toxic stew

Part 1 Of Living In A Toxic Stew & Staying Healthy

Americans live in a constant state of toxicity that negatively impacts our already complicated chronic illness lives. We enter this toxic stew whenever we drink unfiltered tap water, eat non-organic, pesticide-treated food, consume meat from animals kept in large confinement operations, apply personal care products and makeup–even when handling those thermal receipts that leave BPA (bisphenol-A) residue on our hands.

Our bodies don’t know what to do with the toxins, so they are warehoused in our fat. Many chemicals found in non-organic foods and personal care products mimic hormones like estrogen. These endocrine disruptors are at the root of why it is so hard for millions of us to lose weight. Keeping off or losing those extra pounds is almost impossible if we also take prescription drugs that have weight gain as a common side effect.water in glass

Drinking water is an excellent entry point for removing toxins because tap water is used in so many things. We cook with it, bathe or shower in it, use it for watering our gardens and provide drinking water for our pets.

To check on water quality for your location, please watch the video below.

When most Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also getting a dose of industrial or agricultural contaminants linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, developmental defects, fertility problems or hormone disruption. That’s the disturbing truth documented by EWG’s Tap Water Database – the complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water utilities nationwide.

My municipal water is treated with chloramine. This is a good product for killing bacteria which is why it is used. Unfortunately, it also toxic to the beneficial bacteria in our guts. If we use municipal water in the garden, it will harm microbes in the soil. Chloramine-treated water cannot be used if you make beer or wine, or bake with a sourdough starter.

Other municipal water treatment facilities use chlorine. This kills good and bad bacteria, too. But because chloramine is considered safer than chlorine, it is used by more and more municipalities every year.

Find out if your city, village or town uses chloramine by calling the local water treatment facility. You may need to ask for someone other than the person who answers the phone. When I called, the receptionist didn’t know and told me the water was safe to drink. I had to insist on talking to a water treatment technician to find out.

How can we eliminate or reduce our toxic load?

Ironically, it begins with increasing the amount of water you drink. We should drink half of our body weight in ounces of water every day. non-toxic water with lemonFor example, someone weighing 180 pounds should drink 90 ounces (about 11-8 oz glasses) daily.

One way to jump-start the detox process is to drink at least twenty ounces of water (about three glasses) with a bit of lemon juice first thing in the morning. Drinking water after a nighttime “fast” will get everything moving and help flush out toxins.

Carbon filtration is one of the best removal methods. The problem is it takes more carbon and more contact time to do the job.

This means if your city disinfects with chloramine you need to get a larger and better carbon filter than you would if chlorine is used. Reverse osmosis filters also remove chloramine.

Here’s another video from the EWG about water filters.

Water filters are necessary to remove or reduce the myriad chemicals that contaminate our nation’s drinking water, some of which are linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. For more tips on selecting the best filter for your home, visit EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide…

For convenience, I’ll put some chloramine removal filter systems at the bottom of this post. Please remember that I receive a very small percentage if you purchase one of the products listed.

Chloramine also may increase exposure to lead in drinking water, especially in older housing. This exposure can result in increased lead levels in the bloodstream which may pose a significant health risk, especially for children. Remember Flint, Michigan?

Recently reports have come out warning that microscopic plastic residue is shed from those ubiquitous bottles of water. cartoon with bad waterDoes the plastic pass through intact? Does it get into our bloodstream if we have a leaky gut? Unfortunately, there is no research on how this impacts our bodies.

I’ll talk about reducing pesticide residue in fruit and vegetables in Part 2 of this series.

Here are a few water filters that claim to eliminate chloramine in tap water.

Hansing Under Sink Water Filter, High Flow Water Filtration System with 13K Ultra High Capacity – Removes 99.5% of Chlorine, 99% of Chloramine, 99.9% of Lead, Heavy Metals, Odors, Bad Tastes, etc

pH ENERGIZE 8-Stage Shower Filter – Filters Chlorine, Chloramine, Fluoride, Heavy Metals, Bacteria & Viruses – Softens Hard Water – Increases pH & ORP – Easy Installation – Fits Any Shower Head

Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher – Fluoride, Lead, Chloramine, Chromium-6 Filter – BPA-Free, Clear

Garden Hose Filter – Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, & Pesticides/Herbicides



  1. Thanks so much for sharing this information Ellie! I don’t know why, but I never thought about the impact of using our city water on our garden. I’m careful to grow organic, but never even thought about the water issue. I definitely need to order that hose filter!

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