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We installed a reverse osmosis drinking water system 2 years ago at a cost of about $500.00. My 3 year old has been newly diagnosed with wheat and dairy allergies and many food intolerances. Along with that, she's nutrient deficient. She's underweight and her teeth were severely decayed (we had them repaired). Now I'm reading about the negative health affects of drinking water demineralized through reverse osmosis or distillation.<br><br>
Here's a report from WHO that got me really worried.<br><a href="http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutdemineralized.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_...ineralized.pdf</a><br><br>
According to this report, when RO is used for cooking there is substantial losses of all minerals from food. Holy cow! I'd never heard of this before. So what to do? Should I stop using RO and drink tap water? Which is the lesser of 2 evils? Should I buy an Aquasana, which claims to leave the trace minerals in the water, instead? I'm so frustrated! Thanks.
 

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You can buy these drops at Whole Foods or other health food store to replace the minerals:<br><a href="http://www.traceminerals.com/products/drops.html" target="_blank">http://www.traceminerals.com/products/drops.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can buy these drops at Whole Foods or other health food store to replace the minerals:<br><a href="http://www.traceminerals.com/products/drops.html" target="_blank">http://www.traceminerals.com/products/drops.html</a></div>
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I considered drops, but I just don't think it makes up for all the losses in food.<br><br>
The article goes into many other health concerns about RO water.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I think it depends on what other crap you are filtering out. If your tap water isn't healthy to drink I'd stick with the RO and just do the drops. There are filters you can get for your water that re-mineralize it too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think it just adds another step to the process before it comes out of your tap. You can install it under the kitchen sink so you aren't wasting the filter on bath water.
 

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It might be that she's nutrient deficient because of the food intolerances. After all, it often causes malabsorption, so I wouldn't be so quick to blame it on the water. My kids have food intolerances too, and we have a really good water filter, but since cutting all their trigger foods out, they're at a healthy weight with no deficiences. Just make sure she's getting enough variety, and plenty of protein and fats. And a probiotic and maybe some enzymes as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It might be that she's nutrient deficient because of the food intolerances. After all, it often causes malabsorption, so I wouldn't be so quick to blame it on the water. My kids have food intolerances too, and we have a really good water filter, but since cutting all their trigger foods out, they're at a healthy weight with no deficiences. Just make sure she's getting enough variety, and plenty of protein and fats. And a probiotic and maybe some enzymes as well.</div>
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I agree. Frankly I think the water is the least of your worries. Healing your DD's gut will go a long way to correcting the malabsorption. Get some high quality raw fats into her.
 

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I've never heard that about RO either! I don't think I'd give her tap water either.<br><br><a href="http://www.curetoothdecay.com" target="_blank">www.curetoothdecay.com</a>
 
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