When I found out that fluoride was poison to my kidneys, I needed to figure out how to have fluoride free drinking water – on an ongoing basis. I needed to either buy bottled water or learn about water filtration and go that route. For the short term, I went the quickest route: I hunted down some bottled water (you know, water in large reusable jugs.)
I headed down to the grocery store and read the labels on bottled water but none of them said whether they were ”fluoridated” or “non-fluoridated.”
You see, about 40% of bottled water is just basic tap water that’s put into bottles and called “municipal water” or “PWS” (public water source). But really, it’s just straight tap water that they put in bottles. Some of it has been filtered with Reverse Osmosis which takes out most fluoride and other contaminants – and is labeled accordingly.
Spring water is the good water, also called artesian or source water. It’s water straight out of the ground, not messed with by any chemicals.
In some locations there are natural artesian wells, often providing free artesian water to the public. The only disadvantages I found to good bottled water were the cost and the inconvenience of it. Frequently hauling around heavy bottles may not be that easy – although if you can have it delivered to your home, that would be best. Regardless, for the time being, I bought bottled spring water for my drinking and cooking water. At least I bought it until . . .
I moved to a home on a well out in the country so that I’d have well water – and had it tested for fluoride and other contaminants. That’s a drastic move, I realize, but to save my kidneys, I was willing to do the drastic.
My solution to the water issue isn’t practical for most of us. When my son decided he wanted to become fluoride free, I checked into the details of water filters.
There are a few major types: Activated carbon filters do not remove any fluoride or many other toxins, eliminating them from my list of possibilities. Water distillation units cost way over my budget limit, may not be the most practical for home use plus it’s debatable as to how effective they are in removing unwanted contaminants.
Then there’s Reverse Osmosis. The good news is that high quality brands of Reverse Osmosis water filtration systems remove 97.7% of the fluoride in water. (Please note, this is a correction over the video.) They also manage to get rid of a whole list of other unwanted contaminants, including hexavalent chromium.
I used to think Reverse Osmosis was just for a privileged few who could afford it – but was surprised to find that the systems are MUCH less expensive than I’d thought, as well as compact and easy to install. While my dad’s Reverse Osmosis system is set up under his kitchen sink, my son opted for a travel-ready counter top unit.
Other considerations about which Reverse Osmosis system to buy include: How often the filters need to be changed; how easy is it to change them; and how much do the filters cost . Reverse Osmosis filtration systems that are built in the U.S. with U.S. made parts that are NSF certified are the most reliable.
The fact is that if I’d done more research on Reverse Osmosis water filters before moving 2 hours out of town, I could have avoided a ton of commute time.
Regardless of the effort it takes to drink fluoride-free water, it’s worth it. We can easily start with good bottled water then when we’re tired of hauling heavy bottles, it’s time to move into an effective Reverse Osmosis water filtration system.
P.S. And yes, after doing the research, I have decided on a favorite RO company.