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Last updated: 6th November, 2014

By eliminating chlorine from the water you drink, as well as all the other contaminants, you can prevent chlorine from entering your body and causing serious corrosive damage to it, including your hair, since the water you drink circulates throughout your entire body, including your scalp, in which your hairs are rooted.  Itís simply not possible to get the soft and strong hair you want without eliminating chlorine from the water you drink.

When I first realised the importance of purifying the water I drink, I used a carbon block filter which is the standard size of about 10 inches in length (ie. 25 centimetres) and which contains quite a lot of carbon.  Carbon is porous and contains many millions of tiny holes.  The total surface area of all of these tiny holes throughout the filter is equivalent to more than half a football field in size.  As the water passes through the filter, impurities such as chlorine are absorbed by the carbon over this large surface area and trapped within the filter.  However, the filter allows the naturally-occurring elements of sodium, magnesium and potassium within the water, which are beneficial to the human body, to pass through for consumption by the person drinking the filtered water.

Unfortunately, a carbon block filter wonít remove fluoride from the water.  The primary purification methods that remove fluoride from the water are distillation water purification and reverse osmosis water purification.  Distillation water purification is a cumbersome process, whereas reverse osmosis water purification, which is what I use, is a very convenient process to use once itís set up.

Reverse osmosis water purification removes all impurities from your drinking water such as chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and bacteria, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.  Reverse osmosis water purification is far superior to carbon block water filtration, which fails to remove fluoride from the water despite removing the vast majority of other contaminants if its rating is less than one micron (ie. one thousandth of a millimetre), which relates to the size of the particles it allows through.  In contrast to carbon block filtration, reverse osmosis filters the water down to just a tiny fraction of one micron, so that all impurities are mercilessly purged from the water.  The key to reverse osmosis water purification is the reverse osmosis membrane which is riddled with hundreds of millions of microscopically tiny holes.  These holes let the water molecules through but they block the passage of the larger molecules of the contaminants listed above, which are ejected from the membrane with the waste water thatís continually exiting the membrane housing under pressure.

A reverse osmosis water purification system is relatively complicated, compared to a simple carbon block filter, but you can still put one together yourself:

  1. The water comes out the tap and should first go to a 5 micron carbon pre filter to clean the water of all particles larger than 5/1000 of a millimetre (ie. 5 microns), so that they donít clog up the fine reverse osmosis membrane that the water goes to next.  The 5 micron carbon pre filter removes a lot of chlorine from the water also to stop that chlorine from damaging the reverse osmosis membrane.

  2. The reverse osmosis membrane cleans the water of all dissolved solids such as heavy metals like mercury.  It also removes all fluoride from the water, as well as any chlorine remaining in the water.  Two tubes come off the reverse osmosis membrane.

  3. One tube outputs waste water from the reverse osmosis membrane, which carries all the contaminants that the membrane has prevented from passing through.  This tube can be set up to output the waste water down the sink or into a gray water storage container for later use on the garden or for washing the car, et cetera.

    Some people donít want to use reverse osmosis water purification because of the waste water that it produces.  They literally donít want to waste water.  My fervent opinion is that reverse osmosis water purification and its associated waste water is absolutely necessary to purge the tap water of fluoride, which should absolutely not have been added to our drinking water supplies in the first place.  The truth is that the authorities add fluoride to our drinking water supplies so that we all walk around with our thinking and judgement clouded by the stupor that this neurotoxin, fluoride, creates.  The addition of fluoride to our drinking water supplies has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with improving our dental health, which is simply a convenient cover story.

  4. The other tube is the cleansed, purified, fluoride-free water which is piped to a remineralisation cartridge.  Itís important to use a remineralisation cartridge after the reverse osmosis membrane in order to restore the pH of the filtered water from slightly acidic to neutral by adding minerals such as sodium, magnesium and potassium back into the water which were stripped out via the reverse osmosis purification process.  If you donít use a remineralisation cartridge, then the slightly acidic water resulting from reverse osmosis purification will leach minerals such as calcium out of the bones of your body.  Youíll then need to replace these lost minerals through your diet of the food you eat and the nutritional supplements you take.  Although this is achievable, itís better not to leach the minerals out of your body in the first place, by neutralising the slightly acidic water thatís output from the reverse osmosis membrane and raising its pH with a remineralisation cartridge after the reverse osmosis membrane.

