Best way to Remineralize Reverse Osmosis and Distilled Water

December 28, 2023 7 mins to read
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Go down the rabbit hole of how toxic fluoride and chlorine are to your body, and it won’t be long before your signing up for a reverse osmosis or water distiller – the only water filters that can filter out these and many other toxic chemicals. Unfortunately they are so good at filtering out contaminants that they also filter out trace minerals naturally found in water which are beneficial for our health. Most RO and distiller filters have a ‘remineralizer’ that re-introduces the minerals to the water that it stripped out during the filtration process, however not all filter systems have these – and adding in additional minerals is almost always a good thing for our health – improving nutrient uptake and electrolyte balance. So in this article I go over the top 3 (healthiest) methods to re-mineralize Reverse Osmosis (RO) and distilled water.

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Remineralizing water after filtration is important! Reverse osmosis and water vapor distillers are the only water filtration systems that can filter toxic fluoride and chlorine out of your tap water. However RO filters and distiller filters also strip the water of minerals. While some filters have remineralizers built in, it’s still beneficial to overall health to include additional tract minerals through one of these methods. More about fluoride: There are a thousand books and even more studies on the negative health impacts of fluoride (and no the fluoride in tap water is not the natural kind – it’s a waste by-product of manufacturing). I’m not one to tell people how to liver their lives, so if you think ingesting fluoride to make your teeth whiter makes sense, then power to you (there are fluoride drinking water tablets you can purchase). If you’d like your kids to not drop IQ, i’d recommend you at least get a RO drinking water filter. Link to the cheap $250 reverse osmosis filter I use in both my family homes on my TikTok page. Is fluoride toxic? Yes. Is chlorine poison? Yes Is tap water healthy for you? No. Can everyone afford to get a water filter No? Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and this video is for educational purposes only. #waterfilter #water #rofilter #capcut #reverseosmosis #vapordistilled #waterdistiller #remineralize #traceminerals #healthtips #nutritiontips #essentialnutrients #mineralstick #tracemineraldrops #celticseasalt #bajagoldsalt #affiliate #holisticnutritionist #fyp #springwater #CapCut

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Why Remineralization Matters

The body needs minerals, they are essential to our health and without them, especially over the long-term, it can lead to a variety of nutritional deficiency diseases.

Health Benefits of Trace Minerals

Here is a list of some of the health benefits of trace minerals. Here are some of the health benefits of these minerals:

  1. Magnesium: Supports nerve and muscle function, bone health, and energy production.
  2. Calcium: Essential for bone strength, muscle function, and blood clotting.
  3. Potassium: Crucial for heart function, muscle contraction, and digestive health.
  4. Zinc: Boosts the immune system, aids in wound healing, and supports growth.
  5. Iron: Vital for oxygen transport in blood, cellular functioning, and hormone synthesis.
  6. Iodine: Key for thyroid hormone production, regulating metabolism and growth.
  7. Selenium: Important for metabolism, thyroid function, and protecting against oxidative stress.

Many doctors will argue that trace minerals in for example spring water or Celtic Salt are such small (trace) amounts that they have no effect. But we in holistic nutrition look at them in the broader context of how they improve over-all electrolyte balance and nutrient uptake (through mechanisms like sodium-potassium pumps and osmotic pressure).

Reverse Osmosis and Distillation: The Double-Edged Sword

Both reverse osmosis and distillation are popular for their effectiveness in purifying water, they truly are the best water filtration methods currently available. However, these methods don’t discriminate between contaminants and beneficial minerals, meaning they strip the water of it’s beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium (to name a few).

The Health Implications

These minerals are more than just nutrients present in a healthy diet; they are absolutely essential for our bodies to be healthy. Calcium strengthens our bones, magnesium aids in a range of processes including nerve and muscle function, and potassium is vital for heart health. Our bodies actually have 91 essential nutrients, key to keeping us healthy and helping to prevent a range of diseases.

How to Remineralize Water

Fortunately, remineralizing purified water is cheap and easy to do. So here are my Top 3 methods to remineralize water:

1. Celtic or Baja Gold Salt

  • What’s Special About Baja Gold & Celtic Sea Salt?
    • Both Celtic and Baja Gold are natural sea salts, renowned for their rich mineral content. They contain over 60 trace minerals, including iodine, iron, and zinc. Independent lab testing shows they are also among the lowest in heavy metal contamination, much lower than pink Himalayan salt.
  • How to Remineralize with Celtic Sea or Baja Gold Salt?
    • Simply add a small pinch to your water. It’s enough to reintroduce a broad spectrum of minerals without making the water taste overly salty. You can also put a very small pinch on your tongue before drinking a glass of water.

2. Stirrable Mineral Sticks

  • Ease of Use: These sticks are a hassle-free and portable. Just stir them into your water after filtering, and they’ll slowly release minerals in a way similar to what you’d naturally see in how spring water get’s it’s minerals, by rushing through rocks. You can stir them into a large water pitcher, or into your individual cup. Just make sure you follow instructions and stir them in long enough.
  • Benefits: They mimic the natural process of mineralization found in spring water, and provide a balanced mix of essential minerals. If you believe in the energy in food and water, this is also a more natural way of infusing that energy into your water.

3. Trace Mineral Drops

  • Precision and Customization: The two main benefits I see to this method are a) they are super quick to apply (no stirring like mineral sticks) and b) you can tailor mineral intake more accurately and in controlled amounts. They can also contain a higher concentration of minerals.
  • Why Consider Trace Mineral Drops?: If you’re aiming to do more than just ‘remineralize’ your water and get in higher concentrations of trace minerals that may be lacking in your diet to really boost your health…trace mineral drops are particularly useful.

Final Thoughts | Conclusion

Water is one of the pillars of good health (along with diet, sleep and exercise). Remineralizing water after reverse osmosis or distiller filtration, is about infusing water with essential minerals to deliver water the way nature intended, life giving and rejuvenating to the body. Whether you choose natural salts, mineral sticks, or trace drops, find the method that is affordable and easiest for you, to ensure this becomes a part of your healthy habit rather than a fling you let fall by the wayside. Why? Because your body needs these minerals to stay healthy, and that’s all I’m here to do…give you the knowledge to keep you healthy!

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References

  1. “Water Treatment and Pathogen Control: Process Efficiency in Achieving Safe Drinking-water” by Mark W. LeChevallier and Kwok-Keung Au – Discusses the effectiveness and limitations of water treatment methods like reverse osmosis and distillation.
  2. “Essentials of Human Nutrition” by Jim Mann and A. Stewart Truswell – Provides insights into the importance of minerals in human nutrition and health.
  3. “The Mineral Water Manual” by M. Kozisek – Offers comprehensive information on mineral content in water and its health implications.
  4. “Sea Salt’s Hidden Powers” by Jacques de Langre, Ph.D. – Explores the benefits of natural sea salts like Celtic and Baja Gold in providing essential minerals.
  5. “The Healing Power of Minerals” by Paul Bergner – Examines how minerals from different sources, including water, contribute to overall health.
  6. “Trace Elements in Human and Animal Nutrition” by E. J. Underwood and N. F. Suttle – Details the role of trace minerals in human nutrition and how to supplement them effectively.
  7. “Water: The Science of Nature’s Most Important Nutrient” by Len Kravitz, Ph.D. – Discusses the importance of water quality in health, including the role of mineralization.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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