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Doctor insights on: Brita Water Filter Effectiveness

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Would a brita filter out the sulfur in water?

Not sure: Reviewed Zerowater filter with Brita filter. No listing for sulfur in water in either. Hydrogen sulfide smell or like rotten eggs can be due to contamination in the well. Seek a water treatment professional or well water testing facility to ask about chlorine correct of the well.
Dont want coliform contamination. Hope this is useful. ...Read more

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I filtered lukewarm water in the Brita filter jug. Will the chemicals in the plastic leach?

I filtered lukewarm water in the Brita filter jug. Will the chemicals in the plastic leach?

Water: I am not in favor of putting warm or hot water in plastic jug because chemicals can leach to water. So use steel or copper jug. ...Read more

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Does the brita filter water bottle help prevent illness while traveling?

Does the brita filter water bottle help prevent illness while traveling?

NO: A brita filter takes out minerals that make water taste bad. It does not take out bacteria. If you drink contaminated water, you will get sick. ...Read more

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Do brita water filters safely filter tap water? I feel like I am still drinking tap water

Do brita water filters safely filter tap water? I feel like I am still drinking tap water

Water filters: Such water filters improve taste while also removing harmful substances from tap such as infectious organisms. When it comes to safety the FDA issues a minimum requirement, however, there are plenty of chemicals still found in our waters supply. Look in depth at the different filtration systems available and what will filter your most pressing concerns. ...Read more

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Is there any health risk with using a charcoal filter in a Brita water bottle daily? Some online claim it causes digestive/intestinal problems?

Is there any health risk with using a charcoal filter in a Brita water bottle daily? Some online claim it causes digestive/intestinal problems?

I don't think so: We give oral activated charcoal to absorb drugs in overdoses, in those doses activated charcoal has been known to cause GI side affects. The charcoal in the filter should not leach into the water you are drinking in a significant amount to cause symptoms. Bacteria can grow in the filter and possibly cause GI symptoms. Make sure you change the filter at the recommended intervals. ...Read more

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Used brita filter water for a neti pot. Just read about brain eating amoeba from tap water in neti pot. Very scared. What can I do?

Used brita filter water for a neti pot. Just read about brain eating amoeba from tap water in neti pot. Very scared. What can I do?

Pretty safe: There have been NO case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in Iowa between 1962–2016. ...Read more

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Sometimes when drinking water have an ear wax taste in mouth. Could this be something or maybe an old brita filter? Rarely ever happens

Sometimes when drinking water have an ear wax taste in mouth. Could this be something or maybe an old brita filter? Rarely ever happens

Nothing's wrong: I doubt it has to do with anything wrong with your body.
Old Britta due for replacement should be the first thing to try. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to clean or wash out your eye? Use water? Does it matter what kind of water bottles, tap, brita purified? Thanks

What's the safest way to clean or wash out your eye? Use water? Does it matter what kind of water bottles, tap, brita purified? Thanks

Potable water: Any clean water is okay. New York tap water will be fine.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Not likely: This actually is an interesting question. There are no guarantees in life and you could get an amoeba at any time. However, it would be really unlikely with first potable and then filtered water. I would assume you are using clean municipal water and then extra filtering it with Brita. So, the risk is low, but there are just no guarantees: nothing in medicine is ever 100% ...Read more

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Brief nosebleed at beach in Emerald Isle, NC. Flushed lower nostrils w iced Brita tap water after. (Did NOT irrigate sinus). Worry abt brain amoeba?

Brief nosebleed at beach in Emerald Isle, NC. Flushed lower nostrils w iced Brita tap water after. (Did NOT irrigate sinus). Worry abt brain amoeba?

Nosebleed: There is little risk of amoeba infection related to a nosebleed or filtered water irrigation but would recommend rinsing not with just filtered water but using salt water rinses which are better for the lining of your nose and sinus ...Read more

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Please explain which filters remove floride from water?

Please explain which filters remove floride from water?

Fluoride filters: I suggest you do a google search or ask your local plumbing supply house, home depot or lowe's. ...Read more

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Do home water filters actually keep water from being contaminated?

Water filters: Most home water filters do not filter out all contaminants. The indiviual manufacturers will list on their packaging what they filter. In addition, some soluble chemicals, salts, bacteria, and viruses could potentially not be filtered. There are many filtering and water treatment products out there but you need to check with each manufacturer. ...Read more

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Is organic food worth the price? What about filtered water? Just hype?

Is organic food worth the price? What about filtered water? Just hype?

Maybe: Organic food, if truly organic (no pesticides, no fertilizers, compost only for the soil) may have slightly less toxins but regulation is poor in this arena and some organic foods have higher bacterial counts and debris like insect body parts, etc. Most municipal water is pure while bottled water is not standardized and probably is municipal water anyway. Filtering just removes solids, not toxins. ...Read more

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Is it more healthy to drink filtered water rather than nature spring water with minerals?

Is it more healthy to drink filtered water rather than nature spring water with minerals?

Filtered water: Drinking filtered water is not a bad idea as most tap water contains teeth-strengthening fluoride. Natural spring water with minerals drinking directly might be ok, but not necessarily healthier. Bottled water, however, is controversial as most water bottles are unfortunately not recycled, resulting in billions of water bottles clogging landfills each year, which cannot be easily decomposed. ...Read more

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My local sprouts growers filtered the water through rock and soil and then got salmonella and board of health citation. What is safe?

Salmonella: Salmonella is an organism transmitted by the fecal/oral route. Either the soil was contaminated with feces, or one of the handlers had salmonella in their GI tract and was not using appropriate sanitary techniques. Actually very little in life is completely safe. Minimize risks and be careful. Stay well. ...Read more