Studies validate the benefits of drinking RO water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time).
Fasting using RO water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking foods in RO water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "RO, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact.
The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are often made from RO water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine.
The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.
A growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products in the body.
There is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation. Meats, sugar, white flour products, fried foods, soft drinks, processed foods, alcohol, dairy products and other junk foods cause the body to become more acidic. Stress, whether mental or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body.
There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (RO water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood.
The longer one drinks RO water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume RO water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies.
Those who supplement their RO water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their purified water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation. One example would be Coca Cola's Disany water. This is a re mineralized RO water.
The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium.
RO water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of RO water is a bad idea.
Water filtered through reverse osmosis is not acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.
Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals).
Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of RO.
Avoid it except in special circumstances."
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