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Warning: Cooking utensils and tap water could be damaging your brain

by , 29 August 2013

Alzheimer's is on the rise throughout the world. It's estimated 36 million people are living with Alzheimer's disease. And that number is expected to increase to nearly 66 million by 2030.By 2050, rates could exceed 115 million. As if these statistics weren't scary enough, now it turns out two things you use daily could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's…

Believe it or not, your cooking utensils and tap water may be putting you at risk of Alzheimer’s.

Revealed: The link between cooking utensils, tap water and Alzheimer’s

Aluminum is a common element in the Earth’s crust. It’s found in small amounts in numerous household products and in many foods. As it accumulates in your body, this dangerous toxin becomes an increasingly bigger threat to your health.

Although nobody knows the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have found that many Alzheimer’s patients have excessive amounts of aluminium in their brains, says medical writer and researcher Tamsin Fidgeon in The Essential Guidebook to Fighting Alzheimer’s.

Fidgeon explains that it’s now becoming more widely accepted that aluminium may play a major role in the development of the disease.

Aluminium cookware was thought to be the source of this aluminium build-up. But, the puzzle for scientists was how the aluminium got into the brain as aluminium is unable to cross your blood-brain barrier.

The answer, it seems, may lie in tap water.

When you go to the kitchen and pour yourself a glass of tap water, you congratulate yourself for not giving in to the temptation of the carbonated or caffeine-filled drinks you’re trying to avoid. After all, you’re always being told to drink more water because it’s good for you.

But it turns out by drinking tap water you’re doing more harm than good to your brain!

The reason for this is that most municipal water supplies contain fluoride. And researchers think aluminium contained in cookware may be released in the presence of fluoridated water.

“Research has shown that boiling fluoridated tap water in an aluminium pan means the water absorbs almost 200 parts per million (ppm) of aluminium and up to 600 ppm with prolonged boiling. This did not happen when non-fluoridated water was boiled in aluminium pans,” explains Fidgeon.

The danger here is that aluminium fluoride, a compound made from fluoride in water and the aluminium in pans does pass the blood-brain barrier which was previously believed to be impossible.

Fidgeon adds that laboratory tests conducted by Dr. Julie Varner and her team at the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University in North Carolina have confirmed this.

Their research suggests that the action of aluminium and fluoride in water can result in pre-senile dementia and kidney damage

Is there a way to reduce to ensure cooking utensils and tap water don’t pose a risk to your health?

You can ensure you have a supply of drinking water by making homemade purified water with your own personal purification system.

“I recommend the Doulton Water Purifier. It effectively and efficiently kills parasites and filters them out of your water, along with other toxic impurities in our tap water,” says Antoinette Pombo on FSP Health.

What about your cooking utensils?

MedlinePlus recommends you use stainless steel cookware as “health problems from stainless steel are rare.”

The World’s Healthiest Foods adds that with stainless steel, you get a cooking surface that includes less risky materials than aluminium or non-stick coatings (such as the essential minerals iron, chromium and manganese). It’s also more stable and less prone to leaching.

Well there you have it. Purify your drinking water and avoid aluminium cookware to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

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