Do you know what’s in your water? If you actually knew what’s in the water you drink, you’ll know why drinking distilled water is the preferred choice. The thing is people tell you to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but they don’t tell you what type of water you should be drinking. If you’re drinking it right out of the tap, you may want to keep reading to find out what it is you’re putting into your body with all this water you’re drinking.
The Water Treatment Process
The water treatment process takes water from a water source (lake, river, etc.), and makes it “drinkable” for a population. It does a good job of making the water pass certain specification to keep the citizens of a small town or a large city hydrated with minimal risk of disease. Keep in mind that “passing” doesn’t mean perfect. The water treatment plant runs test to make sure there isn’t a high enough level of bacteria and viruses to kill people who rely on this drinking supply. Also, the chemicals used to treat the water, such as chlorine, is not good for the body. These chemicals may link to certain circulatory and hormonal irregularities.
Here’s a water treatment process example from Winnipeg, Canada.
Untreated water can come from many places. Certain areas use different water sources. The water travels down a huge pipe into a holding take that can hold billions of gallons of water. From these holding tanks, the water is pumped through the water treatment facility. Keep in mind that there are countless amounts of contaminants that flow through the aqueduct into these holding tanks. This includes soil, traces of fecal matter, garbage, metals, and other things that need to be filtered out before it reaches the tap.
Inside The Treatment Plant
Certain chemical mixtures are added to the water once it enters the plant. Sulfuric Acid is used to lower the PH of the water and Ferric Chloride is added to allow organisms to stick together
Next, it enters a flocculation basin, where it stir the water to allow particles to collide and stick together so it can form large clumps. Once the large clumps form, they are removed from the water through large dissolved air flotation tanks. From there, the clumps are removed and pumped for more processing. The treated water is collected from the bottom of the tank.
The treated water flows from the dissolved air flotation tank to another tank where ozone is added. This is called ozonation. It does three things:
1. It destroys MOST (not all) of the harmful bacteria
2. Improves filtration in the next treatment stage
3. Improves taste and odor of the water
The next process is carbon filtration. This removes small particles and parasites. Once the water has been carbon filtered, it is disinfected with chlorine. Sodium Hydroxide is added to bring the PH of the water back to it’s original level. After chlorine disinfection, the water goes through another process of disinfection using UV light.
Once the water has been UV light disinfected, it goes through another pipe where Fluoride is added to “protect tooth decay” and ortho-phosphate is added to prevent pipe corrosion, which can lead to lead poisoning if it leeches into the water supply.
Once it goes through the final process in the water treatment plant, the treated water flows into reservoirs around the the city/town and more chlorine is added to prevent bacteria from contaminating the treated water until it reaches your tap.
The final step in the treatment plant is to take the water that still has solid matter from the dissolved air flotation process, and let it pass into a settling pond outside the plant. During the freezing and thawing process, the water flows into a sewage treatment plant, and the solids from the settling pond is taken to the landfill.
After water has been through it’s treatment process, it is distributed to homes, businesses, etc. all over the area. The water that enters your home is used for drinking, cleaning, cooking, bathing, etc. Now that you know the process, it brings a little clarity (no pun intended) to what happens to water before it comes out of the tap.
The Treatment Process Isn’t Perfect
Just because your water went through a water treatment process, doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Keep in mind that a lot of microorganism are still floating through our tap water because the chemicals used doesn’t kill everything. Also, the chemicals used during the treating process is still in the water when it leaves the water distribution plants. Here are some things that is still in the water.
Unseen by the naked eye, you have microorganisms floating around in your tap water. During the treatment process, there are many microorganisms that survive during this process. What isn’t killed off is floating around in your water right before you drink it. According to The Daily Mail, many of these organisms are responsible for gut problems such as Crohn’s disease. This is not the only disease that drinking tap water is linked to.
Unfortunately, when you’re thirsty, and the only water source available is the running water from your faucet, you’re introducing more harmful bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms into your body. This doesn’t kill you instantly and in small amounts, but you’ve always been told to drink more water to keep your body healthy. Now we know that by drinking tap water, we are actually doing more harm than good.
Types Microorganisms In Drinking Water
The two main types we’re going to discuss are viruses and bacteria. Being that bacteria and viruses come in contact with our drinking water in many ways, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the maximum contaminant levels. Bacteria and viruses can cause diseases and illnesses in humans and animals. It’s the EPA’s job to make sure that our water supply is “drinkable” by the government’s specifications and standards. If there is a high level of contamination in the water, it may be due to poor water treatment in the area.
