I blogged in the past HERE about the different toxins and contaminants that are found in nearly every source of tap water. For drinking, we use a Berkey water filter, which removes all contaminants like chlorine and fluoride (except chloramines) while leaving the beneficial minerals.
However, drinking water is only 1/2 of the issue.
Your skin is extremely absorbent and chlorine vaporizes in the shower or bath creating a toxic environment if not treated.
The research I have done suggests that breathing the chlorine fumes from untreated tap water is even more damaging to the body than drinking the water.
Side effects of breathing chlorine vapors and bathing in chlorinated water are a drastic increase in asthma and allergies (especially children) and other respiratory illnesses, increased incidence of cancer in adults (rectal and bladder), an increased risk of heart disease. Chloramines in the water pose even higher risks to both humans and animals as well as being extremely harmful to the environment.
And I don’t know about your home, but there is at least one person in mine who needs plenty of baths.
SO, we have installed shower filters in all of our bathrooms. I used to use the “ball” filter for the bath, since we have little ones who don’t shower yet, but I am not convinced that it removes all of the chlorine, much less any of the vapors as the water runs over it, and then you swish it through the water once the tub is full.
Thankfully, the shower heads in our rent home are the handheld kind, so this was an easy solution. I just attached a shower filter, and drop the shower head into the tub, aiming it towards the wall as it fills the tub for a bath.
Voila! No fumes, no chemical water for my sweet baby’s skin.
Plus, now my kids can finally have a bubble bath!
Not only is it simply healthier for the body to bathe with purified water, it creates a “softer” water which is gentler on the skin. Miles had a few dry patches on his back that have gone away since installing the new filter, and my skin is noticeably improved in it’s dryness and itching.
I got my filters from United Environmental Solutions. They are really simple and easy enough that I installed them myself in about 10 minutes. Not only does it filter out chlorine, but it reduces lime, scale, mold, and fungi as well.
If you live in an area that uses chloramines rather than chlorine you will need a special filter that removes those. The only filters I have found that do this are Vitashower, which uses vitamin-c – so cool huh? Anyhow, UES sells these as well! You can do a quick internet search or call your City water treatment plant to find out what they use to sanitize your local tap water.
My mom said she recently got a letter from her city stating that due to unsanitary water, they are switching to chlorine from chloramines…so be sure to check as they apparently may change from time to time!
This is actually a good thing in my book, considering the safety of chloramines has not been tested and it is not recommended that immune compromised individuals drink water that is treated with it, AND the fact that it kills marine life. It is also harder to filter out than chlorine.
My true desire is that our cities would spend money on carbon filters to purify our tap at the source, rather than spending millions every year purchasing toxic fluoride from industrial pesticide plants to dump in there.
Once we purchase a home we will be investing in a whole house water filter, which will eliminate the need for individual shower filters. UES sells these as well, so feel free to give them a call to find out what products will work best for your individual needs.
The owner, Dan, offered his cell phone for my readers to call him directly:
Anyhow, if you suffer from dry, itchy skin, psoriasis, dandruff, brittle hair, or any other skin condition, or simply want to improve your family’s overall health, a shower filter is one of the simplest, cheapest investments you can make!
live well. be well.