Are you bathing in chlorine?

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By Julia Abelsohn

It makes intuitive sense that drinking chlorinated water can create imbalances in your intestinal flora. We know that chlorine will kill many of the good bacteria and microbes that live symbiotically with us in our gut.

You know the benefits of drinking fresh, clean, filtered water from a high quality ionizer. Not only does the water taste great but also you’ve filtered out many chemicals and pharmaceuticals that can compromise your health, including chlorine.

And sinking into that nice warm relaxing water is another way that you can nourish your body and your soul. Or is it? Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s naturally gifted with the ability to absorb both nutrients and toxins. So basically you’re soaking in all of that chlorine that you’ve gone to all the trouble of filtering out of your drinking water.

While a warm shower is relaxing to the body it also opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam we inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than tap water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize much faster and at a lower temperature than water.

Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes directly into our blood stream. When we drink contaminated water the toxins are partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system. Chlorine vapors are known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs; it was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children… which has increased 300% in the last two decades.

  • In a 15-minute bath, the average adult absorbs 63% of the elements in the water.
  • Drinking 2 liters of water, the absorption rate of elements is only 27%.

If you already filter chlorine out of your drinking water, you may want to start filtering it in your shower as well. Best Water has a variety of filters and dechlorinating tables for shower and bath.


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Julia Abelsohn

Julia Abelsohn is a writer, editor and clinical aromatherapist. She has been sharing her expertise and passion for health and wellness for over 25 years. When not at her desk she can be found exploring the many trails and green spaces near her home in Edmonton, Alberta.

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