Distilled Water and Health by Douglas Hoover

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This book will expose the myths and falsehoods while revealing the truths about water quality and its relationship to health and longevity.

Think of what you need to merely survive. Food? Water? Air? Cell phones? Obviously, by the book's title, I'm going to concentrate on water. Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60-70% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of over 70-72% water, and the lungs nearly 90%. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight, as is the brain; body fat contains 10-12% water and bone has 20-22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace 2.5 to 3 qts. of water lost through the excretory system, with most of it replaced through drinking, and the rest from our foods.

This is a statement used countless times, usually from literature from some filter companies trying to tell you, in effect, that their filters take out all the bad contaminants, but leave in the good, beneficial minerals. Fortunately, there are many reputable companies who would never think of making this kind of claim in their ads.
Distillation will kill and remove bacteria, viruses, cysts, as well as heavy metals, radionuclides, organics, inorganics, and particulates. And, yes, it will also remove minerals which will fall under inorganic contaminants. Whether the minerals in water are beneficial or useless has been an ongoing debate. All of our minerals are derived from our food: fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, grains, nuts and dairy products. The minerals in water are so scant that in Boston, Massachusetts, for example, in order to obtain the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), one would have to drink:
Glasses of Tap water
(RDA) Recommended Daily Allowance:
676 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
1,848 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
848 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
168,960 (8-oz./236.5 ml)

It seems insane to even think about drinking that much water. Most people cannot even drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day that is widely advocated by health experts.
When you think of pure water, what definition comes to your mind? It should be just H²0 and that’s all. It’s not H²0 with minerals and fluoride, because that doesn’t fit the description of pure water. For all intents and purposes, distilled water comes closest to the definition of pure drinking water. The process of distillation removes the broadest range of contaminants over any point of use (POU) system.

What the proponents of this Myth want you to believe is that because distilled water is so pure, drinking it will leach minerals from your body, thereby robbing you of good health and nutrition. There is no basis of fact to document this claim. The national best-seller health and diet book: “Fit for Life II: Living Health” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, answers this question in the following excerpt:
“Distilled water has an inherent quality. Acting almost like a magnet, it picks up rejected, discarded and unusable minerals and, assisted by the blood and the lymph, carries them to the lungs and kidneys for elimination from the body. The statement that distilled water leaches minerals from the body has no basis in fact. It doesn't leach out minerals that have become part of the cell structure. It can’t and it won’t. It collects only minerals that have already been rejected or excreted by the cells . . . To suggest that distilled water takes up minerals from foods so that the body derives no benefit from them is absurd.”

So it only stands to reason that the quality and quantity of water we replace daily has a direct bearing on our health and longevity.

About Douglas Hoover

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Published January 1, 2013 183 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting.

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