Many are made with reverse osmosis water. Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems excel at removing water impurities. Sounds good, right?
But did you know that reverse osmosis also removes beneficial minerals. In fact, the reverse osmosis process removes 92-99% of beneficial calcium and magnesium.
Hundreds of scientific studies concerning demineralized or reverse osmosis water have been analyzed by the World Health Organization. They released a report stating that such water “has a definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism.”
As consumers we are so concerned with removing as many things as possible from our water that we assume ‘no toxins equals better health.’
There is more to healthful water than a lack of toxins.
What is alarming is that consuming reverse osmosis water for even just a few months can create serious side effects. Only a few months exposure may be sufficient ‘consumption time effects’ from water that is low in magnesium and/or calcium.
From 2000-2002 the Czech and Slovak populations began using reverse osmosis-based systems for final treatment of drinking water at their home taps. Research showed that within several weeks or months various health complaints suggestive of acute magnesium (and possibly calcium) deficiency were reported. Among these complaints were tiredness, cardiovascular disorders, muscle cramps or weakness. Serious side effects within just several weeks or months.
It gets even worse. Because reverse osmosis water doesn’t have enough minerals, when it’s consumed, it leaches minerals from the body. This means that the minerals being consumed in vitamins and food and are being urinated away which can cause serious negative side effects and big health problems.
In a scientific study performed to see if minerals consumed in food can make up for the lack of minerals in reverse osmosis water, scientists concluded that “reduced mineral intake from water was not compensated by their diets…low-mineral water was responsible for an increased elimination of minerals from the body.”
“It has been adequately demonstrated that consuming water of low mineral content has a negative effect on homeostasis mechanisms, compromising the mineral and water metabolism in the body.”
Consumption of reverse osmosis water “leads to the dilution of the electrolytes dissolved in the body water. Inadequate body water redistribution between compartments may compromise the function of vital organs.
Side effects at the very beginning of this condition can include:
Nobody wants to trade one set of health risks for another set. Consumers filter their water to improve their health, not set it back. Fortunately, reverse osmosis isn’t the only technology that can remove a broad range of contaminants. Look for water systems designed specifically to improve health. And make sure your bottled water preserves the beneficial minerals.