Water Filtration vs. Purification – Get the Facts!

by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

To create truly pure water in the home setting, water that is physically, chemically and energetically pure, requires just the right set of conditions be brought together in just the right way. At a minimum, these include practical use of filtration and purification technologies along with a scientific understanding of water and how nature intended it to be.

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It’s not easy making sense of all the different water filters and purifiers available in the market today and unfortunately the terms are often used interchangeably. Add to that the daily headlines about new contaminants and toxins discovered in our water supplies and many people throw up their hands at the thought of ever being truly confident about the quality and purity of the water they are drinking, cooking and preparing meals with every day.

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Actually, creating truly pure, hydrating water begins with an understanding of the difference between a water filter and a water purifier.

  • A water filter is a porous substance such as activated carbon which removes sediment and unwanted substances such as harmful chemicals and toxins from our water. Although filters are valuable, by themselves they are generally inadequate for turning municipal or well water into healthy drinking water. A filter improves taste and odor and reduces the level of many chemical contaminants in drinking water but no filter or combination of filters can even come close to eliminating all the known toxins present in our water today much less the all toxins we don’t even know about yet! 

  • A water purifier is defined as a system that removes 90-95% of all contaminants in water. There are three recognized purifier technologies known today: reverse-osmosis, deionization, and distillation. Because of their powerful capabilities, purifiers must form the foundation of any drinking water system to have a chance at creating truly pure water. 

Purified water needs to be totally free from all bacteria, microbes, toxins, sediment, volatile organic chemicals (VOC) and all other contaminants. One reason that most purifying systems on the market such as reverse osmosis do not create truly pure water is that while they usually utilize filters in a complementary way, they rarely use multiple purifiers to remove contaminants above the 90-95% purification level and maintain that level of effectiveness over time. Reverse osmosis systems for example, start at 90-95% purification when new, but decline over time to well below that. Thus, when you change your membrane after a year, you could be drinking water that is only 80% pure or less! With the number of toxins present in our water today, that figure is unacceptable. Our 14-Stage Biocompatible Drinking Water System, which we have featured for the last 15 years, is unique in that it combines filters and purifiers in an optimal way to create water that is 99.999% pure when the system is new, and never falls below 99.8% pure over time.

Once again, to make sense of the water purification confusion, remember that filters are good at removing a small spectrum of toxins but are not designed to do the heavy lifting that purifiers do. Only the right combination of filters and purifiers can create truly pure drinking water.

Our commitment at Radiant Life is to stay on the cutting edge of water purification, and to only offer you products which can truly be counted on to do this most important job – providing nourishing, regenerating, life-giving water to you and your family.


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