Is Tap Water Upsetting Your Gut Health?
Chlorine, along with up to 31 other treatment chemicals permitted under the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, is introduced into our tap water to kill pathogenic bacteria. Chlorine often has an unpleasant taste and odour, but a question we never fully entertained is: If chlorine kills bacteria, is our tap water upsetting your gut health too?
Is it necessary to have chlorine in our tap water?
Chlorine was first added to our drinking water supplies at the end of the 19th century to prevent waterborne diseases such as Cholera, Dysentery and Typhoid. Today, chlorination is the most common water treatment method worldwide and is well known for its ability to attack and kill bacteria. But what about the healthy bacteria in our gut flora?
What is human gut flora and why is it so important?
The human gut contains over 100 trillion microorganisms that fight viruses and diseases, provide energy, eliminate waste, house 90% of the body’s neurotransmitters, produce serotonin and contain over 80% of the immune system. The composition of your gut changes over time along with your diet and overall wellbeing.
“While chemicals in our water have some benefits, this does not make them healthy to drink.”
Research increasingly shows evidence of the connection between a lack of valuable microbes in our gut and the presence of a range of chronic diseases. Diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, asthma, autism and certain autoimmune diseases such as eczema and vitiligo, to name a few. Poor gut health can also lead to conditions such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.
“Recent studies have shown that changes in gut microbial populations caused by chlorine or other chemicals in drinking water influence the development of human colorectal cancer,” quoting PLosOne (7-17-15) https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0132435
What is the difference between tap water and filtered water?
The difference between tap water and filtered water is the presence of unwanted contaminants in your drinking water. Our town water is treated to ensure it is safe to drink. The chemicals that the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines allow for treatment include chlorine, ammonia, copper sulphate, fluoride and much more.
If you use town water, the chances are you can smell chlorine in the water you use to bathe in, cook with, drink, and wash your clothes in.
How can we remove these unwanted contaminants from our tap water?
Don’t compromise your gut health with unfiltered tap water– drink filtered water because ‘good gut health begins with good water’.
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