Why Drinking Distilled Water is Making You Sick

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Why Drinking Distilled Water is Making You Sick

Did you know that drinking distilled water on a daily basis can be dangerous? Distilled water is a type of purified water. It’s water that has gone through a very thorough filtration process to strip it of contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and dangerous heavy metals like lead, arsenic, aluminum and mercury. However, it also strips it of important elements.  Without these elements the hydrogen content becomes greater in proportion which makes the water very acidic.  In turn, the water tries to balance itself out by pulling minerals from the body and contaminants from the container it is found in. Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the 1970’s when it first became popular, “Distilled water is totally devoid of all minerals, and prolonged use of it may leach out the body’s own mineral reserves and lead to severe mineral deficiencies and such diseases as osteoporosis, diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease.”
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Why Drinking Distilled Water is Making You Sick


  • Distilled Water May Contribute to Mineral Loss in the Body.  This mineral loss can lead to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.
  • Distilled water is very acidic.Distilled water has a pH that is acidic  due to the presence of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is absorbed from the atmosphere. Dissolved carbon dioxide reacts slowly with water to give the bicarbonate and hydronium ions. 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.”
  • Electrolyte imbalance. 

    The use of distilled water  can cause electrolyte imbalance in your body because it is stripped of all minerals. In turn, your body will leach electrolytes from your tissues in order to add them to the distilled water you are drinking.

  • Drinking Distilled Water doesn’t hydrate the body enough. Water molecules (their size and shape) determine how much your body will be hydrated. Distillation  alters the size and shape of the water molecule clusters which might not be absorbed properly into the body’s tissues thus leaving you dehydrated.

In fact, in the 1950s distilled water was sold in drug stores with the label “Not for drinking!” It was predominantly used to fill car batteries and steam irons. Stay away from distilled water as much as possible.


Paavo Airola; Every Woman’s Book; 1982.

Zoltan P. Rona; “Early Death Comes from Drinking Distilled Water”


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