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Common Questions and Discussions Regarding Distilled Water

We have compiled some of the more frequently discussed and asked questions regarding the use distilled water.


Is Removing The Minerals From My Water Bad?

Establishing The Facts

"I have heard that removing all the minerals from your water is bad, what is your opinion?" I am not sure how many people have asked me this very question. Lets reason on the subject by establishing some facts about minerals rather than just simply deciding based on the opinions of others.

First, are Minerals good for you?

Yes, but choosing what minerals you take into your body and how many is important . For example doctors may recommend mineral intake based on factors such as gender, age, and medical history. While a multi-mineral may be good for some, it may not be for others who need to raise or lower a specific mineral content in their body. Of course minerals are important to our health, but it is easy to establish that which minerals we take and how many is also very important.

Are all Minerals absorbed equally?

No. The source and even the size of the minerals and can impact how your body utilizes them. Minerals from certain sources are more readily absorbed by the body while others simply pass through or in some cases build up. Sources for minerals is discussed further below.

What Minerals And How Many Minerals Am I Getting From Water?

Calcium, Sodium, and Magnesium are some of the most common minerals found in tap and bottled water, but often at much lower amounts than the recommended daily intake. Even if you had your water tested for individual minerals the amounts could change. Even large bottled water companies who promote mineral water as a good thing admit to a huge variance in the actual mineral content. Checkout the following link that shows how inconsistent some of the biggest water companies actually are. Bottled water mineral content comparison. Most bottled waters tested contained 30-200mg of combined minerals and metals. Imagine buying a supplement that said "each serving contains 30-200mg" of the desired ingredients. Not only is that inconsistent but it means you could easily get too much or too little of what you do or don't want.

What Is The Recommended Daily Intake Of Minerals?

It's a funny thing, most people that are concerned about removing minerals from their water don't actually know how many minerals they should be getting or why they should be getting them. Click here to view a chart for the daily intake of minerals. The fact is that the amount minerals you receive in water compared to the recommended daily intake is quite small. Even Calcium which is quite commonly found in your water may or may not be in sufficient amounts, and this does not take into consideration that the Calcium in tap water is not easily absorbed by our bodies. Other minerals such as Potassium are almost nonexistent in tap and bottled water.

Where Then Do I get The Minerals That The Body Needs?

Fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy. That's right, the food you eat not the water you drink. Click here for an article from the Harvard School of Public Health "What Is Calcium, and Where Do We Get It". To prove the point, pick a mineral that you are interested in and research the best source for that mineral. It doesn't matter which one you choose because a natural food source like vegetables, meat, or dairy will be at the top of the list. You may also find supplements recommended, but you will not find tap water.

Why Do Some Say Removing The Minerals From Water Is Bad?

In many cases it may just be that is what they were told, or what they believe based on their own theories. However, much of the printed information available that promotes mineral water as a good thing comes from two sources. Bottled water companies, and water filter companies. I appreciate the value of both, I drink bottled water on convenient occasions, and I believe filters have their place and value. But the fact is that some of the strongest arguments against distilling your water and removing the minerals come from a few doctors who actually sell and promote water filter systems. Their arguments while well thought out and seemingly reasonable are all based on theory and not actual facts. They seem to forget that fact that we actually get most of, or all of our minerals through the food we eat.

Will Drinking Distilled Water Leach Minerals From My Body?

This is a reasoning point that some of the proponents for filters and bottled water use. They reason that water in it's purest form will leach minerals from your body. Again, there has never been 1 study to suggest this, only theories. It is true that water is the universal solvent but nothing suggests that distilled water will absorb more minerals than mineral water. There are no case studies or people that I have ever heard of claiming that distilled water caused a mineral depletion or other ill effects, even after years of use. Another theory is that removing the minerals may increase the acidity of the body. Click here for a discussion on this subject.

So, is Removing Minerals From My Water Bad?

