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How does Reverse Osmosis improve water quality?

Reverse osmosis uses a membrane that is semi permeable, allowing pure water to pass through it, while rejecting the contaminants that are too large to pass through the tiny pores in the membrane. Quality reverse osmosis systems use a process known as cross-flow to allow the membrane to continually clean itself. As some of the fluid passes through the membrane the rest continues downstream, sweeping the rejected contaminants away from the membrane and down the drain.

Reverse Osmosis is very effective in reducing a range of water contaminants. This is possible because the Reverse Osmosis membrane is comprised of microscopic pores (the size of which about 0.0001 microns), which allow the pressurized water molecules, to pass through the membrane, and particles bigger than the size of the pores are left behind. To put this into perspective, the size of the smallest known bacterium is 0,02 micron!

Reverse osmosis is a low-energy process, useful for substantially reducing the complete dissolved solids in water, removing up to 99% of all impurities.


What is TDS?

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are the total weight of all solids (minerals, salts, or metals) that are dissolved in a given volume of water, expressed in milligrams per litre (mg./l), or in parts per million (ppm).

The lower the TDS level in the water the more efficiently your body’s cells actually get hydrated by the water you drink.

The higher the TDS level in the water, the greater the probability of harmful contaminants that can pose health risks or hinder the absorption of water molecules on the cellular level.

The EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Levels of TDS in secondary drinking water is 500 mg/L (500ppm).

The lower the TDS count, the purer the water and the purer the water, the closer you get to H2O. It was never meant to be H2OcaNaClAl…..


How safe is chlorinated water?

While chlorination has helped to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases, studies have implicated chlorinated drinking water with colorectal and bladder cancers. Highly chlorinated water resulted in a noticeable shift in the transformation of cholesterol from beneficial HDL to harmful LDL.

Chlorine interacts with decaying plant material to form Trihalomethanes, a known cancer causing agent.

It has also been shown to cause a rise in cholesterol levels when present in drinking water. Chlorine dries out skin and hair, what is it doing to your insides?


Don’t people need the minerals present in water?

Most of the minerals that we receive are from the foods we eat. Only a very small percentage comes from the water we drink. If you are concerned about the minerals, it’s better to take a vitamin supplement and drink pure water than to drink water full of contaminants.

Minerals from food (meat, vegetables and fruit) are different from those in water.

Our Bodies need Minerals, but in an Organic Form...

Most minerals in water are still in an inorganic form.

Only a plant (through the process of photosynthesis and the adding of enzymes) can convert inorganic minerals into organic minerals.

Cells reject inorganic minerals and deposit them in various organs, joints and in the circulatory system.

Inorganic minerals may lead to: Kidney Stones, Gall Stones, Ossification of the brain, Arthritis, Heart disease, Hardening of the Arteries, Premature Aging of the Skin and even Cataracts.

Remember, the body cannot use Inorganic Minerals. They only contaminate water, placing a burden on the body, as it has to expand energy to eliminate them.

Water is an agent to remove waste from the body, not to deposit waste.


Don’t filters need to be changed regularly?

Bacteria is likely to grow in the pre-filters of an R.O. system. Although chlorinated water will minimize bacterial growth in the sediment pre-filter, since the carbon pre-filters remove chlorine, there will probably be some bacterial growth in the carbon pre-filters. However, the R.O. membrane will remove bacteria from the water coming from the pre-filters.


Maintenance Costs?

Once you have bought your system, we put you on our database, which means that we call you a few days in advance to arrange a suitable time for us to come and change the filters.

The first filter (the 5 micron/sediment filter) needs to be replaced 6 monthly. Cost: R65-00.

The second filter (the granular activated carbon filter) needs to be replaced 12 monthly. Cost : R155-00

The third filter (the CTO Carbon Block filter) needs to be replaced 12 monthly. Cost: R155-00.

The filters need to function 100% in order to protect the R O membrane. This membrane should be replaced every 2 to 5 years, depending on the incoming water quality. Cost: R695-00.

The post filter needs to be replaced every 2 to 3 years. Cost: R110-00.

