How to Remove Estrogen from your Drinking Water

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<- Estrogen in Water Part 1: The Dangers of Estrogen in your Drinking Water

How to Remove Estrogen from your Drinking Water

So What Is The Ultimate Best Source of Drinking Water?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends filtered tap water as the number one source of drinking water.

Not only is filtered tap water cleaner than any form of bottled water, it’s also far cheaper for you to live on filtered tap water than on bottled water.

It’s funny how we don’t think twice about forking out a good few dollars per gallon for bottled water (more than the price of gasoline!), and yet wonder if we can handle the financial burden of paying mere pennies per gallon for a standard water filter.

The trouble with water filters is there are hundreds of different makes and models to go for, and the task of selecting the right one for your needs can be pretty daunting. But worry not – they all use a small number of technologies to remove toxins. I’ll tell you about two of the best types of water filter, including something that’s better than any filter, a little later in this article.

Which Water Purification System is Best for Removing Estrogen?

Well reducing estrogen and reducing the feminizing effect of tap water are two different things.

The major types of estrogen found in our water supply include estrone, estradiol, estriol, and the synthetic ethinylestradiol from medications like the oral contraceptive pill. You could just focus on removing these estrogens from your water supply, and a number of studies have focused on exactly that.

The trouble however, is that many of the other more than 100,000 chemicals in wastewater effluent, also have an estrogenic effect on our bodies. These include dihydrofolliculin, octylphenol, nonylphenol, polyethoxylates, trihalomethanes and bisphenol A.

Scientists have also discovered a new class of chemicals that have anti-androgenic (i.e. anti-testosterone) properties. Anti-androgens can be just as feminizing as estrogens.

So rather than look for a water filter that’s just good at removing estrogen, I really think it’s better to look for one that’s good at removing all toxins and impurities in general. This will not only give you water that has a lower feminizing effect on your body, but removing other toxins will be better for your health in general.

Choosing A Water Filter That’s Right For You

There are hundreds of different water filters to choose from. The filter that’s best for you depends on the type of contaminants in your local water supply and your budget.

Your first step is to get a copy of the ‘Water Quality Report’ published annually by your water utility. It may also be called a ‘Consumer Confidence Report’, or just ‘Drinking Water Quality’. You should be able to find it online.

On the report, take note of the pollutants that are close to or exceed the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set by the government (it will say so on the report). When choosing a filter, do your research to make sure it can filter out these particular chemicals.

Activated Carbon Filters

Activated Carbon Water Filter

Activated carbon filters are very cost effective, easy to install, and take up very little space. They are effective at removing a wide range of different chemicals including estrogens, but don’t fare so well with dissolved minerals like fluoride.

Advantages

In general, activated carbon filters are your best choice if you are on a tight budget. They remove a wide range of different contaminants, including steroid estrogens and many estrogenic substances like trihalomethanes.

Carbon filters are cheap to buy, cheap and easy to maintain (just one inexpensive cartridge to replace every 6-12 months, or every 1-2 months for water filter pitchers), easy to install, and don’t take up much space.

Disadvantages

Carbon filters are not as thorough as reverse osmosis and distillation (see below). They struggle with toxic metals, and don’t remove mineral-based contaminants like fluoride very well.

Studies show they remove about 80% of estradiol, which is far better than no filter at all, but not as thorough as reverse osmosis and distillation.

Also, the quality of water drops with use of the filter. So if you buy a 2 month filter, you’ll get the purest water in the beginning, and your water will become less and less pure toward the end of that second month.

A Good Choice For An Activated Carbon Filter

I personally started off with a basic water filter pitcher. These are cost-effective and hassle-free, you don’t have to mess around with any plumbing under your sink.

Ideally you’d want to get one that’s made of glass, but I’m yet to find one. The next best thing is to go for a BPA-free plastic one (since BPA is a strong estrogenic chemical that leaches from plastic).

Having tried a few pitchers, I found the following to be best at filtering my water:

Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher (BPA Free)

The Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher removes more contaminants than the leading brand. It takes longer to filter the water through, but that’s only because it’s doing a better job of removing all those estrogenic pollutants.

The Aquagear removes arsenic for example, while most activated carbon based water filters do not.

