Health Effects of Drinking Demineralized Water - …

**That said, there is some evidence that that points toreported health benefits from drinking hard water instead of soft water. Asmost of the articles below point out, though, there is no strong consensus aboutthe actual cause of the findings (it may be something in the soft water that isharmful rather than the calcium and magnesium ions in the hard water that arebeneficial, for example) or even how real the effect is.

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So far I have failed to find any studies that would convince me that either claim is true for individuals with normal health� Actually, I have been able to find very few real studies at all on the subject. That fact alone leads me to the conclusion that drinking distilled water is not a health issue - if it were, I would expect to find research that would quantify the harm/benefit of drinking distilled water and provide a mechanism to explain the effects.

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So far I have failed to find any studies that would convince me that either claim is true for individuals with normal health� Actually, I have been able to find very few real studies at all on the subject. That fact alone leads me to the conclusion that drinking distilled water is not a health issue - if it were, I would expect to find research that would quantify the harm/benefit of drinking distilled water and provide a mechanism to explain the effects.Yesterday I received an e-mail that contained this statement,""That note finally convinced me to re-read your paper. Even though you do indicate that "" your paper still provides me no convincing evidence to support the rather alarming claims you make about distilled water. I went to, and I am questioning the statements below copied:I would like to request that you provide me references to good-quality research papers or other evidence to support the following statements you made in the paper:
Where are references to clinical trials that support that claim and describe a mechanism whereby distilled water "" any more effectively than regular water. How would the absence mineral ions in a glass of water cause those specific water molecules to behave differently in the intestine, be absorbed differently into the blood stream, or "absorb" and transport "toxins" differently than regular water? Specifically:
a)
I have always been confused by the phrase that water "". What are "toxins" and how are they different from ordinary metabolic waste products?
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How does that process differ from the normal transport of waste products from cells to the kidneys, lungs, skin, etc. by water in the blood or lymph, and how can that process be altered by drinking a specific type of water?
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How would distilled water be able to selectively absorb and transport toxic substances from the body any differently than regular water?
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Once the water enters the blood stream distilled water is absolutely no different from regular water. Water enters the body as individual molecules through osmosis, and the presence or absence of a few milligrams of mineral ions will not significantly change the rate of water entry or the properties of the water molecules that enter the blood stream.

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I am unclear how you make the leap from the carbon dioxide in water to the premature aging argument in these two paragraphs.
First, does distilled water dissolve a significantly greater amount of carbon dioxide than "regular" water under identical conditions? If so, I would appreciate references that support that statement. I am not a chemist, but it does not seem plausible that a few milligrams of calcium/magnesium would prevent carbon dioxide from dissolving.
Second,
the amount of acidity in water caused by dissolved carbon dioxide is minimal and would immediately be neutralized by the stomach contents. A glass of orange or apple juice would be far more acidic. I have seen no studies that would conclude drinking a moderate amount of acid or alkaline beverage would have any effect on the pH of the body - which is finely tuned at the cellular level in response to local chemical reactions.
Specifically, I have never seen any references that conclude that "." I would be very interested to read references to any studies you can provide to support that statement.
Third,
I do not understand your reference to the EPA quote "". That might be an argument for not storing distilled water in metal cans, but the EPA statement is not about dissolving metals (or other substances) from the body and does not address any health-related issues that I can determine. Regular water dissolves many metals too.

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Now, does this "aggressiveness" of demineralized water translate to actually leaching minerals out of the human body? Ihave looked regularly in the scientific literature for good evidence of thisalleged phenomenon without success. I have not been able to find anything in theliterature specifically about long term effects of drinking demineralized water on health� the only articles I can find are about he health effects of soft water andlead back to the hard vs. soft water health benefits discussedabove. I use the word 'contaminated' below to describe anythingbesides pure water.