How to remove traces of the pill and antibiotics from your water.

I know this much.  We need to be drinking filtered water.  And I know a little more.  We need to drink filtered water because some of the crapola stuff in our water is hurting our hormones far more than a swift kick to the shins (ouch!) and really, affecting our overall wellness.  In my second Debunking Ovulation event in Sydney, we got into a pretty cool discussion with Jo from Shop Naturally (you’ve met her here before) who was able to give my audience the total rundown on the benefits of filtration systems and dig deeper into why it is so very important you consider adding one to your health regime.  You see, toxins in our waters can mimic oestrogen, but what’s more, unfiltered water can also contain traces of the pill and antibiotics.  Such bad news!  So I’ve asked Jo to nut it out for us today – not only has she got it all covered and then some, but she’s leaving us with an offer we can put to use to help us be healthier and SAVE!  Plus – it would be the icing on the cake to learn about this moving into the Gentle Body Cleanse (are you joining me?).

But now, over to the super beautiful human that is Jo.



Jo and I from my Debunking Ovulation Event in Sydney.

We all know that drinking around 2 litres of water per day is good for our health. Well over half of the human body is water, so staying hydrated is of vital importance. Hunger pains can often be a sign of dehydration, so if you’re hungry and haven’t had a drink for a while, having a small glass of water can not only quench your thirst, but sometimes your appetite as well.

While Australia has cleaner drinking water than many countries in the world, it still contains fluoride (in most parts of the country) and chlorine. It could also contain bacteria, and not all of them are friendly. For those who are living a low-tox life, you will want to filter these out before you drink.

Before explaining the different types of water filtration systems available, we’ll explain a few terms used in the industry to make your choice a simple one.

  • Potable Water – simply put, it just means it’s safe to drink.
  • Water Purification – this is the method used to make potable water. If you pull a glass of water out of a dirty creek or a dam, chances are it’s not safe to drink and needs purifiying. There are many lightweight options available to purify water ‘on the go’ including tablets, drops and UV light products like a Steripen or the Camelbak All Clear bottle. If you’re going bush or camping, you’ll want some kind of purification system with you. Check your local camping store. BUYER BEWARE: a lot of companies use the term purification to simply mean filtering only. Please do your research carefully if you need to make potable water.
  • Water Filtration –  the filtering of potable water to remove undesirable elements such as fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals and the like.
  • Alkaline Water – a filtration system to reduce the acidity level of your drinking water and make it more alkaline, usually by the process of re-mineralising the water.
  • Re-mineralisation – the process of running the water through a filter that adds micronutrients (minerals) back in to the water. This is not only helpful to add vital minerals back in to a diet that’s lacking, but the addition of these micronutrients in to the water helps your body rehydrate right down to a cellular level.

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of water filters available, not only in my own online health & wellbeing store, Shop Naturally, but in any local supermarket or shopping centre.

  • Water Bottles with inbuilt water filters –  the most popular you’ll find at your local supermarket is the Water Bobble brand. A great budget entry level bottle with filter. For a little extra bang for your buck, step up to the Eco Bud Little Penguin Alkaline filter that also puts minerals in to your water. $29.95 each from
  • Water Filter Jugs – Brita is the first brand that comes to mind as they’re available everywhere. Again, like the Water Bobble, a great entry level product, but when you start looking at the frequency & cost of the replacement filters, there are smarter options. In our store, Eco Bud have a 1.5L alkaline & mineralising jug at $49.95 Our top pick is the Waters Co Bio Mineral Pot for $179 which has a filter pack in it that lasts for 2 years, making it better value over the 24 months than cheaper jugs. These remove chlorine & fluoride and produce the most amazingly clean tasting water.
  • Bench Top Filters (standalone with no plumbing or electricity) – Ceramic water filters like the Southern Cross Pottery filters (and many similar products on the market) are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, and help to keep the water a little cooler. They require no power and run on a standard Royal Doulton Ceramic Filter. Prices start from $259 and the filters only cost $39 for 12 months, so they’re economical to run. For those who want to step up to alkaline & mineralisation, Waters Co have benchtop versions of the mineral pot too. Starting from $680, they come with a filter pack that will last you for 4 years and have a glass reservoir for really clean tasting water.
  • Benchtop Filters (standalone with electricity) – step in to most department stores and you’ll find water filters that refrigerate the water for you as well. It’s best not to do this. Your body finds it easier to consume water at room temperature. Save your money and skip this option. Why burn valuable energy & resources adjusting the temperature of the water inside your body, just drink it room temp.
  • Under sink Water Filters – for those who own their own home and are able to access plumbing & drill holes in the sink, many companies also offer systems that can be plumbed in to your kitchen sink. The systems are usually quite expensive and generally run on ceramic filters that don’t alkalise or remineralise the water. Use the information above in our terms to ask all the right questions before choosing a system that’s right for you.


