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Is Distilled Water Bad For Me?

water3I had a discussion with a coworker about water, he said that distilled water will suck out minerals out of my body.  I find myself  unsure if the idea that “distilled water leeches minerals from the body” is truth or myth.  A friend of mine who had Fibromyalgia said her doctor thought her condition was due to drinking distilled water.

One has to be cautious here because money is involved, companies selling distillers may have a different story than companies that sell you water filters.. In the midst of product-selling and marketing wars the truth becomes elusive to consumers.

Even doctors that talk about the topic seem to have a monetary connection to a product, so I cannot trust their talking points either.

A CALL TO DOCTORS: IF any doctor is reading this article, please let me know what your professional opinion on distilled water leeching minerals from the body is. Thanks

I went online looking for an answer and found conflicting views, some say distilled water is good others say it depletes your body from minerals.

Here are some of the views I found:

Yes. You an drink safely distilled water. It is good for health. You must know that basically water is taken from tube wells, which is treated and distilled and the good and potable water is separated, which is good for drinking.

You actually should drink mineral water or safe Tap water as it contains calcium, magnesium, sodium and other trace minerals including flouride which are beneficial to your health.

Distilled water will not do any harm but you may need to supplement your diet with the minerals you are loosing (these minerals are added to tap water to ensure we get enough). The health risks are not severe in the short term but i should imagine, over a number of years may lead to illness if you never eat or drink anything which contains them.

Distilled water is not good for our health , as all the minerals are missing in ditilled water, it doen’t have anything accept H2O…..
On the Contrary, minreal water is purify and it has the basic minerals, which are neede by our body

distilled water is ” ordinary ” water put through a process of boiling and steam collection ( distillation ) and gets impurities out and some chemical elements.

It is WATER….It will NOT suck minerals out of your system…Water does not need any assistance to hydrate your body.
If anyone tells you that distilled water is bad for you they are Yanking your chain or just plain being mean and lying to you.

2. I heard that distilled water is leeches minerals from the body, is this true?

It is unsure where this myth came from, but it is not based upon any scientific fact and is literally a lie.  It is presumed that it was a rumour started by an individual or company with vested interests (possibly a manufacturer of an alternative filter or purifier).

‘Your question as to whether distilled water leaches minerals out of the body reflects another persistent myth. While pure water helps to remove minerals from the body that cells have eliminated or not used, it does not “leach” out minerals that have become part of your body’s cell structure. Neither does distilled water cause your teeth to deteriorate, a false claim made by a filter manufacturer looking to boost sales. As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to a neutral pH and has no effect on the body’s acid/base balance’. – Dr Andrew Weil

“Distilled water has an inherent quality. Acting almost like a magnet, it picks up rejected, discarded, and unusable minerals and, assisted by the blood and the lymph, carries them to the lungs and kidneys for elimination from the body. The statement that distilled water leaches minerals from the body has no basis in fact. It doesn’t leach out minerals that have become part of the cell structure. It can’t and won’t. It collects only minerals that have already been rejected or excreted by the cells…To suggest that distilled water takes up minerals from foods so that the body derives no benefit from them is absurd.” – Harvey & Marilyn Diamond, Fit for Life II: Living Health

3. Isn’t distilled water void of minerals that my body needs?

Another popular myth.  The simple fact is that the human body can only use and absorb certain types of minerals (organic as opposed to inorganic) and only from certain sources.  The human body is designed to get it’s minerals from foods, not from water and so the best thing we can do for our water is make it as pure from toxins and chemicals as possible.

While it is true that the process of distillation removes certain minerals from the water it is highly unlikely that any of the beneficial minerals could be used by the body.   Research has shown that the body is unlikely to be able to absorb the minerals from water and one study has even claimed that you would have to drink over 650 eight-ounce glasses of tap water to reach the Recommended Daily Allowance for calcium.  The fact that distillation makes water 100% pure should not be of concern.

