Last week I informed you about a few of the toxic chemicals in hand soap and sanitizer. You learned how important it is to your health to only use pure soap on your skin since what we put on our skin is readily absorbed into our bodies. But do you ever think about chemicals in the water from baths and showers entering your body? After all, our skin is our largest organ.
Dangers of Chlorine
Chlorine is used as a disinfectant by the water treatment plants and it does not break down by the time it reaches our shower heads. The hot water coming from the shower opens your pores and your skin then functions like a sponge, soaking in all the water contaminants into your bloodstream. The hot water also creates steam which you inhale, bringing chlorine directly into your lungs. In a 10-minute shower, one will absorb and inhale more chlorine than by drinking eight glasses of the same water.
When chlorine enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing, or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce acids. The acids are corrosive and damage cells in the body on contact.
Here is a short list of a few dangers of chlorinated water:
- Skin irritant (associated with rashes like eczema)
- Aggravates asthma
- Can destroy polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E in the body
- Generate toxins capable of free radical damage (oxidation)
- Linked to a greater incidence of bladder, breast, and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma
- Linked to congenital cardiac anomalies
- Combines with organic matter (like skin particles, hair follicles, sweat, urine) to create trihalomethanes (THMs), which are carcinogens
- Long-term risks include excessive free radical formation, which accelerates aging, increases vulnerability to genetic mutation and cancer development, hinders cholesterol metabolism, and promotes hardening of arteries
How to Remove Chlorine From Shower Water
Several companies make inexpensive shower head filters that remove chlorine and other impurities. They are easy to install and maintain, requiring filter replacement every six months to a year depending on the model.
Here is some information on what to look for and where to purchase:
- KDF appears to be the gold standard with respect to shower heads.
- A couple brands to look into are Sprite and Aquasana.
- Filters range in price from $40-$80.
- Filter replacements from in price from $20-$45.
We have used the Sprite High Output (HO) filters ($40-50) for about three years now and have been very happy. We have one installed in our master bathroom shower and one installed in our toddler son’s bathroom. (We fill his bathtub with water from the filtered shower head, not the tub nozzle.) The Sprite HO filter is a single stage filtration system. We like that filter replacement only needs to be done once per year ($20-25).
The Aquasana filter unit is a two stage system (will remove more impurities) and will go for about $68. The shower head is a bit bulkier since it has two stages so it is worth making sure it doesn’t cause any issues with your shower setup. This filter is recommended to be replaced every 6 months ($42).
Easy and Inexpensive Choice for Health
We are bombarded with many toxins daily, many of which we have no control over. But chlorine is a toxin we can choose to reduce in our lives in a simple and inexpensive way. Your health is worth it; your children’s health is worth it. Install shower filters in your house and be proud of taking charge of your health in one more way.
To learn more, visit Renegade Water Secrets and listen to the information provided by the top five water experts in the world about the importance of clean water to your health.
Wendy – ParentingTips365.com