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What is the Difference? Why are they made the way they are and what are the different uses?

asked Sep 02 '10 at 03:02

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Craighton ♦♦

There are multiple amount of differences between distilled water and spring water.

One main difference between distilled water and spring water is its mineral content. Distilled water is the product of distillation. Distillation means the original water source has been converted into steam and then cooled down until it condenses into its final distilled form. Which equals out that heavy minerals and metals (salts and other composited) don't generally survive the conversion to steam and are left behind as salts.

answered Sep 02 '10 at 03:04

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edited Sep 02 '10 at 18:31

Did you lift that text from somewhere, dude? That could get us in trouble. ;)

(Sep 02 '10 at 04:34) chris ♦♦ chris's gravatar image

Got facts from somewhere, reworded and simplified and posted

(Sep 02 '10 at 18:39) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

It's all in the name, spring water comes from "springs" it is essentially water from mountains which has been filtered by rocks, giving it a high mineral content,, spring water is not pure water. Distiller water, on the other hand is "supposedly" as close as makes no difference pure water.

answered Sep 02 '10 at 18:37

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Distilled water has all impurities removed, example chlorine and sodium. It's basically 100% pure H2O. It is also a standard chemists use for accurate tests. It can be drank like normal water. That's about it.

answered Sep 02 '10 at 03:11

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edited Sep 02 '10 at 03:12

Actually it cannot. I know a person that decided to drink nothing but distilled water. After a couple of months he started to get chronic headaches. He didn't even think of the distilled water being the cause, as he thought it was a healthy decision to switch. But when mentioned it to the doctor after being asked about changes to diet, the doctor told him to stop drinking it right away.

Apparently many of the natural minerals in spring water (or tap water for that matter) are essential for our survival and there isn't another way to get them, or enough of them through a normal diet. These minerals of course are removed through the distilling process.

(Sep 07 '10 at 00:47) AlanStryder AlanStryder's gravatar image

In addition to the "impurities" and such that gets removed, you also lose the salt when you distill water. Biological cells have a base saline content of 0.9%, which is managed through your salt intake. People primarily consume salt through water, and taking that out of your diet could have bad consequences.

So if anyone actually drinks distilled water, make sure you replace your salt intake somehow!

answered Sep 02 '10 at 06:10

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And it isn't just table salt you're losing. Water contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium and other necessary minerals. So if you're drinking distilled water exclusively, be sure to take a mineral supplement.

(Sep 02 '10 at 18:54) CoderLass CoderLass's gravatar image

Umm, about that salt content, North Americans consume way too much salt, leading to hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, and even weight gain.

It is not correct that "people primarily consume salt through water, and taking that out of your diet could have bad consequences." Most processed foods, (canned or otherwise prepared and packaged for "convenience"), has so much added salt many ingest several times the recommended daily maximum of sodium. Many foods that have high salt levels don't taste salty as other ingredients, for example sugar, can mask the salty taste.

Since most people are used to this high level of salt, if meals are prepared from scratch with little salt added, most people will think it needs more salt and add it to their dish. Your taste buds can get desensitized so even foods with high salt content can taste like it needs even more salt.

Check out the following three links. I'm not saying these are the best examples, but they will certainly do.

Common myths: http://www.sodium101.ca/en/noexcuses/myths.html How to tame your salt habit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sodium/NU00284 The link between salt and strokes and cardiovascular disease: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091124204324.htm

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