Compared to other water filter pitchers though, the Aquagear pitcher and replacement filters are bleamin’ expensive. You get what you pay for I guess.

Click here to learn more or to order the Aquagear pitcher

Reverse Osmosis Filters

Reverse osmosis uses high pressure to force water through a membrane with tiny holes that only let water and very small particles through. It will remove some dissolved salts, organic chemicals, bacteria and pyrogens.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Reverse osmosis filters are very effective at removing impurities from your water. They have to be integrated into your plumbing, and with multiple filters and a storage tank, can take up quite a bit of space.

Advantages

Reverse osmosis (RO) does a great job at removing contaminants that carbon filters don’t, like fluoride, arsenic, nitrates and perchlorate. Most RO filters are combined with a carbon filter, so they end up removing everything a carbon filter does and more.

Disadvantages

As reverse osmosis membranes age, the pores in the membranes become larger and allow more and more impurities to pass through into the treated water. So like with activated carbon filters, the quality of water decreases with use.

High purchase and maintenance cost is another factor. Depending on your model, you are generally advised to replace the reverse osmosis membrane every 2-3 years (though some models last much longer), and multiple (generally 1-5) carbon filter cartridges every 6-12 months.

A LOT of water is wasted as well. Some reverse osmosis filters can waste as much as 10 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of purified water.

Also, you need a plumber to install one of these (although you can do it yourself if you’re a bit of a handy-person), and since it consists of a storage tank, a membrane, and usually multiple filters, it can take up quite a bit of space.

So reverse osmosis filters are better (though not perfect) at removing impurities than activated carbon, but are a lot of hassle to set up, and expensive to maintain.

Good Choices For Reverse Osmosis Filters

1. iSpring RCC7 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System

This 5-stage filter is reliably thorough in its filtration, being Water Quality Association (WQA) Gold Seal Certified. This means it has been rigorously tested by an independent body, with laboratory tests, literature review and materials assessment.

It removes up to 97.2% of over 1,000 different types of contaminants, including arsenic, asbestos, chlorine, hormones, fluoride, lead, mercury, sodium, bacteria, giardia, and viruses.

It’s also easier to install compared to other reverse osmosis systems, and is backed by a 3-year manufacturer warranty, unlike other companies that only have a 1-year warranty.

You can learn more about this filter in a short review I’ve written about it here:

https://chestsculpting.com/ispring-rcc7-5-stage-reverse-osmosis-water-filtration-system-review/

And you can order it here:

Click here to order the iSpring RCC7 filter

2. Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection Reverse Osmosis Water Filter 

The Home Master is more expensive than the iSpring above, but for good reason.

Both produce pure water, though the iSpring is WQA certified and the Home Master is not. But the Home Master has other benefits that may interest you.

It’s designed in a different way from most other reverse osmosis water filters, which allows it to purify water faster, so your water has a faster flow rate (good for washing vegetables, and connecting one filter to multiple outlets like the kitchen sink and the refrigerator).

The Home Master is also easier to maintain with easier filter changes. It wastes less water, is quieter than other reverse osmosis systems, and lasts longer, with fewer leaks and fewer problems in general.

You can learn more about the Home Master in a short review I’ve written about it here:

https://chestsculpting.com/home-master-tmhp-hydroperfection-reverse-osmosis-water-filter/

And you can order it here:

Click here to order the Home Master filter

Distillation

This is the gold standard of water purification.

Distillation mimics the hydrological (water) cycle, which NATURE uses to purify water.

In the water cycle, the sun heats up and evaporates water from the ocean. The evaporated water rises, until it cools and condenses to form clouds. It then rains, and the water makes its way back into the ocean through the ground.

Water Cycle

Pure water is made available to us through streams, lakes, and rivers. The higher up in the cycle, the more pure the water is. If it wasn’t for air pollution, rain water would be 99.9% pure.

With a good water distiller, you get the purity of rain water minus the air pollution.

In a distiller, tap water is heated and boiled in a boiling chamber. Purified steam rises up from the contaminated water, leaving the impurities behind. The steam moves into a cooling coil, where it is run over a fan that cools the steam to condense it back into water. From there the purified water flows into a glass jar or stainless steel holding tank.

