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Chlorine in Your Water May Cause Food Allergies

 

CHlorine Safety Alert BLogIt seems like more and more people today have food allergies – everyone knows someone who can’t eat some kind of food. Researchers has suspected that chemicals that are foreign to our biology could be a factor. Now that has been confirmed, at least for a chemical that we are all widely exposed to – chlorine in our drinking water.

Because chlorine is a great disinfectant, it has been credited with reducing water-borne disease. It has been widely used in the US to disinfect tap water for many decades. Unfortunately, the chlorine byproducts are more dangerous than the chlorine, and another study has linked a specific one to the increase in the incidence of food allergies.

People with higher urinary levels of dichlorophenol were 80% more likely to have a food allergy. The higher the level, the more likely food allergies were an issue. Dichlorophenol is also a chemical found in pesticides, so fruits and vegetables also contribute to the body’s load.

Even the most simple filters remove chlorine, but not all filters remove disinfection byproducts. Make sure your filter is capable of removing these dangerous chemicals. UltraWater filtration technology from AlkaViva has been tested by third-party independent labs and removes 99.9% of these kinds of chemicals, as well as chlorine and chloramine.

What about the dichlorophenol in pesticides? Using strong alkaline water from your AlkaViva water ionizer to soak and wash produce should help remove any pesticide residue.

How well your water ionizer removes disinfection byproducts is dependent on the quality of the filter. Kangen Water™ (a brand name from Enagic USA) filters remove chlorine, but are not tested for removal of dichlorophenol. Ask questions! For instance, some filters are simple Granular Activated Carbon, and do a minimal job at removing chemicals like dichlorophenol and other disinfection byproducts.

Reference

Jerschow, E. and et. al. Dichlorophenol-containing pesticides and allergies: results from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006 Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206%2812%2900671-0/abstract

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