help free you from the chemicals that humanity's unhealthy
ways have left everywhere, including our drinking water.
like to think the water coming out of the tap must be pure, but
unfortunately science as well as our own observations will reveal this
to not be the case.
If you're on a healthy raw
you're avoiding many of the poisons most people put in their bodies.
It's rather infuriating, then, to be forced to drink many more of them.
Luckily, by distilling water we can easily free
ourselves from contamination.
Distilling Water: Background
To be properly
you need to take in at least a gallon of water a day from various
sources. For your liquid portion, most people know water will do
infinitely more good than soda, coffee, or other concocted drinks, but
when the water coming out of your tap is contaminated, where do you turn?
We haven't been taking care of our limited fresh water, a precious
Less than 3 percent of the world's water is fresh. About one
that is locked into glaciers or underground, with just 2 percent of it
being easily-accessible ground water (1).
That would be enough if we took care of it, but unfortunately, we're
trashing our water.
2000 survey by the US EPA found 40% of rivers and 45% of lakes in the
United States are considered too polluted for fishing, swimming, or
aquatic life (2), much less drinking. Most of the rest of the world is
in a similar position.
Distilling Water: Our Clean
Water Isn't Clean.
everywhere, And all the boards did shrink. Water, water everywhere, Nor
any drop to drink."
-The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
We know our water is polluted, so we go through the
rather laborious process of cleaning it up as best we can to produce
tap water....and then proceed to trash it again.
In the name of public health
safety, we add chemicals we know can harm us to our drinking
water, including chlorine and fluoride.
which in gas form was a chemical weapon used to fry the lungs of
soldiers during World War I, can kill a person in high doses (3).
Fluoride, ostensibly put into the water to help our teeth, can also
kill us (4), and is is associated with all manner of other problems,
including the degradation of the skeletal system and discoloration of
the teeth (5), (6).
Fluoride is also known to decrease IQ and motor
functions in developing children (7).
In the name of the public good we're poisoning
Distilling Water: The
Chemicals We're Not Trying To Add
The tap water in 42 states is laced
with 260 chemicals, of which 140 lack government-set contamination
limits, according to the Environmental Working Group's two-and-a-half
year study of water suppliers' tests of the treatedtap water served to
communities across the country (8).
The eleven most prevalent are:
Atenolol, A beta-blocker used for cardiovascular
A herbicide banned in the European Union, but still used in the US,
which has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes
in animal behaviour.
Carbamazepine: A mood-stabilizer used for bipolar
Estrone: An oestrogen hormone secreted by the ovaries
and blamed for causing gender-bending changes in fish.
Gemfibrozil: A Cholesterol
Meprobamate, A tranquiliser used for psychiatric
Naproxen: A painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug
linked to an increases in asthma incidence.
Phenytoin: Anti-epilepsy drug.
Sulfamethoxazole: An antibiotic.
TCEP: A reducing agent used in molecular biology.
Trimethoprim - An antibiotic.
How do you feel about having these in your drinking
Distilling Water: How A
Water Distiller Can Help
With so many chemicals
contaminating what comes out of your tap, it can
Most water purifiers and filters won't remove all of
these, but a distilling water can get you as close to pure as you'll
is simply the process of boiling water and then condensing the steam in
a new container, leaving almost all the containments behind.
is not some crazy idea, but merely a replication of what mother nature
has been doing for million of years - evaporation and condensation. We
just use modern technology to speed the process. Scientists and
chemists have long used distilled water in experiments because of its
purity, and its used in automotive cooling systems because the minerals
and ions found intap water can be corrosive to internal engine
surprisingly satisfying to pry the lid off your water distiller after
making a gallon or two only to find a tiny puddle of brackish water at
the bottom. The smell of chemicals is clear when you do so, and it
makes me happy to know I've removed these things from my water.
What Impurities Will
Virtually everything. A distiller can remove about 99.5
percent of impurities from water. These include, but are not limited to:
Nitrates, Such as Fertilizer
Most Organic Compounds, Including Solvents,
Herbicides and Pesticides
Heavy Metals Such As Lead and Arsenic
What Impurities Will
Distillers Not Remove?
Distilling with no
additional cleaning element
will allow a tiny percentage of contaminants to pass into the storage
container. The reason is because these impurities, called volatile
organic compounds, boil at temperatures below or very close to water
(207-218 degrees Fahrenheit). Because of this, they can be carried over
to thestorage container along with the water. Some pesticides and
solvents are VOCs. Luckily, a simple post-treatment carbon filter can
easily remove them. When looking for a water distiller, make sure it
comes with one.
But Don't I Need
Minerals The Found In Water?
We get our minerals from food - fruits and vegetables. The amount of
minerals dissolved in water is so minuscule that depending on them to
meet out needs is unrealistic.
What Water Distiller
Should I Buy?
are plenty of excellent models out there, with the more expensive ones
generally distilling a greater amount of water at one time than the
What should you look for in a water distiller? You'll
want a stainless steel boiling
chamber, because plastic leaches into water, and either a stainless
steel or glass storage container for the same reason. You'll also want
a post-treatment carbon filter to remove VOCS.