Since the start of this year we have been drinking distilled water that we make in our home. It’s really easy to make your own distilled water at home and it has a lot of health benefits. I will share these in this blog post, but first, why did we decide to make the switch to distilled water for drinking?
Before changing to distilled water we had started buying bottled mineral water every week to use as drinking water in our household. Our tap water sometimes had a funny smell and didn’t taste great, so this is what first sparked my curiosity about what was in our tap water. It didn’t taste clean and the smell was really off putting when trying to drink it! The tap water often had a wet dog smell. Yuck!
Once I started researching what the horrible smell could be, I stumbled across a lot of information online about all the contaminants that could be in our tap water.
I was shocked!
Contrary to popular belief tap water is not ‘clean’.
I already knew that some counties in the UK add fluoride to the water, which I disagree with due to its negative health implications, but I’m assured Gloucestershire, where I live, is not one of them.
Regardless, the water is still contaminated with a lot of chemicals to make it ‘safe’ to drink. It also contains inorganic minerals, residues of pesticides, fertilizers and medicines, bacteria, organisms, metals and more!
Just think, all those things that get washed into the waterways, all the things we flush away or down the plughole… there are minute traces in the water, even the water that is ‘cleaned’.
Here are some of the chemicals added to UK tap water to clean it:
- Liquified chlorine
- Fluorosilicic acid
- Aluminium sulphate
- Calcium hydroxide
- Sodium silicofluoride
This cleans the water as much as possible. Then this water travels through very old pipes, sometimes picking up traces of more substances along the way. Here are some of the contaminants it can contain:
- Fluorine compounds
- Trihalomethanes (THMs)
- Salts of:
Testing our tap water at home
To test our tap water at home when I first became curious in all this, I purchased a TDS meter which measures the total dissolved solids in water.
A TDS meter measures using ppm which is parts per million.
Our tap water had 200ppm which is 200 dissolved substances. 1 grain is equal to around 17ppm.
How gross is this? 200 traces of dissolved substances in our clean tap water.
I’d love to be able to test further to discover exactly what all these dissolved substances are in our ‘clean’ water.
Distilled water was a no-brainer
So, after some research and a recommendation from a friend, we decided to opt for distilled water instead.
We were concerned about all the plastic waste we were creating from the bottled mineral water anyway and had been looking into a water filter. But after some research, distilled water seemed to make even more sense than a water filter or bottled mineral water.
We purchased a Megahome water distiller and have been distilling our water for drinking at home and for cooking ever since. It’s been eight months now and I wouldn’t look back!
And, of course, I tested our distilled water with the TDS meter and it read 2ppm.
What a difference!
I’ll share some of the reasons we chose distilled water below and I also share the story in more depth in my Megahome distiller review which is worth a read. I wrote that blog post when we first started our distilled water journey and this post is an eight month update.
Here’s what our home water distiller looks like in our kitchen. We’ve since shortened the lead so there’s no excess behind.
The sludge in the distiller from our clean drinking water
After distilling the water once there is a white residue in the distiller. This is expected as we have hard water in our area and our kettle was always crusting up from all the limescale build up.
To experiment with this we bought a new kettle when we started distilling water and after eight months of daily use it is still good as new! No limescale or residue in sight. It’s amazing.
After a few uses of the distiller, the residue in the tank is disgusting!
A brown sludge.
When you start seeing this and realising all this dirt and contaminants are usually going straight into your body and clogging it up, then I can’t believe you’d ever want to go back to drinking normal tap water again.
Obviously we don’t 100% drink distilled water. All our drinking water at home is, but when we go out for a meal we often order a drink and then this won’t be distilled.
On holidays we drink bottled mineral water and when we eat foods that already contain water or when eating out this is not distilled.
So we are not 100%, but maybe 90% at a guess as we do carry around our own bottled waters and Ben my husband takes it to work too.
Do your own research
As with anything health related and when choosing what you do to your own body, which is your most valuable asset and should be taken care of, I suggest you do your own research.
If you simply Google for the benefits of distilled water or whether you should drink it then you’ll probably be scared off by the first article you see by Mercola which claims early death comes from drinking distilled water.
Quite a shocking headline, but I tried to find statistics on the number of people who have died from drinking distilled water and I couldn’t find any.
Mercola claim that minerals are leached out of the body when distilled water is drunk regularly, but all other articles claim only inorganic minerals are leached which is a good thing. Distilled water will not take away the organic minerals that our bodies need to thrive.
In fact, Douglas Hoover who is considered a distilled water expert and who drinks a gallon of the stuff every day and has done for 40 years even offers $10000 cash to anyone who can prove that early death comes from drinking it. I can’t find anywhere that this has been proven and the cash claimed:
“$10,000 Cash will be paid to anyone who can prove that ‘early death’ comes from drinking distilled water.” — Douglas Hoover, author of “Distilled Water and Health,” Founder of Aquamedia Research Group.
