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Dr. James F. Balch says in his book that we should only drink distilled water.  We have been drinking that now for several years.  In an e-mail claimed to be from Johns Hopkins Hospital it says that distilled water is very acidic and causes cancer in our bodies (something like that).  My husband is a big Dr. Balch follower and says Johns Hopkins is wrong.  What should we believe?
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I am also a fan of Dr. Balch, but we have some differing opinions on some things. 


I am against the long-term ingestion of distilled water due to the fact that there are no minerals in it, which makes it more like a chelating agent in the body.  The only time I would recommend drinking distilled water would be during a detoxification period, due to the fact that distilled water will chelate minerals from the body.  Do not drink distilled water for more than 4 consecutive weeks.

 

Also, distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. When the body becomes acidic, minerals are pulled out of bones and tissues to neutralize the acid, resulting in mineral deficiencies. 

The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.

There does exist research (from more than one source) suggesting that even the intake of minerals from food doesn’t make up for the intake of totally mineral-free water in terms of maintaining health.


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Thanks, Dee.  No wonder I am so acidic.  I can never get to the high end of the 6's on the Ph strips and should be up in the 7s.  I read your response to my husband and he said that we had better switch over to something else!!!  I guess just plain old bottled drinking water would do it.  Will read labels to see if the water mentions alkaline. 
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Hello.  I have spent many hours searching your site and still confused about drinking water.  I am so hoping you can tell me the healthiest drinking water for my family.  As a previous reader said she was drinking distilled water, our family too, has been drinking distilled water for almost two years.    Secondly, can distilled water have any effect on hair?  My precious little child doesn't have the soft silky hair she once had anymore and my hair is basically unrecognizable. I wake up everyday wondering who's hair is on my head.  To say it is dry is an understatement.  I also wonder if you think distilled water can cause anemic or B12 deficient symptoms.  (fatigue, irritability, mental confusion, etc.).  
Thank you thank you so much in advance!




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Well, I am going to clear up your confusion about drinking water once and for all. I am very concerned about your health and the symptoms you listed.  They are definitely due to your long term consumption of distilled water.

I have read in several places that long-term distilled water drinkers who had been consuming only distilled water had developed troubles with their hair either thinning or falling out in clumps. Hair loss is a condition often associated with various mineral deficiencies.

I also read that many people reported that their hair loss problems improved when they stopped drinking distilled water.

I am not sure why you started drinking distilled water exclusively in the first place, but you probably read it somewhere. Unfortunately, those who advocate drinking distilled water are relying on information that is, in most cases, at least 50 years old.  Most contemporary experts know the dangers of distilled water and do not recommend it, for many reasons.

Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed. Distilled water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. This property would be good to take advantage of ONLY when when detoxing or working to heal a serious health challenge (but only for a few weeks at a time.)

However, drinking distilled water on a regular daily basis is potentially very dangerous for your health. Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to absorb and dissolve substances with which it comes in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes. The more acidic the body becomes, the more mineral loss.

The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.  You also begin to lose your hair.

There is also a correlation between the consumption of soft water (distilled water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate (sodium) in the blood.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a well respected and renown living foods advocate writes on page 509 of his book Conscious Eating, "distilled water is dead, unstructured water so foreign to the body that one actually gets a temporary high white blood cell count in response to drinking it."

There have been well over 3000 case studies of mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests. Almost without exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies.

Those who supplement their distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-distilled water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation.

The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.

Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals).

If you want to know what kind of water I drink, I will tell you that I only drink bottled spring water or something called Kangen water.  Kangen water is highly alkalized water that has passed through a special filter and is ionized.  You can only get it from someone who has the ionizing machine or by purchasing the machine yourself.  You can look up Kangen Water on the internet and find out more about how to get it.  It is all the rage right now. Drinking highly alkalized water does wonders for your health.

Tap water isn't good because of all the chemicals and pollutants and who knows what else is in it, but I don't have all the answers as to the best water for human health.  Our ancestors drank fresh water from springs, streams and lakes because that type of water is high in minerals and is highly alkaline.

As to whether distilled water can cause anemia or B12 deficient symptoms (fatigue, irritability, mental confusion), I think you now have your answer.

Please see a doctor right away and get tested for mineral deficiencies.  And stop drinking the distilled water.

Best of Health,

Dee





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Hello Dee!  So excellent to hear from you. ; )  Thank you for your response and help.  I'll be seeing a doctor for a check up but in the meantime our family is on spring water now!  We are checking into Kangen as well.  During a search on your site I found this about Kangen:


05/24/09 at 12:54 AM#4

Hmmm, I'll let you know what I come up with after I check it out some more.  There's something weird about changing the size of the water molecule, isn't that not really the way it exists in nature?  


