How to Protect Yourself Against Dangerous Chemicals in Your Shower
When the subject of water safety comes up, most people are quick to consider the safety of their drinking water, but few people consider the safety of their showers. Any why would they? Most people don’t ingest their shower water so there’s no immediate reason for them to consider whether or not the water is harmful. But more studies are indicating that inhalation of chemicals such as THMs and other disinfectant byproduct can present many health risks. L. Health expert and founder of The Healthy Skeptic, Chris Kresser recently wrote:
Showering and bathing in chlorinated water may expose us to even more chlorine and its byproducts than drinking this disinfected water.
While our bodies can filter out much of the chlorine from our drinking water, the THMs and other disinfectant byproducts we inhale during showers and baths may be much more harmful, since the chlorine gas we inhale enters directly into our blood stream. Therefore, even if you filter your drinking water, the amount of toxins you are exposed to from your daily shower or bath, through inhalation or skin absorption, may be cause for greater concern.
Research has demonstrated that the cancer risk associated with chlorinated water may actually be due to showering and bathing, rather than drinking the disinfected water. This suggests that many health risks of chlorine may be specifically related to dermal and inhalation exposure. In fact, the chloroform dose from a single, ten minute shower is equal to, and possibly greater than, that from the average two liters of water ingestion on a daily basis.
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And now there’s an amazingly simple way to reduce visible signs of aging while promoting healthy skin. And it doesn’t involve expensive beauty creams, harsh chemicals or potentially risky cosmetic procedures!
The good news is that for very little effort and expense, you can purify your bath and shower water. Many people that have done so have reported incredible benefits such as improved skin tone, reduced irritation and healthier looking hair.
Here are three tips you may find useful:
1. For baths, you can dissolve a vitamin C tablet in the bath prior to bathing. According to Chris, “Vitamin C is an effective dechlorination agent, removing up to 99% of chlorine and chloramine.”
2. You can purchase a shower filter for your shower head. Many of these are rather inexpensive, ranging from $35.00 – $55.00. Here’s two we have heard good feedback on: the Rainshow’r Shower Filter, the Crystal Quest Hand Held and the Sprite High-Output Shower Filter HO2.
3. The third option is a little more expensive but the reward is high considering it eliminates the cost of drinking water filtration as well. You can buy a whole house water filtration system that will filter and purify the water being delivered everywhere in your home — even the neglected water sources such as the washing machine and the dishwasher. These can run anywhere from $500.00 – $3,000.00 depending on the brand and the size of your home. We found one, the Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System that’s under $800.00 and it received incredible reviews so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Has anyone else tried a shower or whole house filtration system they’ve been pleased with?