We all know that it is very important to drink water every single day. But did you ever stop to think about what is in the water that you are drinking? All water is not created equally—which is why it is extremely important to make sure that you are drinking pure water each and every day. Pure water is water that contains no harmful chemicals or inorganic minerals in it. Pure water is just water. Pure water is distilled water. What is Distilled Water? Distilled water is water that has gone through a purification process called distillation to remove all of the impurities and harmful chemicals/substances from the water. How distillation works is very simple. First you heat up water to 212oF (100oC) so that the water evaporates and turns into steam. Then you collect that steam, pass it through a carbon filter, and cool it down, causing condensation to occur, turning the steam back into water. The water that you are left with is clean, pure, distilled water. Instead of trying to remove the harmful substances from the water, distillation removes the water from the harmful substances. Since water boils and evaporates at a much lower temperature than many harmful chemicals, toxins, and minerals, when you finish distillation you are left with 1 pot of pure water and 1 pot of leftover harmful, toxic, substances. What is the Difference Between Distilled Water and Tap Water? Distilled water is pure water that contains no harmful chemicals, minerals, or toxins in it. Tap water is water that has been treated with many different chemicals and that has probably picked up some additional harmful chemicals & substances on its way to you. In the USA, almost all tap water is treated with a variety of chemicals before it reaches your home. The two most prevalent chemicals used to treat water in the USA are fluoride and chlorine. Fluoride is one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. It is more toxic than lead and slightly less poisonous than arsenic. Despite being extremely toxic for humans, fluoride is used in many toothpastes. This toxicity is why the FDA requires all toothpastes containing fluoride to have a poison warning on the back of the box that says: “Do not swallow toothpaste. If you do, call poison control.” Due to it’s detrimental health effects, many countries have banned the use of fluoride in water including: China, Japan, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Hungary. So why is Fluoride in most American’s tap water? Fluoride is in tap water because in the 1940’s a study was done that showed people living in an area with fluoride naturally occurring in their drinking water had lower rates of tooth decay. This study was quickly accepted and adopted by various governmental and dental agencies across the USA. Thus the process of water fluoridation began and still continues to this day. Despite many studies proclaiming that fluoridated water has no effect on tooth decay, and many other studies pointing to increased health risks including cancer stemming from water fluorination, more than 70% of tap water in America still contains fluoride. Chlorine is a naturally occurring inorganic element that is very toxic for human beings. It is most commonly used as a disinfectant and is included in many household cleaning products, such as bleach. It works to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Many people use chlorine in their swimming pools to kill the buildup of algae and bacteria. This is because chlorine is a poison that is very effective at killing organic material. When mixed with some organic compounds found in water, chlorine can transform into carcinogens such as chloroform and other trihalomethanes. These compounds can greatly increase the risk of cancer when ingested into the body over a long period of time. Chlorine gas is actually classified as a “chemical weapon” and is banned from use in modern-day warfare. It was developed and used during WW1 by the Axis powers with devastating effects against whomever it came across. After inhalation, Chlorine gas destroyed the respiratory organs of its victims and this led to a slow death by asphyxiation. WW1 Gas Masks From BBC So why is Chlorine in most American’s tap water? Chlorine is used in tap water treatment plants as a disinfectant to clean the water from harmful bacteria and viruses before the tap water is sent to your home. The problem is that this chlorine is never taken out of the water after it kills the bacteria and germs in the treatment plant. The water is just “treated” with chlorine, (and a ton of other chemicals), then shipped straight to your faucet. Aside from the chemicals that are added to tap water, it is important to also realize that tap water also collects a lot of harmful substances on its journey from the water treatment plant to your home. In many cities across the USA, the pipes that are being used to transport water from the municipality to your home have not been replaced in decades, if ever. There are many reports of water piping systems being over 100 years old that are still being used today (See Flint, Michigan). These extremely old