Okay, so that may seem like a strange pairing. One that I certainly would not have made, had it not been for all of the research I have been conducting on auto immune diseases lately. I suffer from both Lupus and Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Over the past year, my symptoms have continued to worsen, and I find myself in pain on a daily basis.
I just turned 38 years old. I have three small children. Living in chronic pain is not an option. I want to enjoy life and feel good. I want to have energy again. I want to be able to walk and run and dance without having to take an anti-inflammatory pain medication before, during, or after. I need to get my auto immune diseases under control.
Since this summer I have had some pretty bad flare ups. I have also gained over 30 pounds. This only compounds the issue. I am inactive and miserable. None of my clothes fit. I’d rather stay home where I can wear my sweatpants and a huge t-shirt than try to find something that looks halfway decent.
And I feel. like. crap.
I happened to be scrolling through Facebook one day when I saw a suggested post. It was about an upcoming Auto Immune Summit. A week long program of daily presentations and interviews with some of the leading doctors on all things related to auto immune diseases. So I signed up. It was free, but the catch was you could only see those presentations on the specific day each one was offered. After that, you had to pay for them.
As this is a topic that I am very interested in, I decided to pay for the summit. I got all of the videos, audio, and transcripts. It was a fantastic investment. I have listened and re-listened to some of these presentations and plan on writing a lot on this topic this year.
The presentation I have gotten the most out of so far is the one on Hashimotos thyroid disease. In particular the question WHY, if I am on medication to regulate my thyroid, and my thyroid panels are testing “normal” do I still feel like crap? Why can’t I lose weight? Why does my hair continue to thin out and my skin continue to dry out and crack, and why am I so lethargic? Why is my brain so foggy? The doctor interviewed is Kr. Datis Kharrazian, the author of Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Labs Are Normal, which is an incredible book. He’s also written, Why Isn’t My Brain Working?
He provided some incredible information about thyroid disease. I listened to his information and it really made me question the link between my physical environment and my thyroid.
So how did I get to the determination that I needed to change my shower head? The answer is really WHY you should filter your water. All of your water. Including your shower water. Especially if you have a thyroid condition.
Turns out, chlorine and other toxins in our water are really, really bad for people with thyroid disease. It’s bad for all of us, but double whammy if you have Hashimotos or Graves disease.
Dr. Stuart Nunnally, DDS, was interviewed for the summit about infections in the mouth and how they impact auto immunity, but at a certain point in this interview in the auto immune summit he discussed iodine and fluoride in the water and how they affect the thyroid. This is what he had to say:
Fluoride is never something we were supposed to dab on our teeth. Fluoride, of course, is the most active element of all of the elements on the periodic table. It’s extremely competitive with other halides; in other words, it competes with iodine, and our thyroid loves iodine, and when you have fluoride or iodine there, it’s easy for the thyroid to take fluoride instead of the iodine, and I think it’s one of the reason why we see so much Hashimoto’s, so much Graves’ diseases because the thyroid, there’s a competition there, and often times, the fluoride or the chlorine ends up winning instead of the iodine. You would certainly not find any atoms of fluoride in our office. I think it’s wrong to fluoridate teeth, and there are much better ways to help prevent decay than to use fluoride. The worst thing is putting fluoride in the public water supply. There’s not a single peer-reviewed journal in the world that has ever been published that that’s been efficient. And we know that fluoride has these other deleterious effects on our systemic health. Why on Earth we would do that, is another mystery.
When you are showering, not only do you often get water in your mouth, but your skin is your largest organ! The warm water opens your pores and your skin absorbs all of the chemicals that are in the water supply. And sadly, there are many. So, it’s recommended to filter your shower.
Personally, I don’t like the idea of my body absorbing a bunch of extra crap. Especially when I can do something quickly and easily about it. So I bought a shower filter. Actually I bought two of them. The first one did not work really well on my particular shower, but the second one is a real winner.
It’s this one (and yes, this is an affiliate link but that will never change your price.)
- Housing: High Impact ABS with Metal Fittings & Stainless Steel Flex-Hose
- Powerful 2-Stage System with ThermalGuard™ for Superior Chlorine Reduction
- NSF® Tested & Certified (NSF/ANSI Standard 177 for Chlorine Reduction)
- Deluxe Shower Wand with 5 Adjustable Spray Patterns (including Pulsating Massage)
- Anti-Clog Rubber Spray Nozzles & 60″ Stainless Steel Flex-Hose (PVC-Free & Odorless!)
- Quick & Easy Install (No tools!) – Includes Pre-Installed Cartridge & 3 YEAR Warranty!
It was super easy to install and I like it far more than my old shower head.
I can’t say that my life has changed drastically since filtering my shower water, because that is obviously only one piece of the puzzle. However, I will tell you that I’ve noticed two things. The first is that my skin is FAR less dry than it normally is in the winter. My skin usually gets so dry that it cracks and even bleeds. I have not been using any extra lotion or anything else other than filtering my water.
Secondly, there is far less nastiness in the shower. Pre-filter, our shower would turn orange and funky after about one week. I’m conducting an experiment to see how long it takes, and I can tell you it’s been two months since I installed the filter. The shower is just now starting to get grimy like it did after just one or two weeks without the filter.
If you have a thyroid disease or are just otherwise concerned about toxins, I highly urge you to filter your bath and shower water. My girls take a bath every day. I hate the thought of them just sitting there and absorbing those toxins. And I don’t like it in my body either!
You can get a home water test kit if you want to know what’s in your water.
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