Let’s talk about Inflammatory bowel disease:
There are 2 types of IBD – Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
Recently a friend asked me to research Crohn’s Disease and Tap Water. There isn’t a plethora of information on the causes of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, but I did find some very interesting information.
A study was performed from 1990 – 1993 to investigate the associations of content and quality of drinking water and the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease. They found that risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, was associated with high iron content. Specifically, the risk of developing IBD increased by 21% when the iron content in the drinking water increased by 0.1 mg/l. How much iron is in YOUR water?
Does your water have a reddish-brown color to it? This may be due to iron in your water. How much is too much?
The key to IBD is staying hydrated, dehydration is reality for these patients. How do you stay hydrated when the very water you are drinking contains iron contributing to your IBD?
There is real help out there!
In a 2016 study, 100 people who lived a mild exercise routine. Of these 100 people, 50 of them would hydrate with alkaline water and the other 50 received regular water. Researchers would measure the “thickness” of the blood or blood viscosity. They found that those who drank alkaline water had a lower viscosity then those who drank regular water. Blood viscosity is a measure of hydration. The lower the blood viscosity is, the higher the hydration level should be.