A fee is charged for each service, dependant on where you live. Currently within a 100km range from George, our fee is R150-00.


What impact do minerals in water have on our health?  

One of the contributing factors to hardened and blocked arteries is the calcium carbonate in drinking water. This inorganic mineral is the same substance that coats the inside of a pan after water has evaporated. The calcium from your drinking water is also a major ingredient in glue and cement. It is also what forms a stalactite inside a cave … one drop at a time, just as it forms inside your veins.

So, what is the cumulative effect of collecting these mineral deposits in the body? Dr. Walker writes that if a person drinks two pints of water a day, this will total 4,500 gallons of water passing through his body over a 70 year lifespan.

If it is not distilled, Dr.Walker estimates these 4,500 gallons of water will include 200 to 300 pounds of rock – inorganic calcium (lime) , magnesium and other mineral deposits – that the body cannot utilize.

He notes that most of these inorganic minerals will be collected by the body’s water, blood and lymph systems to be eliminated through excretory channels.

But most of this 200 to 300 pounds of rock will stay in the body, causing stiffness in the joints, hardening of the arteries, kidney stones, gall stones and occlusions (blockages) of arteries, microscopic capillaries and other passages in which liquids flow through our entire body.

It is vital at this point to understand the difference between organic and inorganic minerals. Water flowing through or on the ground collects inorganic (non-living) minerals from the soil and rock through which it passes. These are not minerals that humans or other animals can utilize. Only plants have the capability of transforming inorganic minerals from the ground into living, vital, organic minerals we can use for nourishment. For this reason, we cannot absorb any minerals from eating finely ground rocks or soil from our garden. We must allow the plants in the garden to take in these inorganic minerals through their roots from the soil and transform them, by the process of photosynthesis, into organic minerals that we can utilize. Inorganic minerals from the earth are absorbed into ground water, so we cannot benefit from minerals in water any more than we could benefit by eating rocks or dirt.

Because these inorganic minerals cannot be absorbed into the cell wall as nutrition, they become distributed elsewhere in the body, causing arthritis in the joints, kidney stones, gallstones, hardening and blocking arteries, etc.

The most common mineral in ground water is calcium carbonate (lime), which is also a primary ingredient in making concrete and cement. If you have ever seen a large stalagmite or stalactite in a limestone cavern, you can visualize how this hard rock forms, one drop at a time in a cave … or on the inside of your arteries, a kidney stone, or in your joints, etc.

Another way of actually seeing these mineral deposits is to pour water from your kitchen sink into a pan. Put that pan of water in the sun and let it evaporate. Or if you are in a hurry, boil it. Either way, once the water has evaporated, you will find a solid coat of mineral deposits left on the side and bottom of the pan. These are the same deposits left in your arteries and the rest of your body

Paul Bragg, an early pioneer of health foods, emphasizes that it is a fallacy of the medical profession to say hardening of the arteries, known as “arteriosclerosis” –is a result of old age. Actually, he notes, hardening and blocking of the arteries is caused by the consumption of inorganic minerals from water, along with table salt and the waxy saturated fat (cholesterol) and acids from a meat based diet … not old age. (As evidence of this claim, it could be noted that at the age of 95, a physician at John Hopkins revealed that Bragg had the arteries of a 20 –year – old.) Bragg adds, “If we examined our arteries closely, we could see that calcium carbonate and its affinities are lining these pipes and making them brittle – beginning to turn our body into stone.”

While water, containing minerals is a primary contributor to these deposits, Bragg emphasizes that drinking the proper amount of distilled water is the way to flush out cholesterol and mineral deposits from our arteries and other body parts. “Remember water is a flushing agent,” he notes. If one needs an idea of how effective water is in washing away minerals, look at a river bed … or the Grand Canyon. The hardest rock in the world is constantly being eroded and washed away by water.

