The distilled water question

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Ok fams, I have started experimenting with distilled water. I noticed today that I sweat like a Turk in a sauna. Wasnt sure if the extreme heat or the distilled water was the culprit. If any of you use it or have used it, please chime in on the pros and cons. Im trying to get away from the flouride and plastic bottled water, but noticed the distilled water has almost a plasticy taste. Is this because its being bottled while steaming hot and leeching the plastic out of the 1 gal jugs? Or am I overthinking this? Or should I go full Alex Jones and get the whole paycheck Berkey filter? Pill me please.
 

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I believe you can get under the sink filters for a couple of hundred or so that has a filter that lasts for 6 months. There are a few that say they take out fluoride.

Wife wouldn't let me get one of them due to them ruining her kitchen look, so I looked online and found out that a handful of countertop pitchers do the same thing. I bought one not too long ago and it has been very good so far and not expensive for what it does. Filters really fast too.


It's cheaper on Amazon for the UK area.

They say each filter lasts 2 months with reasonably clean water, but some say it's really 5 weeks. I got this plus 6 filters. I'm going to get another 6 this month for one to two years supply. I've got to get more food and stuff in the pantry too this week to finish the stock piling, and rearrange the garage to fit in a load of water softener salt. I figured I'll stock pile that as salt in and of itself could become very valuable in a crisis. A little camping stove with a few small gas cylinders could also come in handy in case of power outages.

I'm thinking of getting an animal trap too just in case I have to eat birds and rabbits if it really comes to that. I'll get a fishing rod and hooks first though and that herbal medicine book Back to Eden that someone here recommended.

That's about all I can do I think without going full Grizzly Adams and spending a fortune.
 

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I live in an area where the water is heavily mineralized and poisoned with fluoride - not drinkable, IMO, even though the city repeatedly says it's "safe."

A few years ago, I bought a Waterwise that distills tap water - there is a ton of gunk left in the bottom of the tank after the water has been "steamed" through - that's what's in my drinking water.

The Waterwise is on sale at Amazon for $329.00 with free shipping. Can't recommend it enough - it makes the cleanest purest water we've ever had - I even give it to my dogs.


Considering what I find in the bottom of the tank after the tap water has been put through it, it's been well worth the price.
 

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I thought distilled water was for babies, and doesn't really contain anything beneficial towards hydration and minerals? Am I mistaken here?
 

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I thought distilled water was for babies, and doesn't really contain anything beneficial towards hydration and minerals? Am I mistaken here?
I keep hearing it drains the body of the useful salts and minerals if used in excess. But for a few days a week, I think it should have a good toxin ridding powers. I will let you know how I feel in a few weeks. I will check back in with my progress report in a few weeks.
 

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I believe you can get under the sink filters for a couple of hundred or so that has a filter that lasts for 6 months. There are a few that say they take out fluoride.
The problem with filters is they won't get pharmaceuticals out of the water. Municipal water supplies are full of antidepressants and hormones from birth control pills.

Distillation isn't a perfect clean-water solution. You still have to put distilled water through an activated charcoal filter to get the VOCs out (mainly chlorine).
 

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The problem with filters is they won't get pharmaceuticals out of the water. Municipal water supplies are full of antidepressants and hormones from birth control pills.

Distillation isn't a perfect clean-water solution. You still have to put distilled water through an activated charcoal filter to get the VOCs out (mainly chlorine).
The manufacturer says it gets out drugs and hormones, so I just went with it.



I used a distiller for a couple of years. They were ok. Not the perfect solution though. I'd say the water is good for a week detox. I couldn't live off it permanently though. Not for me.
 

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I live in an area where the water is heavily mineralized and poisoned with fluoride - not drinkable, IMO, even though the city repeatedly says it's "safe."

A few years ago, I bought a Waterwise that distills tap water - there is a ton of gunk left in the bottom of the tank after the water has been "steamed" through - that's what's in my drinking water.

The Waterwise is on sale at Amazon for $329.00 with free shipping. Can't recommend it enough - it makes the cleanest purest water we've ever had - I even give it to my dogs.


Considering what I find in the bottom of the tank after the tap water has been put through it, it's been well worth the price.
I’m getting this. Awesome about the doggo part too Bon. 😎
 
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The manufacturer says it gets out drugs and hormones, so I just went with it.
Nice. How much does the system cost, and how often do you have to replace the filters?
 

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Is this because its being bottled while steaming hot and leeching the plastic out of the 1 gal jugs?
I'm not totally neurotic about plastic, but even I would avoid hot plastic. Go to the local homebrew store and get some glass jugs for storage, or at least cooling.
 

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I'm not totally neurotic about plastic, but even I would avoid hot plastic. Go to the local homebrew store and get some glass jugs for storage, or at least cooling.
Im not distilling it myself. Im buying them from the grocery store. Wish I could bring my own bottles to a community water distillery. That would be a cool business to start up imo.
 

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Oh, I have no idea what the industrial bottling process is like. Are you comparing the taste to tap water or to normal bottled water? Again, I'm not that scared of plastics but water that's been sitting for God knows how long always seems a bit off to me.
 

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Distilling water removes basically everything from the water and to put it simply, water has a max capacity of stuff (good and/or bad) it can hold. This means that it is even worse to put distilled water into plastic bottles as it just pulls and pulls plastic (estrogen basically) into the water.

Distilled water (without the plastic bottle) either distilled yourself or purchased in a glass bottle is often used for "detoxing" or water fasting as it, due to the same principle as above, will pull toxins from your body but also the good stuff so isn't recommended for long-term use. You can re-mineralize it and even re-structure distilled water if you want but all that is time consuming.

