While I’ve already covered some of the common questions regarding distilled water previously, I would like to focus on one question this time in greater detail. Drinking distilled water is a sensitive topic because there is a huge gap between opposite sides of the debate and only a few scientifically established facts. Because it is wrong to make conclusions without analyzing both sides of the arguments, I would like to present the viewpoints and most common arguments of both sides before reaching a conclusion.
Arguments against Drinking Distilled Water
- Distilled water has a neutral pH, but it becomes acid because it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere, so it cannot contribute to health benefits.
- People who drink distilled water have a higher amount of minerals in their urine, so we can conclude that they will suffer from mineral deficiency at some point. Do you want to lose your calcium on a daily basis? And don’t forget that sodium is essential in your diet.
- Distilled water is pure H2O, so it does not provide us with calcium, magnesium, and other essential minerals.
Arguments for Drinking Distilled Water
- Nature knows what is best for us, and it gives us distilled water in the form of rain to drink it. Notice that domestic animals, such as dogs, drink rainwater rather than tap water.
- Distilled water does not wash out necessary minerals. For most people, calcium never makes it to the bones where it belongs. Instead, distilled water washes out the sediments of calcium and other minerals that remain in our blood vessels and cells.
- When water contains minerals, they are not in a suitable form for effective absorption. Our body can work only with vitamins and minerals in traces.
- The neutral/negative pH value is not a serious issue if people follow the correct diet.
If you are familiar with and support alkaline water benefits, you will most likely agree with the first argument against drinking distilled water. However, I would like to point out the argument’s narrow focus. Thousands of factors influence human health. Counting on pH value alone to make significant changes to human health is as dumb as monitoring your calorie intake and eating only junk food. Narrow focus leads to obsession with details and neglect for the whole body.
In the same manner, the argument for drinking distilled water based on observing animals has a narrow focus. Yes, animals have better survival instincts than humans, but when you look at the animals in the wild, do they drink rainwater only? No, they drink from many sources because H2O is essential for their survival in whatever form they can get it. If there is something you can learn from animals, it is that variety and flexibility is important for survival rather than restricting yourself to one water/food source.