Why You Should NOT Drink Your Tap Water
You know that feeling of shriveling up and drying out that pays a visit after a dip the in pool? The chlorine in the pool works to keep the pool “clean” but it also works against those who use the pool. It will dry out skin and hair as well as contribute to dehydration. Chlorine is the reason competitive swimmers rinse off in between each race. Otherwise, they would probably look like the chlorine has made an impact on them physically.
So, would you shower in chlorine water? Would you drink it? Unknowingly, thousands of people do shower in it and drink it every single day. Cities across America use chlorine to disinfect municipal drinking water. On top of that, cities also add many other things to our water. These things include ammonia, a disinfectant that reacts with chlorine to create a set of byproducts known as chloramines.
Chloramines are a water additive used to control microbes mostly in distribution system pipes. Cities commonly use Monochloramine for disinfection. Other chloramines that may be formed in water due to the mixing of ammonia and chlorine are di-chloramines and tri-chloramines. In the early 1970s, it was discovered that the addition of chlorine also forms Trihalomethanes – one of which is chloroform. These by-products are highly carcinogenic. Chlorine, chloramines, and trihalomethanes have all been linked to various types of cancers, liver damage, kidney failure, immune system dysfunction, ADHD, learning disabilities, and many other disorders.
Take a look below to see how chlorine and chloramines affect each area of our body:
Chlorine and Chloramines will take a great impact on your skin, as you will be able to see how it dries out the skin. By stripping it of all its protective oils, skin will be dry and ashy, it will age faster, and wrinkles will find their way to the surface of your skin more quickly.
Again, the disinfectants will strip your hair of its natural protective oils. Hair will also feel very hard and brittle, it will feel very dry, and many people may also experience green discoloration in hair due to the effects of chlorine. It will also have less volume, less bounce, and look less natural.
The greatest impact of chlorine and chloramines will be inside the body rather than physical effects. According the Breast Cancer Fund, a study found 50 to 60 percent higher levels of chlorine and chloramines in breast tissue of people with breast cancer than those who did not have breast cancer.
o Children are most at risk of chlorine and chloramines poisoning, as their little minds and bodies are still developing. Mothers who are not breastfeeding should not use chlorine water with baby formula, as it will have a bigger health impact on the child than it would on an adult as they would be taking in more chlorine and chloramines than an adult would be due to body size.
- Kidney failure, liver damage, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, and respiratory problems are just a few among many other issues that arise from too much chlorine and chloramines intake.
o Our bodies have to work very hard to flush out and process these disinfectants out of our bodies, and while it does a great job of taking out as much as it can, chlorine and chloramines do not leave without leaving a lasting impact on our nervous and immune systems.
As you can see, chlorine and chloramines in drinking water are not the only problem. They can have effects on your hair and skin as well. However, according to research in the Journal of Public Health, almost two thirds of the hardone to our bodies by these disinfectants is through direct inhalation and skin absorption while we are in the shower. Many people do filter their drinking water, but often forget that the skin is the body’s largest organ. When skin is exposed to warm water, it opens up its pores and absorbs the chemicals that have vaporized from the water. It is best to invest in a whole house filtration system, and if you just need something smaller if you are leasing, get a shower filter – it will work wonders for your skin, hair, and body.
As always, the best thing you can do for your hair, body, and children is to invest in a good home filtration system. Whether you own a home or are leasing an apartment, there are wide ranges of options available for anyone who needs clean water. We recommend trying Aquasana whole home filters. The EQ-1000 filters are easy to manage and only need to be changed out once every ten years. Aquasana also offers point of use filters such as the brand new, and only one of its kind powered water filtration system pitcher (PWFS). Shower filters are also a great option for those who are leasing.
Remember filtering your water is one of the easiest things you can do to stay clean, healthy, and safe.