In nature, a process known as osmosis happens all the time. This is when liquid naturally moves through a semi-permeable membrane into a more concentrated mineral liquid. The result is the dilution of the concentrated liquid, effectively balancing the two sides of the membrane to the same mineral content.
Reverse osmosis forces water through the membrane, effectively going against the natural process. By doing this the mineral content increases on one side and reduces on the other. It’s an effective way of removing bacteria, heavy metals, and chemicals from water. That’s why the reverse osmosis water filter is becoming the most popular option at home.
Why Re-mineralize The Water
Reverse osmosis is very effective at removing minerals, bacteria, and other contaminants. However, some of the minerals in water are actually beneficial to your health, your body needs small amounts of minerals and even metals.
This can make it tempting to re-mineralize the water, giving you a liquid that is safe to drink and potentially boosts your health. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to do.
Check Your Filter
As many manufacturers have become more aware of the benefits of re-mineralizing water they have started to introduce water filters that are capable of doing this for you. If this is the case you don’t need to do anything, the system will separate the minerals and reintroduce them to the water just before it comes out of the faucet.
All you have to do is check whether your existing reverse osmosis system does this or purchase one that does.
Another option is to add salt. We’re not talking about your regular table salt here. Instead, salts like Himalayan Sea Salt are very high in minerals, giving your water the health boost it, and you, need. In fact, Himalayan sea salt has as many as 84 minerals which are beneficial to your health.
You’ll need to get the salt as fine as possible, this means either buying it like this or taking the time to grind it up very fine.
You can then add it to your water without getting a salty taste. A pinch to every glass or half a teaspoon to two gallons of water will give the desired results.
An alternative but just as viable option is to purchase mineral drops. This is generally slightly more expensive than buying salt but it’s very easy. The drops are simply paced into the water, one bottle will treat approximately 200 gallons of water, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the bottle, and use the included dropper.
Filter The Reverse Osmosis Water
It is possible to adjust the pH of your water using a filter. This can be added to your current system and effectively re-mineralizes the water. You’ll need to purchase a dedicated pH-balancing or re-mineralization filter. Then you can add it to the system, the filter captures some of the minerals extracted and releases them back into the water.
Don’t forget, your reverse osmosis filter removes bacteria and other nasty elements of your water, it’s still a good investment. But, re-mineralizing makes it an even better system.
Published by Pankaj Sharma