Can You Really Drink Distilled Water?
Mar 01, 2017
The bottled drinking water that you buy from a store or at a restaurant is mineralized water. That means essential minerals are introduced into the water before bottling, both to enhance the taste and to make the water healthier.
Even if you are drinking regular, non-mineralized water, it will still contain dissolved salts, referred to as total dissolved solids (TDS). This is what gives water from different sources its distinct taste and flavour.
There is another type of water called distilled water, which is not generally sold as drinking water. But, the practice of drinking distilled water does exist though it is not common. There are people who believe drinking distilled water is beneficial for your health.
Is drinking distilled water good for your health or will it do more harm?
Before we can start answering that question, you first need to understand what is distilled water and how it is different compared to regular water. Distilled water is highly purified. Through rigorous filtration methods and distillation, almost all the dissolved and suspended substances are separated from the water. Distillation involves boiling water to turn it into steam, which is pure H20, and then condensing that steam back to liquid water.
Since distilled water is free of any dissolved substances, it does not cause scaling or salt build-up in pipes or utensils. Distillation of water is also a necessity in areas where clean drinking water or freshwater is not available in abundance—for instance, in arid regions close to the ocean. Sea water can be distilled to remove the dissolved salts, a process that’s called desalination. In fact, home water distillers are readily available, which you can use to purify tap water with ease.
However, drinking distilled water on a regular basis is not considered good for health.
To begin with, distilled water does not provide any health benefits because all the minerals naturally present in water have been stripped away from it. But that might lead you to think that it is still better than drinking contaminated water. After all, distilled water is so pure that you can be sure it has no harmful substances. But here’s the thing.
Distilled water on its own can be harmful to you!
Since distilled water is free of dissolved substances, it readily absorbs or dissolves water soluble substances it comes in contact with. This holds true even inside your body.
The World Health Organization report says that drinking water low in mineral content “has a negative effect on [our body’s] homeostasis mechanisms, compromising the mineral and water metabolism in the body”.
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In other words, drinking excess amounts of distilled water can lead to increased urination, which will lead to your body losing an unsafe amount of minerals and electrolytes. We don’t have to tell you that this can be a major health hazard.
We previously mentioned that distilled water does not result in scaling inside pipes and utensils. However, it can do something worse. Distilled or demineralised water is very aggressive and can corrode plumbing over time. So, you can imagine what distilled water can do to your body if you drink too much of it.
If you decide to use distilled water for cooking, it has the same effect. The demineralised water can leach away all the good minerals, making your food less nutrient. That’s not all. Demineralised water is so reactive that it rapidly absorbs carbon dioxide from the surrounding air. That’s carbonated water for you—a highly acidic substance. It’s so acidic that it is capable of dissolving metals.
Did you know that carbonated drinks, both the sweet and the non-sweet varieties, are manufactured by pumping carbon dioxide into distilled water? So, when you consume soft drinks, you are not only drinking a highly corrosive substance, but also a type of water that’ll flush out essential minerals and electrolytes from your body.
To give you an idea of how bad losing the minerals from your body is, here’s a list of diseases that could directly or indirectly be a result of drinking demineralized water over a long period of time.
· Coronary heart disease
· Gastric and duodenal ulcers
· Chronic gastritis
· Pregnancy complications
· Complications in new-borns and infants
Do you have trouble accessing clean drinking water? Distillation of water is both relatively easy and the safest way to purify water, especially when access to clean drinking water is difficult. While drinking a small quantity of distilled water is not harmful, continued consumption of demineralized water is in no way good for you. Hence, it is important that distilled water is mineralized before consumption.
Here are a few things to keep in mind. Distilled or demineralized water is:
· not palatable
· can become acidic
· can remove important minerals and electrolytes from your body
- can make you susceptible to various diseases and can cause disorders
How can you make sure you’re only drinking clean and healthy water?
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