of fully removing them from their bodies, researchers are increasingly suspecting them as one cause for the exploding number of cases of autism and ADHD.
As attention deficit and hyperactive behaviour in children have been linked to changes in levels of thyroid hormone, so are irritability and aggressive behaviour. Pesticides and herbicides are proven to adversely affect thyroid hormones.
Unfortunately, you can't always depend upon schools to protect your children against unsafe drinking water. When schools get their water from municipal supplies, as many do, they're not required to test for toxins.
If your child attends an older school with lead-soldered pipes, they may be drinking lead-contaminated water. This highly toxic metal can flake off into the water, or simply leech into the water as it sits in the pipes over weekends and holidays.
Pure & Clearfilters use a “selective filtration” process rather than a mechanical one for a couple of very important reasons. This advanced technology helps remove harmful contaminants such as THMs and lead, but retains beneficial minerals including potassium and calcium. The contaminants or other substances removed or reduced by this water treatment device are not necessarily present in your water.
The exclusive five-stage dual cartridge system removes contaminants based on their level of prevalence, eliminating the most competitive compounds first, such as chlorine and sediment, and allowing the latter stages to focus on the more difficult task of removing lead and synthetic chemicals.
The patented dual-filter system uses a combination of carbon filtration, ion-exchange and sub-micron filtration to produce great tasting, healthier water.
The first, “A” cartridge filters out the largest contaminants – down to 5 microns in size. This includes particulate matter (turbidity) and chlorine. Getting the larger, concentrated substances out of the way allows the second, “B” cartridge to go to work on the more difficult, toxic contaminants.
Lead is reduced by a complex ion-exchange process that replaces harmful lead ions with healthy potassium ions.
Herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, and other synthetic chemicals are removed through absorption.
Chlorine byproducts and chlorine resistant organisms, such as THMs, and cysts like Giardia Cryptosporidium are physically filtered by the 0.5-micron absolute filter.
Clogging is a common problem found with single filter systems. A dual cartridge system eliminates that problem by allowing a separate, first filter to remove the larger debris. Not only do you greatly extend the life of your filter cartridge, you get a faster flow of pure and clean water. Please remember that it is very important to maintain this water treatment device according to the manufacturer's instructions, including replacement of filters.
Also, systems that attempt to remove contaminants with a single cartridge or a single stage do not perform as well under real life conditions where more than one contaminant may be present at a time.
DISCLAIMER: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information provided on this site is for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice.