After I learned drinking Diet Soda (aspartame) was causing a lot of my symptoms, I decided to switch it out with water. I was an avid Diet Soda drinking for the past 30+ years; drinking water was something I just didn’t like. I knew it was going to take some time getting use to this change.
On the first day off of Diet Soda, I filled up a tall glass of water from the sink and sat down at the table. As I lifted the cup to my face, I took a deep breath in and smelled what I thought was chlorine even before I took my first sip. So I tasted it, I could taste the chlorine. So I thought to myself, is this actually better than drinking diet soda? I greatly appreciate the fact that the US has good clean drinking water. There are many people in 3rd world countries that are not as fortunate. The human body is made up of roughly 60% water, so what better to put back in your body then water! Good clean water! But how clean is too clean? In order to protect our drinking water from disease-causing organisms and pathogens, water suppliers often add a disinfectant, such as chlorine, to drinking water.
So back to the internet I went to do a little more digging on my so called “clean water”. The EPA allows up to 4MDRL (Maximum Disinfectant Residual Level ) in our drinking water. So I proceeded to look up the water report for my area. And the report indicated the average chlorine in the water in my area was 1.2MDRL. If I can smell the chlorine at 1.2, what on earth would it smell like at 4? We all know why we use chlorine and beach, to kill bacteria and germs. But I never actually thought about what it might be doing to the inside of my body after consuming in on a regular basis. Little did I know that the small amount of chlorine in our drinking water was enough to slowly kill the good bacteria living in my stomach over time! The bacteria your body needs to breakdown food. In order to have good clean drinking water, it comes with a price, a price you can manage if you know about. So I purchased a spring water dispenser and now have a water delivery service deliver water to my house once a month, cost me about $7.00 per each 5 gal water jug (delivered). Small price to pay to save my entire families (and dog) gut! I haven’t gone so far as to put in entire water filtration system in the house yet, but that is in my foresight!
So how do you put the bacteria back in your gut, take a probiotic daily! Or better yet consistently eat a diet of fermented and cultured foods. You will get a much wider variety of bacteria than you can get from a supplement. A list of fermented foods is below for you reference.
Raw yogurt, Sauerkraut, Buttermilk, Fermented milk or kefir, Pickled fermentations of: cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash or carrots. But if you are like me and rarely eat any of above listed foods a probiotic supplement is better than nothing. Look for the highest strain you can find. If it was cheap, it probably will not offer much.
If you struggle with any of the below listed diseases or symptoms you likely suffer from a “Gut Abnormality”, that could have been caused by chlorine or many of a number of other things. Start taking a probiotic, your Gut will thank you!
|Multiple sclerosis||Type 1 diabetes||Rheumatoid arthritis||Osteoarthritis|
|Lupus||Crohn’s disease||Ulcerative colitis||Chronic skin conditions|
|Kidney problems||Urinary conditions||Allergic and atopic conditions||Degenerative skin conditions|
|Chronic fatigue syndrome||Fibromyalgia||Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)||Inflammatory bowel diseases|
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