Water is the elixir of life. But when impure it can be the root cause of a lot of health problems. We all know that we can’t get pure and healthy water straight from the tap for consumption. So naturally we resort to other options of getting healthy water for domestic purposes, like distilled water. Though we insist on healthy water, can we be definite that distilled water is pure and healthy?
What is distilled water?
Water is essential for survival and in the natural form it contains minerals and minute organisms. Distillation is a process by which these rudiments can be removed by boiling the water and converting it into steam which again takes the form of water that can be called ‘distilled water’. This is widely used as drinking water.
Now a days a lot of research is being conducted on our resources of pure water. Plenty of reports have already been submitted to the government of India regarding the purity and nutritional value of water that is being sold under the tile of ‘drinking water’. It has been found that the level of toxins present in the water is considerably increasing and so are the dangerous effects that it can have on our health. Though distilled water manufacturers claim it to be fit for consumption, the level of purity is still dubious.
Is distilled water clean and healthy?
Distilled water is of course clean as the water is processed to remove all the impurities in it. But along with the impurities all the essential and vital minerals present in the water like calcium and magnesium are also lost which means that it’s not very healthy. When we use water with a zero nutritional value, regularly, it could give rise to nutritional deficiencies. In the very process of cooking itself, food items lose some of its minerals and when distilled water is used for cooking, more mineral loss has been identified. Moreover distilled water doesn’t taste good like normal water. No one would dare to drink unpurified tap water daily for a long time as it can produce negative effects on health. Same is the case with using distilled water on a regular basis.
Another aspect is that distilled water is always stored in plastic containers. Though plastic is free from corrosion, it can release harmful chemicals into the water stored in it in due course. Though the manufacturers can guarantee the water they would never make any claim regarding the plastic container. This is something that hasn’t been thought of until recently.
Distilled water is available in large containers and small bottles. Bottled water sale is a flourishing industry in India. I have seen people asking for bottled water and drinking it with satisfaction. They are never bothered of its quality. They simply assume that water sold in bottles is safe and sound. But the truth is poles apart. Something that carries a purity title doesn’t necessarily imply that it’s pure. User discretion is highly recommended in such cases.