We need water to keep our bodies and cells hydrated all day long- that’s no news. Most people know this, but are still wonder which kind of water is best for their health.
Have you ever been stuck on deciding the kind of water you should drink- purified (filtered) water or distilled water? Nine out of ten people have probably wondered the answer to this question, consciously or subconsciously. Perhaps, you are part of those nine. Have no worries; you are not alone in this.
Years ago, distilled water was the kind of water we put in our cars or used in a chemistry class, while purified water was what we stored in our refrigerators for drinking.
But, change is constant, isn’t it?
Some people are getting confused as to which kind of water they should take in, while some others are insistent on a particular type of water. Either way, take a look at this- it might be an eye-opener.
How Is Water Made Distilled?
You may not be a Chemistry-kind-of-person, but surely, you would have heard about the term ‘boiling point’ at least once before. In an attempt not to bore you, I would define a substance’s boiling point as the time taken for that substance to become gaseous after subjection to heat.
All solids and liquids have separate boiling points- and that’s where the distillation process comes in. Distillation involves the application of heat to impure water; causing it to turn to steam and then capturing it.
How Is Water Purified?
This process is more relatable. Purified water is any water in which contaminants are expelled by passage through a water filtration process. In places where there is a large demand for water; people often resort to the use of purified water.
Also, it is easily installed in homes. Some refrigerators even come along with an installed purification system. Just ensure you store the water in healthy human water bottles and you are good to go.
There are several ways in which water can be purified, some of which include:
The Reverse Osmosis Process
This process involves the use of pressure to push water against small pores. Since the water molecules are extremely small, the pores are designed to block out molecules, contaminants or microorganisms which could be detrimental to your health.
The Deionization Process
Here, we are more concerned about ions. Deionized water is free from any free ion which enters the water via the soil, pipes or pollution sites.
In the deionization process, water (perhaps tap water) is passed through a resin filter which is full of beads.
These beads are either positively charged or negatively charged. Just as a general rule of thumb, positive attracts positive, negative attracts negative and the free ions in the water are attracted to the opposite pole as the charge they carry. Trust me; this whole thing happens in no time.
Purified Water or Distilled Water?
Each type of water has its pros and cons; so it’s up to you to decide. For instance, distilled water is obviously the purest between the two; but not necessarily the healthiest.
Distilled water is totally free from contaminants and pesticides. In fact, it’s more effective than the whole purification process.
However, along with the removal of contaminants via boiling, useful minerals and electrolytes such as calcium and magnesium are expelled from the water. This act alone has untold risk on human health including increased risk of fracture, preterm birth, and heart-related diseases.
On the other hand, purified water is more accessible compared to distilled water. The process happens even faster when you have your personal purification system installed.
Along with the removal of heavy metals, unpleasant tastes are expelled during the whole purification process. Fluorine is also added to reduce the occurrence of tooth decay, but when added in excess, becomes an irony. It leaves children with risk of having tooth decay.
If it were up to me, I would choose purified water over distilled water. If you are on my side, also install your personal purification system in your house to make your experience more efficient.