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Everyone showers. At least I HOPE everyone showers! However, while we think we are simply getting clean by taking a shower, we are also adding toxins to our body.
Now I’m not talking the body washes, shower gels, shampoos and conditioner. Those can definitely be toxic but that’s not what I’m talking about today.
Today I’m talking about water. Yes, your water is allowing your body to absorb toxins and so I’m talking about why you need a chlorine free shower.
What toxins are in water? Well quite a few but I’m specifically referring to chlorine. Chlorine is used to disinfect water. That of course is a good thing; everyone wants disinfected water.
However, chlorine is also toxic. For the record, there are other ways of disinfecting our water… however, most water companies choose chlorine aka the cheap route.
Why You Need a Chlorine Free Shower
Chlorine can contribute or worsen the following problems:
- Respiratory conditions (nose, throat, lungs, sinuses)
- Dry, brittle hair
- Dry, flaking skin
- Dandruff/dry scalp
- Bladder cancer
Just one shower has the chlorine exposure of an entire day’s amount of drinking the same water!
We recently moved to a new city and our water is horrible! You can taste the chlorine in the water and if you take a bath the bathroom smells more like a pool then a bathroom!
Since moving, my son’s eczema has flared up and both my husband and I have dry scalps/dandruff. We decided to give a shower filter a try.
The great thing is that you can find shower filters for pretty cheap! We bought a Sprite shower filter for around $20! (you can find them at Lowes as well) It will last for 6 months and then I’ll need to replace the filter cartridge. Not a bad price.
After about a month of using a shower filter, I can say that it seems to help. My son’s eczema is much better, my chicken skin is gone (something that I never had till moving) and our dry scalps/dandruff is so much better.
We now give the boys showers or sometimes give them “shower baths” as my oldest calls them. Basically I let the shower run but plug up the bath so that they eventually have a bath too. They think it’s great! I’ve even been filling up the baby bathtub with water from our shower. It’s a bit of a pain but when I think of my little baby soaking up chlorine, I figure it’s worth the extra effort.
There are actual chlorine bath filters if you want to do things the “proper” way.
If you don’t use a chlorine filter for your showers/baths yet, I encourage you to get one! They are very easy to install, just a twist really. Plus they are pretty affordable.