Unlike with barrier methods (e.g. activated carbon and reverse osmosis) that remove contaminants from the water, distillation removes the water from the contaminants.

Advantages

Distillation purifies water in the same way mother nature’s hydrological system does it. No other system can improve upon the natural processes that govern the hydrological cycle, which has supported life on Earth for billions of years.

Unlike with filters, which lose effectiveness with use, distillation will consistently remove impurities, whether you are using the distiller for the first time, or 10 years later.

Disadvantages

Distillation by itself still doesn’t remove everything. There are some contaminants that have a lower boiling point than water that will rise up with the steam. These are called “volatile organic compounds” (VOC’s).

However, a lot of distillers use a simple filter at the end of the distillation process to get rid of the VOC’s.

Also, I haven’t searched far and wide for one, but there doesn’t seem to be a widely-available water distillation system that you can hook up to your kitchen tap, like you can with reverse osmosis. Since distillation requires water to be boiled then cooled, all of the units I’ve seen so far are separate from your kitchen sink.

Distillation is an energy-intensive process. It takes a lot of energy to boil water. Most units I’ve seen are electrical, though gas units are available too. Either way, expect to be using quite a bit of gas or electricity. Saying that, it’s still cheaper to distill your own water, than it is to buy distilled water from the shops.

Unlike with activated carbon and reverse osmosis filters, you can’t get water on demand with distillation. It takes time for the distillation process to happen, so you’ll have to distill your water in advance. You can overcome this problem with an automatic distiller, but these are a lot more expensive (see #3 below).

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There are some scaremongers out there (usually water filter manufacturers) who claim distilled water is harmful because distillation removes important minerals like calcium and magnesium. But that’s nonsense, because all you need out of water is water. If your body needs minerals, you get it from your diet. Dark green veggies like broccoli and spinach contain far more calcium and magnesium than any source of water.

There’s also the fact that tap water contains both beneficial organic minerals, and harmful inorganic minerals. Filters have no way of differentiating between the two. So if a filter manufacturer claims their filter leaves beneficial minerals behind in the water, then you can bet they also leave harmful minerals behind too.

Good Choices For Water Distillation Units

1. Countertop Water Distiller

I personally got myself a countertop water distiller just like this one (good UK alternative | good Canada alternative).

It consists of a stainless steel boiling chamber at the bottom, a stainless steel coil-based fan assisted cooling system at the top, and a glass collection jar. Any plastic on the unit is BPA-free, and to be extra safe, the water never touches any plastic.

It produces 1 gallon of water in about 5.5 hours, though you can get that gallon a lot faster if you use boiling water to start with.

It also comes with a post-distillation carbon filter, which removes any remaining VOC’s.

To use it, all you do is fill the water chamber with tap water, put the cooling unit over it, position the collection jar, and turn the unit on. Then the fan will come on, and if you used cold water, pure and natural distilled water will start to collect into the collection jar in about 30 minutes. Once the water is all used up, the unit will shut down by itself.

This is one of the smaller distillers out there, and is ideal for single users, couples, and small families.

Click here to learn more or order this distiller

(good UK alternative | good Canada alternative)

2. Pure Water Mini-Classic CT Counter Top Distiller

The Pure Water distiller is another small distiller that’s suitable for single users and small families. However, it’s more than twice the price of the countertop distiller above, because of a few distinct advantages:

– It doesn’t boil the water tank dry

With the countertop distiller above, I’ve noticed that when I let it shut off by itself, the machine BURNS the remaining limescale in the wastewater, and the burnt limescale sticks like a black hard muck on the bottom of the beautiful stainless steel tank. This will destroy the stainless steel tank over time. It also means you can end up with lower purity water, because the tank will reach higher temperatures than the boiling temperature of water after all the water is gone.

By shutting off BEFORE all the water has dried up, the Pure Water machine will be easier to clean, it will last longer, and give you purer water.

Maybe this is why they mention a 15 year limited warranty on their website.

– Designed with purity vents

Purity vents in this system allow VOC’s to escape, which means you’ll likely end up with purer water than with a standard countertop distiller.

– It’s made in the USA.

The countertop distiller above is made in China. But hey, it’s still great quality. Don’t forget, the iPhone is made in China too.

