Comes from Drinking Distilled Water
Zoltan P. Rona, MD, MSc
nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the
health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that
drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things
like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins.
health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled
water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous.
Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the 1970's when it first
became a fad with the health food crowd.
is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour 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. Studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water when one is seeking
to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a
time). Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss
of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium,
deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure.
Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their
water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs
carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the
higher the body acidity becomes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive,
in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably,
carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even
more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water."
most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other
soft drinks) are made from distilled water. Studies have consistently shown that
heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium,
magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine. 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.
growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world
have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of
the accumulation of acid waste products in the body.
is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor
diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation. Meats, sugar, white
flour products, fried foods, soft drinks, processed foods, alcohol, dairy products
and other junk foods cause the body to become more acidic. Stress, whether mental
or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body.
is 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 in
longer one drinks distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral
deficiencies and an acid state. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations
using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without
exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop
multiple mineral deficiencies.
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.
ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the
presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium.
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.
filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular
use provided minerals are supplemented.
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). Disease and early death
is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water. Avoid
it except in special circumstances.
Dr. Rona is a leading proponent of natural, harmless, health-building
alternatives to conventional medical care. He has a general practice where he
has provided preventive medical counselling for seventeen years and is a past
president of the Canadian Holistic Medical Association. His books The
Joy of Health: A Doctor's Cuide To Nutrition, Alternative Medicine, Fertility
Control: The Natural Approach, Return to the Joy of Health, and Childhood
Illness and the Allergy Connection, have been well received, as have his
countless articles on natural health topics. Dr. Rona is also a consultant to
the Motherisk Program of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Department of
Pharmacology and is known for his many public lectures and media appearances.
stopped drinking distilled water after consuming it exclusively for several years.
These days my family and I enjoy a pure, filtered water right from our kitchen
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