Risks of distilled water
Distilled Water is not the Answer
Distilled water might seem like the perfect answer to the problems presented by tap and bottled water, but that’s not the case.
For the uninitiated, the distillation process involves boiling water to remove so called impurities before condensing that water in a different container. On the surface, it sounds perfect. It gets rid of the organisms and chemicals in the water that cause disease, but it has some negative effects as well.
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.”
Removal of Nutrients
Distillation is an indiscriminate process. It doesn’t simply remove harmful chemicals and biologicals from water, it removes everything. That includes some nutrients that our bodies need.
These include calcium and magnesium which are important for bone health and cardiovascular function as well as copper which serves as an antioxidant and helps your body process iron.
We could get these minerals from other sources, but since we have to consume substantial amounts of water every day regardless, it’s much easier to get them from our drinking water.
Putting that another way, is adding another task to your to-do list every day really something you want to do?
Most people find that distilled water doesn’t taste as good as filtered tap water. That’s because the taste in water generally comes from the air and minerals dissolved in the water. Distillation removes the air and minerals, leaving the water tasting flat and bland.
Taste might not seem like much of a problem. We all take medications and supplements, and they rarely taste good. However, we generally take those medications once or twice a day while we’re supposed to drink 64 ounces of water in a day.
You can’t just take water once or twice a day, that’s why the 64-ounce recommendation generally comes in the form of drinking an eight-ounce glass of water eight times a day. It’s something you have to do frequently throughout the day, often as you’re doing a whole bevy of routine tasks.
It’s one of those routine tasks we do without really thinking about them, and that’s the problem. It’s not that poor-tasting water is inherently a problem, it’s that if water doesn’t taste good, we likely won’t drink as much as we should.
Leeching of Container Materials
The biggest problem with drinking distilled water is that as a practical matter, distillation won’t result in purer drinking water. That’s because water naturally absorbs some of the stuff around it. All the calcium, magnesium, air, and other minerals in water were leeched from the water’s surroundings.
If you remove those minerals and store the water, it’s going to leech minerals out of the container used to store it. Whether it’s plastic, stainless steel, or almost anything else, if you drink distilled water that’s been stored for any length of time, you’re drinking part of the container as well.
Distillation sounds like a brilliant answer to the problems tap water presents, but like many things, the devil is in the details. The only real answer is filtration because the filtration process can be targeted to remove bacteria and harmful minerals while leaving the ones we need. We have gathered the best selling water filters available, check them out here.