Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"

Recently, a good friend of mine who knows how “healthy” I am, couldn’t believe that I still drank water out of the tap. I said something like, “what am I supposed to do, carry a water filter around with me everywhere I go!?” The next day a beautiful new water filter--the brand shall remain nameless(unless this particular brand wants to sponsor my blog!)arrived at my door.  Thank You Friend!!  I began to further educate myself about the water we drink. I know I have already blogged about how important it is for us to drink water…but what’s IN OUR WATER and why should we care?

There are many things added to our water, but one in particular has really amazed me. Our water is treated with CHLORINE. Since 1904 this has been the standard in water treatment in the United States. Did you know that chlorine is considered an “oxidizing agent?”  Delia…what the heck does that mean? It means that it speeds up the aging process—a good example of this is when things rust! When chlorine is added to our water it combines with other chemicals and naturally occurring elements and forms things with names like trihalomethane, haloacetic acid, and chloroform…all of which cause cancer!  Chlorine is a yellowish is corrosive and poisonous. It has a horrible odor and is 2.5 times heavier than air.  It is changed into its liquid form by compressing the gas. The liquid is mixed into drinking water and swimming pools to destroy bacteria. Well, you’re thinking..”Hey, that’s a good thing! It’s saving us from waterborne diseases!” Yes, in fact it has allowed many cities to prosper by providing disease free tap water…ever heard of cholera?

Ok…but is it really helping to protect us? What are the long term health effects of drinking this chlorine? Yes, it is used to “combat microbial contamination” but it could also be the reason that our rates of bladder and rectal cancer are rising. Many recent studies show that the percentage of chlorine we have been drinking helps remove iodine from our body. We need iodine for our thyroid to function properly. Is it a coincidence that thyroid disorders are more common nowadays?  Read some of these quotes I found….

“Cancer risk among people using chlorinated water is as much as 93 percent higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine,” according to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality.

According to the,One common factor among women with breast cancer is that they all have 50 to 60 percent higher levels of these chlorination by-products (THMs) in their fat tissue than women without breast cancer . . .”

"Long-term drinking of chlorinated water appears to increase a person's risk of developing bladder cancer as much as 80 percent,” as documented in a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Some 45,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with bladder cancer.

I know…all this sounds scary! The reason adding chlorine to our water is still accepted is because it’s cheap! Is there a better way, yes. Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Clara, California have started treating their water with a process called OZONATION…. It is more expensive, yes, but it does not add chemicals to the water. Look it up..very interesting. For now, the only way we can eliminate this stuff from our water is to drink filtered water. I could go further and tell you how even more dangerous it is to inhale chlorine…like when we take a shower…uh huh…goes directly into our lungs…scary!!  So, I say look into the right filter for you and your family…they even make drinking and shower combo pack filters for you home now!

Remember: I do this blog not to scare us, but just to open our eyes a little to what we are putting into our beautiful bodies!

Have a Healthy Week!


DISCLAIMER: Delia is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian. She is simply a person dedicated to eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to help and inspire others to do the same!

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