In late May 2012, water supplies were cut to more than 300,000 homes in 5 cities near Tokyo. Authorities found traces of Formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, in the water supplies.
If the Tokyo residents have been drinking distilled water, they would be assured of getting pure water.
Unfortunately, water contamination is not some distant event. Undesirable elements may be found in your tap water.
Drinking distilled water will help ensure you are consuming the purest water for health.
Some people shy away from drinking distilled water because of MYTHS.
What are some of these erroneous ideas? Why are these misconceptions baseless? Let Datin Dr. Lynn Tan (N.D.) expose them for you:
MYTH 1: Distilled water leaches organic minerals out from your body.
FACT: This seems to be the most prevalent myth about drinking distilled water.
It’s ironic that one of the functions of water is to pick up minerals and deliver them to our cells or tissues. It’s rather absurd to fault distilled water because it does this better than contaminated water.
The confusion on this seems to go back to a statement made years ago by Dr. Norman Walker that ‘distilled water leaches out discarded unused minerals.’
He was referring to the positive, cleansing effect of distilled water in removing unusable inorganic minerals, not a leaching of good, usable minerals.
Inorganic minerals are the ONLY minerals rejected by the cells and tissues of the body which, if not evacuated, could cause arterial obstructions, and even more damage.
MYTH 2: Drinking distilled water is dangerous! I’ve read that it is harmful because distilled water easily becomes acidic!
FACT: Distilled water by itself is neutral. Whenever the air, that consists of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, dissolves in distilled water, the carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid.
Without other salts in the water to buffer the weak carbonic acid, the pH value shows slight acidity. This is natural.
The water Quality Requirements of Quantitative Interpretations of USP(United States Pharmacopeia) which publishes standards for the pharmaceutical industry, including those for water quality was established by the U.S. congress in 1984 to control the make-up of drugs. Their standard confirms that USP for Purified Water must have the pH in the range of 5.0-7.0.
Let’s hear what Dr. Andrew Weil said: “For reason I don’t understand, many number of myths – some quite extreme – have grown up over the years about distilled water. A quick internet search today will take you to sites that put forth such views as ‘distilled water leads to early death.’
As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to a neutral pH and has no effect on the body’s acid or base balance.
I hope I’ve set your mind at ease. Distilled water not only isn’t dangerous, it’s the purest form of water. It’s also the kind of water I drink.”
MYTH 3: Ionized alkaline water is better than distilled water. When consumed, alkaline water helps to neutralize and flush out acid wastes.
It has a negative oxygen reduction potential, or affinity, for the free radicals that attack cell tissues. It does not have to rely solely on supplemental anti-oxidants since your ionized alkaline water contains an abundant amount.
FACT: None of these claims are true.
Alkaline or ‘hard’ water (due to a high concentrate of calcium) is common throughout the West. But to my knowledge, a lifetime of drinking alkaline water hasn’t protected people in the western countries from the diseases and disorders that occur elsewhere.
If you look at nature, all fruits are acidic in nature (this includes even bananas, coconuts and durian), even though they are alkaline-forming foods.
Why did God make all fruits acidic?
It is because they are exactly what the body needs. The body’s intestinal tract requires an acidic medium.
Have you ever thought about your stomach, how acidic it is? Its acidity has a pH value as low as 2!
Alkaline water neutralizes the stomach acids. Prolonged use of alkaline water may cause disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in digestive and other intestinal disorders.
The conclusion is that distilled water with a slight acidity is most suitable for our intestinal tracts.
As far as our bodies are concerned, water is neutral. It is neither acid-forming nor alkaline-forming.
MYTH 4: Distilled water is dead water. not even fish could survive in distilled water!
FACT: Of course, fish cannot live in distilled water. To survive, fish require plankton and other living organisms that need inorganic minerals to grow.
MYTH 5: Distillation takes out all the beneficial minerals.
FACT: This is a statement used countless times, usually the literature from some filter companies trying to tell you that their filters take out the bad contaminants and leave in the good, beneficial minerals.
Fortunately, there are many reputable companies who would never think of making this kind of claim in its ads.
Distillation will kill and remove bacteria, viruses, cysts, as well as heavy metals, radionuclides, organics, inorganics, and particulates.
And yes, it will remove minerals, which fall under inorganic contaminants.
The minerals in water are in an inorganic form. In other words, they are rocks.
Our minerals need to come from food, not rocks.
Through the process of photosynthesis, plants are able to convert the inorganic mineral from the soil and its water into organic minerals.
We were into organic minerals. We were designed to eat plants to get our minerals.
So don’t let myths rob you of the heath benefits of drinking distilled water. Start consuming the purest water today.
I have uploaded some pictures of contaminants collected in the home water distiller.