Why You Should Always Filter Your Tap Water
Meet the Contaminant: Chlorine
Have you ever wondered why you feel your skin tightening up, like it’s drying out, after you get out of a swimming pool? That’s because of the chlorine in the water. Chlorine works to keep the pool “clean” but it also works against those who use the pool. It dries out skin and hair, and it contributes to dehydration.
Chlorine is a serious chemical. One we actively work to remove from your drinking water and shower water with our filters.
Unknowingly, thousands of people shower in chlorine and drink it every single day. Cities across America use chlorine to disinfect municipal drinking water. On top of that, cities also add many other things to our water. These things include ammonia, a disinfectant that reacts with chlorine to create a set of byproducts known as chloramines.
Chloramines are a water additive used to control microbes in water distribution system pipes. Cities commonly use Monochloramine for disinfection. Other chloramines that may be formed in water due to mixing ammonia and chlorine are di-chloramines and tri-chloramines. In the early 1970s, it was discovered that the addition of chlorine also forms Trihalomethanes – one of which is chloroform. These by-products are highly carcinogenic. Chlorine, chloramines, and trihalomethanes have all been linked to various types of cancers, liver damage, kidney failure, immune system dysfunction, ADHD, learning disabilities, and many other disorders.
Take a look below to see how chlorine and chloramines affect each area of our body:
Chlorine and Chloramines dries out your skin by stripping it of its protective oils. That means your skin will age faster (i.e. wrinkles will find their way to the surface of your skin more quickly).
Again, the disinfectants will strip your hair of its natural protective oils, leaving your hair dry and brittle. Someone people with lighter hair, will experience green discoloration due to the effects of chlorine.
The greatest impact of chlorine and chloramines will be inside the body rather than physical effects. According the Breast Cancer Fund, a study found 50 to 60 percent higher levels of chlorine and chloramines in breast tissue of people with breast cancer than those who did not have breast cancer
Children are most at risk of chlorine and chloramines poisoning, as their minds and bodies are still developing. We recommend using only filtered water for making bottles and baby food. Chlorine has a bigger impact on smaller bodies.
Kidney failure, liver damage, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, and respiratory problems are just a few among many other issues that arise from too much chlorine and chloramines intake.
As you can see, chlorine and chloramines in drinking water are not the only problem. They can have effects on your hair and skin as well. Many filter their drinking water, but don’t realize that the skin is the body’s largest organ. When skin is exposed to warm water, it opens up its pores and absorbs the chemicals that have vaporized from the water. We can fix that! We recommend using a shower filter. Your body will thank your from head to toe – it will work wonders for your skin, hair, and body.
As always, the best thing you can do for your hair, body, and children is to invest in a good home filtration system. Whether you own a home or are leasing an apartment, there are wide ranges of options available for anyone who needs clean water. We recommend trying Aquasana whole home filters. The EQ-1000 filters are easy to manage and only need to be changed out once every ten years.
Remember filtering your water is one of the easiest things you can do to stay clean, healthy, and safe.