While almost everyone today is concerned with the quality of their drinking water, very few people talk about getting a shower water filter. But why not? It’s the same water as the drinking water, but what most people don’t realize is that showering in it can be just as harmful. The contaminants in the water can be absorbed into your body through your skin.
In fact, the American Journal of Public Health says that chlorine (found in most any municipal water) can increase the risk of asthma, skin irritations, and some types of cancer. The U.S EPA recently stated that every home has “detectable levels of chloroform gas in the air”. This gas is the product of chlorine being vaporized in steam … like when you shower.
So, when you are showing, you are inhaling vaporized chlorine – and at levels that may be higher than that recommended for swimming pools!
A shower water filter will filter out chlorine and other contaminants. That will have a positive effect on your health. It may be particularly important when dealing with any respiratory problems. In fact, the concentration of chlorine in the air inhaled in the shower can be almost 20 times that which is actually in the water due to the rapid amount of vaporization. This has been shown to lead to bronchitis and asthma.
Not only will shower filtration help with respiratory problems, it can can have a wonderfully positive effect on skin and hair. Chlorine strips the protective oils from your skin and hair – well, you’ve seen what happens to both when you spend all day in the pool, right? Think of what happens with years and years of showering in it. The reduction of these oils can cause your skin and hair to become dry as well as to age prematurely.
As if that isn’t enough to persuade you, you can get a shower filtration unit for under $100! Of course, there are more expensive ones, and you’ll have to do your research to make sure you get a good one that will protect you from most contaminants in the water. One way to do this is to carefully look at the contaminant data sheet for each filter you are considering – this will tell you what contaminants the filter will remove and at what levels.
So while you are out shopping for a home water filter for your drinking water, don’t forget to pick up a shower water filter too – it will add to your health and help you look better too!