“The body’s need for minerals is largely met through foods, not drinking water.” – American Medical Journal

“The minerals which the human body needs that are in the water are insignificant to those in food… and anyone simply eating a varied diet, not even a balanced diet, could hardly suffer a mineral deficiency.” – Dr. Henry A. Schroeder, Dartmouth Medical School

“The only minerals that the body can utilize are the organic minerals. All other types of minerals are foreign substances to the body and must be eliminated. Distilled water is the only water that can be taken into the body without any damage to the tissues.” – Dr. Allen E. Banik, The Choice is Clear


Distilled water. Distillation is a process by which water is boiled until vapor is produced. This vapor is collected and cooled until it returns to a liquid state. Because minerals are too heavy to be carried by the vapor, the resulting water is completely free of additives. A desalination plant is a perfect example of distillation- salt water is boiled, the vapor is cooled and collected, and the salt and minerals are left behind. However, distilled water is also very unpalatable in its natural state. Desalination plants must also add some minerals in order to make the water usable for general consumers.

Distilled water is perfect for applications where minerals and contaminants would cause problems. Distilled water can be used in irons for steam settings or as coolant for car engines. Because there are no minerals that can stain or build up, distilled water is mostly recommended for use in machinery and cleaning products. It is not particular good to drink distilled water, because it has a tendency to pull minerals out of the bloodstream and other areas. Distilled water is perhaps the cleanest version of bottled water available, but it is not good for human consumption.

5. Purified water. Purified water denotes a process by which contaminants and/or minerals have been removed from any water source. It could be tap water which has been forced through a charcoal filter or water treated with ultraviolet light at the grocery store. The designation ‘purified’ can be applied rather broadly, so a consumer should not be swayed by its use on a label alone. Distilled water is by definition purified, but it is not a good water for drinking. Spring and well waters may have been filtered or deionized or ozonated, which would make them pure by a looser definition.

There is some controversy surrounding the benefits of ‘purified water’. Because the water may have been distilled for purity, it can leech out essential minerals as it travels through the body. Many soft drinks are made with purified water- a fact which disturbs many dieticians and health experts. Because of this natural tendency to pull minerals from the system, purified water is only recommended as part of an overall cleanse with a definite ending point, not as a daily rehydrator or replacement for other sources of water.

What I learned from the research so far?  Well, I learned that money talks louder than science.  Even research studies are often sponsored by companies looking to make a profit by selling a product.

When such a simple issue as this one has no definitive answer, and is usually referred to as ‘controversial’ I wonder why.

Are there any clinical studies out there on distilled water? If there are studies, I’d like to know the results as well as who funded the studies.

If you have an opinion on distilled water please let me know.Thanks

  1. June 14th, 2009 at 07:21 | #1

    I agree with your above article, water very important for our life. Thanks for provide the great to everyone and keep posting more powerful articles.

  2. June 19th, 2009 at 10:31 | #2

    Thanks for the great post- I personally drank distilled water for about two years (I was also a vegetarian at the time) and I became quite weak and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue. My doctor immediately took me off of the distilled water stating that it didn’t have the necessary minerals that my body needed, which I would have been getting from spring water or bottled drinking water.

  3. June 19th, 2009 at 12:13 | #3

    Erika, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I also have a couple updates:

    I asked a coworker to ask her chemist husband, her husband said that distilled water is not good to drink because it lacks electrolytes / minerals.

    A friend of mine brought up a very interesting idea, we humans evolved on this planet and we did not drink distilled water, we drank water found in nature, that is usually loaded in minerals.

    I will keep researching and report what I find either in here as a comment or in a new article

    Great hearing from you.

  4. June 19th, 2009 at 12:17 | #4

    A couple times, I noticed that if I drink distilled water for a couple weeks that I end up feeling weak and also started to have lightheadedness and a feeling as if my blood pressure was not normal. Now I drink both culligan or bottled water and distilled but not only distilled..

    I want to try this again to see if I get the same symptoms again.

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