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Basic Survival Skills

Distilled Water

Distillation is the process in which steam is collected from boiling water and condensed.  The condensate is distilled water in which all minerals, bacteria, and viruses, as well as heavy metals such as mercury, have been removed  from the water.  Being free of dissolved minerals, it has the ability to actively absorb toxic substances and eliminate them from the body.  It will also remove necessary trace elements that your body needs.  For this reason it is recommended to be used short term only.

Cooking foods in distilled water removes the minerals and lowers their nutritional value. When it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes and health problems develop. That being said . . . it is sometimes necessary to process your water to remove toxic agents and should be ingested no longer than two weeks.
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How to distill water

You will need two containers and tubing. One to boil your water in and another to catch the distilled liquid as it condenses. You will need at least one cover for the heating pot that has a way of accepting some tubing with no leaks. (Tubing is used to give direction to the steam and aid in the cooling/condensing process.)
Fill one container with your water, heat it to boiling.
Place the cover with the tubing attached over this container.
Place the other end of the tubing into the other container which is away from the heat source.
The steam will flow through the tube condensing and dripping distilled water into the other container.
Boil your pot of water to within a half inch of the bottom, throw this water away, and start again. Repeat until your collection container is as full as you wish.
This is a time-consuming process that will remove the minerals, bacteria, and viruses. With the proper equipment, this job becomes a whole lot easier.

There is much debate regarding the health benefits of drinking only distilled water.  Some folks swear by it, some swear at it.  We have always thought moderation is the way to go.  When in doubt, it is safer than poison.
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