According to the EWG, 250 different contaminants were found in the U.S.’s tap water, 93 of which are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer. Not only that, but these contaminants are disruptive to your hormones, immune system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system. Yikes!
FILTERING YOUR SHOWER WATER IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN FILTERING YOUR DRINKING WATER
Filtering your shower water is even more important than filtering your drinking water, because the warm water opens up your pores, making it quicker to absorb these chemicals through your skin and into your bloodstream. Not only are you absorbing them, but you’re also inhaling them. The combination of the warm air and water opens up your lungs and allows for accelerated inhalation and absorption of these chemicals. A 10-minute shower is equivalent to ingesting 2 liters of that same water!
CHLORINE’S AFFECT ON YOUR SKIN, DIGESTION, & CANCER RISK
Remember when chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in World War II? Yeah, me neither, but it was, and now it’s in our water supply. WTF!? Chlorine in unfiltered tap water disrupts the skin’s microbiome. Yes, chlorine can kill pathogens and bacteria in the water, but it’s also killing all the good bacteria on your skin’s surface, leading to skin issues including acne, eczema, and dry skin. Think your skin is fine? How about your digestive system? Chlorine also kills off the beneficial bacteria in our guts, which is responsible for everything from your mood to how your brain functions.
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Here’s an excerpt from the Global Healing Center:
“There is a lot of well founded concern about chlorine. When chlorine is added to our water, it combines with other natural compounds to form Trihalomethanes (chlorination byproducts), or THMs. These chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic. “Although concentrations of these carcinogens (THMs) are low, it is precisely these low levels that cancer scientists believe are responsible for the majority of human cancers in the United States.”
Simply stated chlorine is a pesticide, as defined by the U.S. EPA, who’s sole purpose is to kill living organisms. When we consume water containing chlorine, it kills some part of us, destroying cells and tissue inside our body. Dr. Robert Carlson, a highly respected University of Minnesota researcher who’s work is sponsored by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, sums it up by claiming , “the chlorine problem is similar to that of air pollution”, and adds that “chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!”
Breast cancer, which now effects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of it’s kind in North America, found that, “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.”
CHLORAMINE’S AFFECT ON OUR HEALTH
Another common chemical found in tap water is chloramine (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) that has, not only been linked to skin problems, but also a weakened immune system, respiratory issues, digestive problems, and is extremely detrimental to those with kidney issues. Most shower filters don’t filter chloramines out, so be sure to check for this when choosing a filter.
This is scary stuff, and it’s information we can longer ignore! We can’t protect ourselves from all the pollutants and chemicals in our environments, but I think it’s really important to protect ourselves where we can. Using a shower filter is a simple and fairly inexpensive switch you can make that can makes a massive difference in your health.
I love and use the Omica Shower Filter. It’ s hand-crafted, and uses an 8-stage filtration system that removes chloramine, chlorine, and reduces lead, VOCs, dirt, and odors. If you’re bathing your children or taking your own baths, make sure to use the shower faucet to fill up the bath or buy the Bath and Shower Filter from Omica that removes both fluoride and chlorine. You can use the links above to get 10% off of either of these filters.
Do you use a shower filter? Have you noticed a difference?