December 11

Is Distilled Water Actually Dangerous?

Filed under Questions & Answers by Frederic Patenaude

Today I’m going to cover the important topic of water. This is an excerpt from my full Raw Vegan Mastery course available at

The Difference Between “Organic” and Non- Organic Minerals

I heard many times from raw-food circles that only minerals in plants can be assimilated by the human body. Rock minerals or minerals in water are not assimilable.

In some Natural Hygiene books, minerals from plants are called “organic” minerals and those from rocks are called “non-organic”.

Some people have even claimed that the cooking process turns organic minerals into toxic, non-organic ones.

If you want the quick answer: minerals in plants are best but we can still assimilate a tiny amount of minerals found in water and other sources.

Here’s the longer answer:

How well a mineral ion is absorbed in the body depends on the environment it is in.

The stomach acids break everything down while the intestines reduce the acidity so that it can better absorb what was eaten.

So in doing so, additional anions, (negatively charged ions that the body produces) may bind with the mineral ions that you ate. So while you need iron in your diet, sucking on an iron bar is likely not going to help you.

In your body, iron is surrounded by the heme molecule. Many of the trace minerals in your body have some sort of protein molecule attached to it.

This prevents the mineral ions from reacting with the alkaline chemicals your body produces. In many cases these protein molecules effectively surrounds these metal ions.

It helps with better absorption because some of these molecules can easily attach itself to the intestine. This doesn’t mean that non-organic is mineral useless. It just means that once ingested, it has to “compete” with the chemicals that the body produces for proper absorption, with other mineral ions, and bind with protein molecules to attach to the intestine to be absorbed.

Plant sources already have the minerals attached to these biomolecules and hence are better absorbed.

Distilled Water and Health

“I heard that drinking distilled water can leech minerals from
your body. Is this true? “

A lot of people believe distilled water to be dangerous based on information read on the Internet or other Natural Health Book. In fact, here’s what Dr. Mercola has to say about this:

“Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me
say that drinking distilled water on a regular, daily basis is
potentially dangerous.
Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the
1970's when it first became a fad with the health food crowd.
Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated
and the vapor condensed.
Distilled water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of
this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb
toxic substances from the body and eliminate them.
Studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water when
one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short
periods of time (a few weeks at a time).

Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value.”

At this point, I will agree with the conclusion that distilled water is not the best kind of water to drink, but will also point out that a lot of what Dr. Mercola said in his article (which you can find at: is completely wrong.

Water, whether it is found in a spring or the tap, contains trace elements and minerals.

If the water is distilled, in that it is devoid of all minerals, it will draw from its stores, what it needs for biological processes (for example: the calcium in your bones).

So calcium in your bones, the biggest mineral store will be used.

Distilled water is used to remove toxins from the body. It is what is used in kidney dialysis machines to cleanse the blood of toxins. It can also reduce potassium which is needed for proper heart function. Same with magnesium.

Distilled water can and does remove minerals from the body.

But fortunately, I don’t think there’s any evidence that this would be very dramatic — as long as you get enough minerals from your food in order to offset this.

In one article on Dr. Mercola’s website, it was claimed that:

“There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water
(distilled water is extremely soft) and the incidence of
cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to
be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity
including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the
manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood.”

Here, Mercola is dead wrong on the issue!

Distilled water is neither acidic nor alkaline! What happens is that the body removes it from various parts of the body to use the minerals it needs for biological functions.

It’s not like acid is streaming through the body and dissolving your bones!

Overall, I think that drinking water that has some mineral ions in it is best, but I don’t think that drinking distilled water can be bad for health if you get minerals from other sources, such as a diet abundant in fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Mercola Continues:

“Those who supplement their distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-distilled water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation. The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium”

There is no study, as far as I know, that shows that people drinking distilled water aren’t as adequately nourished as their non-distilled counterparts.

There will be too many factors to take into account.

I guess he is correct that the presence of the minerals will make the water slightly alkaline but drawing the conclusion of alkaline “good” and acidic “bad” is hardly scientific!

This was an excerpt from my full Raw Vegan Mastery course.

In the full version, you’ll also find out all about the best water to drink, if alkaline water is really good for health, if you should be really worried about the quality of tap water, what to think about water ionizers, and what are the best purification systems.

To get the full program, go to

6 Responses to “Is Distilled Water Actually Dangerous?”

  1. Jason Janiak says:

    I have read this article, and feel that there is a lot of misconceptions about distilled water. If one does add some form of trace mineral to the water, and or does have an adequate amount of mineral intake from diet, I feel their should be little or no concern in my opinion. I myself have been drinking strictly distilled water for the last 8 years, and have had no deficiencies, nor any issues with acid/alkaline balance in the body. I in fact have done blood testing for mineral/nutrient balance in the body, and everything is in perfect balance.



  2. Wyn says:

    I think the fear of distilled water is totally bogus. Rain water is distilled water. Yes, it may absorb some minerals while on it’s way to the ground, but the normal water cycle on earth is distillation.

    I started making distilled water back in the 70’s when it first came across my radar. Over the decades I’ve drunk tap water when I’ve lived where there was a well with good water. I’ve used Reverse Osmosis for awhile in a city. And I’ve returned to distillation because it’s the only way to got all the toxins out of the water.

    Our water supply has pesticides, pharmaceuticals, fluoride, etc. in it. Filtering just doesn’t remove them. Distilling does.

    If you’re worried about the lack of minerals, get some coral and/or rocks and put them in your gallon(s) of distilled water before you drink it. The water will leach some of the minerals from them before you ingest it.

    I don’t worry about it. I eat a mostly raw, locally grown organic diet, consume a gallon or more of vegetable juice a week. My diet is so rich in naturally occurring minerals, I’m not worried about the few minerals I took out of the water along with the toxins.

  3. Frederick Showler says:

    We live on a property that has only rainwater for the house and creek water, via a pump, for the garden. What a blessing. Ever had a rainwater shower, smooth. No chemicals. Plants tell us that rain water is the best to drink. Just see them grow after rain. You could water them all day with town tap water and they would barely survive, but as soon as it rains they thrive. Perhaps it’s the nitrogen in the water – who knows. This I do know what appears to be clean water is not always safe-to-drink-water. After drinking rain water for over 20 years town tap water turns my stomach, in fact just the smell of it does. Only after drinking clean water either rain water or distilled (what’s the difference) for a long time will you know the different tastes of water. We drink bottled water when travelling only when we can’t take our own, even bottled water tastes different. Something’s in there!

  4. andrew says:

    Nothing to fear drinking distilled water, that`s all I drink & I`m in perfect health, I just love the taste, so crisp & clean theres nothing else like it. I go one step further, I buy pure 100% spring water (no chlorine,fluoride,chemicals)
    and then I distille it with my water distiller, I do this because I don`t believe distilling tap water gets rid of all the fluoride, so by distilling spring water I`m guaranteed of 100% pure clean water, and the taste, WOW.

  5. Eric says:

    What about guys like Paul Bragg who advocated drinking nothing but distillied water and he had vibrate health to a ripe old age. I’ve been drinking distilled water for 20 years and never had a problem. I even drink it when doing short water fast.

  6. mary kay says:

    I totally agree with Frederic and Wyn, and Andrew, I wonder why you would distill perfectly good spring water?

    When I travel, instead of buying water in plastic containers, or toting along gallons of water, I bring my water distiller and feel this way I am assured of pure water.

    You can get a water distiller at Sears to travel with, for about $160.

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