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Eye and skin irritation? Your shower water might be the cause!
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Five Reasons Why Your Showerhead Needs a Filter
It is the morning routine of nearly every American. You drag yourself out of bed after hitting the snooze button however many times and stumble into the shower. Turning on the water, you stand – or sit – trying to wake up. What seems like precious “me” time is actually dangerous. While you reflect on your day ahead enjoying the water flow, you inadvertently expose your body to the chemicals found in your tap water. Think about it. You filter your drinking water to avoid internal chemical consumption, so why wouldn’t you use a filtered showerhead. After all, your skin is a living, breathing organ, capable of “ingesting” dangerous sediment as if you poured it into a glass and swallowed it.
Although America’s water supply is amongst the cleanest in the world, it is not free of contaminants and harmful chemicals. In fact, many argue that the chemicals used to treat our water are nearly as dangerous as the untreated water. Chlorine is one of the primary agents often used to destroy harmful bacteria in our water supplies. If you own a swimming pool, you know that. This might not seem concerning to you at first, but enjoying a warm, relaxing shower sans the showerhead filters is far different from taking a dip in the pool.
You see, several things are happening at once as you luxuriate in your warm shower. As the warm water touches the cool bathroom air, steam forms. This steam, plus the actual warm water itself, opens the pores on your skin, turning you, essentially, into a sponge. Your skin’s pores begin to drink your shower’s water, and all the chlorine used to sanitize it. While your skin is drinking up the chlorine, it is also soaking in any other chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or dangerous substances found in your tap water. But, the danger doesn’t stop there.
- Shower water generally contains more chlorine than swimming pool water.
- Chlorine is a poisonous gas that causes dermal and respiratory damage.
- Soldiers used chlorine as a chemical weapon in World War I. Read more »