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Organic Living Tips: Drinking water and more

Reduce the flouride and chlorine in your drinking water.There is so much processed food, additives and other “junk” in our food these days. That’s why there is a growing movement to eat organic foods.

In the U.S., organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food, in general, is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.

So what does that say about non-organic food? I shudder to think.

So, with this post I’m starting a series of posts that I’ll publish over the next several weeks that will provide you with ideas for living a more organic life.

Tip 1. Reduce the fluoride in your water.
Faucet water contains fluoride in all 50 states. To remove it, purchase a reverse osmosis filter. A Britta filter won’t be enough.

Just so you know what kinds of effects too much fluoride can have, let me share my story. From the age of 3 to 5, I lived in East Africa. For health reasons, the fluoride content of the water there was very high. This caused a greenish-black substance to grow on my teeth. In fact, many children of the time had black teeth.

When we returned to the States, I had to have my teeth cleaned of this substance every three months for several years. I even had to use non-fluoride toothpaste, and did so until finding such a toothpaste became near impossible.

Tip 2. Reduce the chlorine in your water.
Chlorine is used in drinking water to combat microbial contamination. However, it can react with organic matter in the water and form dangerous, carcinogenic Trihalomethanes. In 1992, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that people who regularly drink tap water containing high levels of chlorine by-products have a greater risk of developing bladder and rectal cancers than people who drink unchlorinated water.

The good news is that chlorine in water will evaporate after a few hours. So, to get rid of the Trihalomethanes, use a water pitcher with a carbon filter and then leave it in your fridge overnight to let the chlorine evaporate.

Tip 3. Stop using plastic water bottles.
Though Nalgene bottles are BPA-free, they’ve been found to leech other chemicals. Use glass bottles to be 100% safe. This is especially true if you are leaving your water bottle in the car. When your car, and therefore the water, heats up, it increases the speed of the leeching. If you can’t use a glass bottle for the car, find one of the stainless steel water bottles currently on the market.

Tip 4. Don’t bother with anti-bacterial soap.
Avoid soap labeled as “anti-bacterial.” First, pretty much all soap will kill bacteria. And second, residue on dishes and hands from these “special” soaps can get into your stomach and kill your “good bacteria.”

Tip 5. Use coconut oil to cook with.
Cooking with coconut oil is better than olive oil. It has more Omega-3s and doesn’t oxidize in sunlight or high temperatures. Olive oil is better used for flavor than for cooking; and if used in cooking, only at low temperatures.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.