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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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Creativity

Category: Water Stories
Posted: 2007-04-29 17:41

O.k. Class, put down your paint brushes and listen to a newsflash: Water affects your creativity!

This may seem to be an "inside" track but our creativity is usually expressed outwardly. Our creative efforts allow us to bring pleasure into ours and the lives of others. The "outside" (or exterior) enjoyment produces endorphins which in turn have a positive influence on the inside workings. Making our lives better from the OutsideIN. So, lets explore.....

Mild dehydration is a common and often overlooked cause of fatigue. Dehydration can reduce blood volume and diminish blood flow to the organs, slowing down your brain -- and you along with it.

Your creativity is a brain function, first and foremost. Your brain is 85% water. We often think of dehydration as a symptom or cause of illness. Did you know that by time you feel "thirsty" your body is already dehydrated??!! The feeling of "thirst" is a signal from your brain that the optimal level of H2o has dropped below what the body requires to provide all systems with adequate hydration.

If you drink the suggested 6-8/6oz glasses of water a day, you will not feel "thirsty". Actually, the 6-8 glasses is an average.

A person's daily minimal water requirement is half their body weight in ounces; a 160lb person should drink a minimum of 80oz water daily.

Notice, I said "water"! Juice, milk, and other beverages (obviously not coffee and tea which are diuretics) are liquids your stomach will digest but are not treated as "water" by your body. Your body does not extract water from other things you ingest but requires water in its own form.

This being said, the quality of water you drink comes into question.
Something to ponder!
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