Drinking a few soft drinks throughout the day does not seem unreasonable, but regular consumption of bromine, found in those sodas, presents a danger to the body. Bromine is a food additive that suspends the flavouring oils in soda so the flavour lasts longer. Bromine, however, can cause increases in triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body. High levels of bromine can also cause fatigue, nausea, skin rash, blurred vision, increased thirst and muscle weakness. Drinking four or more 591ml. bottles of soda, three or four times per week, can increase the risk of bromine toxicity.
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Things you need
- Lemons or lemon juice
- Produce scrub brush
- Home water-filtration system
Avoid or limit soft drinks to remove bromine food additives from the daily diet. Check the labels of all soft drinks to determine the existence of bromine, often listed under the general language of additional food additives or preservatives. Citrus-flavoured soft drinks use bromine or its derivative, bromide, as a flavour enhancer as well as a preservative.
Wash all fresh and frozen seafood with tap water and fresh lemon or lemon juice, using a produce scrub brush. Pat dry. Bromine naturally occurs in seaweed and seaways. In small concentrations, it is not harmful to the body. The citric acid in the lemons will also enhance the flavour of the fish.
Limit the amount of bottled water you drink, or avoid it altogether. Instead, drink tap water or water that has been run through a home-filtration system. Do not reuse soft drink or water bottles. Bottled water is processed by manufacturers that also make soft drinks. Residual food additives leech into recycled plastic. Flavoured waters and mineral-enriched water should also be used in moderation as they, too, contain bromine additives.
Tips and warnings
- Home water-filtration kits will enhance the flavour of tap water.
- Instead of drinking manufactured flavoured water, add some fresh fruit to tap water for a similar flavour without the chemical additives.
- When used in moderation, bromine passes through the body without ill effect.
- Bromine in other forms -- such as potassium bromate, found in some baking flours -- caused renal cancer in laboratory rats, notes Cellular Nutrition.
- Read medication labels for indications of bromides in prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
- Governmental regulation ensures that tap water is highly monitored in each state; however, bottled water is not subject to the rigorous testing of community tap water and could contain excess amounts of bromine.
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