To help your body flush toxins, a short-term regimen of drinking distilled water instead of tap or spring water can be undertaken.
Distilled drinking water is often recommended as an effective at-home remedy for detoxification by health enthusiasts, holistic and naturopathy practitioners. But prolonged use of distilled water has side effects and health risks that you should be aware of.
Drink Water for Health
Water is life. We can only survive a few short days in the absence of drinking water. Our blood is composed of some 83% water with other bodily organs being comprised of both higher and lower percentages of water by volume.
It is the ability of water to absorb and move nutrients through our body that keeps us alive. All chemical and biological processes in the human body require water. Water not only transports nutrients to all parts of the body, it also removes wastes and toxins through normal elimination.
The Human Body is Mostly Water
Our bodies are composed of mostly water but by volume, not as much as you might think. According to data presented on The USGS Water Science School site, different body organs have different percentages of water but the human body as a whole on average is only 60% water. Water is part of us, and it cleanses us of the toxins created and ingested. An adequate daily allowance of water keeps us alive, and it is water that keeps us healthy.
Distilled Water is Pure But Unnatural Drinking Water
An effective way to increase water's natural ability to drink steam distilled water, which is water devoid of dissolved minerals.
For a faster and more effective cleansing detox than drinking mere tap or spring water, drinking distilled water works best. But distilled water should be used for only a few weeks at a time to achieve this detoxing goal.
Distilled Drinking Water is Potentially Dangerous for Long-Term Use
Distilled water is 'greedy.' It has the ability to more effectively 'grab ahold' of remove toxic and harmful elements from the body.
While these undesirable toxins that distilled water can so freely capture and eliminate, distilled water also dissolves and carries away essential minerals and elements that your body needs. Over the short term of just weeks, distilled water use leads to multiple mineral depletion issues and that can lead to more serious health complications.
Long-Term Effects of Drinking Distilled Water
Long-term use of distilled drinking water causes rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium and chlorides,) dissolves and removes essential minerals such as magnesium, all of which are essential to your health. The combine ill effects of drinking distilled water regularly include the following:
- coronary artery disease
- irregular heart beat
- elevated/high blood pressure
Additionally, distilled water rapidly absorbs and retains carbon dioxide, yet another waste product produced in the human body. The carbon dioxide turns the distilled water acidic, and this acidity creates and accelerated process of absorbing even more blood-borne and skeletal dietary minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. Over the long-term, this will negatively affect your health.
The health advisory against long-term use of distilled water extends beyond just drinking water too. Cooking food in distilled water effectively pulls minerals from the food, reducing the health benefit to you.
For optimal health, your drinking and cooking water should be slightly alkaline. This is typical of water that contains trace amounts of dissolved calcium and magnesium and other dissolved elements. In short, water sourced from underground. -Potable water that has had time to dissolve and thus, carry trace amounts of essential minerals into your body.
Therefore, only use distilled drinking water for the purpose of detox/cleansing the system, and for no more than a few weeks at a time.