It would seem when we stick to the facts and leave the theories aside, the answer is a resounding, no. The facts are, food is mineral rich and the best way to get minerals. Actual amount of minerals present in a glass of water is inconsistent, and many of the minerals naturally occuring in water are not absorbed by the body. Remember the whole reason we are talking about removing the minerals from our water is because either we have experienced ill-health from an overload of particular minerals, have heard of the health benefits associated with pure distilled water, or are concerned over other contaminates found in our tap water. So while I may on occasion still drink from the tap,or purchase a convenient bottle of water on a trip, I feel the most confident drinking pure distilled water.

Article Source:

Caleb Allen, Nutriteam Water Specialist

Does Distilled Water Leach Minerals
from the Human Body?

AP Report on Bottled Water: Not Good.

 

Does distilled water leach minerals from our bodies?

distilled waterNo, in fact, just the opposite has been found to occur in cellular research studies. It is a mistaken belief that drinking pure distilled water reduces valuable minerals from living human tissues.



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ORGANIC MINERALS VS. INORGANIC MINERALS

There are two types of minerals, organic and inorganic. Human physiology has a biological affinity for organic minerals. Most minerals for body functions are absorbed from dietary plant foods. A growing plant converts the inorganic minerals from the soils to a useful organic mineral. When an organic mineral (from a plant food) enters the stomach it attaches itself to a specific protein-molecule(a process called chelation) in order to be absorbed, and then it gains access to the tissue sites where it is needed. Once a plant mineral is absorbed within the body, it is utilized as a coenzyme for composing body fluids, forming blood and bone cells, and the maintaining of healthy nerve transmission.(Balch & Balch 1990)

Without a healthy organic mineral balance inside and outside the cells of muscle, blood, and bone substructures, the body will began to spasm, twitch and cramp, eventually deteriorating to a full "rigor complex", and/or complete failure. Minerals can be likened to the key to your car: it is a small component, but nevertheless an essential one. And a small amount of inorganic minerals are needed(like sodium), but food is still the best source.

INORGANIC MINERALS FROM TAPWATER ARE "BAD NEWS".

Tap water presents a variety of inorganic minerals which our body has difficulty absorbing. Their presence is suspect in a wide array of degenerative diseases, such as hardening of the arteries, arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, glaucoma, cataracts, hearing loss, emphysema, diabetes, and obesity. The minerals available, especially in "hard" tapwater, are poorly absorbed, or rejected by cellular tissue sites, and, if not evacuated, their presence may cause arterial obstruction, and internal damage.(Dennison 1993, Muehling 1994, Banik 1989)

ORGANIC MINERALS ARE PREFERRED

It is no wonder that the body prefers the richest source of minerals, from organic foods, instead of the hard-to-absorb minerals in tap water. Even if human tissue suddenly developed the ability to absorb inorganic minerals from tap water, it would take an enormous amount of tapwater to supply the bare minimal mineral quantities for proper life functions. If(for example) the ample inorganic mineral content of the tap water in Reno, Nevada were modified so that it would convert the daily Calcium requirement(RDA) from its inorganic calcium solutes, one would have to drink 7.4 gallons of their tap water.

DISTILLED WATER ACTUALLY ENHANCES MINERAL ABSORPTION RATES

Yes, and this is correllated to the ability of hard water to conduct electricity. Distilled Water will not conduct electricity(even when 2 parts per million inorganic minerals or less are present). Water with 5 parts inorganic content per million parts water(or more) will conduct electricity, completing a simple circuit and lighting a tester bulb. The higher the inorganic content is in a per million count, the less effectively water transmits organic minerals to tissue sites. Bottled water, tapwater, reverse-osmosis filtered water, and carbon-block filtered water(when tested) will conduct electricity, substantiating that these are not the best carriers for mineral-transport and mineral-absorption(Muehling 1994). Tapwater in the USA has been shown to contain 19 "inorganic metals of concern"(1994 Safe Water Drinking Act), for which maximum contaminant levels have been set.(Tone 1994) Most American tapwater tested falls between the ranges of 350 parts per million to over 1000 parts per million total contaminants.(Colgan 1993)

REPEAT THE QUESTION PLEASE...

