With all the chemicals and microbes lurking in regular water, you’d think that distilled water was the only way to stay completely safe from water pollutants. Considering the state of water pollution in the entire world, including developed countries, distilled water seems to be a reasonable option.
The truth is, drinking distilled water on a regular basis can be dangerous for your health.
Distilled water is definitely better than microbe–infested water, but it will also kill you slowly if you drink it on a regular basis. Keep in mind that the H2O doesn’t harm you directly, but the two main problems with drinking distilled water are as follows:
- No minerals: Shouldn’t you get those from foods anyway? Yes, but the mineral content in the water prevents it from taking minerals from your body. Distilled water has no minerals, so it takes your minerals and increases risk for mineral deficiencies.
- Acidic pH value: Distilled water has a neutral pH in perfect conditions. In the real world on the other hand, it reacts with carbon dioxide from the air and becomes slightly acidic.
The acidic pH value of water is not a problem that would make it (too) hazardous to drink. However, the modern diet usually consists of processed foods that decrease the pH level of bodily fluids. The body has a mechanism to restore pH balance, but sweating and increasing heart rate on a regular basis is not sustainable.
On the internet, many people claim that they have been drinking distilled water for years without developing mineral deficiencies. But people claim all sorts of things on the internet, and even if what they’re saying is true, every body is different. Some people will compensate for the mineral deficiency with supplements or dieting, but how can you be sure that you’ll be one of them?
If you still want to drink distilled water, here’s how you can prevent mineral deficiencies:
- Read this disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only and you assume full responsibility for your actions. If you need expert advice, talk to your physician.
- Get distilled water: Buy some or make your own at home.
- Enhance it with trace minerals: ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops is a popular mineral supplement. One teaspoon per gallon is more than enough to enhance your distilled water, but double-check the instructions.
Distilled Water Alternatives
If you don’t want to enhance your distilled water with trace minerals, you can still protect yourself and your family from water pollutants using one of the ways to purify water.
Another option is to use an alkaline water purifier. An alkaline water purifier reduces pollutants, but the second filter also enhances the water with alkaline minerals.