Tap water is pretty terrible, Of that I’m sure we can agree. It tastes terrible and often contains chlorine, fluoride, among other thing depending on where you live. It’s no wonder most of us hate drinking it!
When learned about this and water fluoridation, I started buying bottled reverse osmosis water at a great inconvenience to myself.
After all, I wasn’t going to drink water with fluoride in it! It, along with chlorine shouldn’t be in our drinking water in the first place. But does that make pure water healthy to consume?
While it might be free from toxins, It’s also devoid of minerals. In a word, dead water. Not only that, but the filtration process is harsh and and changes the properties of the water, much like whipping cream or beating an egg. In this reguard distilled water is better, but is still devoid of minerals.
Mind you, both are great for cleaning. Water is a near universal solvent, accumulating particles wherever it goes.
Pure water, over time will flush minerals out of your system, and isn’t suitable for long term use. If you are interested, here is a paper on the subject: Health risks from drinking demineralized water.
It quotes a passage from the rig veda:
The properties of drinking water are as follows: “Sheeran (Cold to touch), Swahili (clean) Sivan (Should have nutritive value, requisite minerals and trace elements) Itsham (Transparent) Vinglam lahu Shadgunam (It’s Acid base value should be within normal limits”.)
That also puts alkaline water out of the picture, and after drinking it for a year I wasn’t impressed. To be honest, I think rainwater might just be the best kind of water to drink. (see table below)