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3/4/15 8:39 P

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Sounds like a wonderful low tech way of getting your water!
Glad you found something you were comfortable with!

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3/1/15 4:23 P

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After researching water purification products it's too expensive for me at this time. Also too many conflicting opinions on what's best.

I've decided to boil the water (for one day's needs) in a stainless steel pot, pour into glass pitchers, and when cooled down to add freshly squeezed juice.









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2/18/15 1:31 P

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Thx for the tip, Roman!
I'm glad they don't use iodine tabs any longer... technology has really caught up.

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Hey Chief - some of the new camping water filters use a carbon filter that will filter all the way down to 0.02 microns. They don't use iodine. You can purchase iodine tablets additionally at those stores, but the filters don't use iodine. Most of them are carbon. Check out several different sites to make sure though.

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2/17/15 2:26 P

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Ivory

Before you buy camping water purifiers, you want to make sure that the chemicals they use to purify the water, aren't worse than what you are trying to take out. Remember, with camping, the thrust is going to be to removing bacteria without having a boil your water.

Quite often, iodine is used to purify the water in these camping kits. They don't remove the sort of undesireable things we have in our tap water... chlorine, chloramines, fluorides, etc.

As for distilled water in plastic jugs, YES there's a good chance some of the chemicals from the plastic jugs the distilled water comes in, can leach into the water. It would be great if these bottles were glass, but they're not. Its also concerning, at least to me, that distilled water is slightly acidic...which tends to leach more than a neutral fluid. Also I'm pretty sure when the distilled water goes into the jug, its screaming hot. Which is NOT a good thing!

If you're dead set on having pure water with the least amount of chemicals, you can purchase a steam distiller.

But you'll have to collect it in a glass container, and make sure the distiller doesn't have any plastic parts.

They also need to be cleaned on a regular basis, bc the stuff you are removing accumulates on the machine and can pollute the collected distilled water. They also take several hours to distill the water, and use electricity.

I looked into buying one several years ago, bc like you I was concerned about my water after getting a notice from the City that mine was contaminated with e. coli. That was the straw that broke the camel's back.

I had a link here, showing some home water distillers, but its a secure link and Spark no longer supports those. So just put:

Steam distillers home

in your search engine.



There's downsides to every water situation, bc our world is so toxic.
Rain water has airborne pollutants and bacteria.
Well water, as Frannie pointed out, can be contaminated from run off, or bacteria or minerals like sulfur making it unpalatable.
Reverse osmosis wastes a huge amount of water, are expensive to install.
Water softeners don't remove fluoride, they add sodium, they remove calcium and magnesium. There's upkeep involved.

The water that comes into our homes runs thru plastic and copper pipes, the later which have been soldered with lead. Chlorine is added at the utility, this creates chloramines and an unacceptable level of chlorine in some cases. Which can be removed with a pinch of ascorbic acid... vitamin C... which is why a lemon squeezed into your water is a good idea. There's also the run off problem, minerals and prescription meds in the water. Enough to make a difference in your health? That for everyone to decide.

How much money, maintenance, time you want to devote to decreasing the perceived risk...
its an individual decision!

Sorry to say, there are no easy answers at this time that don't involve a lot of money and inconvenience.

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PS if you wind up finding a water distiller that's pure steel, please let me know, bc I would be very interested in buy one.





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ROMANTILLY what a great idea! Thank you.

On the distilled, would the plastic (bottles) they're stored leach into the water or allow toxic gases to pass through it and get in the water?





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i also love einsteen and the way he got his ideas I love to travel on the spur of the moment and i love portland oregon, hawaii. I enjoy all forms of art and the galleries


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I buy distilled water at Walmart for 88 cents for a gallon.

I use it for all my cooking needs as well as for my tea.

I do not wash my produce in distilled water.
For that I have a big bowl, add some vtamin C to get rid of the chlorine and Chloramines and soak my veggies in that. I also eat a lot of the prewashed organic spinach I get at Walmart in big plastic bins... those I don't wash.

I use about a gallon of distilled water a day.

Its the least expensive, most convenient alternative, that I know for certain doesn't have any pesticides, drug residues, bacteria, chlorine, chloramines or Fluoride in it.

I used to use a Britta water pitcher, but that doesn't remove Fluoride.
I never knew when to change the filter.

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I tried the distilled water and hated the taste. Didn't notice a difference in how I felt and my TSH is .59 with T4 and T3 in solid middle range, so I guess I take the right amounts for me. Feel good, sleep well, just wish I could lose some more weight. I take a combo of Synthroid and Cytomel.

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Minerals in the water WILL affect your thyroid meds, but you might just end up needing a bit higher strength. As long as you're consistent, that's what matters. I take my thyroid meds with distilled water and nothing else. It's not very expensive to keep it on hand just for taking meds.

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I have reverse osmosis installed. Takes out everything, including nitrates (have well water and live in farming area), then I have a filter that is supposed to add back the healthy minerals. We use this to drink and if it adds in a little calcium, I think it's too minor to affect my medication.

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We couldn't find one that was decent. We have a filter on the back of the fridge, but still so much contaminant. The filters that you can get for camping that remove everything are the best. We finally purchased an entire house filtration system and softener and it will be installed tomorrow. I would check out the camping or food storage sites. They have better things out there that removed 99% of all contaminants.

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I researched a bunch of water filter pitchers today and well, some love them, some hate them!

Has anyone found one they like?

Thank you,

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