Click here to learn more or order the Pure Water distiller (only available in the USA)

3. Durastill 30J 8 Gallon Per Day Automatic Water Distiller

This is an automatic water distiller, which has a bigger tank and higher output than the two distillers above, making it ideal for larger families.

With the above two distillers, you’d get a maximum of 4 gallons of distilled water a day. With this Durastill unit, you’ll get 8 gallons a day.

But that’s not all.

Unlike the two distillers above, an automatic distiller like this one is connected to your water supply, so that it can automatically fill up the reserve tank when the water level is low. This means there’s no need to be home to keep refilling and cleaning the distiller after every use.

Like the Pure Water machine above, the Durastill also has special vents that help VOC’s escape, so your water is ultra-pure.

Click here to learn more or order the Durastill Automatic distiller

Other Things You Can Do

In the modern world, we are bombarded by estrogens, estrogen-like particles, and anti-androgens from all directions. They are in the food we eat (in the form of preservatives, flavor enhancers, fertilizers, hormones and more), in the air we breath (from vehicle exhaust fumes and general pollution), and the cosmetics we use on our skin (in the form of parabens and other chemicals).

Although the government and industry will argue there is not direct evidence, there is more than enough indirect evidence to suggest these chemicals are responsible for various cancers and countless diseases and developmental disorders. Studies suggest these chemicals are linked to decreasing sperm counts and testosterone levels in men, and increased incidences of conditions like gynecomastia.

Estrogen is Everywhere

Estrogen is everywhere in the modern world, you’d have to be living in a bubble to avoid it all. But thankfully, you can take specific measures to defend yourself.

You’d have to be living in a bubble to avoid all of the feminizing chemicals in your environment. The least you can do though, is avoid as many as you can.

Getting a water filter, or better, a distiller, is a good start. It’s also important to exercise and make dietary and lifestyle changes.

The right type of exercise (like high intensity interval training and resistance training) can help to combat estrogen by boosting masculine hormones like testosterone and growth hormone.

Eating organic produce and avoiding grains and refined carbohydrates can help to reduce the estrogenic effect on your body. Steaks, organ meats, seafood, nuts’n seeds and the right vegetables can help boost testosterone levels.

If you have man boobs, it’s probably because you have too much exposure to the female hormone estrogen. Filtering or distilling your water is a crucial step in eliminating man boobs, but there’s a hell of a lot more you can do.

The How To Lose Man Boobs Naturally Video gives you the lo-down on all the different methods you can use to lose your man boobs by combating excess estrogen, and raising levels of the male hormone testosterone.

By bringing your body’s estrogen to testosterone ratio back into its natural, masculine balance, you will finally see that chest start to flatten out. To learn more, click the following link to watch the video:

https://chestsculpting.com/how-to-lose-man-boobs-naturally-free-video


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26 thoughts on “How to Remove Estrogen from your Drinking Water

  1. Hello,
    In the article you say that carbon filters do remove estrogens as well.
    But in one of your comment replies you said that they don’t.
    So which one is true??

    • Hi Lb, thanks for letting me know. Sorry I wasn’t very clear, I have updated both the article and my comment.

      Studies show that carbon water filters remove around 80% of estradiol from water, which is much better than having no filter at all, but you would get much better removal of estrogens from a reverse osmosis water filter.

  2. Feminization of men through estrogen/phytoetrogen intake, is occurring more often and more rapidly in cities where recycled tap water is the primary source of water. In rural areas where WELL water is the primary source of drinking water, it is not happening at all.

    Not only should we be looking to our own drinking water, but we should be calling our congressional reps and senators to introduce legislation that requires cities and municipalities to filter ALL medications and chemicals from their water supplies.

