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New Year's Water Resolutions For 2015 - Part 2 - Filter Your Shower Water


by Leslie Gabriel January 21, 2015

Weclome to 2015. Say it with a a big oooh and ahhh in your hot shower of filtered water.

Taking an unfiltered shower can seem like a healthy way to maintain good hygiene and avoid the growth of bacteria or contaminants on the skin, but it is not always as safe as most people may assume. The Environmental Working Group explains that tap water in America can have contaminants - like chlorine, chloramines and so many more. As a result, it may harm our health over a period of time.

Filtered water can be an appropriate option for the shower, especially if there are dangerous contaminants in the tap water in your area. When the shower water is filtered, the skin will not be exposed to contaminants that are in the water. And filtered showers have a positive impact on the appearance and health of the skin and hair, as well as your overall health.

By filtering the shower water, there is also a lower risk of chlorine exposure. According to the New York Department of Health, chlorine is sometimes added to water as a disinfectant. It is also used to sanitize sewage and industrial waste products. In fact, chlorine's first commercial use, was as a war weapon in World War I - where the British and German troops used it against each other in the form or chlorine gas.

Unfortunately, chlorine is also dangerous to human health. Chlorine even has a direct link to cancer.

A shower that is not filtered may result in exposure to chlorine and chlorine gas. The New York Department of Health explains that chlorine becomes a gas at room temperature. Since a shower may use warm water, individuals may breathe in chlorine gas from the steam of their shower.

The Dangers Of Chlorine Exposure Include:

  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Increased risk of cancer

When chlorine is added to water, it produces a corrosive acid, explains the New York Department of Health. Over time, chlorine exposure can damage human cells that are exposed to the corrosive acid. Filtering the water in your shower can help reduce chlorine exposure and other chemicals, which will have a positive impact on personal health and well-being.




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