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The Risks of Purified Water: Mineral Deficiencies

by Dr. David Minkoff June 18, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

The Risks of Purified Water: Mineral Deficiencies

Understanding Types of Water and the Effects of “Purified” Water

Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).

Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.

Most drinking water comes from natural sources and may have been enhanced with mineral content, including:

  • Spring water
  • Glacier water
  • Sparkling water
  • Alkaline water
  • Well water
  • Tap water

Out of the above sources, your safest bet is always bottled, processed water – simply because you can be confident that it is free from contaminants. Tap water and well water are also safe and healthy options in many places around the world, as the natural sources are contaminant-free. In-house filtration systems can also be effective at making tap water safer to drink.

In essence, there are two things each type of good drinking water have in common:

  1. They are free from contaminants and disease-causing bacteria
  2. They contain the basic electrolytes and minerals your body needs for optimum utilization

The variances are in the form of taste, source, and concentration of beneficial solids in the water.

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What Happens When Water is Overpurified

We purify water for two distinct reasons:

  • To make it safe for human consumption, and
  • To make it safe for machinery and equipment.

Unlike the human body, machines and equipment do not need water with mineral content. It is much safer and better to use water that has been highly purified – such as distilled water – as it doesn’t leave mineral deposits behind.

And herein lies the problem: It has become increasingly popular to promote super-purified water as healthy for the human body.

Reverse-osmosis machines (machines that push water at high pressure through a special filter to eliminate 95-99% of solids), as one example, are being sold for homes to purify the tap water and make it drinkable. The problem, again, is in the missing mineral content.

Sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium are four of the essential electrolytes that your body requires to:

  • Control and regulate the balance of fluids in your body
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Achieve proper muscle contraction (including the contraction of your heart)
  • Regulate the PH level of your blood

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When you drink water that is devoid of these minerals, your body has to pull the minerals from other parts of your body. For this reason, over-purified water is known to create mineral deficiencies and can result in significant adverse physiological reactions.

In one famous study from the WHO, two countries had a national rollout of reverse-osmosis water, and within three months the population began suffering from:

  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Muscular cramps
  • Impaired heart rate
  • Increased fluid loss

Furthermore, long-term studies of individuals and families who drink mineral-free water on a routine basis discovered:

  • An increase in cardiovascular disease
  • A higher risk of bone fractures in children
  • Increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Pre-term birth and low weight at birth
  • Heightened risk of several types of cancer

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The undeniable fact is that water is a critical source of minerals, and routinely drinking mineral-free water not only cuts an available source of healthy water but can also drain the minerals from your body.

Cooking with Distilled or Reverse-Osmosis Water

Pure water will naturally and aggressively absorb minerals it contacts, which makes it a poor choice for cooking. Tests have demonstrated that cooking veggies and other mineral-rich foods in distilled or RO water can cause a loss of up to 70% of the mineral content in your food.

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The Solution to Mineral-Deficient Water

Drinking the occasional RO or distilled water will not kill you, and you probably won’t suffer any symptoms. The problem enters when you have it regularly over several months.

In some cases, however, RO water might be the best and most effective option – such as in areas with highly polluted tap water and low availability (or high cost) of bottled drinking water.

In these and all cases, the key to remember is that your body needs the minerals. Drinking RO water as a stable part of your diet can be a viable option – but only so long as you supplement the lost minerals through a diet rich in natural mineral content, or by taking a dietary supplement.

Products like BodyHealth’s Perfect Amino Electrolytes and nutrient-dense vegetables like kale, broccoli, and others can go a long way to giving your body the minerals it needs for optimum health.

So, when you are considering which water to buy and any kind of in-house filtration – just remember to keep the minerals in one way or another and stay deficiency-free!

References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/nine-types-of-drinking-water#the-bottom-line
  2. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002350.htm
  3. https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientschap12.pdf
  4. https://www.cooksinfo.com/distilled-water
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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