What about the minerals I might lose by drinking distilled water?

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What is the cost of operation of a home water distiller?


First, determine the cost of electricity in cents per kilowatt hour(KWH) from your home electric bill. Divide your total electrical bill costs by the total number of KWH used for the billing period. Typical KWH costs range from 8 to 15 cents. To determine the cost per KWH in your state, CLICK HERE, and then return to this page to conclude your calculation.


Second, determine the wattage of your home water distiller in KILOWATTS. For example, if your distiller operating wattage is 700 watts, your distiller is rated at 0.7 kilowatts.


Finally, multiply this kilowatt rating by the number of hours it takes to produce one gallon of distilled water and then by the cost per kilowatt hour.


For example: the 700 watt distiller example above will typically run 4 hours to produce one gallon. If your electrical cost is 10 cents per kilowatt hour, then the cost per gallon is 0.7Kilowatts x 4 hours/gallon x 10 cents/kilowatt hour = 28 cents. Your number may vary depending on electrical cost or the type of distiller you are using.



What maintenance is required with a home water distiller?


Filter Changes: all home water distillers require periodic carbon filter changes. The carbon filter is responsible for removing gasseous and liquid chemicals from the water being distilled. Check with your distributor for replacment intervals for these carbon filters.


Boiler Cleaning: water distillers remove all types of inorganic salts such as calcium, magnesium, etc. This inorganic residue is deposited in the boiling chamber of the distiller. As this residue becomes more concentrated, it will precipitate out of solution and deposit on the surface of the boiler as well as the heating element.


Periodically draining the boiling chamber to remove any loose particles as well as any remaining liquid residue will reduce the amount of cleaning required.


Every few weeks the boiler may need to cleaned with either distilled white vinegar or with a powdered descalant such as sulfamic and citric acid. Let the distiller boiling chamber sit overnight with the cleaning solution. Place it out of the living area as the reaction of the lime scale and the acidic cleaning solution may produce vapors which may not be healthy to breathe.


Do not use abrasive materials for cleaning. Avoid using sharp objects to dislodge scale from the boiler.


Steam Sterilization: All air-cooled distillation systems allow for the periodic steam sterilization of the cooling and storage system. Drain the distilled water storage tank completely and leave the dispenser valve on the storage tank "open". Then, start the distiller as normal and turn the cooling fan "off".


Allow the distiller to operate for 20-30 minutes in this manner. Steam will be produced as normal but the steam will continue through the condensing system and into the storage tank, sterilizing it in its entirety.


After 20-30 minutes, turn the cooling fan to the "on" position; close the storage tank dispenser valve and you are ready for several more months of pure distilled water production.



Does distilled water "leach" minerals from the body?


This is possibly the most incorrect and misleading statement that you will hear about distilled water. There are various types of water which can cause serious harm to the body when ingested. One which often gets confused with distilled water is "deionized" water. Deionized water is commonly used in the electronics industry for computer board cleaning and its use is carefully protected in these facilities by signs which read:

"Danger - Deionized Water - DO NOT DRINK - For Industrial Use Only".

There is NO peer-reviewed scientific documentation that proves that distilled water "leaches" any type of mineral or tissue material from the body or its cells. The United States Navy uses distilled water on every ship and submarine. If such information was correct and indeed causing health problems, the Navy would certainlyl have discontinued their long term custom of using distilled water.



How does the quality of distilled water compare with Reverse Osmosis or Filtration? CLICK HERE


I've heard that distilled water is healthier to drink because it has a "natural molecular structure" and is more easily absorbed into the body's cells. Is this true and what does it mean? CLICK HERE FOR ANSWER.



Some people say that distillers do not remove toxic chemicals which are found in some waters in either liquid or gaseous forms. Is this true or not?


Since the mid 1970's, home water distillers have incorporated volatile organic chemical(VOC) "vents" or have used various types of carbon filters to remove these VOC's. The VOC vents were placed just prior to the condensation coils and were designed to release low temperature organic chemicals into the air, thus eliminating them from the final distilled water product.

As time went on, carbon filters were found to be more effective than these volatile gas vents in removing a wider range of VOC's. Today, all distillation systems incorporation some type of carbon "prefilter" or "postfilter" to deal with VOC's.


