Written and Submitted by Stan Howard
You wouldn't knowingly bathe in toxins every morning, or
set out to harm your lungs and sinuses, irritate your
allergies and skin, or willingly increase your risk of cancer.
But the fact is, chlorine and its by-products in your shower
water are toxins which can damage your health.
These toxins are:
Chlorine: Added to most municipal water supplies, this
disinfectant hardens arteries, destroys proteins in the body,
irritates skin and sinus conditions, and aggravates asthma,
allergies, and respiratory problems.
Chloroform: This powerful by-product of chlorination
causes excessive free-radical formation (accelerated aging),
normal cells to mutate, and cholesterol to oxidize. It's a
DCA (Dichloro acetic acid): This chlorine by-product alters
cholesterol metabolism and has been shown to cause liver
cancer in lab animals.
MX (another chlorinated acid): Another by-product of
chlorination, MX is known to cause genetic mutations that
can lead to cancer growth and has been found in all
chlorinated water for which it was tested.
Research indicates an increased risk for bladder and rectal
cancer from drinking chlorinated water. And even though
you're not drinking water in the shower, you can absorb
many times more chlorine in a shower than you do by
drinking the same water! Tests show that your body can
absorb more chlorine as a result of a 10-minute shower
than if you drank eight glasses of the same water.
How can that be? A warm shower opens up your pores,
causing your skin to act like a sponge. As a result, you not
only inhale the chlorine vapors, you also absorb them
through your skin, directly into your bloodstream-at a rate
that's up to six times higher than drinking.
Short terms risks include skin, eye or sinus irritation in some
people. Long term risks include oxidation (cell and tissue
aging), hardened arteries, increased risk of cancer, and
hardened arteries. In addition, if you suffer from any of the
following, chlorinated water can make your condition worse:
The good news is that showering in chlorine-treated water
is a risk you can erase immediately, through the use of a
proper shower filter. Be sure to choose a shower filter with
KDF medium, a powerful chlorine absorbant.
According to Dr. Francis T. Mayo, Director of the Municipal
Environmental Research Laboratory,
"Since chlorine is required by public health regulations
to be present in all public drinking water supplies, it is up to
the individual to remove it at the point-of-use in the home."
Stan Howard is a researcher for Best Water, specializing in
water purification. For a free report on water purification
and to learn how to prevent chlorine in your shower, go to
Ann's NOTE: I am 'sensitive' to chemicals and chlorine is a strong affector for me. I have a whole house filtration system to every drop is now chlorine (and other contaminants)-free. When I lived in a New York City apartment, I had a chlorine-free shower head.
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