I was doing a little research on distilled water verses ionized water, and I found some pretty interesting things. I have a few friends who insist on drinking distilled water because their rationalle is it does not have any chemicals in it and it is pure water, so it obviously is “good for you”. This sparked an interest in what the health benefits or consequences are from distilled water versus alkaline water.
I found a few things that I thought were very interesting about distilled water. Now obviously distilled water is not going to kill you, but I wanted to find out how healthy it really was for you, especially in comparison to alkaline ionized water.
I found that distilled water tends to be slightly acidic. The reason for this is that distilled water is void of all minerals. This is how water gets a pH value [by assimilating minerals]. If it has no minerals, it will assimilate the carbon or other minerals in the air [which are mainly acidic]. On the other hand, distillation removes a broad amount of contaminants, which are in typical tap water. Contaminant removal is the main reason people drink distilled water. “Pure water” just sounds so good for you, right?”
Since there are so few minerals in distilled water, it tends to want to get minerals from other places. If you drink distilled water it would tend to leech the minerals from you. If you cook with distilled water, it would tend to leech the minerals from the food you are cooking. This is called adhesion, the attraction of water to other materials. Water has a positive charge on the Hydrogen side of the water molecule and a negative charge on the oxygen side. That is what makes water so attractive!
As you may well know, diseases thrive in acidic environments. People have known for years that eating raw fruits/vegetables, whole grains, etc., which are alkaline, and avoiding acid-producing foods [white flour, sugar, processed foods...] are good for their health. However, some how or another it doesn’t always sink in that what you eat/drink is directly proportional to how well you are. The last time I checked, doctors don’t ask very often about what your eating/drinking routines are. The availability and desirability of junk foods, processed foods, fast foods [all highly acid-forming] along with our fast-paced lifestyles today, drives people to eat more and more of the wrong things and avoid the right foods.
Alkaline ionized water is alkaline. The alkaline ionized water will allow for acidic wastes to be discarded much more easily and also turns the state of your body more alkaline. Alkaline ionized water will help to buffer the less than perfect diet. In addition, alkaline ionized water is packed full of antioxidants, which also ward off diseases.
All water ionizers allow for the good minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and potasium to go through their filtration process. This is important because in order for electrolysis to work you do need minerals in the water. You cannot ionize distilled or reverse osmosis water without remineralizing it. Water ionizers also filter out many of the contaminants found in tap water. Some ionizers have better filters than others. For a comparison of water ionizers [including their filtration] seehttp://www.alkalinewaterplus.com/water-ionizer-comparisons .
There actually have been studies showing that hard water prevents cardiovascular disease. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3396141.stm . [Hard water is just water with lots of calcium in it.]
So, the idea that “pure water” is better for you is just not true. You don’t get a significant amount of calcium or any mineral from water, but it does seem to have an affect on health. In the link above, it was found that acute heart attacks were significantly lower in areas of the country where water was harder.
The one benefit that distilled water has going for it is that it does not have contaminants in it. Other than that, it is actually not very healthy for you. Alkaline ionized water, on the other hand, is going to help alkalize your body. If you’re concerned about the purity of your water [from the standpoint of eliminating pharmaceuticals, water-treatment chemicals, and other harmful contaminants], some water ionizers have better filters than others. So, do your homework, and check out the link I gave you above. There are also some great pre-filters out there that will take care of pretty much anything you would be worried about.