Pure, clean drinking water is undeniably important to a healthy diet. Some people are concerned about the minerals, treatment chemicals and disinfectants found in tap water. While state and federal laws mandate acceptable levels of minerals and chemicals allowed for water systems, people who are health-conscious or have particular chemical sensitivities may need a more pure water source.
What is Distilled Water?
Any system where a source water is heated and the resulting vapor is then condensed and collected (isolated from the unclean source water) is producing distilled water. Water distillation was practiced as far back as the Bronze Age as a method of producing drinkable water while at sea. Distillation is a major source of drinking water from seawater throughout the Middle East today. Distilled water contains no waterborne pathogens (disease-carrying organisms), chemicals or minerals.
Is Bottled Water Distilled Water?
Most bottled waters are either tap water or softened and filtered tap water. Since distillation is more expensive than most types of filtering, distilled water is clearly marked in the bottled water aisle at stores.
Is Distilled Water Beneficial?
Distilled water is safe to drink. It is more pure than most other waters, with the exception of some reverse osmosis-filtered water. Distilled water does not have the minerals, chemicals or organics found in most other water, making it useful for cleaning toxins from the body.
Are There Health Risks?
Distilled water lacks both the unhealthy and unpleasant minerals of tap water as well as the minerals needed in a healthy diet. Excessive amounts of distilled water will leach useful minerals from the body. However, most of your minerals come from food. In a healthy diet, the loss of minerals from drinking water istrivial compared to the benefits of screening out unhealthy minerals, chemicals and organics from tap or regular bottled waters.
Buy or Make Your Own Distilled Water
Distilled water is available in most grocery stores for less than $1 per gallon. Less than $100 purchases a countertop water distiller, which produces a gallon of distilled water from tap water (or even well, river or sea water) in a few hours. Most of these systems use electric heaters to evaporate the water, so there will be that expense as well as necessary periodic cleaning of the distiller.
For the craftsman with some space in the backyard, solar distillers use no electricity. These are large and cost more to build than a countertop commercial unit, but consume no power and have no moving parts to fail.