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    Rising Food Allergies Blamed on Chlorine

    By Brandi, selected from Diets in Review
    January 24, 2013, 7:54:05 AM EST

    New research published in the Journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has revealed that our exposure to chlorine through our tap water, our pesticides, and even some of our household items may be responsible for the abundance of food allergies, at their highest level in history, in our society today. The UK site, Mail Online, reported that the study concluded the chemical may simply weaken food tolerance for many people. While tap water can be a common source of chlorine, researchers pointed out that the chemical triclosan can break down to form a by-product of chlorine. Triclosan can be found in lipstick, face washes, toothpaste, and even kitchen utensils. It’s fair to argue that our exposure is high.


    Out of 2,211 Americans with the chemical found in their urine, 411 were found to have food allergies, while 1,016 were found to have an environmental allergy. The most common food allergies being reported were reactions to cow’s milk, wheat, soy, eggs, and even kiwi – all some of the most common food allergies.

    It’s suggested by to avoid the absorption and ingestion of chlorine by avoiding laundry and cleaning products with chlorine, getting a shower filter, drinking filtered water, and avoiding long stints in hot tubs and swimming pools.

    Furthermore, if pesticides are a growing source of ingestion, buying organic illuminates this problem, too.

    Unless you’re a daily swimmer, most of these options are pretty simple. Just do a little label reading at the store and perhaps invest in a few filters for the home.

    It doesn’t seem fair that the issue of food allergies is growing. It seems more and more people are experiencing issues than ever before, meanwhile our food sources seem more compromised than ever before. The coincidence is obvious. While we may not be able to change the system that is pumping chlorine into our water and food sources, we can take steps to go around them in attempts to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

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