Do you start your day with a morning shower hoping to get refreshed? I’m going to share with you a little known nasty secret about what is in your morning shower! We have long been aware that drinking chlorinated water is bad for your health, but have you considered the harmful effects of absorbing and breathing it while showering? You wouldn’t knowingly bathe in toxins every morning or set out to harm your lungs and sinuses, irritate your skin, or willingly increase your risk of cancer, would you?But the fact is, chlorine and its by-products in the shower water are toxins which can damage your health.
Here are the 4 toxins:
1. Chlorine is a toxic chemical
It is cheap and effective in killing bacteria and viruses found in water. The problem is, it is a harmful to our body’s defense system as well. Added to most municipal water supplies. The other health consideration you may not have thought about is the amound of chlorine you breathe in while taking that morning shower. Chlorine vaporizes at relatively low temperatures, and the lungs absorb all that from the air from your shower. This disinfectant hardens arteries, destroys proteins in the body, irritates skin and sinus conditions, and aggravates asthma, allergies and respiratory problems.
“The National Academy of Sciences estimates that 200 to 1000 people die in the United States each year from cancers caused by ingesting the contaminants in water. The major health threat posed by these pollutants is far more likely to be from their inhalation as air pollutants. The reason that emissions are high is because water droplets dispersed by the shower head have a larger surface-to-value ratio than water streaming into the bath.” – Science News-Vol. 130, Janet Ralof
This powerful by-product of chlorination causes excessive free-radical formation (accelerated aging), normal cells to mutate, and cholesterol to oxidize.
It’s a known carcinogen!
3. DCA (Dichloro acetic acid)
This chlorine by-product alters cholesterol metabolism and has been shown to cause liver cancer in lab animals.
4. MX (another chlorinated acid)
Another by-product of chlorination, MX is known to cause genetic mutations that can lead to cancer growth and has been found in all chlorinated water for which it was tested.
What the research say
Research indicates an increased risk for bladder and rectal cancer from drinking chlorinated water.
And even though you’re not drinking water in the shower, you can absorb many times more chlorine in a shower than you do by drinking the same water!
Tests show that your body can absorb more chlorine as a result of a 10-minute shower than if you drank eight glasses of the same water.
Word by an expert
A long, hot shower can be dangerous.
The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations.” J Andelman, Ph. D.
“We conclude that skin absorption of contaminants in drinking water has been underestimated and that ingestion may not constitute the sole or even primary route of exposure.”
-American Journal of Public Health, May, 1984, Vol. 74, No. 5
What is actually happening to your skin in the morning shower?
Our skin is the largest organ we have.
It absorbs things like water, oils, creams. When chlorine is mixed with the water we bath in, our skin absorbs it, along with all other chemicals it may contain too.
A warm shower opens up your pores, causing your skin to act like a sponge.
As a result, you not only inhale the chlorine vapours, you also absorb them through your skin, directly into your bloodstream – at a rate that’s up to six times higher than drinking.
Short terms risks include skin, eye or sinus irritation in some people.
Long-term risks include oxidation (cell and tissue aging), hardened arteries, increased risk of cancer, and hardened arteries.
In addition, if you suffer from any of the following, chlorinated water can make your condition worse:
- Asthma, Bronchitis Sinuses and Other Respiratory Conditions
- Dry Brittle Hair
- Dry, Flaking, Itching Skin
Simply by drinking bottled water will not protect you from the harmful effects of toxic water you bath in. You’ve got to filter the chemicals out.
The solution is simple. And the benefits are tremendous!
Do you know, I’ve always believed if I don’t let the chemicals enter my body or eliminate them as much as posible I do good. My body is my temple. What about you?
What can you do?
Don’t give up your morning shower just get rid of the harmful toxins!
Become smart in today’s day and age and actively protect your health on a daily basis.
If you want to know what I use to look after my skin, contact me.
Lucie Patel Varekova,