The Energy Plus Water Filter actually has four filters: the first two remove pollutants through a number of filtration processes, while the second two restructure and alkalise the water via advanced bioceramics that add natural alkaline minerals to it. The University of Edinburgh has tested the system and verified that both steps work as intended.
The university's Department of Engineering tested the Energy Plus filter for its recommended lifespan of one year. They found that it delivered high levels of contaminant removal, testing for pollutants such as fluoride, heavy metals and organic contaminants like estradiol, bisphenol-A or BPA and chlorophenol. In fact, they found that all organic contaminants were reduced to below the level at which they could be detected. Let's consider these in turn.
Fluoride is a chemical compound that consists primarily of fluorine and either salt or calcium. In its pure form, fluorine is a poisonous pale yellow gas of the halogen series that is the most reactive of all the elements, causing very severe burns on contact with skin. The vast majority of European countries – including Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France and Italy – have ruled out artificial fluoridation of tap water. Artificial fluoridation is legal in Britain and practiced by some of the country's water suppliers, especially around Birmingham and in eastern England. Those who do not live in these areas should not feel too comfortable, however, since fluoride is found in most water from natural sources.
The long-term intake of fluoride at the legally permitted levels has been linked with many adverse health effects. Those with consume fluoride are more likely than non-consumers to suffer from osteoarthritis, weaker bones, lower intelligence and brain development, and fatigue, obesity and depression due to under-active thyroid disorder. If it is consumed at levels above the British legal limits, which may be naturally present in some water, there is a consensus in the medical community that it will cause severe dental and skeletal fluorosis, the latter of which is completely crippling.
Our underground soil and rock formations contain arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and selenium. Our water pipes may leak lead and copper. All of these metals can thus be found in pretty much all our water. They are probably not harmful at extremely low levels; heavy metals occur naturally in the environment after all, and human beings have encountered them daily for thousands of years. The levels in our water may not be especially low, however, since factories, mines, fuel, sludge from farms, inappropriate rubbish disposal and many other 21st-century habits contribute to and dump metals into our water.
One study that surveyed the health effects of heavy metals found that chronic cadmium intake caused kidney damage, bone brittleness and bone fractures, and led to stifled neurological development – associated with lower intelligence, dementia and a variety of disorders of the nervous system. It also found that arsenic resulted in various types of cancer and skin lesions. Meanwhile, other studies have linked arsenic to neurological effects, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and diabetes mellitus. Many recent studies suggest that chronic low levels of cadmium may cause cancer and harm reproductive health. Heavy metals, therefore, should be filtered out of our water.
Oestradiol is a hormone, the strongest naturally produced form of oestrogen. It is found in both men and women, but men and postmenopausal women produce a lot less of it. Oestradiol supports bone density, improves arterial blood flow, helps to develop necessary proteins and works as an antioxidant. So why complain when the oestradiol excreted by humans and farm animals ends up in our water? The type found in tap water is usually synthetic, not natural. The synthetic oestradiol used in the contraceptive pill, for example, is up to 100 times stronger than the naturally occurring one. Through the recycling of sewage water, the oestradiol from millions of contraceptive pills end up in our tap water.
Our bodies carefully regulate the amount of oestradiol in our bloodstream. An excessive amount of chronically consumed oestradiol can interfere with male fertility and may cause them to develop more fat and breast tissue. Prepubescent children's bodies are especially sensitive to the sex hormones and may affect their consequent sexual development. In the United States, medication that contains it must warn consumers that it may cause heart attacks, strokes, dementia and certain types of cancer.
Bisphenol-A or BPA is a major component in the clear plastic from which water bottles, baby bottles and food containers are manufactured, and in the Epoxy that is often used to coat the inside of metal items like food cans and water pipes. Our water may, as a result, contain BPA, not just from water pipes but also from the recycling of our sewage water and from the inappropriate dumping of plastics into rivers and reservoirs. A huge survey of the scientific literature concluded that the amount of BPA in the average person's blood was much higher than the amount that caused changes in the prostate, breast, testis and mammary glands of laboratory animals, and that altered their body size, brain chemistry and behaviour. Other studies reported relatively serious concerns about adverse behavioural and neural effects, a reduction in male sexual desire and an increase in erectile and ejaculation problems. An increased risk of breast and prostate cancer was also recorded.
Chlorophenol is a highly toxic compound used in pesticides. In addition, it can be used in many industrial applications, such as the preservation of wood. It ends up in our water through pesticides that run from farms and even gardens into our rivers and soil. Since it is designed especially to kill, it is unsurprising that the health effects on humans are devastating. A large World Health Organisation report concluded that experimental mammals accumulated chlorophenols mostly in their liver and kidneys, and that exposure caused irritation of the eye, nose and airway, dermatitis, chloracne (an acne-like skin disease), porphyria (with symptoms like psychological disturbances and extreme sensitivity of the skin to light), abnormal liver function, changes in brainwave activity, and diminished visual reaction time. Some other studies discovered that exposure could lead to cancer. We should also note that, up to now, researchers have tested the health effects only as a result of repeated exposure to it or of occasional accidents. Chronic exposure – such as from chlorophenol in our water – would likely be much worse.
In their test of the Energy Plus Water Filter system, the University of Edinburgh researchers found that it elevated the pH of the water, as well as the levels of good alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. Drinking water produced by the Energy Plus will help your body regulate its pH level to the required 7.4 pH without having to loot these minerals from your bones and tissue. Calcium, magnesium and potassium not only help to elevate your body's pH, but also help with bone, nerve and muscle maintenance, including the heart and respiratory muscles whose health is obviously crucial.
The benefits of consuming mineral-rich alkaline water are obvious. If you want to start drinking mineral-rich water that is free of harmful contaminants and pollutants, order the Energy Plus Water Filter today.