"You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication."
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj
The problem with Reverse Osmosis filter systems is that it filters too much out of the water.
This depletes the water of much needed minerals. When this water that is now empty like a vacuum, enters your body, it leaches critical minerals from your system, leaving your body depleted of minerals. Over time this can result in serious health issues that may include, high or low blood pressure, aching muscles and joints, dry skin, irregular heart beat, fibromyalgia and many more.
To not get rid of your expensive investment in a RO filter, the following can be done to change the existing RO filter into a filter that still cleans the water of unwanted impurities but also leaves the good minerals like Calcium, Magnesium Zink, Potasium etc.
Start by familiarizing yourself with the representative schematic below
The Schematic shows what MOST filters look like, yours may be slightly different but the principle remains.
Next start by loosening some plumbling as shown below
We have now disconnected the RO membrane filter and the Storage tank, next make the connections as shown below:
We have connected the 3 stage filter DIRECTLY to the water outlet on the counter top, Thus eliminating the RO membrane and the Storage tank (which could contain unhealthy teflon)
Next, open the 3rd "carbon block" filter housing, and remove the carbon filter element. Replace this with a KDF filter module as shown. Refit the filter housing.
When finished, your filter should look like the sketch below.
Now open the tap and let the water run for about 10 minutes. Black (carbon) water may come out the tap from the new KDF module. This water is very good for your plants. When the water runs clear, start enjoying your healthy water.
Not only will the water now taste different, as you now have more minerals in your water, but you will also save a lot of water as your RO filter wasted around 7L for ever liter of filtered water produced.
by Sang Whang
Health food industry has come up with a new gimmick trying to sell “health food”. They tell people that inorganic minerals are not absorbed by human body and only the organic minerals are effective in human body; therefore, one must intake healthy food with organic minerals. This is the most irresponsible statement by someone who has no basic understandings of chemistry, atoms and molecules.
In the periodic table of elements, there are 107 elements with all different atomic number and atomic weights. Each element has a number of protons and neutrons that give the weight of the element and they are surrounded by spinning electrons, whose number is equal to the number of protons. Since the protons have positive charge and the electrons have negative charge, each elements are electrically balanced all by itself.
Electrons spin around very fast. That is the only way that the electrons do not collide with protons. They form layers of orbital spheres. Depending upon the number of the electrons on the outer most layer, the stability of the electrons changes, in other words, the elements have a tendency to give up an electron or two, or strong tendency to pull away an electron or two from other elements near by.
An element which gives up an electron becomes positively charged. Alkaline minerals are in this category. An element which pulls away additional electrons from other element becomes negatively charged, and these are acid minerals. In general, in the periodic table of the elements, the elements on the left hand side are alkaline minerals and the right side, the acid minerals. All these minerals are inorganic minerals.
Some elements have very stable electron orbit structure and they are called inert elements. Gold is the most inert element that does not react with other elements. That’s why it is the most precious metal.
Common positive metals in the order of active reaction potential is listed below.
Potassium is the most active and gold is the most inert mineral.
K, Potassium; Na, Sodium; Ca, Calcium; Mg, Magnesium; Al, Aluminum; Zn, Zinc; Fe, Iron; Ni, Nickel; Sn, Tin; Co, Cobalt; Mn, Manganese; Pb, Lead; Cu, Copper; Hg, Mercury; Ag, Silver; Pt, Platinum; Au, Gold.
If a higher power mineral is injected into an aqueous solution containing lower power mineral compound, the higher power mineral replaces the lower power mineral. The ion exchange in a water softener works with this principle. Hard water contains too much calcium compounds and sodium chlorides (salt tablets) are interjected into the water softener to removed calcium and occupy the place where calcium was and the calcium is combined with the chlorine to form calcium chloride and calcium chloride precipitates to the bottom of the unit that is back washed out periodically. This is why the water from water softener contains less calcium but contains sodium. Each mineral atom has its own oxygen reduction power.
