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Distilled water vs. purified water; what are the differences

Distilled water vs. the purified water

You don’t like the taste of tap water and are worried about hydration. Not drinking enough water could lead to a few serious health problems. You have considered other water options; distilled water or purified water. But are they any different or provide benefits to you?

Tahoe Springs Water explains the distilled and purified water, the pros and cons, and which one is a better option for you and your family.

 

What is distilled water?

Water companies make the distilled water by boiling water, then condense the collected steam back to the liquid. The distillation process eliminates minerals and impurities from the water.

Distilled water has a flat taste. It also doesn’t contain the minerals your body needs, such as magnesium and calcium.

 

As distilled water doesn’t contain minerals, people use it in cars and household appliances. It is used in the following situations;

  • A few medical devices
  • Lab experiments
  • Car cooling systems
  • Watering plants
  • Steam irons
  • Aquariums

You put a hot and cold object together, and they influence each other to reach a balanced temperature. As distilled water doesn’t hold minerals, it might get the minerals from your body like your teeth.

 

How to make distilled water?

You can make distilled water at home for free as well—boil tap water. When water turns to vapor and condenses back to the water, the result is distilled water. But remember, it’s free of minerals.

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Can you drink distilled water every day?

The point about distilled water is that it removes all the minerals from water. So it would be better not to drink it every day.

According to Medical News Today, using distilled water as the only water option or for the long term could cause health problems. The issues are due to the lack of minerals your body needs. The changes to the balance of pH level, minerals, fluids, and electrolytes are among them.

A few people need to avoid drinking distilled water;

  • Athletes,
  • Small children,
  • Infants,
  • Cancer patients.

It is particularly true if the mentioned groups don’t get the required mineral sources in their diet.

 

The risks of drinking distilled water

The primary risk with drinking only distilled water is not to receive minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The other side effects of drinking just distilled water or any other low mineral water include:

  • More visit to the bathroom (electrolyte imbalance)
  • Increasing your metabolic function
  • Dehydration (not drinking enough water due to flat taste)

 

The potential benefits of distilled water

Medical News Todays lists the potential benefits of drinking distilled water as follows;

 

Cleaning the body

Some people believe that distilled water can clean your body as it’s pure. Yet, the fact required further scientific findings and data is limited.

 

Decreasing the risk of disease

The distillation process eliminates water-borne pathogens. Most of the bacteria causing water-borne disease cannot survive the distillation.

 

Less consumption of harmful chemicals

Distilled water doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals found in tap water. So you can avoid the health issues due to chemicals.

Before using distilled water, you would better consult with a health expert. The mentioned benefits might not work out for you.

 

Storing distilled water

You need to be careful with the container you store distilled water. Lacking nutrients can leach chemicals from the container. In case you want to use the distilled water right away, you don’t have to have worries over the container. But for the long term, use high-quality stainless steel or glass.

What is the pH of distilled water?

The pH level determines the acidity or alkalinity of water. Seven is neutral, while above seven is alkaline, and below is acidic. Therefore, distilled water should have a neutral seven pH level. According to Sciencing, as distilled water absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it holds a 5.8 pH and is acidic.

 

What is purified water?

Water that has been processed or purified to eliminate contaminants, impurities, or chemicals gets called purified water. The source is tap water most of the time.

The purification or processing helps to remove impurities such as:

  • Chemical pollutants
  • Metals such as lead and copper
  • Parasites
  • Fungi
  • Bacteria

Water companies use various purification methods to make water safe to drink.

The type of purification is up to the water regulation in the state and the water company. For instance, the processing stage in Tahoe Springs Water include:

  • Water Softener
  • Active Carbon Filtration
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Active Carbon

 

What are the benefits of purified water?

Ahmed Mahmoud El-Tawil and other research findings indicate that chlorinated water is connected to an increased risk of certain cancers, including colorectal cancer.

People might avoid tap water due to its unpleasant taste. It’s common in areas like Las Vegas. Purification can remove the unpleasant taste and encourage further hydration.

A well-hydrated body leads to a healthy one;

  • Increasing  cardiovascular health
  • Boosting brain function and energy
  • Joints and muscles function correctly
  • Helps with the kidney stone
  • Aides weight loss
  • Optimize physical performance
  • Help prevent or treat headaches

 

How to make purified water?

According to the CDC, about 7.2 million people in the US get sick from the disease spread through water. Therefore, there is no need to emphasize the importance of water purification.

Different ways are available to provide purified water.

First, you can receive it from a reliable water company. However, before doing so, find out the purification stages and tests. Then, determine if the company ensures the quality of water or not.

You can make your purified water in different ways as well. It’s up to your condition and the budget.

The simplest way is to boil water for a few minutes. High temperatures can kill the virus and bacteria. It can eliminate impurities from water. But be a bit careful as the impurities and micro-organisms remain in the bottle of water. Boiling might not help remove all the impurities.

Water purifications are also an option for a home to purify water. They pass water through a multi-stage process to remove impurities and chemicals.

Depending on your situation, the other purification ways are as follows:

  • Disinfection tablets.
  • Using bleach
  • Purify with iodine
  • UV Radiation
  • Clay Vessel Filtration
  • Solar Purification
  • Iodine Addition
  • Distillation
  • Water Chlorination
  • Reverse Osmosis

 

Drinking distilled water vs. purified water

Drinking distilled water and purified water is different for people. There are a few points you need to consider before making the decision. If you intend to use distilled water in the long term, you should know it could cause health problems. It lacks the necessary minerals you need to stay healthy and safe.

