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Why you should be drinking distilled water

It's no secret that tap water contains harmful contaminants such as fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic etc.) microplastics, pharmaceutical drugs, contraceptive hormones, pesticides and many other chemicals.

A reverse osmosis water purification device can help by removing up to 95% of total combined contaminants. However, a water distillation device is vastly superior and can remove up to 99.9% of total combined contaminants.

How does a water distiller work?

A water distiller works by boiling water into steam before being condensed back into liquid in a separate collection container. Contaminants in the original water that do not boil at or below the boiling point of water remain in the original container. In other words, any contaminants that have a boiling point above the boiling point of water are removed from the finished drinking water.

What about contaminants that boil at or below the boiling point of water?

Contaminants that boil at or below the boiling point of water will be vaporized along with the steam, these contaminants can't be filtered out via boiling and recondensing alone. Such contaminants are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the solvent benzene and the chemical formaldehyde are both examples of VOCs.

How can VOCs be removed from distilled water?

Although VOCs can't be removed via boiling and recondensing alone, they can be removed via gas vents (small openings in the distillation device leading to the condensing coils) that allow VOCs to escape before entering the condensing or cooling section.

This is why you should purchase a water distillation device that contains gas vents for removing VOCs, cheaper models often do not contain gas vents and instead rely on using activated carbon/charcoal filters to remove VOCs. While activated carbon/charcoal filters are somewhat effective at removing VOCs they are inferior to gas vents. Some devices contain both gas vents and an activated carbon/charcoal filter.

Does water distillation remove microplastics?

Yes, water distillation removes all known microplastics, it also removes nanoplastics which are even smaller than microplastics.

Is it dangerous to remove minerals and electrolytes from drinking water?

Water distillation removes all minerals and electrolytes. Some people are concerned that removing these minerals and electrolytes is dangerous and that drinking distilled water will somehow deplete the body of minerals and electrolytes.

The mineral and electrolyte content of water is negligible when compared to that of food, drinking water typically accounts for less than 10 % of your daily mineral and electrolyte needs.

For anyone eating a reasonably healthy diet full of unprocessed whole foods and supplementing when necessary to fill in gaps (I supplement with 200 mg of magnesium per day) there's simply no real risk of a serious mineral or electrolyte deficiency developing. I've been drinking distilled water for more than 10 years without ever developing a mineral or electrolyte deficiency. The concern is unfounded.

Athletes or people with extremely physically demanding jobs who do a lot of sweating do require more electrolytes compared to the average person, for these people it is very simple and effective to add some electrolyte powder to their drinking water or to consume some electrolyte tablets. The electrolyte content of tap, spring or mineral water is usually negligible so these people would likely need to supplement with electrolytes whether they drink distilled water or not.

For people doing extended water fasts they will also need to add electrolytes to their drinking water regardless of whether their water is distilled or not.

What kind of container should you store your drinking water in?

Water should be collected and stored in glass or stainless steel containers, there's no point in removing microplastics and nanoplastics via water distillation only to add them back in by storing your water in plastic containers.

What about bottled water?

Water that comes in plastic bottles/containers will be contaminated with microplastics and nanoplastics and should be avoided.

It's possible to find distilled drinking water for sale that comes in plastic containers, avoid this and distill your own drinking water at home, not only will you avoid plastic contamination but it also works out much cheaper per liter or gallon.

What features should you look for in a water distillation device?

The ideal water distiller will contain the following features:

- Gas vents to allow VOCs to escape

- Activated carbon/charcoal filter

- Glass or stainless steel collection container

- Auto-off safety feature

- Stainless steel components*

*All components that come into contact with water/steam should be stainless steel, some cheaper devices use plastic nozzles to contain the replaceable carbon/charcoal filters, this should be avoided.

Also ensure that the sachet containing the carbon/charcoal is not made from a plastic material, it should be made from linen or some other natural fiber. You don't want microplastics from the sachet leaching into the collected water.

Purchasing a water distillation device is a simple and practical way to help optimize your health, especially your hormonal health as plastics wreak havoc on the endocrine system and will lower your testosterone.

To hear Jason speak more on the topic and share his experiences and tips regarding water distillation watch the video below:


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