According to Google, 110 people ask this question every month. So what is distilled water used for? And what is the fuss all about? Well, there are plenty of uses for distilled water and in this article I’m going to give you a complete overview. Also what do a tea-pot, coffee, sprouts, bread and plastic ducks have in common? Stay tuned…
This is the most obvious use for distilled water, however many people are still unaware of it!
Not only is distilled water a great source of hydration for your cells, it helps detoxify your whole organism. How does it do that? Pure water can act as a solvent, attracting and dissolving inorganic minerals which have been deposited in your organism. Inorganic minerals contained in hard water cannot be assimilated by the body and must be disposed of. If the body is in a state of overload, it must store them in the body’s tissues. Distilled water attracts and dissolves these deposits, which are flushed out through urine.
“Distilled water is the greatest solvent on earth. (It is) the only water that can be taken into the body without damage to the tissues.
What we as scientists and the public have never realized is that minerals collected in the body from water are all inorganic minerals, which cannot be assimilated (digested) by the body.
The only minerals that the body can utilize are organic minerals (from fruits and vegetables).”Allen E. Banik, M.D. Author, “The choice is clear”
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2: Cooking and baking
Once you switch to distilled water for drinking, the next obvious step is to start cooking with it!
Think about it, many foods you prepare will carry with them the water they were cooked in. With the current levels of pollution you want to keep your use of tap and bottled water to a bare minimum. Especially when cooking soups, broths, or stews which will retain a high water content.
Are you cooking pumpkin soup? Try using distilled water next time. Are you making mushroom risotto and need a good broth? Use distilled water! You feel like Indian? Soak and cook your dahl with distilled water.
It’s a small adjustment you can make which will go a long way in protecting your health in the long run.
If you are not into sprouting, you will be! Sprouts are incredible. They are bombs of nutrients, alive and vital, they are a natural pill containing all the energy and nutrients needed to make plant, they’re just great for you. Add them to whatever your meal is, add a spoonful to your smoothie, add a sprinkle to your salad, hell, chuck some onto your porridge in the morning! Do what you have to do, but get in the habit.
You can sprout any seed (so long as you didn’t buy them from Monsanto ;)), but my favourites are wheat, green lentils, alfalfa and mung beans. Seeds don’t like chlorine or fluoride so don’t feed them tap water! Use distilled water, which will increase their sprouting rate, and decrease germination time (you’ll have sprouts sooner).
This one is my favourite. I’m baking all of the time, bread mostly. I grind wheat grains on the spot with my Mockmill (not affiliated) and keep a sourdough starter which I use in baking every week.
Bread relies on fermentation to rise, fermentation is caused by yeast, yeast is a culture of bacteria which needs the right environment to thrive. No bacteria likes chlorine. Chlorine is added to tap water specifically to kill bacteria so not a yeast friendly add on. Try drinking a glass of chlorine and see what happens. Only joking, do not drink a glass of chlorine.
Fluoride can also kill bacteria. The UK adds it to tap water supply to stop tooth decay (which is caused by bacteria), so we don’t want any in our dough. Yeast flourishes in a slightly acidic medium, tap water with its high mineral content tends to promote an alkaline environment. These are all good reasons to only bake using distilled water.
Oh, and plastics: I don’t want any plastic in my dough either. We wrote an article about microplastic contamination called ‘Should I be drinking distilled water?’ read it next.
“When distilled water enters the body, it leaves no residue of any kind.
It is free of salts and sodium. It is the most perfect water for the healthy functioning of the kidneys (83% water). It is the perfect liquid for the blood (83% water), the ideal liquid for the efficient functioning of the lungs (86% water), stomach, liver (85% water) and other vital organs.
Why? Because it is free of all inorganic minerals. It is so pure that all liquid drug prescriptions are formulated with distilled water.“Dr. Paul Bragg, N.D. P.H.T., from his book: “The shocking truth about water”
3: Fermenting and brewing
We already talked briefly about yeast and fermentation in the cooking section. There is another great drink that requires a culture of bacteria: the one and only Kombucha!
Kombucha is a brew of sweetened black tea to which is added the famous symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, or SCOBY. The bacteria eat the sugars in the tea and grow larger and larger, until very little sugar has remained in the brew. After filtering the bacteria out, you can enjoy your fizzy Kombucha.
SCOBY loves distilled water for the same reason any yeast would: no chlorine or fluoride, no contaminant and slightly acidic medium to thrive in.
Are you a tea lover? Try making your next brew with distilled water instead of regular tap water. There are 2 components to a tea: tea and water. This may seem obvious, however we too often disregard the second ingredient which makes up for 99% of your cuppa: water. When using tap water you’re at risk of introducing chlorine, fluoride, lead, pesticides and various other chemicals and inorganic minerals into your beloved brew.
Coffee drinker? Consider using distilled water, your kettle will also enjoy the novelty.
4: Household cleaning
I have to say the truth, I’m not that excited about this section. Nevertheless, distilled water has many other uses around the house.
Your iron will love this one. No more white stuff coming out of your iron on your black trousers. That was limescale, it was there because you used tap water. Only use distilled water in an iron and you will never have this problem again (“Iron-ically”, your iron distilled water to do this).
Kettles are always full of limescale. That’s why they are fitted with that small filter at the spout, which inevitably ends up getting a hole. Distilled water not only will descale a kettle, it will keep it as shiny as my chrome kitchen sink right after I’ve cleaned it.
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If you’re into this kind of thing, whether you’re making sustainable dish washing liquid with a vinegar solution, a bicarbonate toilet cleaner, or a BORAX shampoo and body wash, you will benefit by using water that has the least amount of minerals in it
By now you should have a pretty good answer to your question ‘What is distilled water used for?’. I hope I have given you plenty of excuses to start using pure H2O around the house. From refilling your drinking bottles, to brewing tea and coffee, to finally start ironing like a pro, to baking, sprouting and making Kombucha: distilled water has you covered.
How do you use distilled water? Share it in the comments below, I would love to hear about it!
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PS – For those of you who found this article on Facebook, plastic ducks don’t have anything in common with tea, coffee, sprouts and bread. They don’t (as far as I know) benefit from swimming in distilled water either.
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