Also, a few groups would better avoid distilled water, such as; athletes, small children, infants, cancer patients. If the mentioned groups don’t include necessary minerals (like calcium and magnesium) in their diet, they need to be more careful. Consulting with a health expert is wise before making up your mind.

Aside from lacking minerals, more visits to the bathroom,  an increased metabolic function, and dehydration are among the side effects of drinking distilled water for the long term. As it holds a flat taste, it might not encourage you to drink enough water.

Purified water goes through purification stages, so the contaminants, impurities, or chemicals get eliminated. Impurities such as Bacteria, Fungi, lead, and copper would get dumped and decrease the quality of water.

Purification removes the bad taste of water and provides an incentive for people to drink enough water—the benefits of hydration mentioned in the article. Water companies ensure that the purified water holds the necessary minerals for your health. So it’s fine drinking it for the long term.

 

What is the difference between distilled water and purified water?

Distilled water passes the distillation process while purified water goes through the other purification stages. Through the distillation process, all the impurities and minerals get removed from the water. But in the purification method, chemicals and contaminants are removed while minerals still remain.

Also, the distillation process takes a lot of energy which is a bit harmful to the environment. At the same time, reverse osmosis in purified water uses less energy. In addition, it removes common chemical contaminants, such as:

  • Sodium.
  • Chloride.
  • Copper.
  • Chromium.
  • Lead.

If you want to use the distilled water, you need to be careful that it’s free of any minerals. In case you don’t receive the required minerals like magnesium and calcium, you might face health issues.

But as purified water holds the required minerals, it’s fine to drink it in the long term.

Drinking distilled water for the long term would not be a good idea. As It lacks the required minerals, you may face health issues. Also, it could cause a few problems for your teeth. This is because distilled water can leach the minerals from your teeth.

 

Distilled water vs. purified water for babies

Babies don’t need water until six months old. “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about six months is breastfeeding.” Breastmilk and formula are the best sources of hydration for babies aged 6-12 months. “At this age, 4-8 ounces a day of water is enough”. If they drink more than the recommended amount, it may lead to water intoxication.

For baby formula, there is a guideline set by the WHO which you would better follow carefully:

  1. Wash your hands, clean and disinfect the bottle.
  2. Boil water, even if it is bottled water.
  3. Let it cool down, no more than 30 minutes.
  4. Add the exact recommended amount of formula with water.
  5. Mix the bottle and mix the powdered formula thoroughly.
  6. Hold the bottle under the water and cool it down.
  7. Check the temperature so as not to burn the baby’s mouth.

You have concerns about water; the AAP recommends boiling it for 30m.

Distilled water and purified water might be fine for baby formula, yet you would better boil them as per the WHO instructions and consult with the pediatrician.

If you want to give distilled water or purified water to your baby, consult with a health expert or pediatrician. He/she might have a different opinion about distilled water or purified water for baby formula.

Distilled water shouldn’t be the only water option your baby drinks. It may not have the necessary nutrients your baby needs.

 

Distilled water vs. purified water for CPAP

According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is “unusual breathing during sleep.” People who suffer from sleep apnea experience pauses in their breath when they sleep. These pauses decrease the quality of sleep, and the body’s supply of oxygen will be affected.

Sleep apnea is one of the common sleep disorders among Americans.

People who suffer from sleep apnea can use a continuous positive airway pressure humidifier (CPAP). It’s a small tank that releases moisture into the air. Breathing in moisture can improve the comfort level. It prevents:

  • dry mouth,
  • dry throat,
  • cracked lips,
  • nosebleeds.

When you use a CPAP humidifier, it’s important to use distilled water. The manufacturers and clinicians recommend using distilled water for clinicians.

Distilled water helps to get most of the benefits from the CPAP humidifier. It also prevents the humidifier from working smoothly. You will also receive the right amount of pressure. Bacteria won’t be able to enter your airways.

When you use a humidifier, be careful not to fill it with unsafe water. It could expose you to harmful chemicals and pathogens such as:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine

You would better not add anything to the water in the humidifier.

Allergies and colds cause congestion and nasal obstructions. Moisture can help to break them up.

You need to clean the humidifier regularly so as not to inhale any harmful bacteria.

 

Bottom line

People tend to choose a different type of water than tap water due to taste or other reasons. The taste is particularly true with the areas like Las Vegas. Distilled water and purified water are the two options that people want to try over tap water.

The article explained what purified water is and distilled water, its pros and cons, and the differences.

Distilled water might be good for the short term, but you would better not use it for the long term as it doesn’t hold the required minerals. On the other hand, purified water is free of all impurities and contains minerals. So it’s a good option for long-term use and ensuring hydration.

Now that you are looking for a water company in Las Vegas, Tahoe Springs Water is at your service.

We have provided the best purified, alkaline, and Spring Mountain water in Las vegas since 1994. Give us a call at +725-999-6968 to order water and guarantee your family’s health.

One thought on “Distilled water vs. purified water; what are the differences

  1. Adam says:

    I wanted to get water delivery for my family but didn’t know purified vs. distilled water to pick. I didn’t know purified water is the same as distilled water or not but thanks to your useful article, I can make a good choice.

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