By Andrew J. WIlson

When selecting a water filter or water filtration system to improve water quality, there are many questions to ask. There are even more things to consider when investigating Reverse Osmosis and the advantages of it.

What does a Reverse Osmosis do?

In one word, Reverse Osmosis is opportunity. By removing impurities and particles like sodium, sulfate, calcium and nitrate, a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system provides an opportunity for better health.

Reverse Osmosis works by forcing the water through specialized membranes that trap harmful contaminants while still allowing the water to flow from your tap. Reverse Osmosis water is used in the United States as well as third world countries for cooking, bathing and cleaning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, water that has passed through a reverse osmosis filter does not contain cryptosporidium, a parasite known to cause stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea. While most adults can fight off cryptosporidium, children who come in contact with the organism have been known to endure severe dehydration and malnutrition.

The CDC also reports that Reverse Osmosis water is free of sodium. This means that people with high blood pressure, kidney disease or liver complications are free to drink reverse osmosis water without worrying the increased risk of a heart attack or further health complications.

Here’s a more complete list of what Reverse Osmosis Filtration removes:

  • Fluoride
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Mercury
  • Selenium
  • Phosphate
  • Led
  • Arsenic
  • Nickel
  • Manganese
  • Cadmium
  • Cyanide
  • Chloride
  • Potassium

Why is Reverse Osmosis best?

There is no doubt that Reverse Osmosis works for the greater good. It provides opportunities for better health by purifying all systems of the body and eliminating toxins in the water you drink. According to CancerActive.com, unpurified water has been “linked to miscarriage, still birth and bladder cancer”, making the importance of Reverse Osmosis even more apparent.

Reverse Osmosis also creates better opportunities for the environment. It’s the type of water treatment most commonly used by bottled water companies and adopting one into your home can eliminate unnecessary plastic and waste.

As a low-energy process, Reverse Osmosis makes it easy to filter water without leaving a carbon foot-print. It does not matter if the filter is cleansing a few gallons of water designated for individual use or a million gallons of water that will consumed by a multi-national company.

Reverse Osmosis can also create better tasting water since it has removed unnecessary particles and cancer-causing agents. Components like lead, iron and nitrate often make tap water or well water unpalatable and installing a Reverse Osmosis filtration system can make drinking water an enjoyable experience.

With fewer toxins, particles and compounds flowing from your tap, Reverse Osmosis is the most effective choice for purifying water. Not only can cleaner water improve your health, it can provide sustainable choices for the environment that leave little impact.