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Distilled Water Enhances Mineral Absorption

By William Misner Ph.D.

Absolutely, fact just the opposite has been found to occur in cellular research studies. It is a mistaken belief that drinking pure distilled water reduces valuable minerals from living human tissues.

There are two types of minerals, organic and inorganic. Human physiology has a biological affinity for organic minerals. Most organic minerals for our body functions come from dietary plant foods. A growing plant converts the inorganic minerals from the soils to a useful organic mineral. When an organic mineral (from a plant food) enters the stomach it must attach itself to a specific protein-molecule (chelation) in order to be absorbed, then it gains access to the tissue sites where it is needed. Once a plant mineral is divested within the body, it is utilized as a coenzyme for composing body fluids, forming blood and bone cells, and the maintaining of healthy nerve transmission. (Balch and Balch 1990) Without a healthy organic mineral balance inside and outside the cells of muscle, blood, and bone substructures, the body will began to spasm, twitch and cramp, eventually deteriorating to a full rigor complex or complete failure or both.

Tap water presents a variety of inorganic minerals which our body has difficulty absorbing. Their presence is suspect in a wide array of degenerative diseases, such as hardening of the arteries, arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, glaucoma, cataracts, hearing loss, emphysema, diabetes, and obesity. What minerals are available, especially in hard tapwater, are poorly absorbed, or rejected by cellular tissue sites, and, if not evacuated, their presence may cause arterial obstruction, and internal damage. (Dennison 1993, Muehling 1994, Banik 1989)

Is it any wonder why the body prefers the richest source of mineral substrates from organic foods instead of the mineral-poor sources from tap water? Even if the human tissue suddenly developed the ability to absorb inorganic minerals from tap water, it would take an enormous amount of tapwater to supply the bare minimal mineral quantities for human life functions. If the rich inorganic mineral content of the tap water in Reno, Nevada were modified so that it would convert the daily calcium requirement from its inorganic calcium solutes, one would have to drink 7.4 gallons of their tap water!

Distilled pure water will not conduct electricity when only 2 PPM inorganic minerals or less are present. Water with 5 parts inorganic content per million parts water or more will conduct electricity, completing a simple circuit and lighting a tester bulb! The higher the inorganic content is in a per million count, the less effectively water transmits organic minerals to tissue sites. Bottled water, tapwater, reverse-osmosis filtered water, and carbon-block filtered water will conduct electricity, substantiating that each one is not the best carrier for the mineral-transport and mineral-absorption (Muehling 1994). Our tapwater in the USA has been shown to contain 19 inorganic metals of concern (1994 Safe Water Drinking Act), for which maximum contaminant levels have been set. (Tone 1994) Most American tapwater tested falls between the ranges of 350 parts per million to over 1000 parts per million total contaminants! (Colgan 1993)

Does drinking distilled water leach the minerals from the body? No, quite the opposite...if inorganic minerals are removed from tapwater, by converting it into pure distilled water, the result is remarkable biological mineral absorption for both health and maximal metabolic activity. The application of this query has a remarkably high correlation to the general properties of maximal absorption rates, for all micronutrients which traverse the gastric chambers directly into the muscle cells for premium performance demand.


  1. Muehling EC, "Pure Water Now: Its Time For Action," 2cd Ed., Pure Water Inc., Lincoln, Neb., 1994:1-42.
  2. Dennison C, "Why I Drink Distilled Water", Reprint Form 6300, Pure Water Inc., Lincoln, Neb.,1993.
  3. Tone J, "Your Drinking Water-How Good Is It?", National Testing Laboratories Inc., Cleveland, Ohio,1994:21.
  4. Banik AE, "The Choice Is Clear," ACRES USA, Metaire, Louisiana, 1989:37.
  5. Balch JF, Balch PA, PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING, Avery Publishing Co., Garden City, NY, 1990:17.
  6. Colgan M, OPTIMUM SPORTS NUTRITION, Advanced Research Press, New York, NY, 1993:23-24.


I drink distilled water (bought a WaterWise 4000), & take pinches of Himalayan Salt (HimalaSalt brand) several times a day for the minerals. Also, I take Ultimate Minerals (liquid) from And…I take Juice Plus, which is raw whole food in capsule form, chock full of all the enzymes & minerals I’d get eating it fresh. Distilled water helps the body get rid of the inorganic minerals that basically turn our bodies to stone, as the late Dr. Paul Bragg said in his book The Shocking Truth About Water. At 68, I’m so much more flexible than I’d been prior to starting on distilled, & now have zero pain level from arthritis!
Hammer Nutrition replied:
Hello Becky, thank you for your excellent and thorough testimonial! I wish more people where on your program. BDF


What about the PH ??
Hammer Nutrition replied:
Hello Rinaldo, thank you for your question. Water typically have a neutral pH of 7, but can vary from 6.5 to 8.5, although companies are now offering water at higher pH’s. However, stability is limited and usually over time the pH reverts to neutral. Bigger point here is that water should not be seen as a source of minerals or a means of deacidifying the body. It’s for hydration. Avoiding/limiting acidic foods in favor of alkaline foods is far more effective. Those same alkaline foods also tend to be good sources of 100% organic bioavailable minerals. BDF


Neil deGrasse Tyson stated that Distilled water will leach minerals out of the body. So who am I to believe?
Hammer Nutrition replied:
Hello T.T. no idea who this person is, but that’s a complete fallacy. Water is not magnetic, there’s absolutely no way that could happen. Furthermore, the minerals found in spring water are mostly non-soluble and not of any nutritional value. Get water from water and minerals from vegetables and other food sources. BDF


If we distill water, should we add some kind of organic mineral supplement back into the water? Do you have any recommendations?
Hammer Nutrition replied:
Hi Rhada, thank you for your question. The best source of soluble minerals are vegetables – 5-7 servings per day. A high quality mineral supplement would be next choice and would not likely be water soluble, so better to just take in capsule form and enjoy the tasteless clarity of the distilled water. BDF

Rhadha Schmitz

Thanks for the Refreshing Truth!

Jon D R

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