Water comprises nearly two-thirds of the human body and some people even refer to it as “the essence of life”. It contributes to our energy levels, quality of digestion and nutrient absorption, skin health, circulation and maintenance of a healthy body weight, amongst other things. So, it only makes sense that we would want to consider the quality of water that we are putting into our bodies. One type of water that has been the subject of ongoing debate and controversy is distilled water. Besides being commonly known as the water that people use in their household irons, it is also considered as beneficial by many in the alternative health industry, due to its pure nature. Let’s dive right in and explore 5 Pros and Cons of Drinking Distilled Water!
What exactly is distilled water?
Distilled water is purified water that has undergone a process of boiling and condensing into a clean steam which is then used for consumption, or applications in medicine and automotive care. It removes all impurities, minerals and other substances, making it a pure water source. (There are distillers available.) But why should we consider drinking distilled water?
- It is free from every kind of bacteria, virus, parasite, and pathogen
- The distillation process removes pesticides, herbicides, organic and inorganic chemicals, heavy metals (and radioactive contaminants!)
- Eliminating contaminants from water through distillation can prevent future illnesses and toxic buildup
- It is easy to drink and does not taste or smell of chlorine, like tap water often does
- Distilled water has been recognised as beneficial for detoxification purposes, due to its ability to absorb and eliminate toxic substances
- Whilst distillation removes a whole range of nasties that are harmful to our bodies, it also removes naturally occurring minerals which our bodies require to function. However, we can remineralise the water with Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt, or obtain the minerals from food sources and multivitamins
- The water has an acidic pH level which heightens overall body acidity. The recommended water for the human body should be of a slightly alkaline pH, or at a minimum, a neutral pH
- Distilled water is described by some as having a “flat” taste but this may be the result of someone being accustomed to drinking chlorinated water over a long period of time
- In some cases, electrolyte imbalance may occur in the body due to the absence of minerals in distilled water
- The distillation process can take up to 7 hours but many distillers turn off automatically when finished, so can be left alone
It is recommended that we drink at least 2 to 2.5 litres of water per day, via food and drink consumption. If we are consuming such quantities, it seems wise to select a purified source of water that is of a safe quality. Each body type responds differently to the various types of water available, so it makes sense to do your own research and experiment with different water sources before choosing the water that is right for you. Always listen to your body and how it feels and reacts to what you drink!