Food Allergies and Chlorine

Genetically modified organism, or GMO, is everywhere. The recent negative outcry has been outstanding. People are arguing about the harm and damage it causes humans. To make matters worse, data shows that food grown between GMO pesticides and chlorinated tap water, result in higher numbers of food allergies, and in many cases, cause gastrointestinal problems. Many people suffer from food allergies. More than 15 million people in the US are said to suffer from some kind of food allergy.

tap water
The specific chemical is dichlorophenols. It is a kind of chlorine in some pesticides that kill bacteria. If consumed in large numbers, it can be fatal, cause renal failure, and even damage the live and other organs.

The most common allergies are those to eggs, peanuts, wheat, milk, fish, shellfish, and soy. These types of allergies make up 90 percent of food allergies, according to a CDC report. The symptoms vary from mild rashes to life-threatening reactions. Some people have to carry Epi Pens in case they encounter food they are allergic to.

Recently, researchers followed 10,348 participants in a U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Of them, 2,548 had dichlorophenol levels measured in urine; 2,211 were included into the study. Food allergies were found in 411 of them, while 1,016 had an environmental allergy. It was concluded that the pesticide chemical could be ingested from eating fruits and juices.

This study suggested that the use of pesticides and other chemicals are indeed associated with food allergies. Unfortunately, it also showed that the trend is increasing as are environmental pollution and the use of pesticides.

drinkable water
Most people would think the easiest solution is to avoid and/or prevent food allergies is to switch to bottled water. However, that is not necessarily always a better solution or even the culprit. Pesticide-treated fruits and vegetables may also cause food allergies. Dichlorophenols are also found in some household cleaning items.

Chlorine is primarily added to water to kill off harmful bacteria. This may also kill all natural bacteria that can cause food allergies.

One alternative is to know what you are buying by reading the labels. Laundry and cleaning products with chlorine should be avoided. It is a good idea in getting a shower filter and not spending a long time in the swimming pool. Luckily, organic foods follow specific codes where organic pesticides must be used in order to be labeled “organic.”

The best solution is to invest in a whole house water filtration system. You can avoid chlorine completely and not have to worry about what is in your water. You and your family are worth the investment!

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