Drinking distilled water on a regular basis is potentially dangerous to your health.
This may seem like a bold statement, but it is based on a number of clinical studies and the experience of many scientists and health care practitioners, including myself.
Water is distilled through a process in which the water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor is condensed.
The distillation process does remove many unhealthy contaminants in the water, but it also removes naturally occurring minerals.
Distilled water is considered purified water, which is different than filtered water. Most purified water is produced by distillation, de-ionization or reverse osmosis.
3 key reasons why we do not recommending drinking demineralized water on a daily basis:
In its healthiest state, the pH of the body should be slightly alkaline. In fact, the body will do everything in its power to maintain the pH of the blood between 7.3 and 7.4 pH (slightly alkaline)
As you may remember from high-school chemistry, the pH scale has a range from 0 to 14. Neutral pH is 7.0. Anything below 7.0 is acidic and anything above 7.0 is alkaline.
Many doctors and health advocates around the world are convinced that the accumulation of acid waste in the body is the primary cause of most degenerative diseases and premature aging. Numerous clinical and scientific studies support this theory.
The primary cause of accumulated acid waste in the body is attributed to poor diet (especially animal-based foods, alcohol, tobacco, sugar, all processed and fried foods, and soft drinks) as well as other lifestyle factors—most notably, stress (which is highly acidifying in the body).
The best drinking water is mineral rich and will thus have a higher alkalinity, between 7.5 pH and 9.5 pH, depending on one's diet and other factors. People who have a higher level of body acidity will benefit more from water with greater alkalinity.
Even though distilled water is “purified” and thus enters the body pure, it does not come out pure. It leaches minerals from the body.
Nearly 30 years ago, Paavo Airola, ND, PhD, advised against the prolonged use of distilled water for this reason.
Airola wrote: “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 osteoporosis, diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease.”
More recently, Zoltan P. Rona, MD, MSc, concurs, “The longer one drinks distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiences and an acid state.”
Dr. Rona further writes: “I have done well over 3,000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop mineral deficiencies.”
The founder of Global Healing Center, Dr. Edward F. Group, D.C., Ph.D, acknowledges that studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the body for one or two weeks.
However, he also states that "Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure."
Cooking foods in distilled water also pulls minerals out of the food and lowers their nutrient value, according to Dr. Group.
If you must use distilled water, he suggests adding 3 Tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar, such as Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, per gallon of distilled water. This will replenish many of the minerals needed on a daily basis.
The size and shape of clusters of molecules in water determines how well it will hydrate the body.
The size and shape of the water molecule clusters after distillation are significantly different. They are larger in size and thus do not absorb into the body’s tissues as easily as tap, filtered or ionized water.
In addition, when water is stripped of minerals and oxygen through distillation and the other purification processes, it loses its natural structure.
Japanese researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto, showed how distillation destroys the natural crystalline structure of water in his numerous studies.
When the innate structure of water is destroyed it makes the water essentially useless to the body. Thus, the Japanese scientists refer to distilled water as “dead water.”
In conclusion, Dr. Rona says it best:
“Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water. Avoid it except in special circumstances.”
Paavo Airola; Every Woman’s Book; 1982.
Zoltan P. Rona; “Early Death Comes from Drinking Distilled Water"
Masaru Emoto; The Hidden Messages in Water; 2001.
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