(Above) Workers keep a close eye on the water bottling line in Dangtan, Tibet.
Drinking distilled and reverse osmosis (RO) water for long periods can be detrimental to your health, so warns Dr Andy Sun, a senior doctor from National Taiwan University Hospital.
In Brunei recently to conduct two health seminars on cancer prevention and immunology, Dr Sun took time off his busy schedule to provide an exclusive interview to The Brunei Times, with the topic revolving around water quality.
"Many people have the misconception that 'pure' water is very healthy, but besides being clean, the water is not exactly that healthy for the human body," said Dr Sun.
According to Dr Sun, distilled and RO water are bad water choices as they lack the minerals that the human body requires.
Minerals in water, especially calcium and magnesium ions, are crucial for human body and are known to protect the body system from harmful elements.
Dr Sun commented that studies had already been carried out long ago by ex-Soviet Union scientists on different types of water, namely, water with different levels of "hardness".
To explain simply, water with 100 milligrams of calcium and 100 milligrams of magnesium per litre will have a "hardness" of 200.
Tests were conducted on water with hardness of zero (distilled or RO water), 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000, and the results revealed that distilled or RO water are the worst, followed by a water "hardness" of 1,000, 500, then 250.
It was said that water with "hardness" of about 150 to 200 is best for the human body.
"After a long period of drinking distilled and RO water, it not only affects one's growth and development, you can also be overcome by fatigue easily," said Dr Sun.
"The process of making the water 'pure' does clear the water of harmful elements, but the problem is it also clears away the useful elements that our body needs."
Asked on what remedies anyone has if he or she usually only get to drink distilled or RO water, Dr Sun replied that these people should counter the problem by taking multi-vitamin pills.
"The vitamin pills should solve their problem, but preferably, they should still try to drink better water."
Dr Sun then provided another concept to understand water, which is solubility.
He explained it as the total amount of soluble minerals in milligrams per litre of water, and that includes calcium, magnesium, zinc, and others.
The higher the soluble minerals content, the less soluble the water is, and the better it is for our body.
"Distilled and RO water have very high solubility, and when we drink it, it not only dissolve harmful substances from our body, but will also dissolve the minerals that are needed by our body, and all these good and bad will all be discharged from our system," added Dr Sun.
To make the picture clearer, Dr Sun explained that the minerals in water are like supporting structures, and taking away the supporting structures will cause the water molecules to collapse into big clusters that can wash away all elements in the body faster.
Dr Sun then went on to talk about another important indicator of water quality, the water molecules-link count.
Such a count is usually done by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and it will quantify the count by megahertz. The water molecules-link count can be improved by technology, and is commonly know as energy water.
The lower the megahertz of the water, the more active the water is due to less molecules-link, and thus the better it is for our body.
According to Dr Sun, tap water and distilled water usually measures at about 125 megahertz, and water found in villages that are known for their resident's longevity usually has a count of around 80 megahertz.
Dr Sun then confirmed that a count of 49 to 55 megahertz is now reachable by using technology to produce what is known as the energy water.
"Energy water is really good for the body because the energy makes it easier for the water to surround 'bad molecules', so that our system can discharge them easily," explained Dr Sun.
"It's actually quite easy to differentiate between good and bad water. When you drink good water, your taste bud will feel the 'sweetness' of the water, and if the water is not that good, you will feel numbness on your tongue, or even get a bitter taste from it."
"We need to see the whole picture and understand the system. The whole process of controlling your diet, eating the right food, drinking the right water is the key to clearing our body toxins and building our immunity system," said Dr Sun.
"And considering how much water we need to consume a day, we'd better be drinking well!"
Characteristics to look out for in our water:
Water with 100 milligrams of calcium and 100
milligrams of magnesium per litre will have a
"hardness" of 200 and the ideal "hardness" is
- Solubility: the
total amount o soluble minerals in milligrams
per litre of water. The minerals include
calcium, magnesium, zinc, and others. A total
solubility of about 250 milligrams per litre of
water is most desirable.
- The water should
preferably have a PH value of around 7.4, and
have been sterilised and cleansed.
- The water
molecules-link count, as calculated by
megahertz. The lower the megahertz, the more
active the water is due to less molecules-link,
and the better it is for our body. A count of 49
to 55 megahertz is now reachable using
technology to create energy water.
The Brunei Times