What is a Berkey Water Filter System?

Some women like to receive make up or handbags for their birthday, but luckily for me, my partner knows me better than that, and is very supportive of my blog and my journey. So when I told him I would like a Berkey Water Filter System for my birthday he barely even blinked! This was a man who was an out and out carnivore when I met him, and is now almost vegetarian, he hasn’t quite started yoga, but there’s still time!

Why Do We Need A Berkey Water System?

In the UK we are lucky to have easy access to drinkable water, however the water still contains things that can be hazardous to our health including;


The Berkey water filter system is so powerful it is classed as a water purification system, and it doesn’t just filter tap water, it can purify water from lakes, rivers or even pond water, so brilliant for travel and camping. Another great thing is, while it removes all the nasties from the water, it leaves in all the goodness like magnesium.

This system removes everything bad from your water, and leaves it tasting smooth and delicious. They were originally designed to be used by the military and relief organisations who lacked access to clean water. Later these systems were developed into the Big Berkey Water Filter Systems used today.

Royal Berkey water System

Features and Benefits of the Berkey

  • FILTERS bacteria and viruses to a 99.99999 level
  • FILTERS out chlorine to undetectable level
  • REMOVES lead, and other heavy metals up to 95% level
  • REMOVES Fluoride
  • REMOVES Arsenic
  • NO plumbing needed
  • LONG lasting filters

I invested in the Royal Berkey which holds 12 litres of water, but I use filtered water for everything; drinking water, cooking, my pets and for my kettle. One of the most annoying things when you live in the South East of England is the build up of scale in your kettle. I can’t tell you the joy of having a spotless kettle – it’s the small wins sometimes!

Big Berkey water System
Not many kettles in the south east of England look like this inside!

There are 5 models to choose from;

Most families would manage to work with A Big Berkey but the Royal version only works out around £26 more so I thought it was worth getting the slightly bigger model.

Royal Berkey

Features and Benefits of Berkey Water Systems

  • FILTERS bacteria and viruses to a 99.99999 level
  • FILTERS out chlorine to undetectable level
  • REMOVES lead, and other heavy metals up to 95% level
  • REMOVES Fluoride
  • REMOVES Arsenic
  • NO plumbing needed
  • LONG lasting filters
  • STAINLESS STEEL – no more plastic gallons of water
  • EASY to assemble and use


Each carbon filter lasts for around 11 years and can be cleaned up to 100 times. The filters are cleanable and need to be cleaned every 12 months – this takes about 10 minutes. This then gives The Berkey the ability to take water from almost any source, and produce fresh, pure drinking water.

Big Berkley Water Filters

Cost Effective

The initial outlay is fairly steep but it is an investment, my Royal Berkey cost £279, which may seem like a lot of money, but if I only need to replace my filters every 11 years, it actually works out to be very economical. The total cost of a Brita water filter over 11 years would be over £1000 in replacement filters, or if I drank the same amount in bottled water it would amount to over £10.000!

So the big question is – Do they work?  Yes – and they are definitely worth the investment. I think for me the best thing is the taste, I am drinking a lot more water simply because it tastes so good! Even my herbal teas taste better because the water is crystal clear and smoother to drink. I absolutely love the Berkey Water System and can’t fault it at all, it is definitely an asset in my kitchen and I would highly recommend this to everyone!

If you would like to invest in a Berkey water system you can see their full range here.

I first heard of the Big Berkey from Amanda Montalvo, her page My Non Toxic Life is one of my favourites on Facebook, so look her up.

See you soon!


Natalie x


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Hi, I’m Natalie Shirlaw, a professional hair stylist on a personal wellness journey.

My aim is to help women live a more natural life that will leave them looking and feeling amazing. Ever since I was 10 I’ve been fascinated with the hairdressing business and officially started working when I was 14. I’ve worked in some of the top UK salons and for some of the best hairdressers in the world, and I now have my own salon in Kent.

 As a hairdresser I’ve always wanted to give my clients the latest and best products and even ended up being a technical consultant for L’Oreal, but one thing was common throughout my career - 

I am passionate about finding natural and organic products that work just as well as the big brand alternatives, and that are ultimately better for you too. For over 10 years I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can. Everything from skincare, to makeup, to food and even home wear. I’ve been incorporating these products and tactics into my daily life since and I’ve never felt better. Outside of my regular work I’ve studied martial arts and other Eastern practices like Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT and NLP.

 So as you can see I’m a big advocate for all around healthy and natural living. I’ll be sharing my best tips, tactics and products here, that you can implement easily to live a more natural life, where you can feel and look amazing. I’m really excited to have you with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!

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