Chlorine: The Chemical In Your Water That's Making You Fat

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Though anti-bacterial, chlorine in drinking water displaces iodine in your thyroid, disrupts the metabolic rate, and causes weight gain. It worsens thyroid problems (esp. if your diet lacks iodine) and is linked with heart disease and immune insufficiency. Fortify iodine levels with gomasio and supplements and use a whole-house water filter as chlorine in bathwater reacts with chemicals (like radon) to form toxic by-products.

Many years ago, I was featured on 20/20 for one of my then latest books The Fast Track Detox Diet. The interview turned out to be a typical 20/20 ambush. My contention that chemicals in our water, air, personal care products, and food supply were contributing to unexplained weight gain (think Bisphenol A, plastics, parabens, and pesticides) was basically debunked and ridiculed. Well, the last laugh is on 20/20!

Today, many fat-promoting chemicals in the environment are actually known as obesogens and are well documented to have an estrogen-like impact on the body resulting in unexpected weight gain.

The Fattening Chemical In Your Water

In my view, there is one chemical — above all the other obesogens — that is most responsible for packing on the pounds. While many of us may be drinking filtered or bottled water without it, this chemical crippler is still prevalent in the water we may be swimming, bathing, or showering in day after day.

How It Causes Weight Gain

Consuming this chemical in the water you drink can even displace iodine in your thyroid — the crucial trace mineral that rules metabolic rate. If you don’t get enough iodine from your diet or supplements, it can be disastrous for your thyroid. Steroids, aspirin, and blood thinning medications can all trigger iodine deficits, making the displacement of iodine even more severe.

I’m sure by now you know I am talking about the chlorine in your water.

It seems that there is no way to truly escape this ubiquitous chemical, one of our top modern-day pollutants linked to heart disease, bladder cancer, and immune insufficiency. The irony is that while chlorine may be toxic for many sensitive individuals — especially the majority of us with thyroid dysfunction — it is a highly effective anti-bacterial agent in water, which is why it was introduced in our water supply in the first place.

The truth is, however, that unless you remove chlorine from the water in your bath or shower, you will be exposing yourself to the toxic by-products that are formed when chlorine reacts with other chemicals in water — like radon, for instance.

So, unless you have a documented iodine sensitivity, I would highly suggest you fortify your system with high-iodine-containing foods like gomasio and Maine harvested seaweeds. I also would recommend an iodine supplement that can be taken up to 4 times per day at 12.5 mg each dose.

How To Remove It From Water

Fortunately, there are products on the market that can effectively and speedily remove chlorine from the water in your shower or bath. The one I personally use in my own home is a multispray shower filter. You can remove chlorine from bath water with a bathtub filter as well. My home has the whole-house water filter, which not only removes chlorine and other contaminants from tap water but also protects against microscopic parasites. (Both giardia and cryptosporidium can be prevalent in certain mountainous regions of the country.)

Armed with the right strategy, you can easily fortify your body against the chemicals in your water that are making you fat and tired and weakening your immune system — in no time at all. What are you waiting for?

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Ann Louise Gittleman

Top nutritionist, visionary health expert and bestselling author, Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, has always been a trendsetter. Continually breaking new ground in traditional and holistic health, she is internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues and is known as "The First Lady of Nutrition" among her millions of followers worldwide.

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