According to Water Tech Online, it mentions that there are certain pathogens in pre-treated or poorly treated water that can cause disease and illness. Here is a short list:
Legionella: A bacteria that thrives in warm waters. Can cause health problems if the contaminated water vapor is inhaled. This is common with showering and air conditioning. The water is “aerosolized” and can enter the lungs, which can causes a type of pneumonia called “Legionaire’s Disease”.
Enteroviruses: Small viruses living in infected humans or animals intestines. There are about 62 enteroviruses that can cause meningitis and gastroenteritis.
The water treatment plant’s job is to make sure that harmful microorganism are not thriving in drinking water. There is a process that kills off certain bacteria and viruses, so any diseases-causing microorganisms don’t get into the drinking supply, which can make a whole population sick. This is the intent, but it’s not perfect. By killing off one bacteria or virus, you may introduce things into the body that does not belong.
Chlorine is used to disinfect to water during the water treatment process. What chlorination does is it kills off bacteria and certain viruses by attacking the cell membrane. Unfortunately, there are certain bacteria that is resistant to chlorine. Truth be told, but chlorine is one of those things that really shouldn’t be put in your body.
Affects Of Chlorine On The Body
If you do a search for “Affects of chlorine on the body”, you’ll see some interesting things. One of them is the possibility of chlorinated water leading to cancer. Not saying this is 100% true, but it seems like anything you do, you are likely to get cancer in some shape, form, or fashion. Even the healthiest people get some kind of cancer. People who drink a lot of water. What if the water they’re drinking is tap water and has been for decades? In small amounts, it doesn’t kill you, but over time, your body has been bombarded with so much of it that they start to get cancer.
The water you drink shouldn’t have chemicals added to it anyway. The cleanest water has NOTHING added to it. That includes cleaning and disinfecting agents like chlorine. So if it causes cancer or not, would you put 1ml of bleach into a gallon of water and drink it? It may not kill you, but even you know that this is not something that is good for you in the long run.
Fluoride is added to drinking water to prevent tooth decay. You have toothpaste that has fluoride added to it. Here’s a question:
“If it’s in your toothpaste, do you really need it in your water?”
“If it’s in your water, do you need to buy toothpaste that has fluoride in it?”
One more question:
“If Fluoride is not bad for you, why do they tell you to call poison control if you swallow a certain amount of toothpaste with Fluoride?”
If you look at the label of a Fluoride-free toothpaste, it does not have this warning on it.
Fluoride is another one of those things that doesn’t really belong in the body. Think about it, for hundreds of thousands of years, we have not been drinking fluoridated water. So why is it that we need it to prevent tooth decay? The funny thing is if you look inside of the vast majority of people’s mouths, you’ll see something that looks silver called fillings. The reason why you get fillings is because you have a tooth (or teeth) that have holes in them. Is the fluoride not doing it’s job? People brush their teeth twice to three times a day, they drink plenty of water with fluoride in it, but yet they still get holes in their teeth that send them to the dentist to get fillings.
Did you know that there are pesticides in your drinking water? You have to remember that the farms spray pesticides to protect their crops. Those pesticides can get into ground water, and later on, into your body. If the purpose of pesticides it to KILL bugs, do you want that in your body? Would you take a thimble-sized amount of bug spray and put it in a gallon of water and start drinking it?
Pesticide levels in drinking water in certain area may be higher than in others, but it’s very important that you understand that if it’s a little or a lot, it can cause health problems over time.
Don’t confuse this for a music genre, but heavy metals (aluminum, lead, etc) can leech into your water from the method it travels… through the pipes. You have to understand there are miles upon miles of pipes all over the country that have not been updated or exchanged. Yes, there is something put into the water that keeps the pipes from corroding, but it’s only a matter of time. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia in the elderly. There are many ways to get these metals into your body such as:
- Cooking (aluminum cookware, and aluminum foil)
- Deodorant (some deodorants contain aluminum)
- Tap water (pipes used to transport water)
We need to understand something. A lot of diseases that have been around for a century or two may be linked to the very things we are told to drink a lot of.
What’s In Your Water If Your Water Has Been Distilled?
