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i recently purchased a home distiller since i want to stop buying bottled water all the time but am hearing mixed reports on the safety of distilled water. Since it is devoid of minerals and has a tendency to form a low pH I decided to add trace mineral drops, some sea salt and bicarbonate. i even tested the pH to make sure it was neutral/alkaline.

Anyway, since I have been drinking the water i have been experiencing tingling in my legs and call me crazy but i feel like im shedding a lot more hair. i have been experimenting with more foods lately, so not sure if there is a connection between the symptoms and the water, with the foods or if its just a fluke.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

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Distilled or deionized water isn't dangerous or acidic like some folks think. It is completely neutral, lacking any buffering by salts or solutes. For this reason, taking a pH measurement of this water means nothing, as pH of pure water is not relevant! Would be happy If others with science background can pitch in. I'm a biochemist. Many bottled water brands are zero TDS (or close to that), means 'total dissolved solids' in mg/kg or ppm.

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Maybe not too relevant to the topic....but since people have stopped drinking tap water, cavities are on the increase, due to the lack of fluoride being consumed by bottle drinkers (which is added to most community water).

That's the end of my scientificness! B)

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If you want your teeth to be strong and free of cavities, brush your teeth. There's nothing special about fluoride that makes it necessary to ingest the stuff. The favorable chemical reaction occurs locally meaning that even with fluoridated water the only time it's benefiting your teeth is while the water is still in your mouth, touching your teeth, before you swallow.

As far as deionized water goes, I don't think there's any clear scientific consensus about negative effects associated with it. I know I lived in a house for 2 years that had a deionized filtration system hooked up for our drinking water and suffered no ill effects.

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Distilled or deionized water isn't dangerous or acidic like some folks think. It is comepletely neutral, lacking any buffering by salts or solutes. For this reason, taking a pH measurment of this water means nothing!!! The pH of pure water is not relevant. Would be happy If others with science background can pitch in. I'm a biochemist. Many bottled water brands are zero TDS (or close to that). That means total dissolved solids in mg/kg or ppm.

exactly right - I have my own home distiller for drinking and for making colloidal silver. Distillation is one of the best method to completely clean the water and one of the two only methods I heard to remove poisonous fluorine or fluoride from it, so go figure. De mineralization is not a big problem because firstly the amounts are minimal (main source of minerals for humans is food) and secondly you can easily add some minerals after distillation - these ones you really need.

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fluoride taken internally is not safe- i still use filtered tap for brushing my teeth

I'm with you on that one. I've done a lot of reading about how bad it is that our water is flouridated now. I just filter my tap water. I don't have the energy to distill it.

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i recently purchased a home distiller since i want to stop buying bottled water all the time but am hearing mixed reports on the safety of distilled water. Since it is devoid of minerals and has a tendency to form a low pH I decided to add trace mineral drops, some sea salt and bicarbonate. i even tested the pH to make sure it was neutral/alkaline.

Anyway, since I have been drinking the water i have been experiencing tingling in my legs and call me crazy but i feel like im shedding a lot more hair. i have been experimenting with more foods lately, so not sure if there is a connection between the symptoms and the water, with the foods or if its just a fluke.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

Why not just get a Britta pitcher?

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The favorable chemical reaction occurs locally meaning that even with fluoridated water the only time it's benefiting your teeth is while the water is still in your mouth, touching your teeth, before you swallow.

Definately! Research (NIH, ADA) indicates the benefit from flouride is only from topical application. Use a good flouridated toothpaste and mouthwash. We don't need to be swallowing it. :)

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I have a Brita as well :)

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Brita only takes out Chlorine, lead and sediment...maybe some of the drugs in the water supply but all the toxins stay in the watrer

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I know this is an old post but the information might help someone with similar issues.

Not sure about health effects of prolonged consumption of distilled water. However, de-ionized water, which is very similar to distilled water is found to be unsafe to drink in large quantities.

Here are some reasons I found on another forum thread.

  1. A study found consumption of deionized water directly damaged the intestinal mucosae.
  2. DI water is less likely to quench thirst.
  3. DI water may cause faucets/pipes/fittings to leach metals and cause metal toxicity.

Hope this helps.

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