Is RO Water Harmful?

No, the simplest answer to this question is no. An RO water has no harmful effect on human health. However, some experts might disagree with us because few experts believe that RO water is not suitable for human consumption.

If you are also confused about whether RO water is good or not, then this post is for you. Here in this post, we will be discussing RO water in detail. This will vanish your doubt completely, so don't skip and read this post till the end.

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Before exploring RO water, let's talk about the harmful effects of drinking water containing pollutants. Water pollutant makes water contaminated and consuming contaminated water leads to the various kinds of destructive and hazardous health issues. According to WHO, globally, more than 3.4 million people lose their lives annually. And in our nation, India, this ratio is in Lakhs.

Coming back to the RO water,

RO, i.e., reverse osmosis, is an advanced water purification technology that eliminates the dissolved solids from the water, including other forms of pollutants like microbes and pharmaceutical waste. Thus overall, it makes water safe to drink. A reverse osmosis technology eliminates up to 98% of TDS from water.

At this point, few experts stretch their eyes and keep saying that RO purifier eliminates impurities and also removes essential minerals like Calcium and Magnesium. And somehow, they are right, but still, there is no way to say RO water is harmful because it still protects us from deadly waterborne diseases.

You know, Ignoring RO water is like ignoring medicine while suffering from Fever and other health issues like stomach pain, vomiting, loose motion, and others.

Do you know every medicine you consume has some side effects, little or more, don't you agree with us?

But still, we consume medicine, and even a doctor recommends that we take medicine even knowing that the medicine you consume has some side effects. Do you wonder why?

Let me tell you because it saves you from immediate health issues. Are we right?

Drinking RO water is similar to taking medicine, as medicine protects you from immediate health issues, drinking RO water protects you from getting sick from deadly waterborne disease.

Today, we ask you and all those experts who keep writing and speaking that RO water is harmful, suggest us and the globe with the better option. Your option may protect the world from all those losses, loss of people's lives, occur due to drinking of contaminated water. As discussed earlier, more than 3.4 million people lose their lives annually across the globe, and a better solution for healthy drinking water may protect those lives.

Also Read- How To Check TDS Of Water? Few Best Methods To Check Water TDS At Home

So What Do You Think? Do You Have Any Better Option?

Yeah, you might be thinking boiling water is the best option. Right?

No, boiling water is not a better option than RO water. Yes, earlier, it used to be a good option because the pollutant was not as rigid as today. We have two questions for those who believe that boiling water is a better option than RO water.

1.      Can you bring pure water on a large scale?

2.      Is it possible to purify water daily?

Okay. Let's assume you can boil water on a large scale daily. Now calculate the cost of LPG or electricity you use for boiling water daily regularly.

Have you done your calculation? It will cost you much higher than RO water. And it will be like bringing pure water by overexploiting other natural resources like LPG and water used for generating electricity.

If you still have any other options in your mind, suggest us your option. Your option may help us protect those innocent lives lost due to drinking contaminated water.

Also Read- Advance Water Purification Technology To Treat Contaminated Water

Final Verdict For RO Water

We do not deny the fact that RO water also eliminates essential minerals. Yes, it also eliminates essential minerals with the substance that cause severe health issues. But here, we have the option to consume those essential minerals via our diet or food.

We all know food is the ultimate source of nutrition. We think all are agree with us. Are we right?

Good, if you focus on your diet, you can consume those minerals that lack in water, but if you consume polluted water, you will have no option other than taking medicine or visiting a doctor's clinic. So call is your whether you consume RO water or tap water.

Now You Can Adjust RO Water TDS

Technology has gained innovation and creativity. And now, RO purifiers allow you to maintain your desirable TDS of the drinking water; Yes, RO user can adjust their drinking water TDS level by their own. WHO recommends that water having TDS up to 300 mg/liter is safe for consumption, so now you can adjust your RO water TDS and enjoy living healthy.

RO Water Side Effects- Let's Discuss Some So-Called Side Effects

See, as we have discussed in the above section, everything we consume has some side effects. We have mentioned that the medicine we consume may affect our health, but still, our doctor recommends us. Why?

The simple reason is that it protects us from immediate loss or danger.

Before starting structuring this article, we were performing research. Then we found some videos on the topic "RO water side effects," and the expert was trying to convince people by saying that your kidney will flush out the pesticides and other harmful chemicals present in the water.  

And, Yes, they were right as our kidneys are made for this, but they don't know that high concentration of pesticides and another harmful chemicals may disturb the kidney functions that can be real trouble for the people.

While further research found that people recommend drinking rainwater as some experts believe that the rainwater is the purest water for consumption. But according to the done by National Atmospheric Depositing Program (work with the Interior's US Geological Survey), the rainwater contains a toxic chemical called PFAS.

PFAS is called Per & Polyfluoroalkyl Substance. It is extremely strong, so it does not disintegrate in the atmosphere or inside the human.

PFAS are known for causing health issues like live disorders, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormonal imbalance, and the most dangerous & noncurable disease called Cancer.

So, it is good to conserve rainwater, but you need to consume only water treated by a water purifier.

According to the WHO report, rainwater may contain micro-organisms like Cryptosporidium Giardia, Campylobacter, Vibrio, Salmonella, Shigella, Pseudomonas, and others. These micro-organisms are dangerous and may lead to several health issues.

So, we suggest drinking only water purifier-treated water so that you can live a healthy lifestyle. These days with the advancement in technology, now you can control your drinking water TDS with the help of the MTDS regulator.

Do you know what MTDS is in a water purifier?

MTDS is a regulator that helps the user control their drinking water TDS. To know more about MTDS, click on "WHAT IS MTDS IN WATER PURIFIER."