With all this talk about the harmful things in tap water, you may think that there’s no hope. You think you’re going to dehydrate. You can still drink water, but your water should be returned back to it’s original form before it even landed in the lakes, rivers, and ocean. So what’s in your water if it’s been distilled? The answer to that is… nothing!
The Distillation Process
The distillation process is used to get rid of impurities in your water by heating the water to a point where it turns into water vapor, that vapor is cooled and turned back into a liquid. This happens in nature. We have water on the Earth, it evaporates due to the rays from the sun, when the water vapor travels to the sky, it starts to cool, and that water vapor turns into rain.
Distilled water is used widely because it has nothing in it. So the harsh chemicals in tap water can’t corrode metal. This is why distilled water is used for machinery and engines. There are no bacteria in the water from sitting in a pond, lake, or just out in the open air. This is why it is used in dentistry and surgical purposes.
The distillation process is very simple, but it gets rid of all the impurities in your water than a sophisticated water treatment plant can get rid of. No harmful chemicals are added to disinfect the water. It’s not that you’re adding things to your water to make it safe for drinking. You are actually removing things from your water.
1. The water is place in some sort of holding tank.
2. Heat is added to the holding tank.
3. The Water begins to boil, which causes steam to form.
4. While the steam rises, a cooling fan turns the vapor back into liquid.
5. The carbon filter filters out Volatile Organic Compounds, which are organic compounds that evaporate at low temperatures. This is a temperature before the water starts boiling. It also gets rid of anything that can travel as a vapor during the heating process. The distilled water drips through the carbon filter to filter out anything that may have latched on to the water molecules during the cooling phase.
The distillation process is a slow process, but it gives you some of the cleanest water you’ve ever drank. You can buy this water in a bottle from your local grocery store. You can also make it with a water distillation machine that fits right on you counter top.
With a counter top water distiller, it takes about 4-6 hours to get one gallon of water. If you ever buy a water distiller machine, do not use a plastic water catcher. It will make your water taste like plastic. A glass water catcher is great because the water will not taste like the container it was sitting in for 4-6 hours.
Distilled Water Can Lead To An Early Death?
There is some misinformation going around the Internet saying that drinking distilled water can lead to an early death. The reasons given are:
- It leeches minerals from the body
- It’s “dead” or “empty” water and doesn’t have the minerals your body needs
- It’s very acidic
There may be more reasons they give, but let me debunk a few of those myths for you.
Myth #1: Distilled Water Leeches Minerals From The Body
Basically there are two types of minerals
- Organic minerals: The naturally-occurring minerals we get from the foods we eat.
- Inorganic minerals: Man-made minerals that is added to food products
Distilled water latches onto these inorganic minerals like a magnet and removing them from the body. The organic minerals are left alone because these minerals do not “magnetize” to distilled water the same way inorganic minerals do.
Myth #2: Distilled Water Is “Dead” or “Empty” Water
When people here the words “dead” or “empty” water, it sounds very negative and there needs to be an explanation on why this is not a bad thing.
Let’s say you have an empty gallon jug. If it’s empty, you can fill it with more liquids that equal to one gallon. Now, let’s say you have another gallon jug, but this one is half full of water with food coloring. Not only is will you not be able to hold a full gallon of clean water in it, but you also have water that is not drinkable already occupying the container.
Distilled water is like an empty gallon jug and tap water, or water that has things added to, is like the gallon jug half filled with water mixed with food coloring. When it comes to cleansing your body of toxins (one of the reasons why we drink water in the first place), distilled water holds more toxins because it’s empty. The other waters are filled with other things so they cannot cleanse the body properly. You’re actually leaving things behind while you drink.
Eat foods to give you the minerals you need. Don’t rely on your drinking water to do it for you.
Myth #3: It’s Very Acidic
Drinking distilled water will not corrode your teeth and bones. It’s acidic (when distilled water mixes with the air, it forms carbonic acid), but it’s not corrosive. Drinking distilled water actually alkalizes the body, similar to drinking water with an acidic lemon.
There is a man by the name of Andrew Norton Webber who talks in depth about the many distilled waters, not just the actual water. We have the juice in a fruit. We have rain before it gets contaminated by areas with bad air pollution. We even have Urine! There are people who drink their urine and it has amazing benefits. I am not brave enough to test it myself.
