As you begin to take your health seriously, one of the most obvious and important steps to take is to eliminate the harmful heavy metals and pollutants from your drinking water. While methods such as distillation and reverse osmosis filtration are effective at removing harmful elements, they are equally effective at removing the beneficial minerals that your body needs. The best alternative that we’ve found are Berkey water filters.
At the heart of the Berkey system is the Berkey Black filter element which has been proven effective at removing pathogens , chlorine, heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, chromium, copper), and volatile organic compounds.
Each filter element is rated to purify up to 3000 gallons of water, or two years continual usage. Compare that to others on the market!
These filters are so effective they can even be used to purify stagnant and turbid water in emergency situations and locations far from potable water. The case of the filter is made of high grade 304 Stainless Steel and very easy to clean, and the water is filtered with the help of gravity. Simple and effective, we use the Berkey for all our daily drinking and cooking needs.
There are a wide range of sizes available, from 1.5 to 6 gallon capacity. For most individuals the Travel Berkey will suit their needs, whereas a family of four would benefit from the larger Big Berkey or Royal Berkey. If greater capacity is desired, there are the Imperial and Crown Berkey as well.
But what about arsenic and fluoride?
Although the Berkey Black filter is effective at removing most harmful substances from your water, they don’t remove fluoride or arsenic. If you suspect these to be in your water supply, you definitely want to get the additional Berkey PF2 fluoride filters. They have been proven effective at removing up to 95% of fluoride, while also removing any arsenic present.
Looking for something more portable?
If ease of transport is an issue, take a look at the Berkey Light. It has a BPA-free and food-safe plastic body which is extremely durable and does not effect the taste of the filtered water at all . We have used both the Berkey Light and standard Berkey and highly recommend them as a first line of defense from harmful pollutants.