The pH value of the alkaline water is determined by the number of hydroxyl ions (OH-) in the water. However, the minerals that are mated with the hydroxyl ions can have different redox potentials. The OH- ions are used to neutralize H+ ions and make H2O; however, the alkaline minerals in the alkaline water are used to replace the lower power minerals in the aqueous solution.
When the cells produce too much poisonous acid such as sulfuric acid, the body robs calcium from the bones and changes it to calcium sulfate. It is a little safer acidic salt. If the alkaline water contains minerals stronger than calcium, such as potassium and sodium can kick out calcium and return them to the bones and the potassium-sulfate can be discharged easily because it dissolves better than calcium sulfate.
All these minerals in our body functioning to balance the acid and alkaline to survive are inorganic minerals. The human body does not make distinction where and how the minerals come from. This notation of inorganic minerals are useless because the body does not assimilate and throws them out unless it came in the form of organic minerals are totally irresponsible.
Table salt, sodium chloride, is a combination of two inorganic minerals, namely sodium and chlorine. There is nothing organic about it. However, the body assimilates them and can cause many changes in our body. I am concerned about the people who knows nothing about the basics of chemistry but making irresponsible statements to sell their products.
There is no such thing as organic minerals. All minerals that play many functions in our body are inorganic minerals.
Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (KDF) is a high-purity copper-zinc formulation that uses a basic chemical process known as redox (oxidation/reduction) to remove chlorine, lead, mercury, iron, and hydrogen sulfide from water supplies. The process also has a mild anti-bacterial, algaecitic, and fungicitic, effect and may reduce the accumulation of lime scale.
KDF process media is used in pre-treatment and primary treatment applications to supplement or replace existing technologies in order to extend system life and to reduce heavy metal contamination, chlorine and hydrogen sulfide. It is often combined with other technologies to achieve superior overall results. Because of its effectiveness at higher water temperatures, it is often used on shower water filtration systems to remove chlorine and other contaminants.
How it works:
In short, the KDF redox process works by exchanging electrons with contaminants. This "give and take" of electrons converts many contaminants into harmless components. During this reaction, electrons are transferred between molecules, and new compounds are created. Some harmful contaminants are changed into harmless components. Free chlorine, for instance, is changed into benign, water-soluble chloride salt, which is then carried harmlessly through the water supply. Many heavy metals such as copper, lead, mercury and others, react and bond with the KDF medium's surface, thus being effectively removed from the water supply.
What Contaminants does KDF remove?
KDF process media will reduce or remove chlorine, iron, hydrogen sulfide, lead, mercury, magnesium, and chromium, and may inhibit the growth of bacteria, algae, and fungi. Redox media remove up to 98% of water-soluble cations (positively-charged ions) of lead, mercury, copper, nickel, chromium, and other dissolved metals. While removal rates depend on a number of factors, more than 98% of chlorine is removed by KDF in home water treatment systems (90% in shower water filters due to high flow rate).
A Short note on “water testing” and Reverse Osmosis
I often have clients tell me how they receive a phone call from a supposed “city official” to come test their water. This person then rocks up at home and asks for some water from your tap (or a present filter in your home).
They then proceed by putting 2 electrodes into your water and plugs their “tester” into the wall socket. Almost instantly the water turns an ugly dark colour.
Instantly people don’t want to drink that water! (would you?) But wait - there’s more, he now pulls out a fancy electronic meter to explain why the water turns dark. This is called a TDS meter, which tests the level of total dissolved solids in your water. Coming out of a tap, this reading is high (varying from place to place) explaining why your water produces such a dark colour under this “test”
The water produced by the filter that the sales person want’s to sell you (Usually a Reverse Osmosis or RO or a distiller) does not turn the water dark and has a very low TDS reading.
So what - you may ask.
