<- Estrogen in Water Part 1: The Dangers of Estrogen in 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 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.
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.
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.
You can get activated carbon filters in the form of in-line filters that are installed in the plumbing under your sink. These can be hassle or cost extra money at first to have installed (either by yourself or by hiring a plumber), but in the long-run, you get better filtration (if you pick the right filter) and cheaper running costs than when using a water filter pitcher.
Unfortunately, I haven't yet done any detailed research on good under sink activated carbon filters you can purchase. Please email me and let me know if you'd like me to look into it. Meanwhile, if you are buying one yourself, make sure it's NSF certified to at least NSF/ANSI standards 42 and 53, and check exactly how many contaminants it is certified to filter under standard 53. Do avoid ones with poor online ratings, but don't just get one with the best ratings, make sure it's certified.
Most people start with water filter pitchers, because they're easy to get started with, you don't need to install anything under your sink. Most of the water filter pitchers on the market are terrible however, you have to do your research to find a good one…
The Best Water Filter Pitcher
I personally started off with a basic water filter pitcher.
Ideally you'd want to get one that's made of glass, but I'm yet to find a good one that's compatible with a good NSF certified filter cartridge.
Having tried a few pitchers, I found the following to be best at filtering my water:
Brita Elite (aka Longlast/Longlast+) Water Filter Pitcher
I've researched all of the popular water filter pitchers in detail, and found the Brita Elite water filter pitcher to be the one that is certified to remove the most number of contaminants.
It is certified against NSF/ANSI standards 42 (aesthetic chlorine, taste and odor), 53 (for removing 15 health contaminants), and 401 (for removing 15 emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and estrogenic contaminants like estrone and bisphenol A).
You can get a Brita Elite/Longlast water filter pitcher here.
NB: Brita filters don't remove fluoride. If you live in an artificially fluoridated area, your best bet is to invest in a reverse osmosis filter or a distiller (see below).
The Only Other Water Filter Pitcher That Comes Close To The Brita Elite
The only other water filter pitcher that comes close is the Pur Plus, which removes 14 health contaminants under NSF/ANSI 53, and 8 emerging contaminants under NSF/ANSI 401. However, a test by a reliable Youtuber found the Pur water filter pitcher to add lead to the water! So I won't be using a Pur filter unless I first get it tested to ensure it doesn't add lead to my water.
The Best Budget Water Filter Pitcher
Amazon Basics is a decent budget filter, being made in Europe and certified against NSF/ANSI 42 and 53. Under standard 53, it is certified to reduce only 3 contaminants, compared to the Brita Elite's 15.
You can get the Amazon Basics water filter pitcher here.
Why Most Other Water Filter Pitchers Suck
Other popular water filter pitchers like ZeroWater, Waterdrop, Aqua Crest, Nakii, Aquagear, and Soma, don't even come close to the Brita Elite.
ZeroWater is great at reducing total dissolved solids (TDS), but reducing TDS doesn't necessarily improve the health of the water, most estrogenic contaminants have nothing to do with TDS, and the ZeroWater filter misses out on these. In trying to unnecessarily remove all this TDS, a lot of people complain that ZeroWater filters get clogged up and stop working after just 1 to 2 weeks. ZeroWater is the only water filter pitcher that removes fluroide really well, but it's such a rubbish filter in general, that if you need to remove fluoride, you are better off investing in a reverse osmosis filter or a distiller.
Waterdrop and Aqua Crest are made in China by the same Chinese company. That's enough to not want to buy their product. Their NSF certification is also minimal, only being certified against NSF/ANSI 42 (aesthetic taste and odor), and 372 (which ensures it doesn't add significant amounts of lead to your water).
Nakii filters are made in Japan, the pitcher in China. They are only certified against NSF/ANSI 42 (aesthetic taste and odor).
Aquagear and Soma both claim to be NSF certified, but I could not find any evidence for this on the NSF or WQA websites.
Epic Water have a seemingly decent made in U.S.A. water filter pitcher. However, though they claim to be NSF certified via the IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials), I couldn't find evidence of any active certification on the IAPMO website. My other gripe with their pitcher filter is that it's the only pitcher filter that removes microbes, and you pay a premium for this. This is great if you want to take a water pitcher filter with you on holiday, but most of us want a water filter pitcher to use with our tap water at home, which is already treated to remove harmful microbes.
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 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.
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.
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.
Finding A Good Reverse Osmosis Filter
There's a huge selection of reverse osmosis systems in the U.S.
Unfortunately, many of the reverse osmosis systems on Amazon are made in China. I don't recommend buying water filters that are made in China, because you never know what's in them that will be passed into your water.
Chinese brands on Amazon like “Frizzlife” and “Simpure” have high ratings, but lack NSF certification, so should be avoided.
Here Are Some Reverse Osmosis Systems I Recommend
APEC Water Systems
The APEC Water Systems reverse osmosis system is one of the few that are made in the U.S.
They have multiple different models on Amazon, but the two models I recommend are the RO-90 and RO-Hi, which are certified against NSF/ANSI standard 58 to reduce the following contaminants:
You can get the APEC Water Systems RO-90 here.
You can get the APEC Water Systems RO-Hi here.
This is another reverse osmosis system that's made in the U.S.
According to the NSF website, their Whirlpool WHER25 reverse osmosis system is NSF certified to NSF/ANSI standard 58 to reduce the following:
That's a pretty impressive list compared to most other NSF certified reverse osmosis systems, which are only really certified to reduce TDS.
