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What Is Distilled Water And Can You Drink It

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: January 16, 2017
What Is Distilled Water And Can You Drink It

Distilled water is purified water that is made safe by using the process of distillation. Although it is widely used for drinking where pure drinking water is not available, experts usually do not recommend drinking it on a regular basis. Here at OneHowTo.com, we are going to discuss what distilled water is and if can you drink it.

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What is distilled water?

Unfiltered regular water usually contains chlorine, parasites, dioxins and fluoride, which are not considered safe to be consumed. In order to make this water fit for drinking, it is boiled and evaporated, and its vapor is condensed, the process that is known as distillation.

Although the process removes any impurities from the water, it also deprives the water of all the minerals that drinking water should have. When pure drinking water is not available, you may opt for a bottle of distilled water, but it is not fit to be used on a regular basis.

Distilled water is most commonly used in car cooling systems, irons and some aquariums.

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Harmful effects of drinking distilled water regularly

As we have said, though distilled water may be used in regions where drinking water is not available, there are several harmful effects on the long run:

Mineral deficiency: If you drink distilled water on a regular basis, your body gets robbed of the essential minerals your drinking water should provide you. Loss of these minerals results in increased risks of developing conditions like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension, hypothyroidism, premature aging and coronary artery disease.

Electrolyte imbalances: Because distilled water is deprived of all minerals, it may cause electrolyte imbalance in your body, due to which you may start experiencing fatigue, headache, weakness, abnormal heart rate and muscle cramps in your daily life.

Teeth related problems: Distilled water has no fluoride content, due to which people using distilled water on a regular basis have more cavities and other teeth related problems.

No alkalinity : To be healthy, your body pH level should be alkaline to some extent. Ideally, your blood pH level should be between 7.3 to 7.4, which means that it should be slightly alkaline. The water that you drink should be rich in minerals (which distilled water is not), which ultimately gives higher alkalinity to your blood pH. If you are worried about the levels of pH in water, it is preferable to lower ph levels naturally instead of resorting to distilled water.

Dehydration: The process of distillation significantly changes the structure of water molecules, which ultimately affects the extent to which it hydrates your body. After distillation, the water molecules become larger in size, and thus do not get absorbed in the body well. As distillation process disturbs the natural structure of the water, it becomes utterly useless to be consumed.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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