Posted by Richard Farkas on 9/21/2013 to Water Quality and Water Filtration
Chlorine is a chemical that is present in many municipal water supplies. Every time a consumer takes a shower with chlorine tainted water, the skin absorbs a great deal of chlorine into the body. By itself, chlorine is a non-soluble chemical and can cause a number of irritations to the skin and lead to health issues. Installing a shower filter that is designed to transform non-soluble chlorine into soluble chloride can negate the harmful effects of the water and reduce health risks.
When taking a shower in chlorinated water, consumers will suffer from skin and hair damage. Chlorine dries out the skin and reduces the ability of the skin to absorb moisture. When the level of moisture is decreased, the skin becomes flaky and irritating. In addition, when skin becomes overly dry it begins to age prematurely. Chlorine causes free radical damage to the skin, discoloring the skin and accelerating the formation of wrinkles. Hair is also dried out because of the chlorine. The cumulative effect of taking showers in chlorinated water can cause serious and lasting damage over the course of a lifetime.
It is never a good idea to inhale deadly chemicals, yet consumers who take showers in chlorinated water inhale large amounts of chemicals every time they take a shower. The water and steam from the shower are inhaled and go directly into the bloodstream. Breathing in the chlorinated air also takes the chlorine directly into the lungs. Chlorine is especially damaging to the lungs and continuous exposure will decrease the lungs' ability to function properly. Even though the exposure is slight during each individual shower, the long-term effects of the exposure to chlorine in shower water can have a lasting impact.
Perhaps the greatest threat to the consumer's health is the damage that chlorine can do to the body's ability to absorb vitamins. Chlorine prohibits the activation of two very important vitamins and this causes serious health problems. First, chlorine prevents the niacin in Vitamin B from becoming active and this can affect mood, sleep patterns and the ability of the body to produce and use insulin. Vitamin D is also severely affected by the presence of chlorine. Chlorine does not allow Vitamin D to become activated, inhibiting its ability to function in cell growth, cell repair, digestion and maintaining a healthy immune system. Consumers can ensure that the chlorine in their water is converted into a less dangerous chemical with the use of a shower filter. The shower filters neutralize the negative