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
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:
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:
6. OTHER USES FOR DISTILLED WATER
Distilled water is preferred or required for a variety of applications, some of which have been listed below:
Sterilizing medical equipment,
Creating beauty products,
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”
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”
“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.
“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
“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
“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
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
“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”
“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’
“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’
“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’
“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 intestinal walls and get into the lymphatic system, which delivers all of its products to the blood, which in turn, distributes to all parts of the body. This is the cause of much human disease.” —Dr. Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic
“The only type of water that seems to be fit for consumption is distilled water, which is water that is absolutely free of any minerals or chemicals. Distilled water is made pure by first being heated to the point of vaporization, so that all of the ‘impurities’ are left behind. Then, the water vapor is condensed. The process results in water that is in its purest form. Distillation is the single most effective method of water purification.” —Peter A. Lodewick, M.D.:’A Diabetic Doctor Looks at Diabetes’
People who say that Distilled Water leaches minerals out of the body are, therefore, correct only in this respect. This is only 50% of the truth. It is virtually impossible for Distilled Water to separate minerals, which have become an integral part of the cells and tissues of the body. Distilled water collects ONLY the minerals which remain in the body, minerals discarded from natural water AND from the cells, the minerals which the natural water originally collected from its contact with the earth and the rocks. Such minerals, having been rejected by the cells of the body are of no constructive value. On the contrary, they are debris which distilled water is capable of picking up and eliminating from the system. —Dr. Norman W. Walker, from “Water Can Undermine Your Health”
“Water is so valuable to the entire system of the human body that it is wise to use only the BEST. Use pure steam distilled water for health and well being.” —Dr. John Christopher, from “Regenerative Diet”
“When one drinks impure, dirty water, the body acts as a filter, trapping a percentage of the solids suspended in the water. A filter eventually becomes clogged and useless – fit only to be thrown away. The human body might well face the same fate.
But the basic point – that only distilled water avoids mineral buildups in the body – is an inarguable one. The deposits, which build up in a teakettle from repeated use, are traces of minerals left behind as the water evaporates. Distilled water leaves no such traces – in a teakettle or in the human body. It is true that in most hospitals distilled water is used for newborn infants; distilled water is prescribed for heart patients in many cardiac wards. And it is true that kidney stones and other mineral-like buildups in the body are much more common in the areas where the drinking water has high levels in inorganic minerals – and distilled water has none of those at all.
It is without doubt the best water available to man- and the only truly pure water available in our waste-laden society.” —Dr. Paul Conn, from “Not A Drop To Drink”
“The only water likely to be clean is distilled water.” —Dr. Michael Colgan, from “The New Nutrition: Medicine For The Millenium”
“Distilled water is safe to drink and should have no adverse effects on your health. Distillation merely removes most of the dissolved materials, which are found in all natural waters.” —Raymond H. Bishop, Jr. M.D. Major General, Commander – Medical Corps. Department of the Army, U.S. Army Health Services Command
“There is nothing about distilled water that would make it harmful for the body. It may be helpful to remember that distilled water is the only water
available for crews of Naval vessels at sea.” —Frank N. Hepburn, Chief, Nutrient Data Research Branch, United States Department of Agriculture, Consumer Nutrition Division
“We drink 90 percent of our illnesses.” —Louis Pasteur
“I have been drinking distilled water since 1981, almost half of my life, and given the choice, would not drink any other type of water. I recommend
distilled water to all my friends and relatives and would not do so if I didn’t think it is one of the very healthiest things a person can do. After a full body scan, the doctor told me that I have the cleanest arteries of anyone he has examined of my age. And I have never had a broken bone in my body. (Contrary to quack assertions that calcium and other minerals are “leached” from the body!)” —Nick Pavlica, Director, H2o Labs, Ltd.
“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers are instructed to drink distilled water.” —Dr. Edward M. Wagner, from “How to Stay Out of the Doctor’s Office”
“Distilled water is the purest form available. Distilled water helps to excrete excessive heavy metals from the body.” —Vicki Glassburn, from “Who Killed Candida?” 1991
“If properly maintained, distillers provide a constant supply of high-quality water. Filters and reverse osmosis units, on the other hand, are at their best when first installed, and efficiency inveritably declines with use.” —Jonathon King, author of “Troubled Water”
“To the best of our knowledge, there would not be any adverse health effects from the continued ingestion of distilled water.” —Jack A. Bell – Assistant Director, May 17 1985; American Medical Association; Division of Personal and Public Health Policy;
“There’s no absolute medical proof that drinking DISTILLED WATER will cure arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, or any other dozens of infirmities that humans suffer. There’s no absolute proof that drinking DISTILLED WATER will remove kidney and gall stones, reduce cataracts or cure emphysema. But, there are hundreds of case histories of people who have enjoyed success in alleviating or overcoming these health problems when they began drinking DISTILLED WATER exclusively.” —Dr. Clifford C. Dennison, Ed. D., an Associate Professor at Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee, and a lifelong water researcher and expert
“Now as to the argument that distilled water leaches out minerals. This is true, and this is exactly what we want it to do. The minerals it leaches out are of the unusable, ionic form and we want these to leave the body rather than be deposited and cause disease. Distilled water does not leach out significant amounts of biologically available minerals because these are quickly taken up by the body on an as needed basis. If they are present in excess then they are filtered through the kidneys and this is exactly what needs to happen with all things which are in excess in the circulation. Distilled water cleanses the body through promoting healthy kidney function.” —Ron Kennedy, M.D.