  3. I am amazed, i will follow this site for sure from now on. I know most people will think that these Muslims start talking about their religion everywhere but i couldn’t hold it that it is in Islam that:
    “Near judgement day there would be more women than men”.
    i think there is some link in-between and this estrogenic effect is far more less in rural areas as compared to urban I think we should return to some of the natural ways of living

  4. Great site. I am reinvigorated on this topic. What saddens me is that this estrogen stupidity, whether it be the pill or other substances that become estrogen like. The skin absorbs in 26seconds and circulates to the body, scary….so taking a shower can be toxic or goodness a bath is double trouble. Not to mention the soaps, skin creams or shampoos.
    Science may be great, but seems filled with voids of stupidity and experimentation on us. I am proud of the EU for protecting their people. America what’s your problem? Monsanto and others buy big kudos right?
    And even the pill, Catholic Church discourages it as it is not open to life. Now we see the feminizing of our men….Wake up folks….before we totally destroy what God has given us.

  5. I am a water quality professional, and design customized residential/commercial water systems for a living. I will not mention brands or anything here because that is not my intention. For my own home I use a reverse osmosis system that has a re-mineralization stage. I re-mineralize not for the minerals but for taste and PH control. (Also have a water ionizer) Once a day I add trace ionic minerals to my water to supplement my diet mineral intake. Generally minerals in water are not bio-available. For a healthy shower/bath I use a 10″x54″ catalytic carbon tank hooked up to the inlet water line with a sediment pre-filter. This unit is NSF/WQA certified to reduce chemicals added by the municipality as well as contaminants such as VOC’s. A professional grade system installed is not cheap. I charge my residential customers as much as $4,500 for a complete whole house and point of use system. I highly recommend you work with a local professional but you must vette them first. Some water treatment companies are shady. Do your homework.

  6. Reading the information on spring water in the notes, some of it is misleading.

    No supplier, that is municipal or commercial tests for pharmaceuticals in their drinking water. Just because water is spring water is not a guarantee of quality nor the total PPM’s, TDS’s, etc of any contaminant. For most drugs there are no available tests to verify there are not drug residues in the water.

    Note that homeopathy use infinitesimal amounts of substances to achieve results, so likewise it only takes an extremely small amount of a diluted substance to have an effect.

    Regardless of what any one thinks/debates the type of water that is optimum for the human body, distilled is the only one guaranteed to be contaminant free just like the hydrological cycle produces. Just because water has inorganic minerals doesn’t mean they’re assimilable by the body.

    It would take pages to explain that the distilled water is bad meme is false but regardless I wanted to relay that there is only one water that guarantees purity. If minerals are such an issue then add some great salt lake inorganic minerals in, they claim to be ionic.

    Either way, in today’s toxic environment spring water is no longer a pure source. Unless of course you live high in the CO mountains and can tap directly into a stream. 🙂

    • Water filters on shower heads, drinking spring water, eating/juicing organic foods, and supplementing with antioxidants all make a big difference when used together and consistently. There are some smokers who have lived to be over 90, but on average their lifespan is much less. So it is with clean water and food- their are outliers, but the average health and lifespan is much higher.

    • Well dear heart, during MOST of her life, she wasn’t exposed to the mass of crap that more modern life has to offer. Especially the food she ate.

  7. This is insane. I tried the expensive and high maintenance whole house filters and ended up being very dissatisfied. I did extensive research into my local water and went to the government’s own website where all commercial filters are required post their test results. A number of the filters posted results that were quite impressive. However, it soon became clear, after spending over $600 on the filter system and another $600 on custom plumbing installation that the test results had been falsified.

    I came to discover that virtually all manufacturers skew their test result by controlling speed and volume of water going through the filters to optimize performance. The test conditions are wholly dissimilar from actual use pressure, flow and volume in a home. At best I would say the high quality filter removed about half of everything, nowhere near as good as it promised.

    My solution is to drink a true spring water that is sourced from a nearby underground protected aquifer, such as Chrystal Geyser. There is great transparency on their site as well and their water testing, performed at independent labs, meets or far exceeds the government’s own standards for tap water purity. With this water you get very pure, high-quality water with just one contaminate, rather than thousands. An excellent trade off. I immediately transfer this water to steel and glass containers. Seems to be working very well for me.

    Excess estrogen has quite apparent tell-tale signs that virtually everyone is exhibiting, unless they adhere to my suggested preferred source: bloating, chronic overweight and chronic inflammation for starters. If you aren’t an industrial treatment plant you really can’t clean your water completely enough, so don’t waste your time and your money and risk your health, just find a water that is actually from a real spring. Every region has one or two, it’s not hard. But it is essential it is nearby! Water transported thousands of miles is too contaminated from exposure to the bottles it is shopped in. Cheers!

