The most common
question asked about distilled water is about the apparent "lack of
minerals" in the pure distilled water.
Our body needs
minerals, but they most be special minerals, processed by the plant or
food cycle. Our body then absorbs these minerals through the chelation
(pronounced key-la-shun) process, when combined with specific amino acids
in our body.
in water are inorganic---simply pieces of rock, stone and dirt dissolved
in water. Science tells us that only plant life can absorb inorganic
materials and subsequently convert these to usable minerals which can in
turn be absorbed by our digestive system.
obtain our mineral nutrients from fruits, vegetables, plant and animal
life. The medical and scientific experts quoted on the preceding pages
give adequate testimony to this fact.
find sincere, but badly misdirected authors making statements to the
contrary. For example, Dr. Martin Fox, in his recent book "Healthy Water
for a Longer Life" recommends an "ideal" drinking water which contains 170
milligrams per liter of rock lime (calcium bicarbonate), is alkaline and
contains large amounts of salts, metals and other dissolved debris
unusable by the body.
I doubt that few
if any individuals who are kidney patients would follow such a water diet,
inasmuch as these "ideal" amounts of lime and salts would block their
kidneys and perhaps become life-threatening.
We need to learn
from even this simple example that if the body did use the minerals in
water, these kidney patients wouldn't have to worry about what type of
water they used for drinking and/or dialysis.
On the contrary,
tens of thousands of kidney patients are living and walking testimonials
to the fact that the body does not absorb these inorganic minerals and
salts from tap or even "spring" water.
of distilled water claim that distilled water is "flat", it contains no
oxygen, and has no taste. Distilled water may taste "flat" compared to
water containing chlorine or other chemicals. The objective of a water
purifier is to remove chemicals and foreign materials from tap water.
If a water
purification system is ineffective in this job, a "taste" remains---a
taste you can smell or an aftertaste which stays in your mouth. Distilled
water leaves no aftertaste because it contains none of the chemicals and
impurities which create the "taste".
drinking water also contains oxygen. Pure water, H2O, contains two
molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen. For those who say that
distilled water contains no oxygen, we remind them that without oxygen,
water cannot exist as water, it is simply two molecules of hydrogen.
dissolved oxygen is also found in all types of water, including distilled
water. Several milligrams of dissolved oxygen normally are found in water.
Oxygen can be added by various means to distilled water, spring water or
even reverse osmosis by various techniques.
One type of
purified water we do not recommend for drinking is "deionized" water. "Deionized"
water is processed by highly reactive chemical resins which extract
positive and negatively charged ionic particles such as calcium, sulfate,
magnesium, iron, etc.
exacting and near continual monitoring of deionizer water purifiers, this
method of water processing may leave the deionized water highly reactive.
This type of reactive water is excellent for cleaning semiconductor chips,
but we do not recommend it for use in food and drinking water
Industry uses a
considerable amount of deionized water in manufacturing and computer chip
assembly areas but sternly warns it's workers not to drink the deionized
water. These manufacturing operations instead bring in bottled distilled
or spring water for their workers.
vending machines and many water stores and bottlers don't give a second
though to using this type of process in their equipments or products.
process does not remove toxic chemicals or bacteria. In fact, the chemical
resins used in the deionizer are notorious breeding grounds for bacteria.
that you read labels on bottled water (and even vending machines) very
carefully before buying any type of water for drinking purposes.
particularly on vending machines, may say
"...for all distilled water uses".
This is NOT
steam distilled water. It is usually water treated by either deionization
or reverse osmosis, with total solids reduced to a level below 10
milligrams per liter. In most cases, the water purity is normally far
poorer than that of steam distilled water.