“Does drinking distilled water during a fast really cause you to lose minerals?”
I’m not sure where this myth got started but every credible “natural” health expert I know agrees: drinking distilled water doesn’t pull minerals from the body. Perhaps, like most health myths, this one has a kernel of truth in it. A few studies have linked excessive minerals like copper and aluminum in drinking water to certain diseases like Alzheimer’s and some types of organ damage. But, there’s no evidence that drinking distilled water “pulls” minerals from your bones or your body’s soft-tissue cells. The cells of your body simply don’t work that way.
It may be true that people who drink “soft” waters—whether the water is naturally soft or distilled mechanically—may be at higher risks for some mineral deficiencies, but that’s probably because “hard” waters—waters full of minerals—are an important source of minerals for some people. In other words, the deficiencies aren’t being caused by what people eat or drink—deficiencies are being caused by what they’re not eating or drinking.
“What about Mercola’s claim that soft drinks made with distilled water leach minerals?
A piece on the alternative website mercola.com, suggests that the leaching effect of cola drinks is due to the fact that colas are made with distilled water. But the truth is, the mineral-leaching effect of colas has been directly tied to their phosphorus content—not the water used to make them.
Colas are the only carbonated drinks linked to lowered bone mineral density. If distilled water was the culprit, ALL carbonated beverages should cause mineral loss—it shouldn’t just be associated with colas.
Sparks, D., et al. (2007). Influence of water quality on cholesterol induced systemic pathology.
Tucker, K., et al. (2006). Colas, but not other carbonated beverages, are associated with low bone mineral density in older women: The Framingham Osteoporosis Study.
Other “Natural” Experts Weigh In:
Weil, A. (2001). Is Distilled Water Dangerous? Retrieved November 12, 2007 from http://www.aquaprix.com/archive/drw_cda.html.