  5. After the remineralisation cartridge, the water is piped to a final 5 micron carbon post filter.  This carbon post filter further cleanses the water one final time before itís piped into the container of your choice, ready to drink.  I have a 9 gallon (ie. 35 litre), plastic water container with a spout on the bottom to dispense the water which can be opened and closed.

When using a reverse osmosis water purification system, it's a good idea to test a sample of water thatís output from the reverse osmosis membrane (not from the carbon post filter or the remineralisation cartridge) every 6 to 12 months with a special device which tests its electro-conductivity.  The idea is that if the membrane is removing dissolved solids like heavy metals from the water then the water that the membrane outputs shouldnít be conductive of electricity at all.  By testing the output water in this manner, you can ensure that the membrane is still functioning properly by removing dissolved solids.

In addition to testing the water output from the reverse osmosis membrane, itís important to test the water output from the carbon post filter using Palintest DPD No. 4 test tablets, which only test for the presence of chlorine.  Chlorine-free water will have a clear color after testing, whereas chlorine-laden water will have a pink to red color after testing.  The stronger and redder the pink color of the tested water, the higher the concentration of chlorine in the water.  The testing of the electro-conductivity of the water output from the reverse osmosis membrane determines whether the reverse osmosis membrane needs to be replaced, whereas the testing of the water output from the carbon post filter determines whether the carbon post filter needs to be replaced.  If you determine that the carbon post filter is letting chlorine through, because the test water is pink to red in color, then the carbon post filter should be replaced and the carbon pre filter should also be replaced at the same time.

Filter Systems Australia sells excellent, inexpensive, reverse osmosis water purification systems.  The price of these systems has decreased dramatically over the past ten years because all of the components are now mass-produced in Asian countries like Taiwan.  This is what I use for my reverse osmosis purification system, in order of the flow of water through the system:

1 x GT6-1G - 5 micron carbon pre filter
1 x GT8-31 - reverse osmosis membrane housing
1 x GT13-3LS Ė reverse osmosis membrane with 50 gallon per day (ie. 200 L per day) output capacity
1 x GT6-9 - remineralisation cartridge
1 x GT6-1G - 5 micron carbon post filter
1 x GT13-1G Ė flow restrictor on the waste water hose without which the entire system will not work

The total approximate cost of all of the parts above is $200.  If you contact Ian Gundrill at Filter Systems Australia on +617 5500 4755, he can tell you what else you need such as tubing and brackets.  Heís a very helpful person.  The cost of maintenance on this reverse osmosis is about $60 every six months to replace the two carbon pre and post filters, as well as the remineralisation cartridge.  The reverse osmosis membrane needs to be replaced every three to five years, once the water it produces starts to exhibit electro-conductivity when you test it.

Iíve been drinking reverse osmosis purified water since 2005 and Iíve found it to be absolutely sensational.  I get so much confidence from knowing that Iím only drinking pure water, stripped of all the contaminants that are added to the water by the authorities at the water treatment plant.  Reverse osmosis purified water is like the water youíd find in a stream running down a mountain in the wilderness, unadulterated by the kind of impurities that have been forced upon us in modern society.

Hereís a tip which can really help your pet, whether itís a cat, dog, bird, horse or anything else.  If you supply it with reverse osmosis purified water to drink, as outlined on the relevant web page on this website, then its health will improve dramatically as a result of eliminating its intake of chlorine, fluoride and other impurities in the water.  The truth is that you could very well prevent its premature death, just by cleaning up its drinking water supply in this manner.  Just as eliminating chemicals from the diets of human beings has a dramatically positive effect on their health, this same approach also has a dramatically positive effect on the health of animals.  Youíll easily be able to see the improvement in your petís physical well-being, including its hair, which chlorine dries out and embrittles, just like it does to human hair.  Your pet will also be a lot happier.

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