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 U.S. 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 distilled water."
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 deficiencies.
The ideal water for the human body should be slightly 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.
Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.
Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals). Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water. Avoid it except in special circumstances.
I have been hearing this vicious rumour now for quite a while and have been looking for proof that it leaches minerals.
I drink distilled water from my countertop distiller every day so if anyone could say why "it doesn't leach minerals" then I would appreciate it.
Also, if distilled water is acidic ... could you make it alkaline by dissolving minerals into it. Is it strictly the pH balance that leaches the minerals or it is due to some other property of distilled water?
"Dr. Zoltan Rona based on 19 years of clinical practice observing the health effects of drinking different types of water says,
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, urin and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies....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."
that cant be all thats going on there. there is nothing good in hard water. those statements say nothing about the diets of those people, their ability to digest and absorb nutrients from their food, their stress level, there level of exposure to environmental poisons, improper mixing of foods(the #1 acid maker), supplements they may be taking improperly which deplete other minerals, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....
drinking straight distilled water is not particularly good. the distilling is to clean it up. it also helps clean you up. but to get the water where it is going then salts are necessary. or plant minerals. just put a pinch of your favorite herb in the water, or a sqeeze of lemon, or realsalt, etc.
i have been doing my Iodine in water, then i also have a glass with some tinctures i like(thanks uny!). or i will take a lick of salt and chug a glass. i have been drinking distilled for years now and have had no problem. i also use it for cooking or making juice from concentrate(organic), making coffee or tea, etc. its the only thing i use. i have no evidenc that it is leaching anything essential from me at all.