Today, individuals who claim that distillation systems do not remove VOC's are either completely ignorant of basic water treatment technology or are being outright dishonest about systems which they may not be promoting or selling. In either case, you are getting information which is incorrect.



Please explain why some water distillers use carbon "pre-filters" while some use carbon "post-filters". Is one method better than the other?


All "batch" or "manual" distillers use some type of "post-filter", a filter placed AFTER the distillation process. Since these types of distillers cannot be hooked up to a pressurized incoming water source, an input carbon filter is impractical.


Fully-automatic water distillers which can be attached to a pressurized home water supply usually come with some type of carbon "prefilter", filtering organic and volatile chemicals out of the incoming water prior to the distillation process.
Still other distillers use both a carbon prefilter and post filter.


From a technical, water purity standpoint, the most efficient location for a carbon filter is BEFORE the distillation process for several reasons:


(1) in all types of water purification systems, successive sets of equipment are designed to improve on the preceeding quality of water processed by the system. Carbon is less effective, overall, than distillation as it relates to water purity and therefore preceeds the distillation process which is the purest process in the carbon/distillation sequence.


(2) carbon is known to be prone to dissipation in the form of carbon "fines" when water is run through the unit. If a carbon post filter is employed, inevitably small amounts of carbon migrates into the distilled water, carrying with it concentrations of organic chemicals removed earlier by the carbon materials. To a certain extent this defeats the purpose of the carbon process.

Wherever possible, we recommend that customers consider using some type of sink-top carbon filter to prefilter the water which is placed in batch or portable distillers. Short of this, carefully rinsing out the carbon post filter before use, thus eliminating most of the loose carbon fines will go far to eliminate the "migration" process described above.


(3) finally, carbon is known to be an active breeding ground for bacteria. If a carbon filter remains moist and exposed to the air, it is well known that that media becomes an active breeding ground for airborne bacteria. These bacteria are usually non-pathogenic(non-disease causing) in nature.

However, if an individual has a compromised immune system or is susceptible to bacteria of various types for other reasons, we suggest that any batch distillation process be preceeded by a carbon filter and the post filter removed.

Additional care should also be taken to periodically sterilize or sanitize the distilled water container, normally with a few ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 3% solution.


Some references indicate that distilled water becomes acidic because it absorbs carbon dioxide from the air. Is this true?

Any type of water, sitting in an open container will absorb airborne gasses. Try putting an open container of water in your refrigerator for a day and you will taste all of the odors from the other fruits, vegetables and meats stored in the frig.

Distilled water should be stored in closed containers, just like any other drinking water. In distillation systems using sealed storage tanks there is little or no contact with moving air which might contain carbon dioxide or other airborne organic material. If anything, water left standing in these distiller storage tanks will tend to move to a more neutral pH.


Why is it that some people who drink lots of water still seem to be dehydrated?

Only water in smaller "clusters", free from bondage with inorganic minerals, will pass through the cellular membrane into the cell for nutrition and cellular cleansing. Water which contains lots of minerals, including "mineral water" and some "spring waters" contain inoganic minerals which bind up dozens if not hundreds of water molecules, creating a large cluster of water which is difficult if not impossible to penetrate the cellular membrane.

Go HERE for additional information on the types of minerals which may cause the "binding" effect versus minerals which create small water clusters.

This water and mineral content remains outside of the cell in the "electrolytes" which can use that type of mineral mix to create a conductive medium by which individual cells can transmit electrical signals between the cells.

Meanwhile, if no pure water is provided to the body, little or no water gets into the cells for nutrient transfer, combustion of carbs for energy and toxin flushing from the cells. The result is large amounts of water retention in the electrolytic portion of the body fluids.

You can see this effect on people's hands which look "puffy", indicating chronic water retention which doctors sometime treat with diuretics or other medication.

All those problems can be alleviated by drinking pure water which increases the proportion of water inside of the cell versus outside, which is a healthy situation and reduces water retention, extra body weight and potentially more serious health problems.

Meanwhile, without this pure water and smaller water clusters to penetrate the cellular membrane, the cells don't get any water, the body becomes dehydrated and health conditions may worsen as a result of this lack of cellular water.


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