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Distilled Water - An Analysis

Updated: Oct 25, 2018

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1. WHAT IS WATER?

2. WHAT IS DISTILLED WATER?

3. WHY DISTILL WATER?

4. HEALTH BENEFITS OF DISTILLED WATER

5. RISKS AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF USING DISTILLED WATER

6. OTHER USES FOR DISTILLED WATER

7. MY OBSERVATIONS/CONCLUSION

8. SOME INTERESTING QUOTES

9. RESOURCES AND READING MATERIAL

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1. WHAT IS WATER?


Water is a network of hydrogen-bonded molecules. It can form numerous structures, depending on how the individual molecules bond together. It is central to every function of the cell, it effectively mediates all biological processes, and is known as a life-giving substance.

Water has the unique property of being a universal solvent. It is especially effective in it's pure form as H2O. Maintaining the purity of water has been a human goal for a very long time. It can get contaminated, polluted and become a potential hazard to human health.

Water is critical to the life of every organism. It hydrates our cells and is an essential element for the function of our body's biological processes and maintenance of health.


2. WHAT IS DISTILLED WATER?


When water is heated, boiled, turned into steam, collected, cooled and condensed back into a liquid, it is known as distilled water.


There is a similar natural occurrence of this process, known as the hydrological cycle.


3. WHY DISTILL WATER?


There are many health benefits associated with drinking distilled water. In addition to the benefits of drinking it, it is preferred or sometimes required for many uses, such as laboratory, medical, and industrial applications - more information will be provided throughout this article.

It is recognized by scientists and leading health practitioners as being the best method for removing harmful contaminants and creating high-purity, fresh drinking water. When water has been distilled, it has left behind 99+% of impurities. The purest water that you can drink is distilled water which has been stored in a glass container.


On average it is less expensive to create your own distilled water, opposed to buying by the gallon. Over time, this will equate to a large amount of savings, and improved health.

There are many benefits to distilling water, especially when compared to tap, bottled, filtered, purified, mineral, deionized, demineralized, natural spring, and sparkling water. I will not discuss the benefits or detriments of many of these types in this article, but it will be accounted for in their own articles, and in my broader "water" segment.


4. HEALTH BENEFITS OF DISTILLED WATER


Distilled water has a special property of being able to leach inorganic materials, or toxic substances rejected by the cells and tissues and remove them from the body. In addition to this, distilled water is easier for cells to absorb, and is more hydrating. This has a positive, and direct effect on many processes in the body. A large number of scientists, and health care practitioners advocate the theory that disease and aging is the result of the accumulations of toxins, acidity in the body, and damaged DNA. There is a great amount of scientific literature that supports this theory. If this is the case, you should be inclined to try distilled water, if you haven't already.


It removes contaminants from water and the body, including but not limited to:

Chemicals,

Pesticides,

Heavy/toxic metals/metalloids,

Bacteria,

Viruses,

Protozoa,

Parasites,

Phthalates,

Industrial pollutants,

Radioactive contaminants (in some cases),

Other detritus, impurities and toxins


5. RISKS AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF USING DISTILLED WATER


When distilling your own water, it is important to note that some VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) such as herbicides and insecticides, and chemicals like chlorine have a lower boiling point than water. To remove traces of these substances, it is recommended to preheat the water before distillation. If you are looking to purchase a distillation unit, or already have one, it is important that you should use one that has a preheating option or feature to remove other compounds that have a lower boiling point than water. Once these compounds have evaporated, the water should be heated to the boiling point and the vapor should be sent to the condensation chamber to return to it's liquid state.


Depending on your method or equipment for distillation, it could be more or less expensive than drinking tap or spring water. An electric distiller may be inefficient for energy, and could end up costing more than drinking tap water, although this may not be an issue for the non-electric option.


It will have an alkaline pH of 7, but is an active absorber, so when it comes into contact with air, it will absorb carbon dioxide. Over prolonged periods of time, this will turn the alkaline water into a slightly acidic diluted carbonic acid solution. It is worth mentioning that distilled water is not the only type of water that may absorb carbon dioxide. This may cause an increase in bodily acidity.


As noted previously, distilled water removes all impurities. This results in what some people call a "bland" flavor. If that is the case, and you don't enjoy the taste, you could add your own minerals, or a tsp of organic lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar per gallon.

Distilling your own water may take a long time, depending on your method or distillation unit. Some may view the time required to be impractical, so it is best to distill your water ahead of time for ease of access. It is recommended to store distilled water in a clean glass container, such as a hermetic jar.


If you want to distill your water, but can't afford a home distillation system, there are some options that will be available for you, which have been listed in the link below:

LINK: https://www.thoughtco.com/making-distilled-water-609427



6. OTHER USES FOR DISTILLED WATER


Distilled water is preferred or required for a variety of applications, some of which have been listed below:


Drinking,

Bathing/Hygiene,

Laboratory applications,

Medicinal applications,

Industrial applications,

Watering plants,

Filling humidifiers,

Food processing,

Sterilizing medical equipment,

Creating beauty products,

Baby formula,

Filling fish tanks, and aquariums,

Cooking foods (this pulls the minerals out of foods, it is especially good for soups and bone broth stock),

Maintaining car batteries, among many other uses



7. MY OBSERVATION/CONCLUSION


Many individuals could benefit from consuming distilled water. The importance of clean drinking water cannot be overstated. Most people chronically eat unhealthy foods that will result in damage to the body. When an unhealthy diet is combined with inadequate hydration, detoxification, and inactivity, it is a recipe for inevitable disease and disorder. When toxins accumulate, it is common for dysfunction to occur within the biological processes required for healthy living. If you don't consume a sufficient amount of micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), you should ensure that you improve your diet, or supplement them as needed. I recommend that people save up, and purchase a high quality distillation unit if they don't already own one, or to use cheaper methods if required.


