There are some folks out there who believe that it is safe to drink distilled and reverse osmosis water, claiming there are no potential health risks - although there is never any supporting data associated with these claims, only to the contrary. These same few folks also claim that distilled water has a neutral pH... even though any idiot with litmus paper or a pH meter can see the pH is usually between 5.2 - 6pH, and drops lower as it sits exposed to open air. Why then would anyone with any reputation at all (or, half a brain) say that it is safe to drink distilled and R.O. water, even though basic chemistry tells us
differently? "Alternative agenda", is what I like to call it. You'll notice that most of these supporters of distillers and R.O. systems usually have some government or alternate agenda - the government wants you to stay sick to keep the disease-mongering health system afloat... so why would they want you to avoid the potentially hazardous effects of drinking unnatural water that does not exist anywhere on the planet? Simple... greed.
If you want to do a cleanse for a week or two, and want to drink distilled water to help you out with that... fine. Do not drink distilled or R.O. water for any length of time - unless, of course, you enjoy arthritis, bursitis and gout.
Distilled Water and RO Filtered Water
by Sang Whang
Water is a strong solvent; therefore, it carries many invisible substances: minerals, oxygen, nutrients, waste products, pollutants, etc. Pure water without any substance is as un-natural as a pocket of vacuum within a normal atmosphere. A pocket of vacuum will suck in any and everything around it until the pressure becomes equal to the surrounding.
Likewise, pure water will leach out any and every substance that it can dissolve from the substances that it comes into contact with, until its content is homogeneous with its surrounding or the water is saturated with substances so that it can no longer dissolve anymore substances.
Since the creation of this planet, rainwater has been washing down minerals from the mountains into the ocean. Ocean water has been saturated for a long time with specific minerals, yet rivers continue to carry down the minerals. The result is that at the bottom of the ocean there are tons of mineral deposits precipitated. If we knew how to recover the minerals from the bottom of the ocean, we would be very rich.
Distilled water and RO (reverse osmosis) filtered water contain no minerals, simulating close to pure water. This pure water should be neutral with a pH value of 7. However, it measures acid pH! The reason for this phenomenon is that pure water sucks in carbon dioxides from the atmosphere. Although it measures acid pH, there are no acid minerals in that water. If pure water is stored in plastic bottle, the water smells plastic.
For this reason, distilled water or RO filtered water should be stored in glass bottles or special plastic bottles that can block carbon dioxide penetration. Coca Cola was bottled originally in glass bottles only. Then came the plastic bottle and it lost the fizzles. Then better plastic bottles came out that didn't lose carbon dioxides; still plastic-bottled Coca Cola has to have expiration dates. Carbon dioxides penetrate through plastics, making pure water acidic.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the health food industry recommended that people eat certain types of healthy food and exclude other types of unhealthy food. Initially, people noticed a marked improvement of their health. However, staying with this healthy Diet for several years, people suffered from nutritional deficiency syndrome, which the health food industry concluded as a sickness caused by pollutants in the drinking water. The health food industry began to sell distillers and RO filters to protect people. To me, this is a case of arriving at an erroneous conclusion because they totally misunderstood the facts.