Is distilled water for drinking?
Yes. In fact, it’s one of your best options when it comes to safe drinking water.
If you’re trying to drink more water, I recommend going with distilled water.
I explain why distilled water beats other forms of water purification in my post, “Where Can I Get Distilled Water”. If you read that post, you’ll find out why you can’t trust most water filters to give you safe water and why a distiller can.
But even though distilled water is the purest form available, some people still have doubts about drinking distilled water.
Because there’s a lot of bunk out there.
If you do some scouting around on the internet, you may think that distilled water can cause health problems because it doesn’t have minerals. Or that it’s too acidic because of the absence of alkaline minerals.
Some myth-makers even go so far as to suggest distilled water will leach minerals out of your bones.
This is all nonsense.
Certainly I agree that you need to get adequate minerals. I’ve researched and written extensively about how a full 1/3 of Americans are low on magnesium. And yes, water can be a terrific source of minerals in your diet.
But you can get your minerals through a number of other sources – like your food. It’s easy to put things back into your diet or even dissolve it into your water.
It’s a lot harder to take bad things out. Like contaminants you have no idea are lurking in your water supply.
If you’re worried distilled water brings too much acidity into your body, then you shouldn’t use vinegar, lemon juice or drink orange juice either. We eat plenty of acidic foods. And many of these acids are necessary for health – like ascorbic acid or vitamin C.
Distilled water is only slightly more acidic than water with distilled minerals. It comes nowhere near the acidity of a nice salad dressing or glass of lemonade.
If you’re still concerned about acid in your diet, all you need to do is make sure you enjoy a well-rounded diet. By eating enough alkaline foods, you can balance out the acids in your diet.
If you’re anxious that distilled water will leach minerals out of your bones, relax.
When you drink water, it doesn’t go straight to your bones and start pulling minerals out. It flows through your digestive system where it mixes with minerals and other nutrients to form blood, lymph fluid and other aqueous mediums in your body.
Rather than worrying about an unquestionably pure glass of water robbing your body of minerals, think about making sure you’re getting adequate minerals in your diet. Eat calcium, magnesium and potassium-rich foods. Even take a supplement.
But don’t blame water for health problems associated with an overall mineral-poor diet.
Bottom line, distilled water is not only safe for drinking, but it is also the safest choice for drinking.
Yes, you may need to pay a little more attention to getting minerals from your foods. But wouldn’t you rather do this than worry about the hundreds of contaminants in drinking water? Especially since many of these contaminants aren’t ever tested for.
So is distilled water for drinking? The answer is an absolute, no-holds-barred “Yes!”
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