Paleo and Keto? Thank you to everyone who attended last Tuesday night’s workshop (and brought a guest) on the most important things to know about Nutrition. Hopefully you all left with a few takeaways you can implement into your daily lives right away. Small changes make a BIG impact over the long term.
One simple way to get started with reducing your toxic load and cleaning up your body’s ecosystem is with clean water. As we went over on Tuesday night, tap water is full of toxic chemicals, especially here in the Bay Area. According to an article published in the SF Gate in July of 2017, “In the Bay Area, the Environmental Working Group found arsenic, bromodichloromethane, bromate, bromoform, chlorate, chloroform, chromium (hexavalent), dichloroacetic ccid, hormones, manganese, radiological contaminants, trichloroacetic acid and total trihalomethanes above the guidelines in different areas.” The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that over 60,000 chemicals are used within the USA, but only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The EPA has tested for 81 unregulated tap water chemicals since 1996, only begun regulation on 1, and hasn’t implemented regulation on any chemicals tested, according to the Environmental Working Group.
And unfortunately standard consumer level water filters such as a Brita or those that come with your refrigerator do not remove these harmful chemicals, which are linked to a myriad of health concerns including thyroid and other hormonal organ problems, poor gut health, digestion, and liver and kidney issues.
We recommend getting reverse osmosis filtered water to use in your household. Santa Clara and San Jose are full of reverse osmosis water distributors and for only $0.30/ gallon it is an easy fix and inexpensive solution. If you are overwhelmed about how to do this, ask Kristen or myself next time you are in the practice.