who has been drinking distilled water for years, here is a quote of his:
“You can try drinking bottled distilled water if you like. It’s water that has been turned into steam so its impurities are left behind. The steam is then condensed to make pure water. The process of distillation kills and removes virtually all bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and other organic and inorganic contaminants. Once distilled, the water is as pure as water can reasonably be. While it’s true that distillation removes minerals as it eliminates various other contaminants from water, I don’t feel this is a problem. We get our minerals from food, not water.
As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to a neutral pH and has no effect on the body’s acid/base balance. Distilled water is safe to drink, and the kind of water I use myself.”
The Importance Of Distilled Water In Aging
by Dr. Chester Handley
As our body begins to age, there are several things that happen. Cell don’t produce as well, the body doesn’t digest as well, the body does not absorb as well and the body does not eliminate as well. And areas of the body begin to feel pain and have sore spots that we never had before. One
of the major causes of pain is the over consumption of grain in older people. It is softer, easier to eat and appears to be more easily digested. Well the true reality is that it is no benefit to the aging body at all and leaves an acidic residue that gets deposited in the joints which is the number one reason for arthritic pain.
Many years ago when I was doing research on distilled water, I discovered that contrary to all the stories out there, distilled water does not take a single thing out of the body that the body needs. It never takes anything out of a cell. Everything that is cellularly locked remains within the body, but it is the greatest tool in the world for cleaning out the bloodstream, which is the only function water really has…to wash out, cleanse and purify the bloodstream. Remember that the bloodstream is primarily an organ of transport. People think of it as a liquid rather than an organ, but it is an organ. It transports nutrients, oxygen and red blood cells throughout the body and carries away waste products and carbon dioxide.
Distilled water has been evaporated into a vapor, split apart into a molecule of hydrogen and oxygen, turning them into a gas that rises up in to the atmosphere, then cooled back down and condensed back in to water. The same process happens in a distillery when it distills water. It heats up the water in to a gas, all the impurities are left behind, all the waste products are left behind, then it is condensed and turned back into pure water and becomes the ultimate pure water because of one very important factor that is not present in any other water…it is molecularly unstable. It means that when it goes in your bloodstream it breaks apart easier and latches on to debris, waste products and unwanted materials that are floating round in your bloodstream.
It is also one of the best ways there is for reducing blood pressure. I made up two charts years ago when I was doing my studies on body detoxification with distilled water, from 1865 to 1965. In 1865, diseases that ranked in the high 30’s and low 40’s became the first four killers in 1965…and they were all cardiovascular. I then made another chart from 1865 to 1965 to show the reduction in the use of drinking rainwater. The two charts were virtually biometrically opposite. As people quit drinking rainwater, cardiovascular diseases went up. When the blood vascular system is clean you have less headaches, you have less pain, you have more oxygen and nutrients available for the body and more healing capacity for the body.
It has been almost twenty years ago now that a man came down to my office that had arthritis so bad he could hardly get out of a straight backed chair. His pain was excruciating. We put him on the detoxification program, took him off of all grain in his diet, instructed him to eat only fruit, vegetables, protein and meat products, and put him on distilled water every half hour while he was awake. It is hard to believe a month later this same man was out working in his garden having the time of his life.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of drinking distilled water for cleansing the blood stream, for reducing arthritic pain and lowering blood pressure. It has also been known to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. In fact, the only effect on the body is health.
There are rules of thumb on how much water to drink. The rule of thumb on a normal day is one half your body weight in ounces per day. If you are sweating and exerting yourself you should drink more, not less. We have a tendency to grab pop, coffee, Kool-Aid and juices, but we need to get back to the habit of grabbing distilled water.
Resources and reading materials:
http://www.cyber-nook.com/water/distilledwater.htm%2523a4 (LOOK AT THIS LINK THOROUGHLY)
https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water (LOOK AT THIS LINK THOROUGHLY)
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