An Earlier Death Can Come From Drinking Distilled
During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had
the opportunity to observe the health effects of
drinking different types of water. Most of you
would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be
hazardous to your health because of things like
parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins.
Many health fanatics, however, are
often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled
water on a regular, daily basis is potentially
Paavo Airola wrote about the
dangers of distilled water in the 1970's when it first
became a fad with the health food crowd.
Distillation is the process in
which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor
condensed. Distilled water is free of dissolved
minerals and, because of this, has the special property
of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from
the body and eliminate them.
Studies validate the benefits of
drinking distilled water when one is seeking to cleanse
or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few
weeks at a time).
Fasting using distilled water can
be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes
(sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like
magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat
irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking
foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them
and lowers their nutrient value.
Distilled water is an active
absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it
absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The
more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the
body acidity becomes.
According to the US Environmental
Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially
mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to
dissolve substances with which it is in contact."
Notably, carbon dioxide from the
air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and
even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by
The most toxic commercial
beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and
other soft drinks) are made from distilled water.
Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers
of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge
amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals
into the urine.
The more mineral loss, the greater
the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis,
hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood
pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases
generally associated with premature aging.
A growing number of health care
practitioners and scientists from around the world have
been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the
direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products
in the body.
There is a great deal of
scientific documentation that supports such a theory.
A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste
accumulation. Meats, sugar, white flour products,
fried foods, soft drinks, processed foods, alcohol,
dairy products and other junk foods cause the body to
become more acidic. Stress, whether mental or
physical can lead to acid deposits in the body.
There is a correlation between the
consumption of soft water (distilled water is extremely
soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in
acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity
including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and
the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood.
The longer one drinks distilled
water, the more likely the development of mineral
deficiencies and an acid state. I have done
well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination
of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice.
Almost without exception, people who consume distilled
water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral
Those who supplement their
distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as
deficient but still not as adequately nourished in
minerals as their non-distilled water drinking
counterparts even after several years of mineral
The ideal water for the human
body should be alkaline and this requires the presence
of minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Distilled water tends to be acidic
and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons
out of the body. Once this is accomplished,
the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.
... Disease and early death is
more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of
distilled water. Avoid it except in special
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