Well, for a start the fact that your water turns dark, does not tell you anything, really. If you were to take the RO or Distilled water and add a teaspoon of ordinary table salt, it would produce the same result, as would adding beneficial minerals like coral calcium or Concentrace. So the TDS simply tells you that there is something in the water (and they suggest that it must be bad) but cannot tell you whether the stuff in the water is good or bad. The sales person will then also tell you that we as humans are supposed to consume pure H2O - nothing else.
Well nothing could be further from the truth!
You never find PURE H2O as drinking water in nature. The water would evaporate and then rain out over the mountains and accumulate all the good minerals from the rocks that is vital for good health. (Try doing a TDS test on spring water....!)
If your body (being high in minerals) receive on an ongoing basis water that is completely stripped of any minerals, both good and bad, then the RO water (having no minerals in it) will leach (rob) minerals out your body on an ongoing basis. This will result in a body low in minerals and becoming cancerous and diseased in the long term.
By the way: Do NOT believe the lie you are being fed that you get all the minerals from your veggies end fruit. Here are a few reasons why you don’t
1. Of the 72 trace minerals needed by the body, the profit driven chemically minded farmer only replaces 3 minerals to soil namely, N, P and K
2. If plants are not grown 100% organically but you put more into the soil, the micro-organisms that manufacture plant food for the plant, does not exist.
3. 100% Organic, non GM, vine ripened fruit and vegetables are VERY SCARCE!!!
So the TDS and the electrolysis “test” does not mean much - unless you KNOW for SURE what’s causing the TDS to be high. If you add good minerals to your water you want the TDS to show a higher reading.
So want If you have bought a Reverse osmosis filter or a distiller?
I hate to break the news to you, but for a start you paid way too much. Secondly you have to add minerals to EVERY single glass of drinking water you will consume coming out of your filter. In some instances (if you bought from a reputable retailer) they would change your water filtration system to a KDF type filter, or install a mineral supply module (pushing up your TDS)
(On most RO units you can have the membrane by-passed by a technician. You can then have one of your 3 white cylinder’s inside chanced to a KDF module. This will insure high quality water but not stripped to worthless acidic clear fluid)
We still recommend a KDF type filter.
Original article by Sang Whang, adapted by Christo Lues
Water contains not just H2O
Water is a strong solvent; therefore, it carries many invisible substances: minerals, oxygen, nutrients, waste products, pollutants, etc. Pure water without any substance is as un-natural as a pocket of vacuum within a normal atmosphere. A pocket of vacuum will suck in any and everything around it until the pressure becomes equal to the surrounding.
Likewise, pure water will leach out any and every substance that it can dissolve from the substances that it comes into contact with, until its content is homogeneous with its surrounding or the water is saturated with substances so that it can no longer dissolve anymore substances.
Since the creation of this planet, rainwater has been washing down minerals from the mountains into the ocean. Ocean water has been saturated for a long time with specific minerals, yet rivers continue to carry down the minerals. The result is that at the bottom of the ocean there are tons of mineral deposits precipitated. If we knew how to recover the minerals from the bottom of the ocean, we would be very rich.
Distilled water and RO (reverse osmosis) filtered water contain no minerals, simulating close to pure water. This pure water should be neutral with a pH value of 7. However, it measures acid pH(below 7)! The reason for this phenomenon is that pure water sucks in carbon dioxides from the atmosphere. Although it measures acid pH, there are no acid minerals in that water. If pure water is stored in plastic bottle, the water smells plastic.
The health food industry began to sell distillers and RO filters to protect people. To me, this is a case of arriving at an erroneous conclusion because they totally misunderstood the facts
In the 1950s distilled water was sold in drug stores with the label "Not for drinking!" Distilled water was used to fill car batteries and steam irons. Distilled water is not healthy because it will leach out valuable alkaline minerals from our body. However, I realize that I cannot change some people's mind. I am often asked if it is OK to add Coral Calcium sachets to distilled water. I wish people would not drink distilled water; however, if one must drink distilled water, it is better to add Coral Calcium sachets than not.