One of the ways that toxins can enter our body is through absorption. Did you know that skin is our largest organ? Being that it’s our largest organ, it sure can absorb a lot! Not only do skin care products like lotions, soaps, deodorants and make-up absorb easily, so does water.
Chlorine Can Cause Harm
Have you been in a swimming pool lately? You would have absorbed the chlorine and pool chemicals. Another source of water that has chlorine and chemicals is our tap water. You may already filter the water that you drink from the tap, but did you ever think about filtering the water that you shower with? Not only do you absorb the actual shower water from the tap, but you also inhale the steam that comes with taking a hot shower.
According to Aquasana, “the American Journal of Public Health links chlorine to “significant increases in certain types of cancer, asthma and skin irritations…” and stated that “up to two-thirds of the harmful exposure was due to skin absorption and inhalation of chlorine in shower water”.
Aquasana – The Water Filter of Choice
As a gift last Christmas, I received a shower filter. I have been using the filter during this past year. At first, I was a little skeptical and wasn’t sure if I would tell a difference when we added the filter, but to my surprise, I did notice a difference. After attaching the water filter, the water felt a little softer. Also, being that I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, there were times when I could faintly smell chemicals while showering. I don’t notice that when running the water with the filter. Also, my hair felt softer after washing it with the filtered water. In all fairness, I began using Beyond Organic’s non-toxic, organic shampoo around the same time as I started using the water filter, but I believe that both of these items played a role in the difference in my hair.
The shower filter that I have is from Aquasana. It came with a massaging shower head. It removes over 90% of chlorine and reduces the volatile chemicals. As with filters for drinking water, the shower filter also has to be replaced. They suggest replacing it every 6 months.
If you would like to add something to help reduce the amount of toxins you’re absorbing, I would suggest purchasing a shower water filter. It’s a minimal cost which could benefit you in the long run!
(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)