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Here’s holistic LA chef, Meredith Baird on why she’s always used a Berkey in her home… 

I think that I drank tap water my entire life growing up. Do you remember a time before cases of bottled water filled every home pantry and a big glass of tap water seemed to be just fine?

It wasn’t until I became an adult that I started digging deeper into my overall health choices and began questioning the quality of my drinking water. Is tap water safe or unsafe? Is all bottled water bad? How am I supposed to choose the best water filtration system?

It turns out that, according to Scientific American more than a fifth of Americans have been exposed to contaminated drinking water in the last 10 years.

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Hunting For The Right Water Filter

Unfortunately, the information out there on drinking water is quite confusing. It requires an in-depth level of research that few of us have the time, budget, or credentials for.

Most mainstream sources will tell you that municipal water is safe, and that filtration is not necessary. However, over 21,000,000 Americans drink water that violates health standards and does not factor in the safety ranges for children, as most data is based on 150 lb. adults.  

Learning about drinking water can be completely overwhelming — industrial chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers all consistently make their way into our rivers, lakes and wells. For me and my family, a Berkey water filter has become a non-negotiable.

Why I Use A Berkey Water Filter: My Review

For about ten years, I’ve relied on a Berkey Water Filtration system at home, for myself and for my family. I may not be able to control all of the environmental factors affecting our drinking water here in LA, but by filtering my water at home I have peace of mind that I’m doing something proactive for our health.

Berkey removes 200+ unsafe contaminants from our drinking water every day. Berkey uses a natural process to remove harmful contaminants and both filters and purifies, removing bacteria and viruses that conventional filters cannot, along with heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and more, returning your water to its natural, delicious and healthy state.

Water from our Berkey tastes good, is easy to use, and—perhaps most importantly—requires no installation or power. You can literally travel with it or take it camping.

Berkey has a much lower cost of entry than many of the other systems out there which makes it easy to recommend to friends who can’t quite be bothered on a health issue like tap water that so many of us would prefer to ignore.

With the Berkey, we get water that costs around 2 cents per gallon, which is only a fraction of the cost of anything bottled. I can’t tell you how much cost, hassle – and guilt over waste! – we’ve saved by not lugging home cases of bottled water each week. We’ve reduced our plastic use immensely.

Why Wellness Insiders Love The Berkey…

Berkey has been the top choice for some of the biggest and most famous “health nuts” I know — which is how I discovered the filtration system in the first place.

Hearing from those who regularly test their water for contaminants, who have spent hours researching the best options, and who aren’t salespeople, has convinced me to stick with our Berkey for so many years.

Recently, a friend’s father, a scientist, testing her at-home tap water and demanded that she get a Berkey. That alone made me feel validated for sticking with my Berkey for so long!

When renovating our home, we spent a lot of time exploring whole house filtration systems—and we consistently came back to the Berkey as the best choice for our drinking water!

How To Use a Berkey: The Basics

Berkey is more than just a water filtration system. It is technically considered a water purifier.

+ Removes up to 99.9% of heavy metals, as well as microscopic viruses and bacteria that other conventional filters can’t filter out.
+ Filtration from bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and more.
+ To filter the lifespan of 1 Berkey filter you would need 150 Brita Pitcher filters!
+ Preserve healthful minerals, better tasting drinking water.
+ No power or installation required – great for your emergency kit.
+ No more plastic water bottles – save money, no more waste!

Even with the high quality of filtration, the beneficial minerals remain. I can personally tell the difference in the quality of hydration I get from drinking Berkey water at home, versus bottled or tap. The taste of the water is clean and crisp without the stale quality you get from bottled water.

There are 6 different sizes of Berkey systems, ranging from 1.5 – 6 gallons, all with the same powerful purification capabilities.The Travel Berkey is a fit for 1-2 people and the Big Berkey model is a fit for homes with 2-4 people. Need one for your office? The Imperial and Crown models work for up to 10 or 12!

The upkeep and filtration system of a Berkey filter could not be more straightforward. I replace our filters about once a year—and the black charcoal filters only need replacing every two or three.

I really believe in the quality of water my Berkey produces and rely on it to consistently produce the kind of water I feel good about drinking and serving to my family.

Not sure if you need a Berkey at home? BerkeyFilters.com has partnered with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on this Water Quality Search Tool. Enter your zip code to find out which contaminants are present, at what levels, and if Berkey removes them!

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 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

This story is brought to you in partnership with Berkey. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.

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