The human body consists of almost 70 percent of water. For the proper functioning of all systems in the human body it is necessary to drink water regularly. And here comes the question: what kind of water to reach for? You can either buy bottled water or use special filter jugs for tap water. How do they work and is it really better to drink water from them?
Among different bottled waters we can choose spring and mineral water, as well as carbonated, slightly carbonated and still water. For a long time there was a common belief that water with bubbles could be harmful to health. Today we can say with certainty that carbonated water does not cause any unpleasant health problems. The only reservation may be an advice for people suffering from various gastric ailments, for example ulcer disease or irritable bowel syndrome.
However, when it comes to the division into spring and mineral waters, the matter is simple. In comparison to spring water, mineral water contains much more elements beneficial for health, because it is obtained from places from which it can draw naturally occurring minerals.
You can also reach for ordinary tap water. Some time ago, warnings were commonplace not to drink such water without boiling it, and it’s best to avoid it altogether, because it’s very easy to harm yourself with it. How much truth in that? Currently, such opinions seem to have no validity, mainly due to technological advances in Australia’s water infrastructure, or even European Union legislation, which regulates drinking water standards in a fairly restrictive manner.
It is already known, that tap water is safe to drink. So where did the idea to use filter jugs come from? Their main task is to remove all substances that adversely affect the taste, smell or color of the water. Skeptics of the functionality of filtering pitchers argue that the water is completely cleaned of elements contained in it, including those beneficial to health. In reality, however, the purpose of filter pitchers is only to deprive the water of potentially harmful substances and impurities.
Apart from that, there are many filters available on the market, which additionally enrich water with desired elements, for example magnesium. The fact that filter jugs do their job can be seen with the naked eye. For example? Tea or coffee prepared on the basis of filtered water is devoid of bitter taste, and there is no characteristic scale sediment on glasses. An additional advantage of using pitchers with filters is the ecological aspect, because thanks to filtering we do not buy more plastic bottles and do not pollute the environment.
Different types of water filters
Water is an essential ingredient that every person should reach for regularly. Filter jugs provide access to healthy, clean water straight from the tap and guarantee that it is free of such harmful substances as chlorine or heavy metals. When choosing the right filters, you can gain additional benefits. Some manufacturers offer filters that give water a fruity taste, enrich it with additional elements, give it alkaline properties, or are designed for very hard water. There are many sites like Smart Eco where you can find more detailed information about particular water filters, however on average, one filter lasts about four weeks.
How do water filter pitchers work?
A water filter pitcher consists of two parts. It is filled from the top, and the water flows through the filter and collects in the bottom of the pitcher. It may take several minutes before it is filtered. A useful feature is an indicator on the lid that tells you how much the filter has already been used. It needs to be replaced regularly – depending on how often you use the pitcher and the type of filters you buy – usually every month. Water passed through the pitcher is purified of, among others, rust, chlorine and heavy metals. Thanks to this the water has a better taste and smell, and also looks cleaner.
Which pitcher to buy?
The market is full of various models of pitchers with water filters. They differ from each other in the type of materials used, colors or capacity. Which pitcher to choose? First of all, tailored to personal needs. If the kitchen is used by many people, it is worth investing in a capacious model, holding from two to four liters of water. For smaller households a 1.5-litre variant will suffice.
Another issue is the choice of the right material. Many models of filter jugs are made of plastic, which translates into their light weight and functionality – in case of a fall they have a better chance of survival. Glass jugs, however, are enriched with aesthetic qualities, which wins them many supporters. Opponents of plastic claim that it negatively affects the taste of water. This argument, however, should be refuted, because the filters are made of that material anyway, and their task is to improve the taste.
The decision to buy a pitcher with a water filter will also be influenced by its price and, sometimes, its appearance. The design of this gadget can have a significant impact on the kitchen décor. Details that influence the functionality of the jug are also important, such as, for example, usage indicator – sometimes it will be an electronic indicator, sometimes a diode, and sometimes a mechanism operating on the principle of a pointer approaching zero every time the lid is opened. So it is worth to be guided by your own comfort and choose the most suitable option for you.
Water filtering pitcher – a convenience in the kitchen
A water filter jug is a small investment, but one that can make a big difference in your kitchen. It will allow you to save on bottled water, lead a healthier lifestyle and not contribute to the destruction of the environment. It’s worth it to make your life easier.