Why You Need To Use A Shower Filter

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Written by: Lindsay Sibson

You’ve been warned of the hazards of drinking tap water… and maybe even heard the controversy over certain types of bottled water.

But, have you taken the time to think about whether the water you are using to shower and bathe in is safe?

Let’s take a moment to dive deeper into what makes shower water hazardous to your health and why you MUST start using a shower filter, starting TODAY!

WHAT Makes Shower Water Hazardous To Your Health?

Your skin is not only the largest organ that covers your entire body, but is also responsible for many important functions – such as vitamin  D creation and synthesis.

Throughout your day to day activities, your skin absorbs the various things that it comes into contact with. As a result, your skin develops its very own distinct and important microbiome.

This is the reason WHY a shower filter is essential in protecting your body from harmful substances. Unfiltered shower water can contain:

  • Chemicals like chlorine
    • Chlorine kills pathogens in water – BUT at the expense of affecting your skin microbiome
    • Disrupts the balance of bacteria on your skin
  • Bacteria
  • Fungus (from the shower head)

5 Reasons Why You MUST Use A Shower Filter

You Absorb More CHLORINE Showering
  • Showering in chlorinated water leads to absorbing more chlorine than when drinking water
    • Showering at warm temperatures makes it easier for your body to absorb things
    • Water contacts your WHOLE body when showering
  • Chlorine has a low molecular weight, which makes it easy for it to pass into your body
  • Warm water and air opens your lungs
    • Makes it easier for you to inhale chemicals
  • Chemicals absorbed through your skin enter your bloodstream quickly
Chemicals Are Released Into The Air By Shower Water
  • Chemicals vaporize and are released into the air by the shower water
    • Even at higher levels than what is in the water itself!
  • Notable and detectable levels of trihalomethanes and other byproducts of bath and shower water were found in indoor air
Shower Water Chemicals May Irritate And Harm Your Skin Microbiome
  • Chlorine is a disinfecting agent and showering in it negatively affects your skin biome
    • The effects of beneficial bacteria are not visible
    • When the skin is disrupted it can cause dry skin, irritation, or eczema
Cancer And Other Health Problems Linked To Shower Water Chemicals
  • When  inhaled or absorbed through the skin, shower water chemicals can create significant health issues
  • THMs have been linked with:
    • Poor birth outcomes
    • Spontaneous abortion
    • Birth defects
    • Low birth weight
  • Free radicals in chlorinated water have been associated with:
    • Liver malfunction
    • Weakening of the immune system
  • Chlorine and chloramine vapors are linked to:
    • Greater risk of asthma
    • Respiratory tract damage (the mucosal lining)
    • Breast cancer
Chloramine May Be MORE Harmful Than Chlorine
  • Chloramine: a mixture of chlorine and ammonia
  • Extremely irritating to the skin and lungs

How To Filter Your Shower Water

There are several different types of filters available on the market. Each work to protect you and your family from chlorine and chloramines. Here are several types of shower filters you can choose from:

TYPE PROS CONS
Carbon Filters
  • Effective at removing chlorine
  • More effective for drinking water filtration (or COLD  showers)
  • Cost effective and very budget friendly
  • Not as effective with chloramines
  • Don’t work well at warm temperatures (become less effective the warmer the water)
KDF Filters
  • Effective at removing chlorine
  • Budget friendly option
  • Not as effective with chloramines
Vitamin C Filters
  • Removes BOTH chlorine and chloramines
  • Create chemical reactions that render chlorine and  chloramines harmless
  • Benefits that can help improve your skin and hair

If you have children or enjoy a nice long soak in the bathtub, there are two simple options you can use to filter the bath water:

1. Fill  the bathtub from the shower head

2. Use a bath dechlorinator that removes the chlorine (and some of the chloramine) from the water in 3-5 minutes

Should YOU Buy A Shower Filter?

The bottom line with shower filters is that they are an inexpensive way to protect you and your family from the harmful chemicals that can be lurking in your water because they make a HUGE difference in reducing your chemical exposure to chlorine and other chemicals.

So – YES! Choose a  shower filter solution that fits your budget and start using one today!

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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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