Many people have purchased home water distillers in the hope of having drinking water that is as fresh and pure as possible, especially as times become more uncertain and the possibility of fresh drinking water being available may not be a guarantee. But there’s a problem with distilled water that most people aren’t aware of.
There’s nothing in it.
Distilled water certainly is about as clean as water can get. It’s derived from steaming water and then collecting the drippings from the steam. But there is such a thing as water being too clean. Water devoid of all minerals is water that is not providing your body with the minerals that are absolutely essential to your life and well-being.
You do want to have the cleanest drinking water available, but if you are storing distilled water against difficult times in the future, you will be depriving yourself of the most important minerals you’ll need during what will surely be a time of maximum stress on your body.
Normal water molecules hold vital minerals within each drop. Distilled water is completely empty. You’ve heard the saying “nature abhors a vacuum.” Well, empty water molecules want to be filled with something, and if they contain no minerals, those water molecules will leach the minerals from your body on the way out of you, leaving you less healthy from that drink of water then you were when you first drank it.
There are times when distilled water can be beneficial. When you are cleansing and attempting to remove toxins from you body, distilled water is ideal. It grabs those toxins and flushes them out. But you should only take in distilled water for a one-to two week period, and when you do, it’s best to use most of that water in herbal teas, so you’re adding nutrients to your body at the same time you’re flushing the bad stuff out. The best kind of tea for flushing your system is one that is formulated to strengthen and flush your liver and kidneys.
Most health experts recommend a flush of liver teas for one week, followed by a kidney/bladder flush the next, using the appropriate tea formulas. You don’t have to do them consecutively, you can take a break from one cleanse and then do the next when you feel ready.
There is one more caveat about home distillers to be wary of. Although they distill out the original minerals that may have been in your water, they can actually add harmful ones. Most stills are made of metal, and they can actually end up depositing harmful metals such as nickel into the water you intend to drink.
If you want your water pure, it’s best to buy a very good water filter, and keep distilled water on hand for your ironing and other purposes. Distilled water is fine for short periods of time now and then, but it should never be the water you drink long term.