water pipes often use lead parts. Ask yourself this, if someone dropped a 90-year-old rusted screw, made out of lead, into a glass of water, would you drink it? That’s what might be happening every time you turn on the faucet. Here are just some of the most common chemicals/toxins/inorganic minerals found in both tap water: Chlorine Fluorine compounds Trihalomethanes (THMs) Arsenic Radium Aluminium Copper Lead Mercury Cadmium Barium Hormones Nitrates Pesticides What is the Difference Between Distilled Water and Bottled Water? Distilled water is purified water that contains no harmful chemicals, minerals, or toxins in it. It is just pure, high-quality, H2O. On the other hand, at least 25% (probably more) of bottled water is sourced from local municipalities. This means that at least 25% of bottled water is just tap water. All of the problems that tap water has to face, these bottled waters also face, except now they get the problems that bottled water has too. Unfortunately in the USA the bottled water industry is not regulated very well, if at all. It is actually much less regulated than the state-run tap water industry. This means that bottled water manufacturers can often get away with having bottled water that is actually less clean than tap water due to less regulations. Some bottled waters are cleaner than tap water, and many bottled waters are dirtier than tap water. The problem lies with the fact that it can be impossible to tell which is which. There is also one big negative health factor that bottled water has to face. Bottled water is mainly held in plastic bottles. When bottled water is placed in the sun or sits on shelves for days, weeks, or months before you purchase it, many harmful chemicals and toxins held in the plastic slowly seep out into the water you drink. These includes BPAs, BBPs, phthalates, xenoestrogens, DEHAs, and more harmful substances. The Major Health Benefits of Drinking Distilled Water To understand the major health benefits that drinking distilled water can have for you it is important to understand a few things about water and the human body. It is estimated that 70% of the human body is made up of water. Breaking it up into separate body parts, your brain is roughly 75% water, your muscles are roughly 75% water, your kidneys are roughly 82% water, your bones are roughly 22% water, and your blood is roughly 83% water. Water in the human body Next to oxygen, water is the second most important thing human beings need to survive. Living only a few days without water can easily kill you. Every single bodily process is influenced by the water in your body. One of the most important functions of water is to flush the toxins out of your body. By going through your body and helping out with all of your bodily functions, water also tries to pick up all of the waste and toxins left in your body to bring them to your liver, kidneys, and bladder to be removed. This is where distilled water becomes really beneficial for you. Distilled water contains no harmful chemicals, minerals, or toxins in it. Distilled water is just pure water. This purity makes distilled water the greatest natural solvent on earth. This means that distilled water has the best ability to absorb other liquids into it. When you drink distilled water, it quickly get absorbed into your body and gets to work helping out all of your body's major functions. It acts as a solvent in the body by dissolving nutrients so that they can be utilized by every cell It dissolves cell waste so that the toxins can be removed It collects and dissolves inorganic mineral substances that were rejected by the cells and have become lodged in the tissues of the body to remove these toxic substances from the body It is the perfect liquid for the healthy functioning of the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, brain and all other organs Unlike tap water and bottled water that pollute your body with more harmful chemicals and substances, distilled water works to clean your body of all the harmful chemicals substances that have built up in there. Drinking distilled water is the only way to know to know that you are drinking pure, clean, high-quality water. All water is not created equally. While it is important to drink enough water every day, what is more important than just drinking water is drinking the RIGHT water every single day. Bottled water and tap water, while convenient, are just not healthy to drink, and in the long run may lead to a whole host of problems that could have been avoided. In 1903, 3 in every 100 people in the United States died from cancer. Today, 1 in 3 people in the United States die from cancer. Maybe decades of drinking chemicals, toxins, and inorganic minerals that have continuously been found in tap and bottled waters have something to do with it? Maybe not. We don't know about you, but when we want a glass of water, we just want the glass to be filled with water and nothing else. Distilled water is the only type of water that can provide that. So when you're looking to hydrate with some high quality H2O, distilled water is the way to go.