From a non-scientific perspective‚ the simple fact that no where on this planet do we find naturally occurring de-mineralized water‚ this should tell us that we were not meant to have it. In nature all fresh water contains traces of natural minerals like calcium‚ magnesium and potassium‚ which is what our body was designed to run on.
On a more scientific level‚ there are several very credible research reports and books that stress the more recent opinion that long term consumption of de-mineralized water can in fact be dangerous. Dr. Zolton Rona‚ author of The Joy of Health‚ states that “the longer one consumes distilled water‚ the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state.” Dr. Paavo Airola‚ cancer expert and author of “How to Get Well” and “Cancer… Causes‚ Prevention and Healing” also reports that “long term consumption of distilled water eventually results in multiple mineral deficiencies.”
Two very negative things happen when we consume water that has been stripped of its natural minerals. First‚ because de-mineralized water contains more hydrogen it is an acid with a pH below seven. Any time we consume an acid substance our body will pull minerals from our teeth and bones to produce bicarbonate in order to neutralize the acid. Second‚ it has been proven that when our body fluids become more acid than alkaline the production of free radicals increases‚ causing increased cancer risks. Many studies suggest that cancer cells can only grow in an acid environment. This theory seems to be supported by the fact that around the world the areas where people live the longest most disease free lives are the areas that have the most alkaline water‚ water with the highest mineral content.
Reverse Osmosis and Distillation were first developed over 40 years ago for the printing and photo processing industries‚ which require mineral free water. Because of the popularity and demand for home water treatment products many companies have marketed these products as “state-of-the-art” drinking water systems‚ which they simply are not. Often these products are marketed by using a demonstration that measures the TDS (total dissolved solids) and implies that this measurement shows the systems effectiveness at removing contaminants. TDS meters measure the dissolved minerals in water‚ primarily calcium and magnesium‚ and have little or nothing to do with contaminant levels.
However; using reverse osmosis water in your diet is likened to to using a blank canvas to build your dietary requirements on. Some people for medical needs are required to carefully monitor their mineral and nutritional intake. If the water nutrition and mineral content is at zero, then the daily allowance can easily be calculated and added into the water before consuming. This can be achieved by vitamin/mineral supplements or if you are using reverse osmosis water for health reasons rather than medical needs then you would probably be better off having a re-mineralisation cartridge fitted to your existing reverse osmosis system. You always should consult a dietitian to ascertain your personal requirement, as we all know every person is deferent.