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I am 72 years old. I do not drink any water and have not
most of my life. I thought I would throw this into the mix
concerning if we should drink distilled water or not.
I drink coffee, diet soda,
beer and an occasional V-8. Oops, I forgot the 1/2 glass of water I
take every morning with my 325 mg aspirin tablet I have taken for the
last 40 years.
My question: why am I not dead? All of the above is true as strange as
it might sound.
An excellent and important question, Rick. Since you have made a
habit of drinking heavily contaminated water for the better part of 72
years, switching to distilled water would probably be a severe shock to
your system - I would discourage the experiment.
Seriously though, if you were actually living
on 1/2 glass of water a day you would indeed be dead. The reason
you are not dead goes to the heart of the distilled water
The fact is, you have been drinking lots of water in the beverages you
mentioned - coffee, soda, beer, V-8, etc. - these are all just heavily
contaminated water---some with healthier contaminants than others.
bowl of stew
(Rick, this one's for you) you might eat for dinner would contain a significant
amount of water.
We are exposed to a lot of "pure-water" marketing hype. We are
told that to stay healthy we must spend a lot of money to drink
absolutely pure water that contains no contaminants of any kind. Not
surprisingly these warnings typically come from bottled water
distributors that sell distilled or "ultra-pure" water and companies that sell water distillers.
What is important is not that your water is pure (free of all
contaminants) but that your water is safe, in other words, free of HARMFUL biological
&/or chemical contaminants.
Probably more than half of the water most
people take into their body during the day is not "pure"; it is very heavily contaminated with a huge variety of minerals, salts, and organic substances. These
flavors and essential nutrients to our bodies. Even a food that
would be considered fairly "solid" like meat will contain over 50%
Meat Preparation Fact Sheet
WATER CONTENT OF MEAT AND POULTRY
chicken, with skin
chicken, with skin
Beef, eye of
So, since much of what we drink and all of what we eat contains water
that is not pure, the debate over whether to drink distilled (or reverse
osmosis) water or drink water that contains a few milligrams of calcium
and magnesium and perhaps a few micrograms of other minerals, seems a
To reduce harmful contaminants that might be found in municipal water
(from developed countries), a good solid block activated carbon filter,
reverse osmosis, and distillation will all provide water that is
virtually free from harmful contaminants. Bottled water, whether
ultra-pure or regular, in most circumstances is not warranted for health
or safety reasons and it is several hundred times more expensive than
treating your own tap water and filling reusable bottles.
Solid Block Activated Carbon Filters