Hi guys! Today I want to talk about my #1 beauty regimen AND #1 most important thing to me throughout my every day: H2O!! Water water water! I am one of the biggest advocates for clean water. Our bodies are over 80% water, so it's no wonder why drinking water should be one of the most important ways to stay healthy and best care for yourself. Today, I wanted to talk about water filter pitchers and give you my review of a couple of options that I personally love and have been using on a daily basis.
Well over 10 years ago I made the switch to choose water over any other type of bad beverage (believe me, I thank myself for this!!). Thankfully, I was never a coffee drinker, but I stopped drinking sodas and juices and no longer have a craving for anything else besides water really (and tea!). I'll have an occasional fruit and/or veggie juice, smoothie, and LaCroix sparkling water (my latest obsession), but I make it a point to get my 8 full glasses of water in each and every day.
I have dry skin (especially in the winter), so drinking as much water as possible is the best thing that I can do for my skin. And because I have gut issues dealing with food allergies, drinking a lot of water throughout the day really helps to cleanse my body and get rid of any excess toxins that add to any inflammation issues that I may already have. I've gotten to the point where I can even feel when I haven't had enough water throughout my day - usually through signs of bloating, sleepiness, sluggishness, or salt and/or sugar cravings.
Because of my relationship with water, it's no wonder why I did my research early on only to find out how many contaminants are still in our seemingly "clean" water supply. What's the use of hydrating and cleansing your body with so much water if you are just slowly poisoning it at the same time? I was shocked at what I found regarding tap water safety. Depending where you are located, tap water is known to house many toxic contaminants, including chlorine, lead, fluoride, Chromium-6, trihalomethanes, arsenic, chloramines and dozens of others. The water crisis situation in Flint, Michigan most recently brought our attention towards the dangers of tap water. You want to believe that your tap water is perfectly safe for drinking, but the truth is that you never really know unless you have it tested. Water contaminants are very controversial, and I'll leave it up to you to do your research, but we can all agree that having a good water filter is just a good thing to have, right?
I can personally recommend 2 very amazing water filters, both which I use on a daily basis!
My brother is a big outdoors-type person and he is always my go-to person when I have any survival-type questions. I would definitely want him by my side if in any end-of-the-world situation! He introduced the Big Berkey to our Hawaii household a couple years ago and it's been amazing. The water filtration system is top-notch, and it's even said to filter river water if you're ever in that dire situation (God forbid!) It's a bit pricey, but a well-worth investment in your health. Although the high price point, it is a sturdy stainless steel product that should last forever, and the filters last for years before needing to be changed. Not to mention, the filters literally filter out every ounce of the bad stuff. The filtration process is a bit slow, but definitely worth the wait. Until the day that I ever get some sort of super-pricey installed filtration system in my one-day house, this Big Berkey will be with me till the end!
I was contacted by Aquagear a couple of weeks ago about a post, but to be honest, I had already been using their Aquagear pitcher on a daily basis for a few months prior! How serendipitous! I had been searching for a good pitcher to replace my Brita filter and something that would filter better than Brita - and for my personal preference - I wanted something that would filter out flouride. Believe me, I did my research for about a month trying to figure out what was the best pitcher that was on the affordable side and did the best job. I finally settled on Aquagear, it just seemed to be the best choice and has not let me down! Aquagear doesn't even compare to Brita!
- Aquagear filters out well over 2000% more contaminants than Brita
- Aquagear filters last 3x longer than Brita filters
- Aquagear filters are made in the USA, while Brita filters are made overseas
- Aquagear filters remove lead and flouride, while Brita filters do not
- The pitcher and filters are 100% BPA free
- And while Aquagear is great at filtering out contaminants, it keeps healthy electrolytes, magnesium and iron in your water!
For the average household that uses a Brita filter pitcher, I would recommend the switch to an Aquagear pitcher. The price point is fairly affordable ($69.95 on Amazon), especially knowing that it comes with a filter that lasts much longer than a Brita filter and filters out many more contaminants. The filtration system is on the slower side as well, but again, well worth the wait. (Check out this video showing the Aquagear pitcher filtering out Gatorade!)
For both the Big Berkey and Aquagear, you can literally taste the difference between the tap water and filtered clean water. I had been using the Aquagear pitcher for a few months and then was wonderfully gifted the Big Berkey system for my birthday a couple of months ago! Thus, I thought it would be great to write reviews on the two products that have been tried-and-true (at least from my personal experience anyway!) Hope this helps anyone in the business of looking for a new water filter pitcher!
Have any further questions regarding the Big Berkey or Aquagear? Contact me and I'd be happy to help!
**All reviews and opinions in this post are my own.