In this age of ensuring everything we eat, drink, touch, and grow is clean, it makes sense to analyze the most natural part of our lives – Water.
What is Distilled Water?
Simply, distilled water has gone through the process of distillation. Distillation is when water is boiled to the point where it removes all contaminants. The water is boiled to the point of steam where the steam is captured and, in turn, reverted back to drinking water.
What is Filtered Water?
All drinking water goes through a filtration process, which, as with distillation, removes all contaminants. There are different methods of filtration, and we are sure you have heard of all the filtration methods one can buy for home use as well as on-the-go use.
Filters for your kitchen taps, self-filtering water jugs, and self-filtering drinking bottles, to name but a few. So, which method should you be choosing to live the ultimate healthy life?
The Pros and Cons of Distilled Water vs Filtered Water
Distilled water should never be drunk exclusively. The reason is, that while the contaminants have been removed, it also removes some good nutrients that are essential to our well-being. Examples of nutrients removed are Magnesium, Calcium, and Fluoride. Fluoride has been added to drinking water in certain regions of the USA, as some authorities believe there is not enough of it. Fluoride, in short, is important for our bones and teeth.
The general consensus, which is an ongoing debate, shows that most are leaning toward the filtering process. Drinking water that has most of the goodness taken out of it is proving pointless. You may as well just not drink the water. Besides the rehydration benefits of water, you are not taking in any goodness either.
Filtering water with the advanced techniques today can give you good, clean water but also the desired nutrients that your body needs. Along with distilling water, the Reverse Osmosis process has received much grief. Reverse Osmosis is a little different in its process in that the water is exposed to high pressures and filtered through a membrane, which in turn filters out the bad stuff.
But, again, the removal of bad minerals leads to the removal of good nutrients. In short, it’s not so much that we won’t take in good nutrients via water, as we can get these nutrients from food and supplements, it’s the fact that the absence of good nutrients can lead to other reactions in our bodies.
De-mineralized water contains hydrogen, which is an acid. When our bodies consume an acid, they need to neutralize the acid by producing bicarbonate, which it tries to pull from our teeth and bones. Another downfall is that our bodies become more acidic than alkaline, which can increase the risk of cancer possibilities.
In recent years, water quality has been emphasized as individuals seek to ensure that their water is free from contaminants that could pose health risks. One notable case highlighting the devastating consequences of contaminated water is the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. This legal battle shed light on the severe health issues faced by military personnel and their families due to exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune’s military base. The contaminants, including volatile organic compounds and other hazardous substances, led to various health problems, underscoring the critical need for clean and safe water sources.
So, in conclusion, what is the difference between distilled water and filtered water? Quite a bit, and we recommend you stick with filtered water. Well, that’s our non-professional opinion but well-researched.