Water filter vs water distiller – here are your options!

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We all want to be the healthiest version of ourselves and drinking more water has long been top of the list for creating a healthier you. However simply introducing more tap water into your diet might be doing you more harm than good.

You can ‘clean’ your tap water in a number of ways –  learn the difference between the numerous water filter types and water distillation.

The difference between distilled water and filtered water

Purified water is any water that has gone through a filtration process to get rid of any unwanted minerals, chemicals, or contaminants. It can still include some of the minerals present in water.

The difference between water distillation and filtration is the way in which impurities are removed from the water.

Water can be purified using a variety of methods including distillation, carbon filtration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet oxidation, microfiltration, and deionisation.

Let’s start with the water filter options

Carbon Filtration

Activated carbon is used to ‘scrub’ away unwanted properties from the water as it passes over the porous areas. These carbon ‘candles’ are common in bench-top water filters such as the one pictured below by Southern Cross

Water filter with carbon filter for bench top made by Southern Cross

Reverse Osmosis

Uses pressure to push two liquids out of balance, so that one of these liquids contains all the chemicals and the other does not. Therefore leaving a purer liquid, in this case water. This is usually installed under your sink.

Ultraviolet Oxidation

A destruction process that oxidizes organic contaminants in water by oxidation through reactions with hydroxyl radicals. Again, this water filter is installed under your sink.

Deionisation

This type of water filter removes ionized minerals and salts from water through the process of ion exchange. The process is very similar to distillation (see below) but faster. Another undersink installation.

Microfiltration

Contaminated fluid is passed through a special pore-sized membrane to separate microorganisms and suspended particles from the processed liquid. Undersink installation required.

These are all a different type of water filter. Now, on to water distillation!

How is water distillation different?

A home water distiller allows you to create the purest form of water without having to spend the money on buying bottled water, which also isn’t as good for you as you think. The distilling process works by boiling standard tap water to kill any bacteria and remove both naturally occurring, and synthetic, chemicals.

The boiling process creates steam which is condensed within the distillation system. This produces a liquid that is free from any toxins, fertilisers or chemicals.

Home water distillers are small enough to be incorporated into your kitchen.

Water distiller 316 stainless steel with glass jug

They all have the same basic elements, however some variations help to establish a purer outcome.

For example, a deluxe water distiller removes 99.99% of all contaminants including pesticides, fluoride and radioactive chemicals. If you add a charcoal filter, you’ll also catch any volatile organic compounds leaving you with fresher water.

Another alternative is the marine grade 316 grade stainless steel water distiller (pictured above) which can also be used to distill seawater. The end distilled product is 99.99% pure water, free from any hidden contaminants.

Distilled water is a type of purified water. Distilled water has to go through a rigorous filtration process involving boiling and condensing to strip it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. The end result is nearly 100% (99.9%) water with no impurities.

Is distilled water good for you?

The argument of whether removing all toxins from water is good for you has been a long and complicated debate.  Whilst it will always have supporters from both sides, I believe your body has to fight hard against the unwanted chemicals being introduced through unfiltered water so why not help it out by removing these before they get into your system?

glass jug with filtered water and glasses

Many additional ingredients added to water in our water systems aren’t good for you and can prove harmful.

Adding fluoride to the public water supply is a process that has been around for decades and promises to reduce tooth decay. However, world renowned health journal, The Lancet, has now classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. Meaning? The chemical is now in the same bracket as lead and arsenic and has been attributed to neurodevelopment disabilities such as dyslexia and cognitive impairments. Hence the reason so many are campaigning to have it removed.

Related: how to avoid toxins at the dentist

Water distilling remains the most effective way of removing chemicals from water. It’s proven more efficient than alternatives, leaving a pure, safe and tastier outcome. 

Introducing purified water into your diet comes with endless benefits and will help to get your body back into its natural balance.

Water filter comparisons written by Bill Fryor of Megahome Distillers UK

About the author

Bill Fryer runs Megahome Distillers, global leaders in home water distillers.

He has a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University and has a particular interest in non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical medical interventions. He has worked as a car mechanic, charity fundraiser, advertising manager, stunt man and professional writer. He is currently studying for a medical degree. 

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