Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ's about Steam Distillation
Frequent Questions and Answers
1. What is distilled water?
Distilled water is also called steam-distilled water. Distilled water is water which has been heated to the boiling point so that impurities are separated from the water, which becomes vapor or steam at 212 degrees farenheit(100C.). Steam is then cooled and condensed back into pure liquid form. The impurities remain as residue in the steam kettle(to be periodically removed). This distillation system removes waterborne biological contaminants such as bacteria, parasites and viruses, organic and inorganic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile gasses, cysts, and other contaminants. Pure water contains no solids, minerals, or trace elements. It is clean, natural, and healthy. Steam distilled water is the standard by which all other waters are measured.
2. Are there any minerals missing from distilled water that my body needs?
It is true that you need minerals, but these are best obtained from your food and food supplements. There are two sources of minerals: organic and inorganic. Our bodies cannot easily assimilate minerals that come from an inorganic source such as the water we drink. Our bodies receive the minerals they assimilate from organic sources such as the food we eat. Green, leafy vegetable, meat, and dairy products are all good sources.
Distillation removes the minerals out of the water before they can enter the body's system, and distilled water may also remove mineral deposits already there(in arthritic joints, for example). The minerals our bodies depend on are absorbed and remain in the tissues. Therefore, distilled water is best as it removes virtually all of the contaminants from your water. Of course, we do need some inorganic minerals, like sodium, but these are also found in abundant supply in food.
3. Does distilled water leach minerals from my body?
No, that is not an accurate statement. Distilled water is the purest form of water, the universal solvent. Pure water does absorb discarded minerals and with the assistance of the blood and lymph(mostly water), transports them to the kidneys for elimination. It is this kind of mineral elimination that is incorrectly referred to as 'leaching'. The expression that distilled water leaches minerals from the body is inaccurate. Distilled water does not leach out body minerals, it collects and removes minerals which have been rejected by the cells and tissues, which if not evacuated, can cause arterial obstruction, arthritic deposits and other potentially serious bodily damage.
4. Does distilled water taste flat or funny?
No. People who make this claim have normally only tried room temperature distilled water that may have been sitting on a shelf in a plastic jug for months. Distilled water is actually tasteless. This lack of flavor may take a short while to get used to, but once you get accustomed to drinking distilled water, chlorinated tap water will seem offensive. Tap water has additives, and it is the additives that you taste. Since distilled water adds no foreign substances to your foods, the original tastes and flavors of the foods are retained. Distillers supply fresh, clean, great tasting water made right in your home, affordably, and for your convenience. For best taste, distilled water should be cooled and given a shake to re-oxygenate.
5. Are distillers expensive to operate?
Our countertop distillers use about 3 KWH of electricity for each gallon of water that is distilled. You can find your personal cost per gallon by multiplying 3 times the KWH rate in your area(generally between 15 and 30 cents/gallon). You'll probably find that it is a fraction of the cost of buying water at the store or having it delivered.
6. Do some contaminants carry over with the steam in the distillation process?
Some contaminants that have boiling points lower than that of water could carry over, which is why these distillers are equipped with a safety feature: a volatile gas vent, a design feature which removes most of these contaminants. For even further protection, each distiller is also equipped with a carbon post-filter to provide you with the highest quality distilled water with a 99% or higher removal rate of contaminants. Distillation also makes the water closer to neutral pH, because it removes all contaminants, whether acid or alkyline.
7. Besides drinking, what are some other uses for distilled water?
Besides drinking, distilled water is great for hundreds of uses, including:
- Cooking: Chlorine-free soups & vegtables - taste the improvement - pots and pans are easier to clean.
- Baby Formulas: Boiling tap water kills bacteria, but doesn't remove contaminants. Distilled water, virtually free of contaminants.
- Beverages: Savor true flavors of coffee, tea, and juices. The taste is incomparable, and you'll also use less.
- Low Sodium Diets: 99.9% of sodium removed in the distillation process.
- Ice Cubes: Won't spoil the taste of beverages. Makes cleaner, harder ice cubes.
- Pets: They'll love you for giving them clean water.
- Complexion Care: Tap water impurities can clog skin pores - feel the difference with distilled water.
- Plants: Plants and cut flowers live longer and look healthier because, just like nature's rainwater, distilled water is free of mineral salts.
- Aquariums: Fish thrive in a chlorine-free tank. Distilled water is clean and clear.
- Contact Lenses: Distilled water won't irritate eyes.
- Humidifiers: Eliminates white dust, mineral salt, and rust concerns. Adds more life and efficiency.
- Steam Irons: Eliminate scaling of steam iron vents. Irons will operate more efficiently and last longer.
- Kettles: Eliminate mineral salt scaling. Inside of kettles will look like new.
- Photography: Perfect development.
- Wet-Cell Batteries: Batteries last long with Distilled Water.