Is Distilled Water Safe to Drink?
Yes, but it is not recommended. While removing the chemicals and contaminants, the distillation process also removes the beneficial minerals, such as magnesium and calcium from the water.
What Is Distilled Water? Is It Better for You Than Mineral Water?
Water is the most essential aspect of life. Up to 60% of the adult human body is made up of water. Today, there are various types of water and water filters available. Whether water comes from tap water, bottled water, spring water, soft water, a refrigerator filter, distillation, reverse osmosis or other purifiers, such as a Berkey, we should be extremely conscious of the quality of water that we are putting into our bodies. Distilled water specifically is interesting as the distillation process does purify water removing 99.9%+ of contaminants, but it also poses health risks. When deciding to drink primarily distilled water filter it is important to consider the health effects from the lack of minerals in distilled water and how the water tastes. But first, what is distilled water?
How is Distilled Water Made?
Distilled water is created by heating and boiling the water to its boiling point and collecting evaporated steam. When water evaporates and creates steam, it separates pure water from dissolved solids and contaminants. Collecting the steam leaves you with a pure form of filtered purified water that has not only been stripped of contaminants but also beneficial minerals and vital nutrients as well. This type of water is often called dead water, as all impurities, chemicals, and minerals are removed.
Great, now you have purified water free from chemicals, and impurities, so what is the problem?
The problem is that while removing the chemicals and contaminants, the distillation process also removes the beneficial minerals, such as magnesium and calcium from the water. When your body loses water through sweating or urinating, you also lose sodium and other valuable minerals. Typically minerals are replenished through food and water. By only drinking distilled filtered water, you cannot replenish vital minerals through water intake, which may eventually lead to a deficiency. An increase in urine output could also result in an electrolyte imbalance. It is possible to regain some of these minerals through food in a well-balanced diet, however, when cooking these foods, mineral loss from the cooking process can be up to 70%! Your body also absorbs more minerals out of water than food, so it is important for the amount of minerals in your water to replace what you've lost.
Another adverse aspect of drinking distilled water is the flat taste. This is due to a lack of minerals, metals and inorganic compounds. Many find this unappealing and in the long term, can lead to a decrease in water consumption. Outside of the negative health effects on your body, distilled water can also have harmful effects on the environment. Once the distillation process is completed and the pure water is collected from steam, it leaves behind highly salinated hard water, that can disrupt the surrounding ecosystem of the water source.
What is a Good Alternative to Distilled Water?
Berkey water filters systems are a fantastic alternative to distillation. There are a few main reasons why we recommend using a Berkey, the first being the quality of the water. As Berkey purifies, it removes over 99.99% of viruses, pathogenic bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and countless more contaminants, all while, leaving in the minerals that your body needs. The Black Berkey purification elements that are used to filter water far surpass other water filters in filtration capability. This is due to its unique structure. The purification elements are comprised of microscopic pores, which trap harmful contaminants. The filters contain a revolutionary material with adsorption and ion exchange properties that attract molecules and viruses. The Black Berkey elements have been tested by third-party, state and EPA accredited laboratories to remove contaminants exceeding NSF standards.
An additional consideration is the taste of Berkey filtered water. Many describe Berkey filtered water as having a sweet taste that is far more palatable than any other water they've ever tasted. Many even call themselves watersnobs. This is due to the removal of chlorine, and other chemicals used to clean municipal water sources all the while leaving the same amount of minerals.
Another advantage of using a Berkey is the longevity and cost comparison to distilling water. On average each Black Berkey purification element will last for 3,000 gallons. Each unit comes equipped with two Black Berkey elements, which means that you can get up to 6,000 gallons of purified filtered water. That equates to less than two cents per gallon of water. Compare that to the distillation process, which on average will cost about 30 cents per gallon if done at home with a distiller, and even more expensive if purchased from a store. That is more than 15x the cost of using a Berkey Water Filter! Also, the Berkey systems become more useful in a power outage or other emergency situations because they do not require any electricity to use, whereas a home distiller does.
The Berkey water filter system is so powerful it is classified as a purifier. The portable Berkey can be used to filter non-potable or unhealthy water. For normal everyday water from your faucet or for challenging environments like wells, rivers, and lakes. Berkey is the most flexible and adaptable filtering system available. The Berkey systems come in a variety of sizes to suit all of you and your family's needs.