Distilled Water Is Natural
Distilled water is closest to nature as you can get. The reason why you have so many contaminants in the water is because it sits in certain places and it starts to get mold, bacteria, and viruses added to it in nature. Animal fecal matter gets in the water and parasites start to form. The dirt and other things we don’t need in our body gets in the water once the water has sat for a long period of time. Rivers and springs that flow constantly reduce this contamination, but dirt and rock sediment traces can still flow with the water. Spring water is only safe to drink if the water source is not contaminated.
If you sat a container outside during a thunderstorm, do you know that water is safe to drink? It will require filtration due to air pollution and other elements that travel through the air, but it will not kill you. If you were stranded on a deserted island, you would rely on rainfall to quench your thirst. Sea water is not safe to drink.
Did You Know You Can Create Distilled Water Out Of Thin Air?
Yes, there are machines called dehumidifiers that pull the moisture from the air and turns it into water. Did you know that you can also get your drinking water the same way? Unlike a dehumidifier, you will need a filtration system to filter out impurities from the air that can get in your water. It will filter the air, the machine turns the moisture from the air into water, and this water gets filtered out before it is placed in a container where it’s ready to drink. They actually have machines that do this and holds gallons of water.
Distilled Water Health Benefits
Think of all the reasons why we drink water. When your water is not full of chemicals or microorganisms, it can do what it’s suppose to do and more.
Flushes Out The Body More Effectively
You may not know this but drinking distilled water helps flush out the body more effectively than any other type of water. Why? Because it leaves nothing behind. Drinking tap water has chemicals and microorganisms still floating around in it, so when you drink it, a lot of that stuff is left behind. When you drink distilled water, there’s nothing in it, so when it passes through your body, it only flushes things out… the bad things that don’t belong in your body.
It Holds More Toxins That Can Be Released From The Body
The more “empty” something is, the more it can hold. When you drink distilled water, your body is not only hydrating itself, but it’s also getting rid of toxins that don’t belong in your body. It’s removing excessive amounts of salt and other minerals that can build up and harden in your organs. A big reason why people get kidney stones is due to some type of build up in the kidneys. When you’re flushing out your kidneys with distilled water, you don’t allow the build up to occur.
People Who Do Water Fast Prefer Distilled Water
When you go on a water fast, that means you’re not eating anything for a certain amount of days. All you’re doing is drinking water to cleanse the body. During a water fast, people are able to let their digestive tract take a break and get rid of the excess garbage we leave behind each time we eat… not matter how healthy or organic the food is. When the body is not using it’s energy to digest food all day long, it can start healing itself more effectively. In the wild, when an animal is injured, it goes on a fast, so it can heal itself. There have been case studies of people who went on a water fast were actually able to heal faster than people who eat as they normally do.
The reason why people use distilled water during a water fast is because all the water is doing is passing through their system to aid in cleaning up all the garbage that was left behind. If you’re interested in going on a water fast, consult your doctor and a practitioner of water fasting to make sure your body can handle it.
Try This Experiment: Boil One Pot Of Tap Water And One Pot Of Distilled Water
Try this little experiment. Buy a bottle of distilled water or make your own using a distilled water machine. Put one cup of distilled water in a pot and put tap water in another pot. Let both of them boil out. That means that all the water in both pots evaporate. Next, look at the bottom of both pots. You’ll notice residue or a hard build-up at the bottom of the pot with tap water. The one that had distilled water will have nothing left behind.
Imagine what’s happening to the inside of your body when you’re drinking tap water. That build up over time can get into your organs, which can lead to kidney failure and heart disease. When your water leaves nothing behind, and flushes out the stuff that doesn’t belong, your body will be able to work at peak performance. When we eat food that’s not the best for us, at least the water we drink can counteract some of that stuff we put into our bodies to keep us living a little longer.
You’ll Notice a Big Difference In Taste With Distilled Water
When you drink it for the first time, distilled water taste bland. The reason why is because we are use to things being added to our tap water to give it a certain taste and smell. After a while, you’ll get use to the bland taste and actually enjoy it. When you go back to drinking tap water, it will taste weird. You’ll notice that taste was actually chlorine and other chemicals.
The texture is different too. You’ll notice that tap water taste a little grittier than distilled water. You won’t notice until you haven’t drank it in a while. When you go back to tap water (it may be the only water you have available), you’ll notice almost instantly.
