Drinking Distilled Water

Distilled water is water converted into a vapor, which removes all minerals and chemicals, and then condensed back into water form. Once distilled, some applications include laboratory settings, manufacturing, car repair, some household aquariums and even in steam clothes irons. Essentially, distilled water is beneficial whenever the minerals in typical water may cause corrosion, mineral scale or other problems. However, drinking distilled water is a matter of some controversy.

Noting the difference between filtered and distilled water is important because water filtration only removes some of the chemicals and particles from the water, such as lead. Thus, filtered water is considered a safe and healthy choice, since negative elements are removed but healthy minerals and chemicals are left behind. However, distillation removes almost all components from the water, including beneficial elements such as fluoride, calcium and magnesium.

Some people advocate drinking distilled water as a method to flush toxins out of the body, using the theory that the water leaches excess elements from the body, specifically the cells, arterial walls and joints. However, others note that this may rob the body of beneficial minerals and may even cause mineral deficiencies.

Many people feel that distilled water tastes pure or is free of smell or taste, which some prefer. Others think there is a specific taste to distilled water that is an acquired taste. Preference for the taste of distilled water is usually an individual choice and can only be determined by trying out distilled water individually.

A report by the University of Illinois noted that distillation is the only process that verifiably removes viruses and potential bacteria from a water source. As such, distilled water may be beneficial for household cooking or cleaning. As for drinking distilled water, individuals are encouraged to sample distilled water before purchasing or consuming large amounts of distilled water to see if they like it or not.

For those who do drink distilled water, consuming a healthy diet with plenty of enriched food such as bread and cereal, as well as lots of fruits and vegetables should help make up for any minerals not provided through the water. In addition, taking a multi-vitamin on a daily basis can help make up for any deficiencies caused or exacerbated through consuming distilled water.

Individuals who plan on consuming distilled water or giving the water to their children may want to check with their doctor with any questions about distilled water and maintaining a healthy diet.