Does drinking distilled water leach minerals from the body? No, quite the opposite. If inorganic minerals (and other substances like chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria, etc.) are removed from tapwater, by converting it into pure distilled water, the result is improved absorption of all nutrients, including minerals, and improved elimination of wastes at the cellular level.

REFERENCES


Muehling EC, "Pure Water Now: Its Time For Action," 2cd Ed., Pure Water Inc., Lincoln, Neb., 1994:1-42.

Dennison C, "Why I Drink Distilled Water", Reprint Form 6300, Pure Water Inc., Lincoln, Neb.,1993.

Tone J, "Your Drinking Water-How Good Is It?", National Testing Laboratories Inc., Cleveland, Ohio,1994:21.

Banik AE, "The Choice Is Clear," ACRES USA, Metaire, Louisiana, 1989:37.

Balch JF, Balch PA, PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING, Avery Publishing Co., Garden City, NY, 1990:17.

Colgan M, OPTIMUM SPORTS NUTRITION, Advanced Research Press, New York, NY, 1993:23-24.

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Understanding Acid and Alkaline for Good Health

 

Alkalizing and Alkaline are Not the Same

If you've been wondering about your body's pH lately, you're not alone. Countless articles and books have been churned out in recent years on the subject of acidity and alkalinity, and frankly, it's confusing.

Most authors warn against the dangers of high acid(which means low pH), and provide a list of foods that acidify, and a list of foods that alkalize. Here is where the confusion starts to appear. Some lists contradict other lists. Some authors even provide a third list, which they acknowledge contains foods and beverages that they are not certain of. While generally it is agreed that fruits and vegetables are alkalizing, and that grains, dairy, and meat are acidifying, there are frequent discrepencies among different authors.

The key to sorting this out is in knowing that alkalizing is not the same as alkaline, and acidic is not the same as acidifying.

If you have seen these food-type charts, you will have noticed that there is near universal agreement that citrus fruits are alkalizing. Citrus fruit is acidic, lemons and limes having a pH of around 2(pH 7 is neutral). How could they be alkalizing? Let's try to keep it simple. Your stomach is an organ that is designed to produce acid, when needed, to break down proteins and other nutrients before they enter the small intestine. The small intestine is designed to be alkaline, so as to break down the nutrients even further to facilitate absorption into the bloodstream for transport to the cells.

Stomach acid(primarily Hydrochloric acid) has a pH of around 1. Your stomach is programmed to try to maintain a pH of around 2 to facilitate its phase of the digestive process. Foods that are whole and natural, unadulterated, and high in acid(like lemons, kiwis, grapefruit, etc.) are easy to digest because they cause no stress to the stomach. Little or no additional acid is needed for digestion, and consequently, less neutralizing is required in the small intestine.

Problems occur when "alkalizing" and "alkaline" are used interchangeably. Alkaline foods and beverages call for more stomach acid, and may contribute to acidification of body fluids and tissues down the line. But eating more alkaline foods is just what many authors are recommending, with dangerous consequences. Alkalizing the stomach puts extra stress on the entire system. Failure to break down proteins and fats in the stomach(often through the use of 'anti-acids') is considered by many experts in the field of nutrition to be a leading contributor to the development of colorectal cancer. Disrupting the acid balance in the stomach is bound to have negative effects, and especially if it becomes a regular routine.

So stop taking 'antacids', or at least cut back on their use. Stop eating foods that cause indigestion and 'heartburn'. Some food combinations may be upsetting your stomach. Listen to your body as you gently try to shift your diet toward more fruits and vegetables. These foods are not only more easily digested, but they contain vital nutrients, including anti-oxidants, vitamins, enzymes, and natural immune-boosting factors. Meats, whole grains, and dairy products can be good food, but your diet should not be overloaded with hard to digest combinations. If you have a food allergy, work around it. It is possible to stress(acidify) your whole body by eating the wrong food. Eating over-processed, highly-sweetened foods is always a challenge for your digestive tract, and, ultimately, for the cells that need proper nutrition, assimilation, and elimination.

