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    No to Distilled Water...

    I guess this sounds like an odd question but... I read something that said it wasn't good for guinea pigs to drink distilled water.

    I can't remember if I read it in a book or on the internet. It was just so off the wall, I thought it might be true. I couldn't figure out why because that's the only kind I will drink.

    Is it true, you can't give them distilled water?...

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Distilled water doesn't have any minerals or really anything in it. I would assume that is why it is bad, but I'm not the expert, LOL. They should answer this question soon. I would like to know as well. Distilled water is used to mix baby formula often because it won't add extra minerals and other stuff to the milk.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    I googled it and it says that "natural' water has trace elements of calcium and other minerals. Distilled water is created by turning the water into steam and taking away all of these mostly natural occuring contaminents/minerals.
    Here is the link: What is Distilled Water?

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by misspiggy&piper View Post
    I googled it and it says that "natural' water has trace elements of calcium and other minerals. Distilled water is created by turning the water into steam and taking away all of these mostly natural occuring contaminents/minerals.
    Here is the link: What is Distilled Water?
    That's why I can't figure out why it would be bad... It's pure water, nothing in it. It's also, the only bottled water that tastes good to me.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    I don't see how it would be bad either, if the GP are getting enough calcium in their food, they shouldn't need it from water??

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    There have been studies showing distilled water actually pulls the nutrients out of the body. Also, when it comes into contact with the air, it becomes acidic, therefore making your body acidic. It is not recommended to drink it for long periods of time.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by AnmlLvr14 View Post
    There have been studies showing distilled water actually pulls the nutrients out of the body. Also, when it comes into contact with the air, it becomes acidic, therefore making your body acidic. It is not recommended to drink it for long periods of time.

    That is exactly why you yourself shouldn't drink it.
    To me it tastes nasty compared to spring or regular water.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Wow, I was really hoping what I read was wrong... And, that everybody would have something good to say about it.

    Like I said, I've been drinking it for years...

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by Caviekisses View Post
    Wow, I was really hoping what I read was wrong... And, that everybody would have something good to say about it.

    Like I said, I've been drinking it for years...
    Sorry about that, I know distilled water is used just for cars, or some steaming irons which don't carry the mineral/calcium cleaner.
    The elements you find in normal water are important for our body. Actually the country I come from in Europe consumes large amounts of water bottled from mountains, because it is more pure, plus it has many minerals. There are treatment areas, like resorts, that use water (like thermal water, ironed water, clay water, and so on) to help in certain diseases. That water comes straight from the mountains mostly, or even in plain areas, from deep inside the earth.
    I don't know if you guys learned about it at history or smth., do you know about the Ancient Romans who had all these bath areas? It was more then a cleaning place; where they found heated underground water they used it for treatments all the time, bathing in it, and drinking it. Water is free in my city, it comes from street fountains, digged under the ground (my city has this resource), so it is clean water, good for drinking, untreated -not filtered. The custom comes from the Ancient Romans, yes.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Even though I don't drink or really use distilled water, this info is great to share & know.

    Thanks all!

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    It's actually not good for anyone, including animals, to drink distilled water.

    Edit:
    I came across this when I googled it for some more info on why it's bad.
    Distilled Water: An Unhealthy Choice Environmentalchristian’s Weblog

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    I only use it in my humidifiers, my iron, etc, things that don't do well with "hard water," which is all our tap water is.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    I never really looked into the reasons behind it (very interesting though!) but I did notice both at school and work the distilled water was always labelled as "not suitable for human consumption".

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    I've read that any water that is safe for us to drink is safe for piggies to drink, but...just to be on the safe side, I keep two 64oz (2 qt ea.) bottles of tap water in the refrigerator to fill the water bottles with.

    I don't put caps on them because I want any excess chlorine and chemicals to evaporate out of the water between water bottle fillings (every 24 hours).

    We drink the water out of the bottles also, instead of straight out of the tap. We can definately tell the difference in taste.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    I don't mean to steal your thread but is spring water ok for pigs? Just wanna know.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Quote Originally Posted by 5guinea5pig5 View Post
    I don't mean to steal your thread but is spring water ok for pigs? Just wanna know.
    Haha, no problem... I would like to know as well.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Spring water varies *greatly* from bottle to bottle. Some is very high in minerals, some very low, some is purified through R/O or filtration removing a lot of minerals, some is not -- so it's very hard to say. Even one brand's water will vary considerably from bottle to bottle.

    And a lot of so-called "spring" water is actually tap water -- from somewhere else. Some popular brands are highly filtered water with *salt added* for taste! Plus there is a chance that the plastic used for water bottles is not so healthy.

    Frankly, tap is best for the environment -- and your budget.

    If you're worried about chlorine you can air it for 24 hours (although this will not get rid of chloramine). You can also install a Brita filter, which is safe for use for animals (some other filters are not recommended). Only if the tap is judged undrinkable for humans would I use something else for the pigs.

    I have to use R/O or distilled water for my carnivorous plants, and for some delicate fish species (then you have to add the minerals back in!), but for mammals, I would not recommend anything like that.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    Most likely your tap water has chlorine (unless you have a well), and chlorine is really bad for you. Purchase an "On faucet" filter (unless you already have one), they aren't that expensive and they filter the water.
    Because like Tserisa said, a lot of bottled water is just tap water-Only bottled. I think one brand of bottled water (Fiji) isn't actually tap water, though.

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    Re: No to Distilled Water...

    You can get rid of the chloramine by boiling the water a certain amount of time, then let it chill.

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