12 days ago, I bought a Brita water filter jug; you know the type of thing – fits in the fridge door. And now, water straight from the tap tastes foul, it really does.
In addition, the nausea that’s plagued me for most of the last 30 years, resistant to drugs and totally disabling at times (which I’ve always put down to my ME, or to my system rebelling against all the drugs foisted upon it), has pretty much gone. I noticed that because for the first time in a week, I feel a little pukey today.
Not a lot, and certainly not enough to send me scurrying for the ginger wine. Stone’s – nothing else works. Except crystallised ginger, but I love the stuff and so it gets eaten, and I have none when it’s needed, but I don’t really like ginger wine, so I always have some available.
Throughout the nauseous period, I’ve lived in the same area. I moved around a little, but never more than half a mile from my starting point, so presumably the water has always been from the same source, wherever that might be, which probably explains the consistency of my nausea.
I bought the filter jug to wean myself off milk, of which I drank far too much (16 pints a week at one point, about 10 years ago), though more like 6 of late. I figured that ice-cold water would help with that process (and I do mean ice-cold – my fridge is a whisker above freezing), and it has. It’s also stopped me drinking water from the tap.
The loss of milk is aiding weight loss, drinking cold water has proven an acceptable substitute for cold milk, and the absence of nausea is a bonus.
So if, like me, you’ve suffered nausea for an unconscionably long time – and by nausea I mean how it would feel being seasick on the day you have a lifetime-best hangover, every day – then you might want think seriously about filtering your water.