Distilled water helps to cleanse inorganic mineral deposits from the body, but you do not have to be concerned about distilled water leaching away organic minerals that your body can utilize. Explaining this distinction, Dr. Walker notes that living, organic minerals are absorbed into the cell wall for nutrition. He writes, “It is virtually impossible for distilled water to separate minerals which have become an integral part of the cells and the tissues of the body. Distilled water collects only the minerals discarded … from the cells, the minerals, which the natural water originally collected from its contact with the earth and rocks. Such minerals, having been rejected by the cells of the body, are of no constructive value.”

When a person has arteriosclerosis, doctors often recommend by-pass surgery, balloon surgery or some other costly method to replace, clear up or get around the larger blocked arteries that causing concern.

Both Bragg and Dr. Walker point out the obvious short-comings of this approach. Dr. Walker notes that although the largest artery in the body, the aorta, measures about one inch in diameter, the great majority of our blood vessels are microscopically small capillaries. “The tiny capillaries in your body form a network which, if spread out on the ground, would cover an area of about 1 ½ acres. That’s about 63.000 square feet. If all these tiny capillaries were placed end to end, they would make a microscopically tiny tube about 60 miles long,” Dr. Walker estimates. So if your arteries are clogged, you should be concerned about the entire 60 miles, not just a few inches that might be temporarily cleared by surgery.

It is the tiny capillaries of the brain that suffer the greatest damage from inorganic minerals, cholesterol and salt. Bragg notes: “Go to the large convalescent and rest homes and see with your own eyes the people who can no longer think or reason for themselves. Many of them cannot recognize their own children and relatives … no technique on earth can regain the life of a human brain that is turning into stone.”

Another very fine passage way easily obstructed by the impurities in water are the connective tissues that bind, support and protect vital organs, blood vessels, nerves and muscles.  

Dr. Walker notes these connective tissues form the outer covering of the brain, the membrane of the spinal chord, the cornea of the eyes, and they are involved in the metabolism of cells. He estimates that if the fine membrane forming these connective tissues in a human body were separated and placed side-by-side, they would cover several acres.

“Every piece and parcel of connective tissue is intimately involved in the filtering of water,” Dr. Walker writes. “The impurities which circulate through the system with the water and the blood, are the villains which clog up the microscopically fine mesh of the filtering membrane noticeable in choked varicose veins, coronary occlusions, causing heart attacks etc.” Along with inorganic minerals in water, other impurities Dr. Walker blames for obstructing passages in the connective tissues include refined foods such as white flour, sugar, salt, starchy foods and processed carbohydrates that are not water soluble.


How is water distributed through the body?

Liquids are transferred wherever they are needed in our body by the process of osmosis, through the microscopic capillary veins of the walls of blood vessels. “Osmosis,” Dr. Walker explains, “is the passage of liquids, concentrated solutions and vapours through semi-permeable membranes or skin.” He warns that when a large amount of water containing inorganic minerals is consumed, “osmotic pressure through the connective tissues is demonstrably decreased, causing the obstruction of functions and activities in the area where it occurs. This interference with the osmotic pressure may result from the mineral matter in the water or from an excessive consumption of salt and starch and sugary foods.”

The important function of transferring liquids throughout the body is handled by the endocrine glands, the glands of internal secretion. Dr. Walker refers to the hypothalamus – a small gland near the center of the brain – as “the Emperor of the Endocrine Glands system.” The hypothalamus controls our water flow, keeping bodily fluids in balance by determining when we need to replenish or eliminate water. When an organ mucous membrane or cell in your body needs water, it is your hypothalamus that sends you the message: “I’m thirsty.” The hypothalamus also acts at the body’s thermostat, so when we get hot, nerve impulses are sent to open pores in our skin. This allows perspiration to moisten and cool our body, helping us to stay comfortable.

And speaking of nerve impulses, Dr. Walker adds that nerves contain a constant flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which is 92 percent water. So you can see, the efficiency of the entire nervous system and glandular system is dependent on the quality of water we consume.

Indeed, Dr. Walker writes, “there is no telling how many millions of people have suffered untold misery and a premature demise by the clogging up of veins and arteries, without their death having been diagnosed as resulting from the accumulation over a lifetime of the inorganic calcium” from their drinking water.



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