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Distilled Water - Why Not?
12 Reasons Why To NOT Drink Distilled Water
Water is vaporized into steam by heat and then condensed back to it’s liquid state to create Distilled Water. Waterborne contaminants and many impurities are removed, such as viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, cysts and other pollutants.
Contraindications for Drinking Distilled Water:
- Distilled Water is Dead, Unstructured
'Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a living foods advocate, writes on page 509 of his book Conscious Eating, "distilled water is dead, unstructured water so foreign to the body that one actually gets a temporary high white blood cell count in response to drinking it." '
- Is Acidic Water
To understand the serious possible health implications of drinking Distilled Water, please read the article, Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water, by Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., M.Sc., who writes that this process is "potentially dangerous".
[Excerpt] 'Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive,
in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water.'
- Cooked/Boiled means No Energy
Dr. Zoltan Rona gave 1,500 patients distilled water and 1,500 reverse osmosis (R.O.) water. Both waters were remineralized. All the patients on the R.O. showed higher levels of minerals through hair, urine and saliva testing.
Please read the article, Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water.
- Is Bio-electrically Dead, an Electrical Insulator
'...pure water is actually an excellent insulator and does not conduct electricity. Water that would be considered "pure" would be distilled water...'
- Can Concentrate some Chemicals
V.O.C.s (Volatile Organic Compounds), including Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs)
Any contaminant in the water that becomes a vapour at a lower temperature than the boiling point of water itself, such as V.O.C.s (Volatile Organic Compounds), including Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) that are thousands of times as toxic as chlorine, will actually be more concentrated in the finished distilled water!
Distilled Water is slightly acidic water that can be even more dangerous than what you started with, if the V.O.C.s are not removed. If a Carbon Filter is added, and most systems do so, it will help remove 95%+ of the V.O.C.s.
Distilled Water, since it is either boiled electrically or produced by solar methods which cook the water, will result in loss of some of the water's natural beneficial properties, unlike R.O. water, which is still alive.
Please see the picture on your left for lime scale produced by Distillation.
- Uses large amounts of electricity, taking 3-4 hours to produce 1 gallon, not eco-friendly
Costs: Depending on electricity rates, it can cost from $0.25 to $0.50 per gallon. If you drink and cook say 1,100 gallons of water per year (about 3 gallons per day, and that would be a low minimum for 2 people), your cost of operation is between $270 and $550 annually. Then add on the cost of post carbon filters, from $25 to $50 annually.
- Usually boiled in an alloy of stainless steel metal,
most of which is not 100% pure!
most of which is not 100% pure!
Stainless steel distillers can possibly give up some chromium, nickel, molybdenum, and iron into the water. If you ever do use a distiller, transfer the water out of the distiller as soon as the water is distilled to avoid storing in the stainless steel collection part of the distiller.
'Many distillers on the market are made of metal, which will actually add certain toxic metals like nickel back into the water.' ~ Dr. Mercola
- Does NOT Remove Chloramine
- Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia.
- Chloramine is used to disinfect water supplies (like the Hetch Hetchy system.) Water utilities often refer to chloramine as monochloramine.
- In reality, chloramine exists as three different forms or species: monochloramine (NH2Cl), dichloramine (NHCl2) and trichloramine (NCl3). They are chemically related and are easily converted into each other; thus, they are more appropriately called chloramines.
- The three species of chloramine constantly and rapidly shift from one form to another. The species that predominates is dependent on pH, temperature, turbulence, and the chlorine to ammonia ratio.
- Even time plays a factor because after a day or so, with no changes in conditions, monochloramine in a water system will slowly degrade to form dichloramine and some trichloramine.
- Chloramines are all respiratory irritants with trichloramine being the most toxic (order of toxicity: monochloramine < dichloramine < trichloramine-most severe.)
"So, in the end, distilled water:
- Is expensive
- Is energy intensive
- Doesn't remove VOCs and DBPs [disinfection byproducts]
- Is ineffective at removing toxic fluoride
- Draws out chemicals and metal contaminants from whatever container it's stored in
- Leaches minerals from your body which can lead to health problems
On the positive side, it may help draw out toxins during a short-term detoxification program, but all in all, I believe the drawbacks are stacked quite high and clearly outweigh any perceived benefit."
Distilled Water: Avoid this Type of Water Purification
Posted By Dr. Mercola, December 18, 2010
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