Distilled Water Is Safe For Cooking And Giving To Your Pets
Cooking your food in distilled water will not deplete your food of it’s vitamins no more than cooking it any other way. As far as being safe for animals, your pets have no problem drinking out of the toilet. Distilled water is cleaner than the stuff coming from your tap and even more cleaner than toilet water.
Distilled water is very cheap to buy. You’re spending about $1 per gallon, but it’s of a higher quality than a lot of these drinks on the market that say they’ll give you all this energy. Most of these energy drinks are loaded with sugar and caffeine. For a lot of us, caffeine and energy drinks don’t have any effect of us. Want more energy? Cleanse your system. Drink distilled water on a regular basis. Clear out the garbage you’re putting in your system. You may be constantly using the bathroom, but over time you’ll notice that you don’t feel as sluggish as you use to. You won’t need to grab the energy drinks to get your energy. Your body will be functioning at a higher capacity because it’s not being bogged down by all the toxins and built-up in your body.
Now Do You See Why Distilled Water Should Be Your Preferred Choice?
People always say that “water’s water”. Now you understand that there’s a little more to it. It’s something so simple, but so vital. It’s something that’s affecting you on a molecular level. You can’t see what’s going on, but you’ll feel the effects years down the line when you choose either a lower quality of water or a higher quality of water. Choose water that has nothing added, but all the bad stuff taken away. Choose the water that cleanses you at a much higher capacity. Choose the water that is cheaper, but does what no other beverage can do when it comes to your health.
Choose Distilled Water!
Should You Buy Your Distilled Water Or Make Your Distilled Water?
Let’s do the math.
This is how much it would cost to buy distilled water every day over five years:
$1 per gallon X 365 days = $365 per year
$365 X 5 years = $1, 825 every five years.
How much it would cost to make your own distilled water?
$250 Water Distiller machine + $27 24-charcoal filter replacements = $ 277 one -time payment
The charcoal filters need to be replaced every 2-3 months.
So that’s only 1 filter every three months. You’re only using 4 filters per year.
That means you buy a new pack of 24 filters every 6 years!
It’s like you’re only paying $27 every 6 years to make one or more gallons of distilled water a day!
You will need to clean the machine on a regular basis, but you can buy cleaners that get rid of scale and hard water build up that only cost about $3. You may go through one bottle every 1-2 months.
$3 X 12 months = $36
$36 X 5 = $180 every 5 years in hard water and scale cleaner.
Let’s put it all together:
$250 + $27 + $180 = $457 the first five years (your initial cost is going to be more because of the distilled water machine)
The next five years will be:
$180 + 27 = $207
In 10 years it’s actually cheaper to buy a water distiller than it is buying one gallon every day for 5 years! The best part is you could actually make more than one gallon per day, so you’re saving more money in more ways than one!
Imagine how much you could be saving if you bought two machines! You could make more gallons in one day that could probably last you a week. You could put less wear and tear on your machine, which can double the lifetime of your machines.
Want More Information On How To Get A Really Good Water Distiller Machine?
I did a review on one of the most popular counter top water distiller machines on the market today. It’s cost-effective (as you can see with the math we just did), and it’s very durable. Most machines start to get some wear and tear after a few years, but this machine is much more durable. It comes with a glass water carafe so your water doesn’t taste like plastic. It comes with a handle so you won’t drop the glass carafe. These things are not cheap either. To replace it, it may cost you about $55. There’s no need to be cheap when it comes to these machines, because they last a really long time and you save an enormous amount of money in 10 years than if you bought your distilled water for 5 years. If you buy a cheaper machine, over a shorter period of time, you’ll notice the wear and tear fairly early. It comes with a plastic carafe, which means you’ll end up paying more money to get a glass carafe anyway.
You Seem Interested… Here’s How To Get Your Own Counter Top Water Distiller Machine
Simply read the review I did and the little journey I went through to find the best water for me to be drinking. I didn’t go to the highest mountain to get the cleanest water on Earth. I didn’t have to sit outside in a thunderstorm to get rain water. All I did was buy a water distiller and make the water whenever I wanted. I use it for tea, coffee, cooking, and if it was possible, I would bathe in it (tap water leaves a residue on your skin. Distilled water is as good on your skin as it is inside your body).
Anyway, read the review and get your very own counter top water distiller machine so you can save more money drinking the best water that you can produce out of your kitchen. The best part is you convert free tap water into fresh, clean distilled water.
Without further ado, here’s the review…