DISTILLED WATER: Is It Good to Drink?

If you care about your health, you’ve probably come to realize that little lifestyle practices can sometimes have big health benefits over time. The energy level and pizzaz of a person in their 70s, for instance, can be the result of nothing more than the habit of taking a walk every day over the last 30 years. The interest and ability to stay active through middle age and beyond could be due to nothing more than the habit of avoiding desserts and keep excess weight off. The same goes for the water you drink and the household equipment that delivers it. There’s good reason to believe that drinking distilled water offers simple but effective health benefits. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after researching the facts, but as usual with many things in life, there’s controversy here, too.

Distillation is the process of boiling a liquid, collecting the steam, then condensing that steam back into a liquid.  When it comes to the distillation of water, this process of evaporation and condensation mimics the natural hydrological cycle of the earth, and it creates some of the purest water available. Home distillation units use electricity to boil water, and a fan to cool and condense the steam.

So why would anyone be interested in drinking distilled water? Purity and health are the reasons. But why do some people believe it’s dangerous to drink distilled water? Insufficient mineral intake, and leaching of minerals from the body are the two main cons cited. Both these viewpoints cannot both be correct because they oppose each other. Whenever you’re faced with situations like this, you need to drill down into actual facts, rather than just opinions. So first, the purported pros of drinking distilled water.

Distilled water comes as close to pure H2O as possible. This is an undisputed fact. Most home distillation units also include a carbon filter to extract any volatile organic compounds that might, by some small chance, have been present in the water and boiled and condensed along with it. The more we learn about contaminants in water, the more the purity argument matters. For instance, many sources of municipal water come from lakes and rivers that contain measurable amounts of female hormones that have entered the ecosystem from treated waste water. Current sewage treatment processes do not remove trace amounts of contraceptive chemicals. These are resulting in mutated fish and amphibian populations worldwide. These hormones are not removed from the treated human sewage that enters lakes and rivers, nor are they removed by municipal water treatment systems that take water from rivers and lakes and make it potable. So if female hormones are affecting Same goes for other contaminants. Measurable concentrations of illegal drugs in municipal sewage spike up between Thursdays and Sundays, and they’re not removed by sewage treatment systems before water is returned to lakes or rivers. To be fair, the concentrations of these substances is very low, but sometimes it doesn’t take much to trigger unfortunate health problems over the long haul. All else being equal, the more people who live upstream from your water source, the more likely it is that your water contains measurable amounts of chemical contaminants.

 

 

Posted on October 22nd, 2016

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