Also, how many minerals do you think you get from water?
More from bottled mineral water of a high quality I’m sure, but from tap water?
Barely any. Even mineral water provides only minuscule amounts so you are unlikely to become deficient because you start drinking pure water instead.
Plus most people can’t even drink the recommended 8 cups a day of water, so our bodies really aren’t counting on water consumption for our daily minerals to survive!
Our minerals will come from a diet rich in plant based foods and a healthy diet will provide all we need.
In Douglas Hoover’s book he says:
‘ The minerals in water are so scant that in Boston, Massachusetts, for example, in order to obtain the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), one would have to drink:
Glasses of Tap water
(RDA) Recommended Daily Allowance:
676 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
1,848 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
848 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
168,960 (8-oz./236.5 ml)
So you can begin to see how ridiculous it is to suggest that we get a substantial amount of our mineral intake from drinking tap water!
Photo by Sarah Dorweiler
Eight months of drinking distilled water
It’s been eight months since we started our distilled water journey and I won’t look back.
I really want to try and drink one gallon a day as Andrew Norton Webber reckons there are some amazing health benefits to this such as decalcifying the pineal gland, but I’m drinking around half a gallon a day at the moment and taking enough toilet trips with that!
I love the taste of the water and I’m sure we’re all drinking more water than we used to. Our tap water at home doesn’t taste great and it gets a wet dog smell which is so off-putting if you’re trying to drink it. This water is much purer and we enjoy drinking it.
From everything I’ve read and watched, both sides of the argument, it just makes sense to me that this pure water is good for us. Rain, snow, the water in fruit and vegetables is all distilled by Mother Nature.
Of course I am always slightly concerned it may be bad, but there are so many claims from people doing this for 40+ years who say they feel better than ever. Reading the comments on YouTube videos and blog posts about this very topic and there are numerous people claiming they haven’t died early yet and are in perfect health.
As I follow a mostly organic plant based diet rich in fruit and vegetables I am confident I get enough vitamins and minerals from my food.
Benefits of drinking distilled water
Here are just some of the benefits of drinking distilled water. You can find so much more online and it’s worth doing research before you convert to make sure it’s right for you.
- Detoxifying – It will attract and rid your body of all the inorganic minerals and substances it doesn’t need.
- Amazing taste – lots of sources online that are against distilled water claim it lacks taste, but we’ve found the opposite! We think it tastes amazing. So pure and clean and delicious when it’s still warm and freshly distilled. Tap water now tastes pretty disgusting in comparison.
- Less harmful contaminants – compared to drinking regular tap water your body will not be receiving any harmful contaminants that could have serious implications on your health and even cause disease
- Reducing the risk of disease – Many waterborne pathogens that cause disease will not survive water distillation.
- Perfect appliances – if your kettle, like mine did, often got super clogged up with limescale, then it won’t at all with distilled water. Our kettle looks brand new after eight months of heavy use.
- May treat bladder cancer – according to this journal distilled water was as effective as chemotherapy when destroying bladder cancer cells. That’s pretty amazing.
- It purifies water naturally – there is no need to add chemicals or questionable filter devices to cleanse the water. It’s naturally done through boiling water into steam and condensing it back into water.
- Less plastic waste – we were buying so many bottles of mineral water before distilling and creating a lot of plastic waste. Having our own water distiller at home to purify our own water is cheaper and creates no plastic waste.
- No additives – some water supplies add calcium which can be problematic to people who suffer with kidney stones. Distilled water obviously does not have any additives and takes water back to it’s pure H2O state. Drinking distilled water can reduce the risk of developing more kidney stones.
Ultimately, do your own research and give distilled water a try. For us it was a no-brainer and we love the pure, clean taste! Once you see the leftover brown residue in the distiller I’m sure you’ll never look back…
Two year update
Just to let you know… I’m still alive after two years of drinking distilled water!
Popping back to update this article on 04.06.20. I have been drinking distilled water for 2.5 years now and I’m still very healthy and alive!
Still loving distilled water and it’s just a normal part of our day now. We wake up and put the distiller on first thing and again halfway through the day. It’s just a habit now.
Tap water tastes absolutely horrific now!
Oh, and our kettle still looks good as new! There’s not a single speck of anything inside it. No limescale or build up whatsoever. It’s sparkling inside and out.
3+ year update… still alive!
Now it’s 17.03.21 and I’ve just popped back into this blog post again to let you know we are still alive and still drinking our distilled water from our Megahome distiller 🙂
Megahome distiller review
I still use a Megahome distiller, the same one, and it’s still running great.
Click to read my full Megahome distiller review to learn even more about our decision to go distilled. That article was from the very beginning, January 2018 when we bought our home water distiller, so all the information and reasons we switched were very much fresh in my mind then.
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