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What Are You Drinking?

We all know that drinking spring water, clean well water, or mineral water would be ideal. Those waters are loaded with minerals and trace elements that can benefit health.

Unfortunately, many of us do not have access to real spring water or unpolluted well water.

Many folks here in America are drinking tap water that contains both chlorine and fluoride. These substances, in excess, are not good for our health.

One of my clients, a dentist, warned me about the dangers of fluoride. She said, “Don’t drink it in your water, and certainly do NOT put it on your teeth!”

Twenty years ago, I thought that was a radically wild statement, especially coming from a dentist. But, she was correct.

Here’s an interesting fact, “It is generally agreed that the blood-brain barrier restricts the passage of fluoride into the central nervous system. The human pineal gland is outside the blood-brain barrier. It is one of a few unique regions in the brain (all midline structures bordering the third and fourth ventricles) where the blood-brain barrier is weak. Cells in these regions require direct and unimpeded contact with blood. Therefore, pinealocytes have free access to fluoride in the bloodstream. This access, coupled with the presence of hydroxyapatite (HA), suggests that the pineal gland may sequester fluoride from the bloodstream”[1]

Fluoride accumulation on the pineal gland has been linked to decreased melatonin production and abnormal pineal function, both of which alter the sleep/wake cycles and natural circadian rhythms. Bottom line: don’t drink fluoridated water!

For those of you drinking distilled water, this may not be a good choice either as it is completely lacking minerals. When we drink water devoid of minerals, our body uses our own minerals to process it.

Filtered water lacks minerals as well and may not the best choice either. I double filter my water to get all the crap, like fluoride and chlorine, out of it. To remedy the removal of any beneficial minerals, I pour my double-filtered water into a gallon container, then add a pinch of sea salt plus liquid minerals back in to help it become more balanced.

This is certainly not ideal, but you have to make do with what you have within the circumstances we have created. If I didn’t know better, I would think we humans are creating a planet that only robots could live on, because they do not need to eat or drink anything to survive!

I do NOT suggest drinking spring water from plastic containers. That water can be loaded with BPA that damages the endocrine system.

Other beneficial beverages besides water are herbal teas. If you are a regular tea drinker, like I am, you may want to consider buying tea in its whole form, instead of in tea bags. Many of those tea bags are bleached and contain chlorine. I know they are convenient, but if you drink a lot of tea, I would recommend getting a tea ball instead. You can pick one up at any kitchen supply store.

If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue or hyperthyroidism, caffeinated teas and coffee could make those conditions worse. I’ve had many clients suffering from adrenal fatigue often complain, “But, it’s only one cup of coffee per day! How could that possibly be affecting my body?”

Newsflash! Coffee and other caffeinated beverages will make an exhausted condition worse. Even one little cup!

You may feel an initial increase in energy, but you are actually drawing on deep energy reserves and exhausting your body further.

Always remember to think before you drink anything, including water and herbal teas.

[1] http://www.icnr.com/articles/fluoride-deposition.html

  • deborah

    So, if we have water purification system, i should use the trace minerals i bought at health food store, right? i don’t use the osmosis faucet.

    • @deborah – Yes, if you have a water purification system, it would be wise to add some minerals back into your water.

  • Hi Andrea,
    I have a Berkey filter that removes at least 95% of fluoride. If we’re trying to cure hypothyroid, is it important to double filter and make sure every bit of fluoride is removed?

    • @leanneregalla:disqus – No, there is no need to double filter. Also, healing the thyroid requires more than just filtering the water; food, lifestyle, emotional health.

      • Hi Andrea, I’m on it. 😉 I follow your advice closely. I’ve worked with health coaches for years and made changes in all the above areas. I’ve just always wondered about the bit of fluoride still left in the water. Of course we can’t completely control what we’re exposed to when we’re not home either. Thanks so much for your response and setting my mind at ease. 😉

        • @leanneregalla:disqus – awesome! You are on the right path.

  • Mindy Whitehill

    We moved to an acreage and have well water. We have tested it for nitrates, coliform, arsenic, etc. and it is safe to drink!! It is very high in iron though. I understand that the iron is ok to drink – but wreaks havoc on appliances – rusting them out. Is a salt softener system a good choice to use?

    • @mindywhitehill:disqus – I’m not sure. You may want to check with a water specialist in your area and see what they would recommend for the high iron.