About a year and a half ago, I was with Michael in Ohio while he was working. We had a busy day of travel ahead, so I woke up early…brushed my teeth, washed my face, and then headed to the hotel gym. As I was filling it up my empty water bottle at the gym fountain, a maintenance worker came running over and screaming that I needed to stop immediately…like I was committing a crime. He took a step back and said “did you not see the news this morning?!”
Apparently, in the middle of the night, serious toxins were detected in the area’s water supply. Any use of the water (showering, drinking, washing dishes) was prohibited as it could cause serious health issues. It was so bad that boiling the water wouldn’t even kill the toxins…it potentially could make it worse. We were leaving in a few hours, so it wasn’t a big deal; however, there was one problem…I HAD ALREADY WASHED MY FACE AND BRUSHED MY TEETH WITH THE CONTAMINATED WATER. After a minor melt down (I am the biggest hypochondriac ever), I pulled myself together and I was fine.
This whole experience got me thinking about water…I mean I know to never drink tap water, but why did I always think it was fine to bathe in it? Although my little situation in Ohio was different as there was a foreign contaminant in the water, I still was determined to find out what toxins are “normal” in tap water and how safe it is to be exposed to them. After a ton of research, I immediately invested in a shower filter. Keep reading to find why you need to as well.
The government requires water plants to treat the water to make it “safe”. To do so, they use chlorine. Unfortunately, chlorine can cause serious issues to the body and is linked to asthma, aging, skin irritation, and cancer. Regular exposure to this could be very harmful!
Your body absorbs more chlorine from a quick shower than it does from drinking a full glass of tap water. The chemicals vaporize more quickly than the water does, which means that the steam contains a much higher concentration of chlorine. The chemicals in the steam are absorbed through our opened pores and inhaled into our lungs.
Chlorine is very harsh on the skin and hair. By reducing our the chlorine in/on our bodies, we can improve our skin and hair quality.
Because showering is a daily activity (or should be, at least!), I think it’s so important to do what you can to remove the toxins that come along with it…just as you would choose to buy organic apples (instead of conventional) on a daily basis to prevent regular pesticide exposure.
There are many shower filters on the market at various prices, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs. After reading many reviews, I decided to buy a Showerwise filter and I’m so happy with my decision. I feel a lot better knowing that I am a lessening my exposure to harmful chemicals!
photo credit: Showerwise