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Toxic Showers?

Category: Water Stories
Posted: 2007-05-23 16:34

Ahhh, what wonderfully comforting and refreshing feeling envelops us as we enjoy a warm shower! It can make a gray day better, it is refreshing after a workout, and it allows some of us the venue to sing without critical review (blush).
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Water is one of nature's gifts to us. We are not the best steward of this resource and in an effort to re-use it wisely, we end up poisoning ourselves. The chlorine used to purify water in treatment plants is a poison. When water changes into its gaseous state - steam - it is even more cause for concern!

Chlorine is present in most municipal water systems; in greater amounts during warmer weather or when higher levels of contaminants are present. Chlorine and Chloramine levels can very from day to day. Chloramine is produced when a municipality injects both chlorine and ammonia simultaneously into the water supply.

When you shower or bathe in chlorinated water, the pores of your skin open up and absorb the chlorinated water like a sponge. Also, chlorine-filled steam enters your lungs. People can actually receive more exposure to chlorine during a shower than by drinking the same water. Chlorinated shower water also causes or worsens skin irritations and rashes, dries the skin, can irritate eyes leaving them red, itchy and burning, and inhaling the steam can aggravate the sinuses and lungs as well.

The most important contribution that chlorine shower filters make toward a healthier lifestyle is in reducing the amount of free chlorine that comes into direct contact with your skin and lungs - remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body. Your lungs, I think that goes without need of further explanation.

Opting for a short bath or, better yet, a filter on your shower head is one of the kindest things you can do to help your body from the OutsideIN.

For additional reading:Information from the E.P.A about the dangers of Chlorine and The Unhealthy Effects of Chlorinated Shower Water.
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