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Long Term Health Effects of Showering in Chlorinated Water

Studies show that chlorine and chlorine byproducts (THM) in tap water are carcinogenic. Meaning, they are a contributing factor to increased risk of bladder and rectal cancers. Showering in and inhaling chlorine increases that risk.

In North America, we are extremely fortunate to have access to safe drinking water- especially when millions of people around the world do not.

To ensure your water is free of bacteria and viruses and safe to drink, you likely already know that municipalities add chlorine to the water. Chlorine kills, on contact, all the microorganisms that can make you very sick.

Chlorine not only kills harmful organisms, it also damages ALL organisms.

You are a living organism with healthy cells and tissues.

Your cells and tissues are damaged everyday just by living in your environment.

Factors such as pollution, stress, exposure to toxins in your food, beauty products and your water all impact the health of your cells and body.

Your body is resilient- it will bounce back after you’re taken down by a cold or flu. When you get injured, your body's natural tendency is to heal. When you treat your body poorly with not enough sleep or a night of overindulging, it still eventually recovers.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting closer to 50 than I am to 40 and when I was younger, my body bounced back pretty quickly after experiencing any of the above situations. Now it takes a little longer to recover.

Over the long term, environmental stressors have affected my body- long term exposure to sitting at a desk all day, inhaling polluted air, not always eating the best. It all takes a toll on healthy cells and tissues- As does showering in and drinking chlorinated tap water.

Over time, exposure to chlorine breaks down healthy cells and tissues.

The effects are not always felt immediately, but slowly and over time chlorine is damaging you from the inside.

"A recent epidemiologic study found that much of the risk for bladder cancer associated with drinking water was associated with three factors: THM levels, showering/bathing/swimming (i.e., dermal/inhalation exposure), and genotype (having the GSTT1-1 gene). This finding, along with mechanistic studies, highlights the emerging importance of dermal/inhalation exposure to the THMs, or possibly other DBPs, and the role of genotype for risk for drinking-water-associated bladder cancer."

Pub med- National Institute of Health

It’s not only extremely important for your health, but easy to remove the chlorine from your shower water.

Shower filters are specially designed to remove 99% of the chlorine from your shower water. They connect to most shower heads with an easy screw on connection. The filter inside lasts 6-12 months and can simply be replaced.

Additionally, we have whole home chlorine removal options. These systems are great if you have multiple showers in the home and want to ensure the best water for washing dishes and brushing your teeth.

Take your health into your own hands and protect yourself from harmful exposure to chlorine!

As always, we're here to help.

Contact us and we'll help guide you on your wellness journey.

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