You can get the Whirlpool WHER25 reverse osmosis system here.
Reverse Osmosis Systems I Don't Recommend
There are lots of other highly rated reverse osmosis systems on Amazon that I don't recommend. Express Water, Home Master, and iSpring are all based in the U.S., but their filters and other components are made in Taiwan. Waterdrop is based in China, with filters made in China. The NSF certifications of these filters are not very impressive at all. At best they are certified only against NSF/ANSI standard 58, and only for reducing TDS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Find A Good Water Distiller
Unlike with filters, you don't need NSF certification for distillers, because distillation doesn't require any filters. You just need to make sure you get a distiller from a reliable company, that the machine doesn't go bust after just a year of use, and that the water doesn't come into contact with any plastic during the distillation cycle.
I would never purchase a water filter that's made in China, because you don't know what the filter is adding to the water. However, it's no big deal buying a made in China distiller, because all you need to do is inspect it and make sure the water isn't coming into contact with any plastic.
Provided the water doesn't come into contact with chemical leaching components like plastic, the end result is the same regardless of which distiller you use. This is unlike water filters, where the end result depends very much on the type of filter used.
A good distiller should last you at least 5 years of once a day use.
It's a good idea to buy a distiller from a reliable company with a warranty that sells spare parts on their own website, should one of the components of your distiller stop working. Replacing a spare part is a lot cheaper than replacing the entire unit.
A Good Starter Water Distillation Unit
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 does not come into contact with the water.
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)
There are other types of distillers available that offer more convenience for a higher price. I haven't gotten one of these for myself yet, and haven't done much research on them, so I'll leave it up to you to do some research and find one that works well for you.
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 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:
32 thoughts on “How to Remove Estrogen from your Drinking Water”
I like the information you have here on water and health. Thank you
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 .
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.
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!
Thank you Leslie, for your detailed comment. How has your health improved since you started drinking purer water?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Agreed. Studies show that BPA free plastics can be more estrogenic than BPA containing plastics, due to the presence of other estrogenic chemicals in plastics.
Yes, this is true.
There are no government regulations on the storage conditions for bottled water. So there’s no telling how long the water has been in those plastic bottles for, and under how much sunlight or heat.
I guess that’s why Leslie said it should be sourced locally.
However, studies show that even water stored in glass bottles contains contaminants (though plastic bottled water contains far more plastic-related contaminants, such as microplastics, pthalates, and bisphenols). The authors of these studies speculate that the contaminants could come from the source water, the production process (extraction, storage and bottling among other steps), and from the plastic insert on the lids of the bottles.
I still believe there ARE good bottled waters out there, but you can only know if a particular brand is good by having the water tested yourself.
my grand mother lived to 90 years old drinking any kind of water.. you people are idiots.
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.
Rightly said Schmedly
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.
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. :)
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.
Thanks for your input Nathan, some great advice.
If steroid hormones like oestrogen are lipophil, why not just put some oil in water and then filter ?
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.
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
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.
Unfortunately they are the ones adding fluoride and other non essential chemicals into our water supply….
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.
Thank you for posting about this. I get severe and heavy mestrual cramps, lipedema and moodswings and I’m seeing if removing all possible estrogen contaminates might help me.
I was wondering if you’ve tried the Lifestraw products? I’m thinking about getting the Lifestraw universal for work, along with the aquagear pitcher.
PMS and other menstrual problems are heavily influenced by estrogen. Heck, periods are all about estrogen! And we’re all exposed to excess estrogen. I’m willing to bet your condition will get a lot better once you start implementing some estrogen avoidance tactics.
Remember though that avoidance (e.g. by filtering your drinking water) is not enough, you have to take to the offensive too. Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, take DIM, turmeric, and calcium-d-glucarate supplements.
I don’t know about Lifestraw I’m afraid, but I do know that the Aquagear pitcher is a good one.
What about electrolytes? I’ve been told that distilled water does not contain electrolytes and is dangerous for those who are exercising. Thank you.
Drinking 8 glasses a day of the hardest of water will give you only up to 12% of your daily requirement of calcium and magnesium.
We get most of our electrolytes from FOOD, not from water.
Most people don’t drink 8 glasses of water a day, nobody tells you it’s dangerous to drink less than 8 glasses of water a day.
Let’s say people on average drink 4 glasses of water a day. So people on average are getting just 6% of their calcium and magnesium requirements from water.
But wait, that’s only with very hard water.
Nobody tells you it’s dangerous to drink water that isn’t very hard.
Let’s say people in general drink slightly to moderately hard water, which contains around half the amount of calcium and magnesium as very hard water.
So that brings down the amount of calcium & magnesium you’re getting from water to just 3% of your daily requirement.
Whether you are exercising or not, missing out on 3% of your daily requirement for electrolytes, won’t in any way be dangerous.
Far more dangerous than missing out on this 3%, is all the toxic crap that’s added to your water, that isn’t removed by other filtration methods.
I’ve been drinking nothing but distilled water for 1.5 years now, I exercise regularly, I sweat bucketloads, and I feel great.
But don’t take it from me.
There are a lot of myths and rumors online about distilled water, there’s way too much misinformation, and you have to be careful who you derive your information from.
I prefer to derive my information from real experts, the likes of Juzer Moiz Jangbarwala, a chemical engineer with 35 years of experience and research in water treatment and biological pathways. Here’s what he thinks about the effects of drinking distilled water on human health: