You wouldn’t bathe in your swimming pool, so why are most Americans showering in unfiltered, chlorinated water?
Municipal water districts are required by law to add chlorine or chloramines (chlorine + ammonia) to our water supply in order to disinfect and prevent the spread of bacteria.
It sounds great in theory.
After all, no one wants to drink or wash in water that is contaminated with bacteria and other germs. But the problem is that chlorine and chloramines create carcinogenic byproducts which are both absorbed through our skin and inhaled.
The dangers of bathing in chlorinated water
60% of all we put on our skin is absorbed directly into our blood stream, and even just a 10-minute shower can cause you to absorb more chlorine than if you drank 64 ounces of the same water. In fact, the University of Pittsburgh conducted a study which showed 6X higher levels of chloroform through inhalation vs. water consumption. This is because the byproducts of chlorine create a gas that is easily inhaled.
Chlorine and its byproducts have been linked to the following ailments: hardening of arteries, destruction of proteins in the body, aggravation of asthma, allergies, sinus conditions, and respiratory problems, accelerated aging, altered cholesterol levels, genetic mutations that can lead to cancer growth, high blood pressure, heart trouble, and irritation/dryness of skin and hair.
Whenever you shower, take a bath, use the dishwasher or washing machine, brush your teeth, wash your hands, or flush your toilet, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are released into your home and inhaled, unless that water has been properly filtered. Your exposure to VOCs and other harmful chemicals can be reduced with a Whole House Filter.
How to reduce your exposure to chlorine & its byproducts
The Chanson Water Dove Whole House Filter filters every tap in your home, so that you and your family are protected from chlorine and its toxic byproducts. However, it is not recommended as a standalone filter for drinking water, as it does not filter out other harmful contaminants like fluoride, lead and arsenic, which is why we recommend pairing it with a Chanson drinking water pre-filter.
If you cannot afford a Whole House Filter or want added protection, a Chanson Spa Shower Filter is an affordable solution. They quickly and easily attach to every shower head in your home to filter chlorine and its byproducts from your shower water, and are the only shower filter on the market to also soften and energize the water. As a result you will notice better looking and more manageable skin and hair.