Side Effect Of Not Drinking RO Water

In the Above Section, we have discussed many of the harmful effects of RO water; let's discuss some harmful effects of not drinking pure water.

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dehydration
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Intestinal or Stomach Cramps

Note- Just because you are not experiencing sing and symptoms, it does not mean contaminated water is not harming you. It has deep and long-term side effects.

We hope that this post has cleared all your doubt regarding RO water. However, if you still have any questions, then contact us. We are waiting for your response.

Community Talks
Vikas Monday: 11:26 PM | 09/05/2022
Ridiculous post. RO water banned in many countries still this person is writing in favor it. Beware guys. It could be a fraud. Don't drink RO water pls
The RO Water Guy Sunday: 02:43 PM | 10/07/2022
While the chemical formula of water is as simple as H 2 O, in reality, water is quite the complex liquid. Its composition is influenced by a plethora of factors such as atmospheric interactions, minerals present in the soil, and contact with living and organic matter. The resulting natural water, in its crude state, contains traces of gases, minerals, organic water, and even pathogens. Therefore, no source of ground or surface water has ever been chemically pure H 2 O. To ensure that the water we drink is indeed safe for human consumption, every country has set maximum acceptable limits on the concentration of dissolved inorganic and organic components in water. These acceptable levels are determined on the basis of a host of factors such as the natural environment, soil conditions, and other community factors. One might ask, why not eradicate these dissolved components from water altogether? This is because, while certain dissolved components are deleterious to human health, others like dissolved essential minerals (e.g. sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc. are vital for maintaining our overall health. Certain water purification techniques, however, eliminate these necessary dissolved minerals. Consuming the resulting demineralized water strips us of the added health benefits of these minerals. Experts and the World Health Organization have issued cautionary advice on the adverse health impact of demineralized water. What is demineralized water? Reverse osmosis (RO) is a widely utilized water purification technique. Pressurized water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that removes pathogens, impurities, and unfortunately, mineral ions. RO water is thus pure yet demineralized water that is deficient in essential minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and other important dissolved solids. Conventionally, the use of RO water was restricted to laboratories and industries, however, with a rise in water pollution, the implementation of RO water purification has extended even to the the common man who resorts to RO water filters to purify water for his daily use. Given this widespread use of emineralized or RO water, it is crucial to be aware of the fact that while RO does provide pure water, it also leaches out necessary minerals that are essential to human health. Consumption of water stripped of natural minerals has adverse effects on our well-being. Potential consequences of drinking demineralized water on vital body functions ? Drinking water with a low mineral content i.e. water with low TDS (Total Dissolved Salts) has a negative effect on our body’s homeostasis. Additionally, such a low mineral intake when coupled with mineral loss through urinary excretion results in a further mineral imbalance that has shown to have a detrimental effect on hormone secretion, kidney functions, and bone mineral density. An increase in the elimination of essential minerals such as sodium, calcium, chloride, potassium ions disturb the blood’s delicate osmotic pressure and create an electrolyte imbalance. Under such conditions, consuming RO demineralized water further deprives the body of necessary nutrition that ultimately causes debilitating symptoms such as headache, tiredness, and weakness, muscular cramps, and impaired heart rate along with a negative impact on hormone secretion, kidney functions, and bone mineral density. Cardiovascular, neurological, and developmental impact Although water is not a major source for calcium and magnesium, research has shown that consuming water that is low in calcium and magnesium is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, fractures in children, preterm birth or low birth weight, certain neurodegenerative diseases etc. when compared to natural water consumption. Implications on bone strength, blood pressure, and blood formation The human body requires certain minerals and micronutrients for its optimum functioning. Sources of such nutrients include natural water enriched with minerals, plants that grow in such water, and animals who consume these plants. Evidence has demonstrated that mineral elements from water are readily absorbed in the body as compared to those from food sources. An increased consumption of junk food that is inherently devoid in essential nutrient, when supplemented with drinking demineralised RO water has a tremendous negative influence on our health. For example, deficiency of calcium leads to brittle bones, magnesium and potassium deficit contributes to high blood pressure, and reduced iron intake from demineralised water interferes with blood formation. Increases risk of chronic kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders pH is the value that measures acidity or alkalinity of any solution where six to eight is neutral and lower values are considered acidic. Water obtained from RO filtration process has a low pH value. Prolonged consumption of low pH water has adverse health effects such as increasing the risk of kidney disorders and gastrointestinal troubles. In conclusion, the Rig Veda clearly describes the properties of good drinking water as: “Sheetham (cold to touch), Sushihi (clean), Sivam (should have nutritive value, requisite minerals and trace elements), Istham (transparent), Vimalam lahu Shadgunam (its acid base balance should be within normal limits)”. RO purifiers may reduce TDS levels below the recommended values, resulting in a negative impact on human health. People should therefore thoroughly understand the functioning of a RO water purifier and the resulting health implications of consuming demineralised water before deciding on its installation. Bottled water from reputed brands thus is a healthier and safer choice as it provides you with pure water-rich in beneficial minerals. Bisleri water passes through a 10 step purification process and 114 quality tests to ensure you get purity in every sip. A symbol of goodness, trust and purity, Bisleri has been a household name for decades. A leader in the beverage category, we’re cited as the most trusted brand across 500 categories in India. Our relentless commitment to quality stands true to our promise of providing safe, pure & healthy mineral water to consumers for the last 50 years.
The RO Water Guy Sunday: 02:41 PM | 10/07/2022
Naren Thursday: 08:55 AM | 12/05/2022
Which water better ji .. hiw much TDS is better to drink & how much pH is better for drinking water
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