Today’s myth is related to our previous article on minerals in the water, but this one looks at the darker side of some of the claims that are made by some people on the web, most of whom are selling competitive filters. The claim is that distilled water is too pure and that it can actually leach minerals from your body, which is simply not true.
First of all, the term “leaching” is not a biological term, but rather is a geological term. There is no such thing as leaching in a living organism.
Second, there is no such thing as high-purity water in your body. As soon as you take a sip of water and it mixes with your saliva, the water isn’t pure anymore. To demonstrate this fact at one of our seminars we have volunteers take a mouthful of distilled water and spit it back into a cup. We then test the water for parts per million (ppm) of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). The distilled water starts anywhere from “0” to “2” ppm. After a volunteer takes a mouthful and immediately spits it back into the cup the TDS registers at 10 to 150 parts per million. It sounds ridiculous that the TDS could rise so quickly so fast, but it does. The highest we have ever registered was 800 ppm! I encourage you to do this experiment yourself.
The point is that pure, distilled water doesn’t remain pure in your body. When you swallow pure, distilled water it mixes with all of your stomach acids and instantly becomes part of the soupy mixture that makes up your body.
So this should answer the question, “Is distilled water too pure?” and put to rest any concerns about distilled water being too pure. Our mission is simple: To help you avoid adding foreign and potentially dangerous contaminants into your body.