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Hollywood's New Murky Water Diet: Just Add Dirt

Tristan Cassel
What's inside a humic and fulvic acid mineral capsule.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's nutritionist says acidic minerals, which make water look dirty, enhance nutrient absorption, reduce aging and stop food cravings.

Don't look too closely at what the Simpsons' Matt Groening and his wife, Agustina Picasso, put in their water. Murky dropperfuls of humic and fulvic acid minerals (also in capsules) might not be pretty, but they purportedly remove heavy metals, enhance nutrient absorption, reduce signs of aging and build immunity, says their nutritionist, Body Ecology’s Donna Gates, who also counts Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel as clients. (Hollywood doc Gary Cohan says otherwise: “Herbal remedies do not work, and the data doesn’t show anything.”) While pregnant with twins, Picasso took Gates’ Ancient Earth Minerals, which are extracted from New Mexico mines. “The doctors were impressed with how strong the girls were,” says Gates. “The minerals have also been known to stop food cravings.

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Is L.A.'s Tap Water Safe to Drink?
What you should know about the water coming out of your pipes.

It's now illegal for restaurants to serve tap water unless requested — but is it worth drinking in the first place? Yes. Whether in Koreatown or Bel Air, L.A.’s finest is quaffable and, because of its high total-dissolved-mineral content, healthier than such purified bottled waters as Dasani and Aquafina. Neighborhoods draw from different sources, but all water is treated the same, often exceeding state and federal standards (if your water smells or looks funny, check your pipes). "We test for over 200 contaminants and monitor daily," says the LADWP’s Melinda Rho. And consider any chlorine odor soon gone: Through 2017, LADWP is replacing the disinfectant with chloramine. "If you chill tap water, you won’t be able to tell the difference between it and bottled water," says Rho. "I guarantee it." — Lesley McKenzie

This story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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