Distilled water is a top choice when it comes to medical professionals, thanks to it's high purity levels. A water distiller removes 99.9% of dissolved inorganics, bacteria, and chemicals from water.
Although it has such a high purity level, it can be debated if it is truly the best form of water for human consumption. Essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and sodium are removed from distilled water along with the harmful contaminants, leading some to question if we are missing out on these essential minerals when we are consuming distilled water. To understand the advantages and disadvantages of distilled water, it's necessary to consider water's role in the body, the sources of essential minerals, and how the body uses minerals.
Drinking water benefits us in several ways:
Protects cells and vital organs
Keeps the body from overheating
Helps remove waste
What is Distilled Water?
Distilled water, is water, which has been heated to the boiling point so that impurities are separated from the water which itself becomes vapor or steam. It is then condensed back into pure liquid form. The impurities remain in the residue, which is simply thrown away. Distilled water contains no solids, minerals or trace elements and has no taste. Distillation removes the debris, bacteria and other contaminants.
Does distilled water rob the body of essential minerals?
Distillation removes such contaminating dangers as fluorides, chlorine and impurities from the air, earth and plumbing. It also removes those inorganic minerals which the body cannot assimilate. There are two kinds of minerals: organic and inorganic. Our bodies receive inorganic minerals from the water we drink. They receive organic minerals from the food we eat. Distilled water both prevents inorganic minerals from entering the body’s system and removes inorganic mineral deposits already there. Organic minerals are absorbed and remain in the tissues.
In his book, “New Life Though Nutrition”, nutritionist Dr. Sheldon Deal contends that “one should not look to water as our source for minerals. We should look to water as a source of H2O – period…you should be taking a supplement that has minerals in it or using herbs or cell salts – superior sources of minerals”.
How pure is distilled water compared to tap or filtered water?
Ordinary tap water contains about 114 to 123 parts per million of sodium. When this water is run through the best available water filters, this 114 decreases to about 12-14 parts per million of sodium. Distilled water has only .00006 parts sodium per million.
Should you drink distilled water?
Distilled water is one of the purest forms of water you can drink. Bacteria and dissolved substances like lead or arsenic removed. In such cases, the pros of distilled water far outweigh the cons. People trying to limit their sodium intake could also benefit from distilled water.
On the other hand, mineral content in water can make a difference for athletes, the malnourished, or those who are sick and suffer from mineral deficiencies. To stay hydrated, drinking water with minerals or a sports drink with added electrolytes may aid performance. If you're sick and vomiting frequently, then your body also needs help replacing electrolytes.
Benefits of distilled water
99.99% of harmful dissolved solids and bacteria removed
No chemicals added
No extra sodium
Prevents scale on appliances
Disadvantages of distilled water
No mineral content