To help you drink the cleanest water possible, I’m offering you an exclusive deal at Shop Naturally. Use the discount code debunkwater to take 10% off all full priced water filters, water bottles, flasks & travel mugs found here. The discount is valid until 31st January 2014.

ECO TIP: The single biggest reason to filter your own water and carry it with you instead of buying single use bottles is this simple fact, it takes 10 litres of water to manufacture a 1 litre single use water bottle. Add the plastic & oil, the pollution from transport and the fact that the plastic is now on the planet forever (whether it’s recycled in to something else or not) and mother earth is being choked & starved by the bottled water industry.

Filtering your own water is better for you, better for your wallet & better for the planet. This is one easy choice to make.

Joanne Musgrave is a Holistic Health Coach & the owner of Shop Naturally.

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  • January 10, 2014 By Emma Bowen 8:24 am

    Two lovely ladies! Jo definitely knows her stuff and her online store has everything for you to live a healthy/toxic free life! Get on it people! 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 By Renee Bell 9:40 am

    I love buying as much as I can from Shop Naturally, and I have the Waters Co Bio Mineral Pot and I love it. The water tastes amazing… Even better to find out it is helping my hormones 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 By Kim McPherson 11:54 am

    Thanks Jo and Nat for an informative post!

    Over the holidays I took my water filter with me and often got the strange ‘oh the tap isn’t good enough for you’ remarks,

    Thanks for educating more people on how great they are


  • January 10, 2014 By Rosie 12:06 pm

    Hey Nat,

    would boiling your water first do the same thing ?


  • January 10, 2014 By Helen Boughen 12:12 pm

    Both my parents and I have durand ceramic benchtop filters. They’re great, but whenever I go to Mum and Dad’s the water (even though filtered) makes me sick (nausea, headaches, the runs, weakness). I have to bring my own water when I stay with them! They are farmers (possible risk of chemical landing on roof) and their drinking water is rainwater stored in a concrete tank. Does anyone know what tge go is? Someone said once its cause I have a sensitive liver…but it’s filtered water even so. Could this be harming the rest of my family even though its not making them sick?

  • January 10, 2014 By Megan 4:00 pm

    Can you tell me how much of the fluoride these products remove? Thanks

  • January 10, 2014 By Sam 7:15 pm

    Thank you for the great explanation (And a discount too – yay!). I’ve been quite confused about the whole filtered water thing. I can see I need to get on it . Although, I’m still not clear on how the pill and antibiotics get into our water. How does that happen?

  • January 10, 2014 By Lizzie 9:21 pm


    Interesting article. Can you please explain to me what you mean by “unfiltered water can also contain traces of the pill”? Do you mean that unfiltered water contains chemicals or hormones that mimic the pill?


    • January 13, 2014 By Marg 4:14 pm

      Yes great comment. Would love to know the answer to that to.

  • March 22, 2014 By Samantha 4:54 am

    Great post Joanne . Chlorine can lead to formation of trihalomethanes that increases the risk of cancer. We use a water filter that removes chlorine & adds back micro nutrient elements such as calcium,iron,zinc,magnesium,copper etc. that are essential to a healthy human body. The water is tasty, healthy as well as doesn’t hurt the pocket 🙂

  • February 1, 2016 By Nicole 2:19 pm

    Hi, I m interested in purchasing the water co bio mineral pot but I can’t find any departmental store that carry them. The reason I m not ordering in online is because I will be heading to Asia in a week time and I m getting it as as a gift. Thanks

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