What are the Health Risks of Drinking Demineralised Water?
What is demineralised water?
As you might guess by the name, demineralised water (also referred to as deionized water) is almost completely free of minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium and a long list of other naturally occurring, dissolved minerals.
Demineralised water is generally defined as having between 1-10 mg/L (ppm) of total dissolved solids (TDS). By contrast, spring or mineral waters have TDS levels of between 50-300 mg/L.
While the term “demineralised water” sounds innocent enough, is it safe drinking water?
Many authorities have gone on record to state that drinking it will adversely affect your health. One of those authorities is the World Health Organization (WHO) which produced a report in 2004 titled “Health Risks From Drinking Demineralised Water”. In it, they state the following:
“It has been adequately demonstrated that consuming water of low mineral content has a negative effect on homeostasis mechanisms, compromising the mineral and water metabolism in the body.”