Worried about Chlorine? You Should Be.

Do I need to worry about chlorine in my water?

Well…Yes! Of course you should worry about chlorine! That means you also have to worry about the chlorine that gets into your system via showers, hot tubs and swimming pools.

Certainly, we need to treat our water sources to protect ourselves and our families from water-born contaminants like viruses, bacteria, Giardia and other parasites and chlorine is really good for this. Chlorine is the most used chemical to do this job, but after it has done its job it should be filtered out in both our drinking water and in the water we shower with.

By showering in water which contains chlorine, we are directly exposing ourselves through the skin and respiratory tract with a concentration of chlorine equaling up to 50 glasses of chlorinated water a day! Just one more major chemical we are exposing ourselves to. It is important to get and use a good shower filter! You can purchase a good one for about $40 and this will get the chlorine out (but not most of everything else–for that you’d need a whole house system.)

Municipal Environmental Research Laboratory director, Francis T. Mayo says about chlorine:

“Scientific studies have linked chlorine and chlorination by-products to cancer of the bladder, liver, rectum, and colon, as well as heart disease, atherosclerosis, anemia, high blood pressure, and allergic reactions.” 

OK, so why not just minimize the exposure and shower or bathe less frequently? Well, 30% of all the body’s toxins are excreted through the largest organ of our body–the skin. Not bathing everyday can be a critical key for those with chronic diseases and for those who want to prevent disease. To read about water in more detail, see our water section of the website at: /BasicsofHealth/Water_files/water_basics1.htm

So, why not use bromine in your hot tub? Apparently it’s worse than chlorine and it messes with your thyroid hormones. Bromine disrupts the conversion of the inactive to the active form of thyroid hormone. What next?. . .Sigh.

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