Are you familiar with the fact that drinking distilled water every day basis can be dangerous? Distilled water is a type of purified water. It’s water that has gone through a very thorough filtration process to strip it of contaminants such as viruses, bacteria and dangerous heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum and arsenic. However, it also strips it of important elements. Without these elements the hydrogen content becomes greater in proportion which makes the water very acidic. In turn, the water tries to balance itself out by pulling contaminants from the container it is found in and minerals from the body.
Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the 1970’s when it first became popular, “Distilled water is totally devoid of all minerals, and prolonged use of it may leach out the body’s own mineral reserves and lead to severe mineral deficiencies and such diseases as tooth decay, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes.”
Why Drinking Distilled Water is Making You Sick
- Distilled Water May Contribute to Mineral Loss in the Body
This mineral loss can lead to hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.
- Distilled water is very acidic
Due to the presence of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is absorbed from the atmosphere, distilled water has a pH that is acidic. Dissolved carbon dioxide reacts slowly with water to give the hydronium and bicarbonate ions. “Distilled water, being essentially free from minerals, 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 even more aggressive and acidic. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water”, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Electrolyte imbalance
The use of distilled water can cause electrolyte imbalance in your body because it is free of minerals. In turn, your body will leach electrolytes from your tissues in order to add them to the distilled water you are drinking.
- Drinking Distilled Water doesn’t hydrate the body enough
Water molecules (their shape and size) determines how much your body will be hydrated. Distillation alters the shape and size of the water molecule clusters which might not be absorbed properly into the body’s tissues thus leaving you dehydrated.
Interesting fact is that in the 1950s distilled water was sold in drug stores with the label “Not for drinking!” It was predominantly used to steam irons and fill car batteries. Stay away from distilled water as much as you can.