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The Dangers Lurking in Your Shower and Bath

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing, long bath, or invigorating shower is there.  It’s one of those peaceful times of the day when we can wash the cares away, and step out feeling cleansed and refreshed.
But what about the chlorine exposure?
It’s a fact that during just one shower, you can inhale as much as 50 times more chlorine than if you drank a single glass of unfiltered tap water. And that’s because when it’s heated, chlorine (as do other contaminants) vaporises.
Compared to ingesting chlorine in your tap water, inhaling poses greater risks. It takes a more direct route to your body, and bloodstream, and passes through your extremely sensitive bronchial passages.
Long term exposure to chlorine should be particularly considered by sensitive types, those prone to allergies, and anyone suffering from challenging health conditions.   Pregnant women should also be aware of the potential risks.  Research carried out in 2007 at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine linked the by products of chlorination to specific birth defects in an analysis of 400,000 infants in Taiwan. Levels in the UK are at the same dangerous levels in one in six households in the UK - around four million homes.
Long term health aspects aside, chlorine can really dull your hair and skin, and you would be surprised how different your soaps and shampoo feel when the amounts of chlorine are reduced.  You want to look and feel your best, but Chlorine in your shower means you will never get the very best from your skin care regime.
What is Chlorine Used For?
Have you ever been to a swimming pool and left with your eyes stinging, and your skin tight and uncomfortable? Well that’s the Chlorine; some pools have their chemical levels wrong, and it really can be very unpleasant. Now there’s not as much chlorine in your water at home, but you have to wonder how much of this toxic substance you really want to be exposed to.
When we look at some of its other uses – the manufacture of pesticides, aerosols, disinfectants, bleaching, and even chemical weapons, there can be no doubt as to what a potent compound it really is.
Chlorine in Our Water Supplies
Now, clearly Chlorine has an important role to play in water purification on a large scale, but that’s not to say it is safe to drink, or inhale whilst bathing. If it’s strong enough to kill powerful bacteria and pollutants, can you imagine what it does to your body?  In some areas where water quality is poor, far more chlorine is added.
Many researchers go so far as to argue that whilst chlorination rid us of many devastating water borne diseases, that it went hand in hand with the increase in certain health conditions in the Western World. This is a complex area, and certainly we feel that the the lack of trace minerals and elements, and the increased usage of hydrogenated fats are also relevant to this big picture.
The Solutions
Take a look at the Shower Filter and Bath Ball Filter - simple ways to make your bathroom safe. A pleasing advantage of these two products is that you will even find you have to spend less time cleaning your bathroom as those unpleasant residues left on the bath and shower will be reduced.
What About Your Drinking Water?
If you don’t already filter your water, or are using an ineffective jug filter, this article may have got you thinking, so take a look at our water filter - the economical Freshwater 1000

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