It all comes down to one familiar mantra: You are what you eat (or drink). January is the month when the majority of Americans reevaluate what they put into their bodies. I am no exception. New Year’s Day is a fun time to set exciting goals, strive for a better life, and create a fresh start.
So what am I doing differently in 2014? Drinking better water. With over half my body composed of water, quality plays a huge role in health. Contaminates contribute to joint stiffness, hardened arteries, gall stones, and much more. Because I have always lived in an area with tasteless, clear water, I never really thought about undetected toxins floating in my glass. That all changed when I received an email about military discounts from a representative of WaterFilters.net.
Featured on Inc. Magazine’s top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America list, WaterFilters.net is passionate about providing the world with the purest form of life’s vital beverage. They do not statically sell water filters, rather they take the time to educate consumers about contaminates specific to their area of residency. The company also builds charity into its structure, donating a portion of all online sales to providing clean water in developing countries. Their website notes:
“$20 means one person can get clean water for 20 years”
The company offers products to fit virtually anyone’s water needs – from filtered water bottles to industrial systems – selling a wide variety of brands. The extensive selection can be somewhat overwhelming, so WaterFilters.net developed Water University to solve this problem. WU walks the buyer through the process of finding the perfect water filter based on contamination and water usage. If further assistance is needed, customer service will respond in a timely manner. My emails always received a prompt reply.
Unsure which filter to order, the representative I was emailing pulled up the water score in my area. Fort Bragg received a 137 in Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) (0 being the best, 500 and above considered unsafe). He suggested the 10-cup ZeroWater pitcher for drinking or the InstaPure Faucet Filter for using higher quantities of water in cooking. I chose the faucet filter – if I am going to bother filtering contaminants from drinking water I might as well do it for cooking too. Pleasantly surprised, I ended up receiving both on the house.
A few days after ordering, my filters arrived in the mail. The pitcher came with a TDS tester, and I had fun comparing my tap water to the pitcher’s filtered water. Here is the difference:
Because my tap water is fairly decent to begin with, the filtered water tastes the same. However, my husband and I notice a difference in how the water feels in our mouth – the filtered water is definitely softer and smoother. Knowing my water contains absolutely zero contaminates makes me want to drink more.
The pitcher itself is quite nice. The 10-cup version I received is fairly large (adult shoebox size), so when my refrigerator is packed I leave it on my counter. It pours easily without spilling and there is even a spout at the bottom from which to pour. I especially like how it comes with the TDS tester; I now know exactly when I need to replace the filter without having to keep track. The manufacturer recommends replacing when the tester reads 6 instead of 0 (after about 30 gallons). Click here for more information and a visual of the pitcher.
Replacement filters run at about $15 apiece. Although ZeroWater maintains a coupon registration page on its website, this is still a steep price for those on food stamps. In that case, I recommend simply replacing unhealthy beverages such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and juices with water to save money while living healthier. In fact, the savings may be enough to afford filtered water.
Now as for the faucet filter, after fifteen perplexing minutes trying to mount it, I realized the standard pieces were not the right size for my faucet. The pieces are supposed to screw into threads on the faucet. I am not sure if my faucet even has any threads. There definitely are not any externally; I am assuming mine are internal, but I cannot see them. Relaying my problems via email, the WaterFilters.net correspondent offered to consult his team for troubleshooting. If/when I find a workable attachment, I will compare the two types of filters and write a post for all who are interested in a contaminate-free 2014. Cheers!
Chef Sarah Bogan
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