How to Avoid the Hidden Danger Lurking in Your Shower
When you step into your hot shower, you are inadvertently exposing your body to a slew of toxins that can damage your health, inside and out.
These toxins stem from a chemical that is added to the water supply on purpose, ironically to kill bacteria. The chemical is chlorine, and it's added to all public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria in the transport pipes and the water itself.
But while chlorine is a highly effective disinfectant, it, and its byproducts, can be devastating to your health.
There are numerous studies that link drinking chlorinated water to increased risks of cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and more. But what you may not realize is that showering or bathing in chlorinated water can be just as dangerous as drinking it, and even more so.
Two-Thirds of Your Exposure to Chlorine May Come From Showering !
When you shower, the warm water opens up your skin's pores, making it like a sponge for chlorine. Meanwhile, the steam in your shower, which you readily inhale, is full of chlorine and its byproducts as well. Since your skin is the largest organ of your body, some estimates say that steam can transport into your body up to 100 times the toxic chemicals as you would get from drinking tap water.
Meanwhile, when you drink chlorinated water, some of these toxins get filtered by your kidneys, liver and digestive system. This is not so when you breathe in these chemical vapors; there is no filtering, just a direct route to your blood stream.
Take, for example, a study published in a 2007 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study participants who drank chlorinated water had a 35 percent increased risk of bladder cancer. However, those who spent time swimming in chlorinated pools had a 57 percent increased risk, and those who took long showers or baths also had an increased risk of bladder cancer.
According to some estimates, by taking a hot shower you end up absorbing over 600 percent more chlorine and other chemicals than you would from drinking the same un-filtered water all day!
The Dangers of Chlorine Byproducts
Chlorine is not the only toxin in your shower. When this chemical comes into contact with other naturally occurring elements in water, it forms dangerous byproducts such as trihalomethanes (THMs) and chloroform.
Studies have linked these chlorine byproducts to many serious health risks such as:
· Bladder cancer
· Heart disease
"Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water. Chloroform [a known carcinogen] levels increase up to 100 times during a 10-minute shower in residential water," according to Dr. Lance Wallace of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Chlorine is also detrimental to your skin and hair, where it robs moisture and elasticity, leading to dry, itchy skin and brittle hair.
Shower Filter: Why Filtering Your Shower's Water is Essential
"Taking long hot showers is a health risk," a study in New Scientist reported. "Showers, and to a lesser extent baths, lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies than does drinking it."
The article continues, "The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. Householders can receive 6 to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water."
The good news is that chlorine and other chemicals can be easily removed from your family's shower with Hexagon Active Water Shower Filter.
Hexagon Active Water Shower Filter
If you are already filtering the water that you drink, you may also want to consider purifying the water from your shower head - because studies have shown that chlorine in water is absorbed into the body through the skin and through inhalation.
Active Water Shower Filter Transforms Your Shower into a Spa Experience!
• Removes over 90% of hazardous chlorine, heavy metals and other contaminants.
• Eliminates unpleasant odour from your water.
• Super-hydration to help alleviate common skin conditions; reduces skin dryness, flakiness and rashes.
• Rejuvenates and moisturises your skin.
• Softens hair and adds luster (without the use of chemicals)
• Preserves dyed hair colour longer.
• Improves lather and suds - hence you need less soap.
Shower Filter Features:
• Efficiently removes chlorine, rust and other contaminants
• Latest EC8888 FIR Energy Beads from Japan
• Filters up to 25,000 litres of water
• Easy to install
• Fits most shower heads and heater units
• Handles both hot/cold showers
• Can be backwashed & re-used
• Simple filter replacement
• Flow rate: 6 litres/minute
• Heat tolerance: 80 degrees Celsius
Replace cartridge every 12 months (based on 2 showers/day)
Exposure to Chlorine Through the Skin and Inhalation
A University of Pittsburgh professor of water chemistry states: "Exposure to vaporised chemicals in the water supplies through showering, bathing and inhalation is 100 times greater than through drinking."
- The Nader Report "Troubled Water on Tap"
Centre for Study of Responsive Law
1 Calcium Sulphite (CaSO3) NSF Standard 61
Effectively absorbs and converts chlorine into a harmless substance. Has higher chlorine removal compared to other media.
2 KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) NSF Standard 61
Effectively removes chlorine, rust, heavy metals and other bacterial contaminants EVEN IN HOT WATER*. *Conventional activated carbon filters may not work as efficiently with hot water
3 EC8888 FIR Energy Beads from Japan
Energises and breaks water into smaller micro-clusters for enhanced hydration and cleansing.
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