On the heels of my last post “Fluoride Exposed,” I recommended that our readers invest in a water purification system. The product that I recommended was the Nikken Pimag system, one that I have invested in. Today, I bring you a product review, and a bit of further commentary on the above mentioned fluoride post.
I purchased the Nikken filtration system in 2006 for my home. What spurred me to make the rather expensive purchase was my inability to digest bottled water brands like Dasani. Every time I would reach for a bottle and drink it, I would have the feeling of that water just sitting in my stomach, sometimes even causing a discomfort similar to heart burn. I spoke with a friend and he shared his knowledge of the Nikken system.
Nikken has frequently suggested that their water is more readily absorbed by the water because of its unique magnetic system that acts to pull apart the water molecule. Their gravity filtration system is meant to mimic the natural cleansing process of nature by passing the water over smooth river stones, and is said to clear pollutants, chemicals and bacteria. Now that you know the basics of the system, here are my thoughts:
-Practically zero maintenance. I change the filter once a year
-Produces soft, smooth water
-Adds minerals to drinking water from the river stones
-Any water filtration system eliminates the use of plastic water bottles, reducing pollution
-There is a thin ceramic plate at the top of the filter that will collect iron. My drinking water at home is laden with iron and because of this the plate needs to be cleaned about once a month.
-The ceramic plate is very fragile and expensive to replace ($25-40).
-The initial investment in the system is quite large. It retails for just about $300. Look for deals on sites like Amazon or Ebay
From the last post, I shared that the Nikken system would be beneficial for those trying to filter fluoride from tap water, however, this was incorrect. Nikken posted a list of frequently asked questions, one of which was “does the Pimag system filter fluoride,” the short and simple answer they gave was “no.” Instead, the system is meant to remove chemicals and bacteria. Further research into the subject has shown that Berkely has a water filtration system that is capable of removing fluoride.
If you’re thinking of investing in a water purification system, do a little bit of research. Most filtration systems are a little bit pricey, so think about things like the pros and cons. Do you care whether or not fluoride is removed? If not, Nikken produces a great tasting water, and if you have well water and not city water this is a great choice for you because fluoride is not an issue. If you’re someone who is concerned about fluoride, look for another system that can mimic the quality of Nikken’s water in terms of taste and clarity.
Interested in learning more about water and filtration? See our posting about reverse osmosis and learn why this method for water filtration is not as ideal as one would think.