I’ve never lived in a tropical or sub-tropical climate before but I have definitely been dehydrated and know the feeling well. Normally an avid an plentiful water drinker, I knew it was time to start drinking more – but I also knew that it was time to investigate the local water and perhaps invest in a very good filter. I had a good above sink filter in NY and a Britta filter in Paris – But are these filters sufficient enough down here in Miami? Water is not only important in hydration, but it is also an integral part of cooking as the taste of water can make or break a recipe. I called my dear friend Renee Loux, organic and green living expert, chef extraordinaire and green consultant.
The beautiful and brilliant Renee Loux
LK: I am thinking about installing a 4-stage water filter in my new apartment. You were saying that you feel the type of filter has more to do about where you live? Could you elaborate on that?
RL: It depends on what your needs are and where you live. If the water in your area is fundamentally good water from a clean source, for example in New York City and in upstate NY, then simple filter such as a Britta may be enough. Municipal water in the US from a clean source is treated with chlorine for disinfection and a simple filter is sufficient to remove that impurity. For example, your mother has well water on her property in upstate New York; she clearly needs no filter as her water is pure, not chlorinated and tastes great!
LK: What type water filter do you have?
RL: I have a reverse osmosis filter in Los Angeles. I love the neutral taste of the water it creates. Some say that RO errs on over-filtering water and removes too much of the “good stuff” in water, such as natural minerals and also yields a slightly acidic water. However, Los Angeles has pretty poor municipal water and I prefer to filter it very well. I feel it hydrates me and works well for my cooking. It tastes delicious and very clean and for drinking, I add a squeeze of fresh lemon to restore an alkaline balance and some organic minerals. I enjoy it so it works for me and my lifestyle. In New York City, I have a Mavea filter, which is similar to a Britta, but has a digital read-out to keep tabs on when to change the filter. The water in New York is fundamentally clean and I feel this type of filter is sufficient to remove the chlorine.
LK: Speaking of hydration, what about alkaline water and alkalizers. They are getting a lot of hype lately what is your opinion on them.
RL: Well, I think they are fine and I am sure they work well for specific ailments and conditions. But for me, when I want a little more alkalization to my water, I add lemon, I know you do- you add salt. There are lots of ways to increase alkalization in water, one does not necessarily need to invest in an expensive alkaline filter to do it.
LK: So what can I do? My friend Max, from livingmaxwell.com has a guy in New York who will analyze my water and create the perfect filter for me. What do you think about that?
RL: Go for it! If he will match a filter for your environment, then I say get it. But make sure you are filling bottles and taking them with you.
my new Takeya glass water bottle
LK: That said, what type of bottle do you take with you? I recently bought a glass one and I love it! But they are heavy and harder to clean. Do you think there is a difference between glass and stainless steel?
RL: Not really. Both are inert and neither will leech anything harmful into the water. The materials are all so impressive these days. I have a Klean Kanteen. Actually, I have several of them because like you, I require ample deep-hydration!
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