I've read many scientific studies that explicitly indicate that chronic drinkers of distilled water may develop electrolyte and mineral deficiencies. These same scientists say that it is best for detoxifying your system for short periods or a couple of weeks at a time for optimal results. If you are one of those people who insist that they must only drink distilled water, you could continue doing so, but ensure that you supplement necessary electrolytes and minerals in capsule, tablet or powder form. Dissolved powder is likely the best option for absorbency and efficacy.

Some interesting quotes:


“Distilled water is the greatest solvent on earth. (It is) the only water that can be taken into the body without damage to the tissues.


What we as scientists and the public have never realized is that minerals collected in the body from water are all inorganic minerals, which cannot be assimilated (digested) by the body. The only minerals that the body can utilize are the organic minerals (from fruits and vegetables). All other types of minerals are foreign substances to the body and must be disposed of or eliminated.


Today, many progressive doctors prescribe distilled water to their patients. All kidney machines operate on distilled water.” – Allen E. Banik, M.D. Author, “The Choice is Clear”

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The greatest damage done by inorganic minerals (hard water)—plus waxy cholesterol and salt—is to the small arteries and other blood vessels of the brain (75% water). Hardening of the arteries and calcification of blood vessels starts on the day you start taking inorganic chemicals (and minerals from tap water) into our bodies.”

“When distilled water enters the body, it leaves no residue of any kind. It is free of salts and sodium. It is the most perfect water for the healthy functioning of the kidneys(83% water). It is the perfect liquid for the blood(83% water), the ideal liquid for the efficient functioning of the lungs(86% water), stomach, liver(85% water) and other vital organs. Why? Because it is free of all inorganic minerals. It is so pure that all liquid drug prescriptions are formulated with distilled water. Dr. Paul Bragg, N.D. Ph.T., from his book: “The Shocking Truth About Water”

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“There is only one water, and that is clean, steam distilled water. No other substance on our planet does so much to keep us healthy and get us well as water does.”

Dietary Wellness; 1993 Dr. James Balch, M.D.

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“Used as a drink, distilled water is absorbed directly into the blood, the solvent properties of which it increases to such an extent that it will keep in solution salts already existing in the blood, prevent their undue deposit in various organs and structures, favor their elimination by the various excreta, and tend to remove these earthy compounds which have already accumulated in the body . . . There is no doubt as to the high value of distilled water used freely as a retarder of the ossifying conditions which appear to constitute the condition of old age.” —C.W.

DeLacy Evans, M.D., in his book, How To Prolong Life

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“Instead of drinking the hard water of springs or the chlorinated water of the cities, it will be to our advantage to drink distilled water . . . to prevent calcification of the body.” - Dr. Teofilio de la Torre

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“Distilled water is ’empty’ water – a hungry water, a water capable of absorbing body poisons. You have had the experience of trying to use an old post office blotter on the desk. Everybody had used it and it is so full of ink that it will not suck up any more. So it is with a ‘full’ water, a water full of chlorine, aluminum, etc. Such water does not have the capacity of absorbing body impurities.” —Dr. Charles McFerrin, writing in the July 1955 issue of Nature’s Path

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Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, recognized the health value of distilled water, and claimed that its daily use prolonged his life. Afflicted and bed-ridden with sciatica, Dr. Bell could find no relief for the pain. The attack came just as he was investigating the deposit of salts in the human system. A well-known scientist had written a book in which he said that old age came from such deposits, and that the ills of advanced years were due to the lack of their elimination. He believed that when such deposits went to the joints, man had rheumatism. When they went to the kidneys, he had kidney trouble and stones in the urinary organs; and when they lodged in the arteries, they produced what is called hardening of the arteries. In the same way when such deposits coated the nerves, they caused sciatica.

Dr. Bell wrote: “I knew that distilled water was pure. I thought that if I drank plenty of it, I could get rid of some of the salts that were covering my sciatic nerves. I tried drinking it and it worked like a charm. I have kept up my drinking of distilled water and I attribute my almost perfect health largely to it.”

—Dr. Alexander Graham Bell

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“The evidence that distilled water acts as a solvent within the body, dissolving the inorganic mineral deposits, is very important. A growing body of evidence suggests that distilled water dissolves and removes these disease – causing minerals and flushes out the hundreds of dangerous chemicals that have been taken into the body as well. Distilled water is not only free from pollutants, but it apparently helps remove them as well from the cells of the body, thus purifying the body so that it can function as it should. —Dr. Robert W. Flinchbaught, from “Pure Water is Life”

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“Even tap water invariably contains a variety of poisons such as chlorine, chloramine, asbestos, pesticides, fluoride, copper, mercury, and lead. The best way to remove all these contaminants is by distilling.” —David C. Kennedy, D.D.S.: ‘How To Save Your Teeth: Toxic-Free Preventitive Dentistry’

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“If you decide on bottled water, make sure it’s distilled, (however), in the long run you’ll save money if you clean your water at home. It’s more convenient than hauling gallon jugs from the store. The ‘gold standard’ for purifying your water is a system that distills your water and filters it. You have the comfort of knowing there is no chlorine, fluoride, bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or lead. You get nothing but H2O.” —Robert D. Willix, Jr., M.D.:’Maximum Health’

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“The home distiller is the best method and also the best way to get distilled water. It is the only reliable home water purification for taking fluoride out of the water.” — John Yiamoyuiannis, Ph.D.:’Fluoride: The Aging Factor’

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“Water hardness (inorganic minerals in solution) is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poisons in the intestinal tract. These (hard minerals) pass from the int