March 2015
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Do Water Filters Get the Pharmaceuticals Out?

As you probably know if you follow any natural or holistic news circles and updates, there is a growing and very legitimate concern that even if you are very careful to avoid pharmaceutical drugs in your own life, you still are likely drinking them – and lots of varieties of them – in your tap water.

It’s a gross and squeamish topic for me to talk about, but our tap water is simply recycled sewage water that people have used to flush the toilet, brush their teeth with and more. This means that it contains a lot of traces of things that are typically found in the human body.

Since there are a staggering amount of people on drugs today in our society, there are a TON of various types of pharmaceuticals found in the urine of men and women. Even after it is purified in water processing plants, this water still contains trace elements that we don’t want in our bodies.

Some of the most common drugs found in our tap water are hormones from different types of birth control pills, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants and other common drugs that the general population is on. So indirectly, you are being subjected to massive amounts of drugs in your drinking water if you’re not filtering it before you drink it.

Which brings me to the next important topic. My husband and I drink filtered water only. We are always sure to have a fresh and working filter in our refrigerator at home so when we get the water from the spigot, it’s fresh tasting and has most of the nasty stuff removed such as chlorine and heavy metals.

But what of the drugs that are in the tap water it is filtering? Do these filters catch some of those trace drugs and filter them out? Well, the good news is that the most common filters do have some ability to filter the drugs out. However, as they wear out, they don’t filter as much out, and they don’t even filter all the drugs out to begin with.

Apparently the best way to get the drugs out in the most thorough way is to use reverse osmosis. This is a very particular method of removing contaminants from drinking water as it uses the most precise and stringent way to get the bad stuff out at more of a microscopic level.

If you can’t afford a water filter (at least for the drinking water) like this, then there are actually some bottled water options that use the reverse osmosis process to purify their water. Two of the biggest brands of bottled water actually use reverse osmosis as a part of their purification process.

Those are Dasani, which is bottled by Coca Cola, and Aquafina, which is Pepsico’s brand of bottled water. If you see the words “spring water”, then it may not be purified via filtration, but it also may not have the same contaminants that our recycled water does since it comes from a pure spring source.

You have to be very careful with “spring water” because many studies have shown that spring water is nothing more than common tap water, so it may not be as pure as you think. It’s best to get your water purified in some way through a filtration or reverse osmosis process so that you can ensure you’re at least getting purified water that isn’t as tainted by toxins and drugs and hormones as tap water can be.


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