      • Thanks for your comment. My health is off the charts good! As an example, I am 53 and showing zero signs of menopausal symptoms. My sex drive and energy are very high. I also avoid many other forms of estrogen and toxins, though. All my friends are doing so much worse than I and look toxic, with cloudy eyes, grey skin, excess weight (or emaciation) and constant fatigue and body aches.

        I have a strict protocol which I will share here. I make most of all the food I eat at home. I regularly consume liberal amounts of superfoods in my cooking such as Celtic Sea Salt, which is raw and unheated salt from the ocean. I also only cook with and eat whole organic unrefined oils of coconut, olive and walnut. I use a lot of KAL Brewer’s Yeast flakes in my food. These oils and salt in particular you just can’t get enough, so my food is very greasy and salty, tastes fantastic and makes me feel awesome. About one third of my diet is fresh fruits and veggies, mostly organic, but I cheat on foods like avocados and oranges since they have thick skins. Berries and lettuce, apples etc must be organic as pesticide residues are highly extrogenic. Ditto milk and meat, it must be free range, fed organic feed, raw milk is best if you can find a local source. I eat a fair amount of organic seeds and nuts, but hold back on consuming too many grains. I also drink but only scotch and whiskey and only premium brands, not the cheap stuff – it has no carbohydrates (so I have been told) contains no metabolites and it is not estrogenic. Beer and wine by contrast are quite full of these things.

        I would also like to remind readers that bathing in municipal water without a good shower filter is a very bad idea. We absorb 1000 times more chemical compounds through our skin and lungs during a shower of 15 minutes than we can drink in a week.

        Additionally, don’t ever microwave your food, store food in plastic containers, or cook on Teflon surfaces. I don’t usually buy or own new furniture, (I generally prefer antiques anyway) use non-VOC paints and avoid bedclothes treated with flame retardants.

        Where I cheat: I go out for food like all normal people, but limit it to once per week and look for high quality sourced food, like Neiman Ranch beef and spring mix salads (which is going to be organic). In my home I use Fabreze room freshener, a little 409 once in a while, and use Sports Stick deoderant (never anti-perspirant). I use fabric softener! So I guess you can say I am not 100%. You have to see which sources you are suseptible to. These cheats work for me.

        ***Update from Garry***

        Leslie would like to write a guest-post. Please let her know what you would like her to write about in the following link:

        https://chestsculpting.com/blog/what-would-you-like-leslie-to-write-about/

        Thanks!
        Garry

        • Wow! A real example of how we should all be living in the modern day! This lifestyle can be difficult to get used to when you get started, but you get used to it overtime, and it really pays off! You feel more energized, have better mental clarity throughout the day, sleep better, enjoy a better sex drive, lose weight, grow muscle easier, the list just goes on and on! And it all boils down to bringing our hormones back into their natural balance.

          Thank you Leslie, that was very insightful.

    • Hi Leslie
      We used to drink spring water for many years, until we discovered that the water can be sitting around in a factory for quite some time, which means the water is not fresh. Also the large bottles it is transported in are usually not BPA free and are washed and re-used time and time again, meaning that you may be getting a good dose of plastics in your water.
      Pete

      • There are other bad chemicals in bpa free plastics that leach into water from those containers. Consider all plastic dangerous. Collection from fresh local springs transferred into non plastic containers. Then use carbon filters for further purification is a best bet.

  8. Thank you for this website …  I want to buy a water filter  to remove  everything  bad , including  estrogen .  I have a 19 year old son , and I’m worried … I’ve used a water filter  but I don’t think it  removes  estrogens .
     
     
    many thanks .
     
    linda d’Auncey.
     
     

    • Hi Linda, thanks for the comment.

      Most standard water filters don’t do a great job at removing estrogen. Carbon filters for example, remove around 80% of estradiol. If you want more complete removal of estrogens from your water, be sure to get a reverse osmosis water filter. These are a lot more expensive to buy and maintain than standard carbon water filters. If you can’t afford one though, it’s still a hell of a lot better to have a standard water filter than no water filter at all.

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