Health Aspects of Purified Water

No matter how you look at it, water will always be water. It’s chemical makeup will never change, a compound of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom—it always has been and always will be the same. On the other hand, water meant for consumption has many aspects and variants. There are certain guidelines that should be followed for purified water, and also different types of purified water. For example, as mentioned before, distilled water is considered to be purified water—although they go by two separate definitions. Purified water must go through a process of filtration, generally by mechanical processes so that contaminants and minerals are removed.

You may be curious about the health aspects of drinking purified water. Let’s consider some: “drinking more water helps your kidneys to excrete toxins.”  Studies have shown that the mechanism by which toxins are removed from your body is called glomerular filtration, this is the measure of the kidneys ability to filter and remove waste products. While drinking large quantities of water will help to rid your body of unneeded sodium, studies have shown that in younger, healthier people the glomerular filtration was decreased with increased water intake. In older men, trying to boost their bladder function, glomerular filtration remained the same.

You may have heard or read that drinking purified water versus mineral, spring or well water may cause leeching of some minerals already found in your body, by the purified water. Studies have shown that this is true, although it is not enough to make a huge difference. One case in which it may matter is after a work-out or hot day on the job where your body has perspired many minerals out through your skin. In this case, purified water should be avoided, and spring, well or mineral water should be drunk, in order that those minerals are replaced.