Yes, yes you should. There are tons of contaminants in drinking water and getting a water filter is going to benefit your overall health, especially if you’re working on healing or preventing autoimmune disease.
If you don’t have a high quality water filter you’re exposing yourself to all sorts of nasty shit in your drinking water. Chlorine, prescription drugs, bacteria, antibiotics, pesticides, glyphosate, industrial chemicals.. the list goes on. Many could have a negative impact on your health when you’re exposed to them on a regular basis.
I’ve known I needed a water filter for a while. First, I got the Aquagear pitcher, which is a great affordable option, but it was annoying to keep refilling it all day (#woeisme). I didn’t replace the filter when it ran out and started researching other water filters to buy. Most of them seemed really expensive and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make the investment.. but the longer I waited, the more chemicals I was drinking.
When I was diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity I got my ass in gear and decided it was time to just spend the money on a filter. I had been reading about the Berkey for a while and went with that one.
The Berkey water filtration system has a carbon filter that helps remove most lead, arsenic, iron, mercury, chlorine, BPA, chloramine, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and fluoride (when you get the additional fluoride attachment for $60 which I’m about to purchase for us).
I was excited when our Berkey arrived because I had seen tons of big name bloggers in the health and wellness community using theirs, and now I finally had one (does this mean I finally made it?!?). My husband and I got the Royal Berkey and put it together in about 30 minutes and filled it up. By the time we woke up in the morning we had 3.25 gallons of fresh, filtered water.
In all honesty, Denver drinking water tastes pretty good and I haven’t noticed a big change in the flavor of our water, but my guess is I’ll notice it after I add the additional fluoride attachments. Other people I’ve talked to in the autoimmune community noticed a huge change in the taste of their water with the Berkey, so I think it really just depends where you’re at.
The biggest draw for me with the Berkey is that each black filter comes with a lifespan of 3,000 gallons. That means if you’re using 3 gallons of water a day, it should last approximately 5 years. The fluoride filters need to be replaced a little more often, every 1,000 gallons, so they last approximately 11 months. Plus, the manufacturer warranty is 12 months on the system and PF-2 fluoride/arsenic filters and 2 years on black Berkey filters.
Overall, I’m really happy with my purchase and would absolutely recommend it to friends and family looking for a high quality filter. If you want to purchase one of your own, click the banner below and you’ll get 5% off your purchase!