What is Demineralized Water?
Water that is completely or almost free of dissolved minerals is what we call a demineralized water. Dissolved minerals can be removed from the water through the use of different processes like deionization, distillation, membrane filtration, electrodialysis, reverse osmosis and other kind of technologies. Demineralized water is not abundant in nature except from naturally occurring ice and rainwater. The groundwater and the surface water are most abundantly found in nature, they contain small amounts of dissolved substances like mineral, organic matter and gases.
Where Demineralized Water Came From
Demineralized water that was produced through an artificial process like reverse osmosis and distillation was initially developed to be used in industries and laboratories. In the year 1960, the technologies that were used to demineralized water became accessible to the public, especially in ones where the water source was the ocean water, hard water or contaminated water.
But even right from the very start, the World Health Organization has expressed their concern to the safety of consuming demineralized water; they said that it was actually clear since the very start that the water that was demineralized and desalinated without being further enriched with some minerals might not actually be fully appropriate for consumption because of the following:
Reduced Amount of Calcium and Magnesium
Demineralized water can significantly affect the balance of the mineral in our body, this is because these elements are usually present in water as free ions, making them more readily absorbed in water than with food. Studies have also showed that cooking using demineralized water causes a huge loss of essential elements from most of our food.
Increased Level of Toxic Metals
Demineralized water is much more likely to absorb metals and other organic substances from tanks, pipes and other water holdings. Additionally, calcium and magnesium in water and food can also help stop the absorption of heavy metals from our intestines and into the blood.