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  • What about water... Reverse Osmosis specifically

    I am hearing that we should not drink reverse osmosis water not only because the good trace minerals have been taken from it but also because RO water LEACHES minerals from our bodies as it passes through.

    I continue to search the internet to get proof of this claim but do not find anything conclusive: most claims come from either side of the spectrum who are selling something.

    I've actually put this question to the author of my daughter's science book so am awaiting his response as well.

    I'm also interested in the outlook here on the quality of your drinking water.

    Thanks

    Karen

  • #2
    Personally, I'm cool with RO as long as minerals are added back in later. Our household water is rainwater off the roof, so it has very little mineral content to begin with. We use RO in our drinking water system because to get rid of any mercury picked up in the atmosphere, the choice is basically RO or distillation. Following the RO is a calcite mineral cartridge and a Japanese Wellness Filter, which has all sorts of other minerals in it. You can also add a liquid mineral concentrate, like ConcenTrace.

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    • #3
      i seriously doubt RO water has any negative effects on your health. almost every Navy ship has RO water systems, and i've never seen anything that would suggest there would be a problem. the only thing that would be put in the water after RO would be bromine, and in very small amounts. the buffer systems in your body can handle most fluctuations in your systemic mineral and lyte concentrations as long as you aren't deathly ill. i think you answered your own question, sounds like marketing.

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      • #4
        Interesting question.. I remember talking to the wife of an RO eqpt dealer and she commented about how spraying shower doors with plain RO water removed scale from her glass shower doors.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by b4ds33d View Post
          i seriously doubt RO water has any negative effects on your health. almost every Navy ship has RO water systems, and i've never seen anything that would suggest there would be a problem...
          I've read reports about the military using RO, too, but, as my son is a Marine, I do hear what the military would have our boys do and I'm not real positive they care about them except as live meat..... So I don't put too much stock in to what the military does for their men, sad to say...

          But thanks for your input...

          Karen

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
            Interesting question.. I remember talking to the wife of an RO eqpt dealer and she commented about how spraying shower doors with plain RO water removed scale from her glass shower doors.
            ummmm. yikes!

            that would match up with some of what I am reading, that it is OK to drink RO or distilled water for a limited time to help clean out toxins... eesh.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by it1958 View Post
              I've read reports about the military using RO, too, but, as my son is a Marine, I do hear what the military would have our boys do and I'm not real positive they care about them except as live meat..... So I don't put too much stock in to what the military does for their men, sad to say...

              But thanks for your input...

              Karen
              having been a medic for both the marines and the navy, i can understand your sentiments. i never prescribed to that theory however, and looked at people as just that, people. not bullet fodder. but you have to look at it like this. why would the Navy spend millions having RO plants put into ships, if the old style flash evaporation units were better? why would the military intentionally spend more money on equipment that is gonna have negative effects on sailors health? with all the hearing loss and asbestos lawsuits the navy is dealing with these days, i doubt they would set themselves up for more litigation on that large a scale. you present a reason why, at the cellular level, RO water could be dangerous or not. i'd be interested in seeing your rationale.

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              • #8
                If you use RO water for a freshwater fish tank, the fish might die. That's always reassuring!

                Saltwater do okay since you mix the RO with the salt mix anyway...

                For people though, i have no idea. Go with the remineralization suggestions above, to play it safe, I guess...
                "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                • #9
                  Oh my my, however did GROK do without RO?
                  Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
                  READ THE BOOK! ...as Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."

                  Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food. Anthony Bourdain

                  and yes, calories DO count my little piggies

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Moochy View Post
                    Oh my my, however did GROK do without RO?
                    Well, Grok's water probably wasn't as nasty as today's water is. From what I'm reading, the US has some of the cleanest water in the world. The rest is all deteriorating and has to be treated to get the nasties out of it, which is what an RO does.

                    With today's chemicals, etc., i'm not real "Grok-ie" about drinking just straight "tap" water myself.

                    We have an RO on our water. We live in the country, real close to the main river in our area and there's a lot of agriculture above us, so husband is quite concerned about the quality of our drinking water, esp as our water table goes up and down with the seasons. The poor ground just isnt what it used to be as a water filtration system.

                    And to b4DS... I am not the one that came up with the idea that RO water leaches minerals from our bodies, if that's what you were asking about. It's what I've heard and been told and trying to prove or dis-prove...

                    Karen

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                    • #11
                      We have an RO system because we get our water from a well and it has arsenic in it. We do take electrolyte tablets to replace the minerals we are missing. No troubles so far.

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                      • #12
                        I use distilled water--steam distilled. I have electric distillers and a stove top distiller for the power outages. I also have two solar distillers that I built and use sometimes. In the field I purified my water by steam distillation. I would collect the steam from boiling water in clean, never used diapers and then when the diaper was saturated I would wring it out over a cup. Solar distillation in the field too, but just to teach a survival trick. Dig a hole, put green vegetation in it, cover with a tarp, weight the center of the tarp so it forms a cone, have a container at the bottom of the hole and collect the water. Has a green taste but it is good water.

                        I put two or three grains of raw brown rice in a gallon of distilled water. Once someone told me that would replace most lost and desirable minerals. Been working for many years. Think of it, at just short of 69 years old I've outlived about a third of my generational peers. Must have been doing a few decent things.
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                        • #13
                          I think the major issue for people who want to filter their water at home is fluoride. Fluoride co-distills with water, so that process doesn't filter it out.
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                          • #14
                            I am pretty sure that distillation removes fluoride. It won't remove chloride, but that can be eliminated by leaving the container of water open to atmosphere a day or so.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by periquin View Post
                              I am pretty sure that distillation removes fluoride. It won't remove chloride, but that can be eliminated by leaving the container of water open to atmosphere a day or so.
                              Chloride refers to ionic chlorine, like that found in salt, and distillation will remove it. Most distillers are designed with a vent hole to vent off any undesirable gases, including gaseous chlorine. Additionally, most distillers utilize a carbon post-filter.

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