The best thing in winter is taking a nice and relaxingly long piping hot shower. If you don’t have a shower filter you may be exposed to far greater levels of chemicals than you realise.Taking a nice hot shower creates Chlorine and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) gases that contain much higher concentrations of these chemicals than the actual water. Vaporisation is more pronounced due to cooler ambient temperatures.
A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin allowing accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals through the skin. The steam we inhale while showering may contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals of cold water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) is inhaled directly into our blood stream. When we drink contaminated water the toxins are partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system.
That is why it is as important, if not more so, to restrict our external exposure to the chemical cocktail that is in your shower. Every time you shower you inhale chlorine gas directly into your lungs and blood causing long term health consequences such as arteriosclerosis and damage to other internal organs. Chlorine exposure can cause physical fatigue, mental depression, and a lowered autoimmune function, making it harder for your body to ward off infectious diseases. The best thing you can do for your health is filter your shower especially this winter.
If you are looking to filter your shower remember that Vitamin-C filtration is the most effective method especially in hot showers as temperature does not affect its efficiency.
by Martyn Smith; Managing Director – Sonaki Australia