And please, don't listen to the "experts" who warn that distilled water is bad for you because it has a slightly lower than neutral pH. Distilled water is the purest form of water and the easiest for your body to assimilate. Distilled water does absorb gasses from the air, including oxygen, carbon dioxide, etc. All forms of water absorb gasses, including ocean water, tap water, dirty water, and clean water. Distilled water is not unique in this respect. Just because tap water has tiny rocks in it that buffer the pH does not mean that it is healthier. Don't forget: gastric fluid must remain around a pH of 2 for proper processing. That is why it may take hours to process a big meal of meat(could be 4 hours or more!) and trigger the opening of the pyloric valve into the small intestine. Veggies and fruits take a small fraction of that time to process. Give your stomach a break, once in a while! Fruits and vegetables are also rich in the minerals that will be needed by the small intestine to achieve its alkaline balance. Distilled water and beverages made with distilled water are a great way to wash them down without messing up your stomach's pH.

Admittedly, this summary could be termed an over-simplification. But it is a dangerous over-simplification to catagorize foods and beverages as "acidifying" and "alkalizing". And it is dangerous to over-emphasize "alkalizing" and the over-consumption of alkaline foods and beverages. It is understandable, though, why many have been confused or misled. When you see all the charts that claim that fruits and vegetables and other good foods are "alkalizing", it makes you want to "alkalize", right? But alkalizing is not the same as alkaline. When you see the charts that use "alkalizing" and "alkaline" as synonyms, or "acidifying" and "acid" as synonyms, there is a problem. They are not the same thing. Some are even urging the purchase of expensive systems to "ionize" or "alkalize" your drinking water. This is a waste of money and could have a negative impact on your health.

Eating the right foods at the right time is a time-honored procedure for healthy living. Check out the Weston Price Foundation for some fascinating studies proving this point. Dr. Price, a dentist, evaluated the diets of twins who were separated and exposed to the low quality "western" diet for one twin and a "natural" diet of native, whole foods for the other. His photos of the outcomes are stunning. His research is an enormous victory for the common-sense approach to diet and nutrition.

Junk food is hard to digest, and so is usually put in the "acidifying" catagory. But junk food causes harm in more than one way. It may be complicated, but it is also common sense. Processing strips vitamins, enzymes, and minerals from food. Chemical additives and preservatives have a direct effect in damaging cells by initiating the "oxygen free radical" cascade of ill effects. The ill effect of sugars, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, is well documented and deserves attention. Taken all together, the effects of sugars, processing, trans-fats, etc., ingested in the form of "junk food", is to create a junk body. The old adage that "you are what you eat" has never been invalidated. Things have gotten more complicated, of course, with new insights into genetic defects, chemical exposure, stress, anger, sleep patterns, etc., but the cumulative effects of a bad diet are still, and always, bad health.

Another serious consequence of acidifying your body by eating the wrong foods is demineralizing. Your bloodstream must supply needed minerals to the intestine to create an alkaline environment; if the bloodstream needs more than the diet supplies, it will take it from muscle and bone. This can lead to fatigue, muscle cramping, osteoporosis, and other disfunctions. Good food sources of minerals include vegetables, dairy products, and meat. Tap water may have minerals, but they are not readily absorbed.

We will probably never know it all about health and nutrition, digestion and elimination, and related topics. Meanwhile, the acid-alkaline theories are just not very helpful. Their promoters must have something else on their agenda. Our bodies are marvelously designed to maintain a range of pH values that is just what is needed. As we age, it is true, the system does not work as effectively, but with extra attention to wholesome food and activities, and a few supplements, we will muddle along somehow. Organic apple cider vinegar is a great supplement for the older stomachs among us.

Our bodies truly do some wonderful things to keep us healthy. Let's do what we can to stay out of the way.



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