Distilled Water Myths
If you have done your research on distilled water, you have probably arrived here confused and broken, and unsure of whom to believe. Not that you should put anymore trust in us, a company that SELLS water distillers, but we will try to clear up some of the (mis)information that is "out there."
First, we think it's important for you to know that we did not choose to sell water distillers because of a high demand for them. We chose to sell them because we personally use them, believe in them, and believe it's important to share the products and information with other health conscious consumers. I promise you, this is not an industry you get into if you are looking to get rich! (That would be the bottled water industry!)
We did a LOT of research on distilled water, and were probably as confused as most people who don't know who to believe. But we had an advantage. We had already grown familiar with Dr. Myron Wentz, founder of Gull Laboratories, Usana Health Sciences and Sanoviv Medical Institute. A well respected scientist and leader in his field, Dr. Wentz KNOWS what he is talking about when it comes to cellular health and nutrition. We had learned that Dr. Wentz promoted drinking distilled water, so much so that he provided water distillers AT COST to his distributors in the past.
Perhaps you are wondering what in the world I am talking about...you've never heard anything bad about distilled water, and this is new to you. Perhaps you have been drinking distilled water for years and you are now getting worried! But don't worry...here are some myths being perpetuated on the internet, and the truths behind them:
MYTH: Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic.
TRUTH: There is no scientific basis for this, and there is no documentation available with this claim. If it WERE true, drinking something that's acidic does not cause an acidic state in your body. Since you should also be concerned with your intake of calcium and magnesium, rest assured that these minerals, along with other alkaline foods, help to alkalize the body and bring balance.
MYTH: Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value.
TRUTH: Cooking any foods lowers the nutrient value, especially when cooking in water and draining the water. Steaming is preferred, as is cooking food where the water will remain with the food (and for this you should definitely use distilled). Distilled water is not particularly more "leaching" than any other type of water.
MYTH: The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from distilled water.
FACT: I just called Coca-Cola, where I was told that Coke is not made from distilled water. (I didn't call the other manufacturers :o) The water used in soft drinks is the last concern we should have, and NOT the reason why soft drinks are bad for you. Check out the other ingredients.
MYTH: Distilled water leaches minerals from our bones and cells, and causes mineral deficiencies because it lacks the minerals found in other types of water.
FACT: It is true that distilled water can leach inorganic minerals, but since it is neutralized once ingested, this concept does not apply to human health. Water has so little minerals in it, one should not depend on it for dietary benefits. We get minerals from food, not water. - Water the Ultimate Cure by Steve Meyerowitz, p. 80. Additionally, you can throw in a few of grains of rice per gallon of distilled water to create your own "mineral water."
MYTH: 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.
FACT: First of all, magnesium is NOT a trace mineral! "Only when you drink distilled water repeatedly on a fast can it have the potential to leach minerals from the body, and then only when the process of genuine starvation has commenced. This extreme circumstance affirms the mineral-leaching theory, but it bears no relevance to normal human nutrition." - Water the Ultimate Cure by Steve Meyerowitz, p. 81.
We have read lots of testimonies of negative side effects of drinking distilled water. But the problem is, there are just as many, if not more, testimonies FOR distilled water. We have been drinking it exclusively in our home for about a year, and my nails are not brittle and my hair is not thinning! The truth is, drinking distilled water and consuming nutritious foods and supplements will only produce a healthy body. If people think they are having problems with distilled water, there is no way to tell if they are simply not consuming enough nutrients or have other problems, such as hormone imbalance. The fact that they blame the distilled water does not mean scientifically that the distilled water is causing their symptoms. The fact is that the most pure water possible in your home comes from a home distiller.