Distilled water is, in my opinion, the best water you can drink when it comes to kidney stone prevention. I don’t work for a company that produces or sells water distillers, or distilled water for that matter. I just know what I have learned from research and personal experience. In case you don’t know, distilled water is the purest water you can drink. It is essentially pure H2O, with no minerals, heavy metals, VOC’s, chlorine, pesticides, micro-organisms, and other chemicals. There is a lot of controversy about drinking distilled water, but I will get to that later.
Let’s look at some of the primary causes of most kidney stones:
- High urinary concentration of sodium
- High urinary concentration of oxalate
- High urinary concentration of uric acid
- High urinary concentration of calcium
Distilled water is absorbed a lot more quickly into your bloodstream than tap, spring, or filtered water, because there are no minerals from the water to slow the absorption process. The faster you dilute the concentrations of the above chemicals, the better you are able to prevent crystals from forming. I have tested this myself with various types of water and have found that I pee more quickly after drinking distilled water than any other type of water.
Myths About Distilled Water
There are many websites providing the benefits or risks of distilled water. Here are some common claims, i.e. myths, that do not have any scientific evidence to support them:
- Distilled water leeches important minerals and nutrients: False, there is no evidence to support this.
- Distilled water lacks essential minerals, like calcium and magnesium: False, our food provides the vast majority of our minerals. Also, soft water is low in dissolved minerals.
- Distilled water causes osteoporosis: False, distilled water does not interfere with regular absorption of minerals.
- Distilled water is too acidic and can harm the body: False, most water is slightly acidic and there is no evidence to suggest that drinking acidic versus alkaline water is more or less harmful. The sodium bicarbonate pumps in your stomach help regulate the acidity levels of things you eat and drink.
Distilled Water and Clear Kidneys™
From our observations and testing, Clear Kidneys™ works best with distilled water because it delivers the active constituents to your kidneys and urinary tract faster. Because distilled water is a universal solvent, it helps prevent the crystal formation that cause kidney stones to grow and flourish. I generally drink 1-2 liters of distilled water per day and have done so for over 8 years.
Tips for Drinking Distilled Water
- If you don’t care for the taste, add a splash of lemon or lime juice. This adds a little flavor and calcium citrate, which has been shown to prevent calcium kidney stones.
- Don’t cook or make coffee with it. It is not harmful, but distilled water negatively affects the flavors of foods and coffee.
- If you completely stop drinking tap water, make sure you are eating fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in magnesium and calcium.
- Keep your distilled water covered. It absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, forming carbonic acid. It’s not dangerous, but the water will be more acidic, which may irritate some people.
- Brush your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste, preferably twice a day, since distilled water does not have the added fluoride of tap water. Or drink some tap water now and then.
Where to find Distilled Water
Nearly every supermarket carries distilled water, which is generally about $1 – $1.25 per gallon. Some distilled waters have added fluoride and are marketed to families with infants. I distill my water at home using a 1 gallon distiller. It costs a few cents per gallon, which is cheaper than buying distilled water at the supermarket. The only thing I do not like about home distillers is that they are usually made of stainless steel, which gives the water a metallic taste. Most home distillers come with a carbon filter to get rid of that taste.
Mark’s Bottom Line:
This article is not meant to demonize tap or spring water. Both types of water contain trace amounts of dissolved minerals that are essential to our health, such as magnesium and calcium, but it often contains calcium carbonate, which has been shown to contribute to calcium stone formation. All clean water is good for kidney stone prevention, but distilled is the best, in my opinion, when battling kidney stones. When paired with Clear Kidneys, it is a one-two punch that can’t be beat. Regardless, keep drinking water!
Mark is a lifetime kidney stone sufferer and creator of Clear Kidneys, the world’s most effective kidney stone relief supplement. He created Clear Kidneys to bring relief to the millions of people suffering with kidney stones. He lives, works, and plays in Newark, Delaware with his adorable wife and two precocious children.