Before I tell you WHY my family is no longer drinking bottle water, let me explain really quickly about the path I am taking to heal my body from various autoimmune diseases. If you don’t really care about that – then just scroll down.
I have struggled my whole life battling various skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea; along with debilitating migraines, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain…the list really goes on. Almost 2 years ago I gave up gluten 100% with no cheats. Things got a little better. Then I discovered that MSG and all derivatives of it caused migraines for me. So, I became super careful reading all labels. Things improved even more and I was able to keep my migraines to just a handful of times a month instead of several a week. If you have headaches or migraines, you know how wonderful it can be to go a day without one!
About 6 months ago I went on a spicy food eating binge and my psoriasis became majorly inflamed. My husband had made Shrimp Étouffée and we had leftover sauce. I ate it over rice, veggies, heck, I may have drank it is was so good! For weeks afterwards I cried because of the inflammation, bleeding, and raw skin on my neck and scalp. Then a lightbulb came on and my husband and I were able to figure out that the jalapeno and other peppers he used may have caused it.
So began my research. I discovered that nightshades were a trigger for psoriasis. As sad as that made me, I ditched them at that moment. I love tomatoes and peppers, but for now, and likely for the rest of my life, they are gone from my diet. But that wasn’t enough for me…I wanted my skin problems GONE, so I went to see a nutritionist. She put me on the Autoimmune Protocol, which is like a restricted paleo diet on crack. It has been 3 months and I am headed to remission, praise the Lord!
This lifestyle change has caused me to evaluate everything I put in and on my body, what we clean with and wash our clothing in, and what I come in contact with (my skin is super sensitive!) I have made a ton of changes and have managed not to cheat at all, even though it is very difficult; it is worth it to me to heal properly!
The reason our family quit drinking bottled water
I am gonna be real with you for a minute, despite any embarrassment that may cause me. I keep my bras forever. Like for as long as they still snap and fit. I don’t know why, I just don’t see the sense in throwing them out. I stopped nursing 4 years ago and still have two of the bras (they are not nursing bras, I did get rid of those) that I wore during the time I was breastfeeding my little one. They had some stains in them around the nipple area, so naturally I assumed they were milk stains. A few months ago I purchased two new bras – a beige one and a white one. I was terrified to see the same stains in these bras now as I had in the older ones I wore during my nursing days. Of course, every woman is afraid of breast cancer and I was worried that something terrible was going on with my breasts.
So I did what anyone would do…I searched GOOGLE. and I came across this post. This picture is exactly what my bras looked like!
It didn’t take much convincing after reading this post that bottle water was the culprit! For years now I have consumed about 4 bottles of water a day! When I told my husband about my bras and what I discovered in this post, he immediately gave me permission to purchase a Berkey! I talked to my nutritionist and she agreed that bottled water was likely the culprit.
The chemicals in the plastic leach into the water and I was expelling them out of my nipples and staining my bra!
About the Berkey
I have wanted one of these premium water filters for a while now. Sarah Shelton has one and I would drink her water and it tasted so pure. She told me you could filter pond water with it and that doomsday preppers have them. But the price….it is expensive. I did the math though…We purchase 2 cases of 24 bottles of water a week at $10 per week average, unless there is a sale. That is $520 per year in bottled water! WOW! The Berkey comes with filters that will last well over a year, so at $288, which is what I paid for it; I was already saving a ton of money!
You can read about all of the features of the Berkey at the manufacturer’s website here.
I priced them out and found Amazon to be the same price as the manufacturer’s website and a couple of other places. I did find it a bit cheaper on one site, but I wanted my new Berkey right away and with Amazon Prime, I would get it in only 2 days. So I purchased the Big Berkey for $288 at Amazon and it also came with 2 Fluoride filters in addition to the two main filters. You use all 4 at the same time.
The convenience factor of bottled water
I know how convenient it is to grab a bottle of water when you are on the go, so I purchased a 20 oz. BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle with Lid from Amazon. I love this thing! It has a leak-proof twist off lid and a carry loop that makes is easy to bring with you wherever you go. It has been enhanced with a comfort silicone grip and clean tasting glass, making it the perfect vessel for water. I have even knocked it over a couple of times and it is really sturdy! I will be getting one in a different color for each person in our family!
Eliminating toxins from your body is a long process. I plan to purchase a new white bra in about a month to see if I am still getting the stains. I am hopeful that I have taken one more step in the healing process towards remission of my autoimmune diseases.
If you have one or more autoimmune diseases, you should consider learning more about the Autoimmune Protocol. It can bring healing to your body without synthetic drugs. Here is a list of some of the more common autoimmune diseases. This list is not all inclusive.
This book sits on my coffee table. It is the most informative book about Autoimmune Diseases I have found, along with all of the information you need to kick them to the curb.