Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Is Distilled Water Dangerous?

Monday, 19 July 2010 04:12 PM

Question: Is it true that distilled water is unhealthy because it picks up carbon dioxide and becomes acid? If so, is there a healthy additive that will prevent this?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Distilled water is simply purified of trace elements, minerals, and substances that in small amounts accumulate in sensitive equipment unless the water used is purified. Auto batteries, auto cooling systems, and steam autoclaves call for distilled water to reduce accumulation of trace contaminants usually seen in tap water. Our bodies will do just fine with clean tap water, bottled water, or distilled water. Disregard the rubbish about water becoming acid. It is just the blind leading the blind with useless hype, aimed at the gullible consumer who is often victim to false claims.

Please do not fall victim further by adding a supplement to your water. Any carbon dioxide removed in the distillation process is returned to the water as it condenses, so the CO2 deprivation theory is bust. Any trace elements removed by distillation are just that . . . trace, and will be available from other sources such as fruits and vegetables without the need to supplement.

Beware of water stored in plastic containers, especially if it has been exposed to heat, sun, or had prolonged storage. Remember plastic is not innocuous, and certainly not as inert as glass. When heated, plastic can degrade, releasing toxic products into any food or water it surrounds. If you have any doubt about this, leave a bottle of Coke or Pepsi on the front seat of your car for two weeks in direct sunlight, then taste it if you dare. This will definitely change your perspective on storing food and beverages in plastic containers.

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