Best thing to do is do your research on the best filter you can buy. Bench top works. Installed under the sink is even simpler for you.
 

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Considering what I find in the bottom of the tank after the tap water has been put through it, it's been well worth the price.
I was startled too, the first time I used my electric water distiller, how much thick sludge / dregs / general garbage is left in the bottom after distilling a gallon of "clean" tap water. I've also noticed that tap water in different areas makes a completely different residue, just visually. It would be curious to send that dreck to a lab for actual chemical analysis.

I'm glad there are more guys distilling their drinking water, not just me. Ha ha. People who visit my place think it's weird, but whatever.

I keep hearing it drains the body of the useful salts and minerals if used in excess. But for a few days a week, I think it should have a good toxin ridding powers. I will let you know how I feel in a few weeks. I will check back in with my progress report in a few weeks.
That's a good consideration. I know some about pure water from my work duties, so I'll be careful to share what is helpful and to limit my advice to where my knowledge ends:

- "Ultrapure water", mainly deionized water, will actually pull salts and other ions away from your body. Plumbing systems for deionized water are typically made from inert materials like CPVC, instead of brass / copper, stainless steel, etc. because even metals which are resistant to chemical corrosion will be attacked by DI water.

- Distilling water does not deionize it (deionization is done by cation / anion pellets which have a life and need to be replenished). It makes sense that distilled water has more potential to absorb things into solution, as opposed to water with tons of minerals and salts in it which is already saturated.

- As Jr Rustler III mentions, you can always supplement yourself with salts and sugars to replace whatever might be beneficial in tap water. In fact, most people eat way more salts and sugars than the daily need in our food as it is.

Distillation isn't a perfect clean-water solution. You still have to put distilled water through an activated charcoal filter to get the VOCs out (mainly chlorine).
A question on this -- don't these VOCs evaporate (hence the "volatile") at a lower temperature than water? So shouldn't they exit the distilling process with the steam, and not stay in the distilled water? If you're right, I've never thought of this point.
 

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A question on this -- don't these VOCs evaporate (hence the "volatile") at a lower temperature than water?
Yes, that's precisely the problem. VOCs boil at a lower temp than water, which means they are the first things that wind up in your "clean" water.

Things which boil at a higher temp than water never make it to the other end of the still
 

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I bought this water cooler looking thing kind of like the ones that are used in offices except mostly metal and have several five gallon jugs that I fill up though a filter and collect, filter and store rain water as well as use collected rain water for watering the garden. The main drinking jugs are plastic but they are the bpa free ones and I’ve heard those aren’t bad unless you leave them baking in the sun at extreme heats. So far this set up has been working good for me.
 

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Ok fams, I have started experimenting with distilled water. I noticed today that I sweat like a Turk in a sauna. Wasnt sure if the extreme heat or the distilled water was the culprit. If any of you use it or have used it, please chime in on the pros and cons. Im trying to get away from the flouride and plastic bottled water, but noticed the distilled water has almost a plasticy taste. Is this because its being bottled while steaming hot and leeching the plastic out of the 1 gal jugs? Or am I overthinking this? Or should I go full Alex Jones and get the whole paycheck Berkey filter? Pill me please.
 

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Well I've been thinking on how your body creates depleted deuterium water from foods you eat and your mitachondria, you expell the water in your urine.
It can be recycled.
I haven't looked to hard at it just random time thinking about it.
Did ghandi drink lil boys pee to maintain health? Is it a hindu thing ?
Would a survival straw filter out impurities your body expelled making it drinkable as depleted deuterium water?
As far as I recall distilled water only gets about 10% of deuterium out of your water.
If you are on an island, or coastal to an ocean you might have 155ppm deuterium water and that's not good levels.
Distilled water doesn't work great for cellular hydration iirc you miss minerals.
It's ok for a cleanse /flush but not optimal.
If you have municipal fluoridated well water or river water...I'd move. Short of that buy glass bottles spring water for drinking and cooking.
Remember the fracking water? It could be lit on fire with a bic lighter!
 

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I bought this water cooler looking thing kind of like the ones that are used in offices except mostly metal and have several five gallon jugs that I fill up though a filter and collect, filter and store rain water as well as use collected rain water for watering the garden. The main drinking jugs are plastic but they are the bpa free ones and I’ve heard those aren’t bad unless you leave them baking in the sun at extreme heats. So far this set up has been working good for me.
I have rain water in fridge for drinking. I'm filtering it in paper filters then chilling it.
Its fookun delish!
 

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Alot cheaper than most reverse osmosis systems for your house.
I've got a Berkey filter with the Flouride filters. Havn't tested it yet with a meter or anything
 

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I have rain water in fridge for drinking. I'm filtering it in paper filters then chilling it.
Its fookun delish!
For rain water collection, do you have to have some way to treat it for bird poop and other stuff like that?
 

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Alot cheaper than most reverse osmosis systems for your house.
I've got a Berkey filter with the Flouride filters. Havn't tested it yet with a meter or anything
The Berkey system uses different filters? o_O
 

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The Berkey system uses different filters? o_O
Yes. Lots of reviews and unboxing videos by survivalist types can be found. The standard (stainless steel) models come with charcoal filters in the upper tank that you fill with tap water. Then gravity feeds it into the lower tank. The optional Fl filters also screw on and hang down into the clean water tank. if I remember right the company claims you get about 3000 gallons out of the Fl filters and 5000 gl out of the charcoal filters.
If anyone is seriously interested in a Berkey I cannot recommend enough: the sight-glass for your filtered water tank. I'm so mad I cheaped out and didn't get one.
 
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