Yes, but it is not recommended. While removing the chemicals and contaminants, the distillation process also removes the beneficial minerals, such as magnesium and calcium from the water.
WHAT IS DISTILLED WATER?
IS IT BETTER FOR YOU THAN MINERAL WATER?
Water is the most essential aspect of all life forms. Up to 70% of the human body is made up of water. Today, there are various types of water and water filters available. Whether water comes from tap water, bottled water, spring water, soft water, a refrigerator filter, distillation, reverse osmosis, we should be extremely conscious of the quality of water that we are putting into our bodies. Distilled water specifically is interesting as the distillation process does purify water removing 99.9%+ of contaminants, but it also poses health risks. When deciding to drink primarily distilled water it is important to consider the health effects from the lack of minerals in distilled water and how the water tastes. But first, what is distilled water?
HOW IS DISTILLED WATER MADE?
Distilled water is created by heating and boiling the water to its boiling point and collecting evaporated steam. When water evaporates and creates steam, it separates pure water from dissolved solids and contaminants. Collecting the steam leaves you with a pure form of filtered water that has not only been stripped of contaminants but also beneficial minerals and vital nutrients as well. This type of water is often called dead water or acidic water, as all impurities, chemicals, and minerals are removed.
GREAT, NOW YOU HAVE PURIFIED WATER FREE FROM CHEMICALS AND IMPURITIES, SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The problem is that while removing the chemicals and contaminants, the distillation process also removes the beneficial minerals, such as magnesium and calcium from the water. When your body loses water through sweating or urinating, you also lose sodium and other valuable minerals. Typically, minerals are replenished through food and water. By only drinking distilled filtered water, you cannot replenish vital minerals through water intake, which may eventually lead to a deficiency. An increase in urine output could also result in an electrolyte imbalance. It is possible to regain some of these minerals through food in a well-balanced diet, however, when cooking these foods, mineral loss from the cooking process can be up to 70%! Your body also absorbs more minerals out of water than food, so it is important for minerals in your water to replace what you have lost.
Another adverse aspect of drinking distilled water is the flat taste. This is due to a lack of minerals, metals, and inorganic compounds. Many find this unappealing and in the long term, can lead to a decrease in water consumption. Outside of the negative health effects on your body, distilled water can also have harmful effects on the environment. Once the distillation process is completed and the pure water is collected from steam, it leaves behind highly salinized hard water, that can disrupt the surrounding ecosystem of the water source.
WHAT IS A GOOD ALTERTERATIVE TO DISTILLED WATER?
The Uncle Tilo’s Clean Water Filter Pack system is a fantastic alternative to providing pathogens free clean water while retaining minerals. There are a few main reasons why we recommend using Uncle Tilo’s Clean Water Filter Pack, the first being the quality of the water. With Quantum Disinfection™ together with a 20-micron sediment filter and a 5-micron 100% Coconut Shell Carbon filter removes chlorine, insecticides, benzene organic chemicals, bad taste, odors and kills viruses, pathogenic bacteria without the need for electric all while leaving in the minerals that your body needs. For Rainwater harvesters living on the Big Island of Hawai’i Uncle Tilo offers the Acid Rain Mineral Pack to place inside catchment tanks. This product is desirable for a couple of reasons: One it adds minerals to coat copper and brass fittings and components in the plumbing systems to protect from releasing lead into the water source and adds minerals for a great tasting water source that our bodies require.
If you have read this far you know that the quality of your water is a direct link to the quality of your health. Kudo's to YOU!!!
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