I agree with your last sentence about not existing in nature.  Was there something you found out that helped you see Kangen was healthy despite changing the water molecule size?  I ask because I value and trust you and desire the healthy best for my family.  

Our Arrowhead Spring Water (2.5 gallon dispenser) is made of plastic #2.  Is that ok?

Also in your response you said:
Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented

Are you saying if we buy RO water or even spring and Kangen water that we need to buy a mineral supplement like in a vitamin or continue eating a healthy diet?

Nothing has seemed right for awhile and with how badly I was feeling I am so thankful God put you on my path.  I am now off that awful distilled water.  (a few years ago a close friend had said they did research on the best water to drink and said it was distilled).

You perhaps have saved my family's life!  We all thank you!!XOXO : ) 

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You are welcome!  Keep us posted on how you do after getting off distilled water!

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Hi,
I guess I just whizzed through reading your post and forgot to answer your questions!  Sorry about that!!
I did learn that the Kangen water is wonderful  The changing of the size of the water molecule that the person was talking about in the other post was a bit misleading.  What actually happens is that water is restructured as it passes through the ionizer to form alkaline water.  The alkaline water molecule is a smaller, but it is most like the unpolluted, untreated water that exists in natural springs. Kangen(TM) is actually a trademarked name, introduced by the Japanese to describe the high alkaline/antioxidant water. It means "return to it's origin".

As for your plastic bottles, if the number is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene),  a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.

If you are drinking RO water, you may want to get some mineral drops for the water.They can be purchased in a natural food market.  Spring water and Kangen water have plenty of minerals in them.



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I've been trying to understand a little bit of the benefits of different types of waters.Some people say distilled water is bad because it has no minerals but doing some "research" I found there are actually
two different type of minerals inorganic and organic.Plants are the only ones who can benefit from inorganic and eating plants is how actually we can benefit from eating minerals (organic) http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/minerals/organic-and-inorganic-minerals.html.
If this is correct and we can only benefit from organic minerals what happens with the little minerals we can get from the purified water|spring water? I read those minerals just are expelled or stored
on the body  potentially causing some diseases is this correct?

Also I read why the distilled is acidic and found that the ph of distilled water cannot be measured by normal ph meter and that for this purpose buffers are used.
"The pH of pure, distilled water in a vacuum is 7; it is neither acidic nor alkaline. Immediately after distillation, however, water begins absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and it forms carbonic acid -- a weak acid. This absorption continues until the carbon dioxide concentration in the water is the same as it is in the atmosphere. At this point, the pH of the distilled water is around 5.8."

I'm trying to understand why there are some many versions of people trying to sell water filters,spring water and water distillers and avoid to being biased towards certain specific water.


I would really appreciate your guidance on this subject.

Esteban Gamez






 


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The short answer to your question is that finding pure water to drink has been a problem for humanity for ages. That's because we seem to always contaminate our natural water supplies. The water we are designed to drink comes from either surface water sources such as rivers and lakes, from underground wells, springs or deep aquifers, and rain water.

The best water to drink is spring water that comes from deep aquifers. this type of water is actually a type that is naturally distilled first because it has been evaporated from the earth, and then and then it has been filtered and remineralized by passing through layers of rock and soil.

It is true that the minerals in our sources of fresh water are inorganic, but they are in trace amounts and we should never think that they would be our main source of minerals. That would be absurd. We need to get most of our minerals from our foods, as they are the organic types of minerals that are protein-bound, or otherwise called chelated minerals. However, we do absorb some of the inorganic minerals from our water, but these are not harmful to us.

I think the great concern of inorganic minerals becoming toxic in the body is not from drinking natural spring water, but rather from the consumption of all manner of packaged and processed foods that contain larger amounts of inorganic minerals that have been added to the foods to make up for the fact that the original vitamins and minerals have been stripped out of the food in the first place.

For instance, breakfast cereals are notorious for having inorganic minerals added to them. Soy milk, rice milk and some coconut milk products have calcium carbonate added to them to give them a higher calcium content, when in reality that type of calcium is not even absorbed well into our bodies and becomes toxic.



Natural spring water is not the problem. 
 

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Dee, thanks for cluing us in about the distilled water back in 2010.  We have been off of it every since.  Judy and Jim

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Thanks Dee for the info on distilled water.  I found it very interesting and we were just talking about alkaline water at work yesterday.  It is nice that it is more readily available on the shelves at the store.  But what about the plastic it is processed in???   Is the plastic leaching chemicals into the water???

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