As summer winds down and winter looms ever nearer, our thoughts begin to turn from hot, sunny days at the pool to cozy evenings by the fire. You may think the sunburn and dry eyes of summer have begun to fade too, but in fact your troubles may have just begun. If you’ve spent the past three months lying beside or frolicking in a pool, then you’re familiar with chlorine and the harmful effect it can have: straw-like hair, dry skin and burning eyes.
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What you probably don’t know is that the chlorine from the pool can enter your body through your skin, eyes, nose and ears.
Chlorine is not only found in swimming pools, either. It’s been defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide. It’s been used to disinfect drinking water ever since the 1800s, touted as a cheap and effective solution to contaminated water. This essentially means that poison is in your drinking glass and plate of food, is rinsing your dishes and laundry, and is raining down from your shower head.
In the past, chlorine was celebrated for its disinfectant properties, and stopping power over bacteria such as E coli. These days, we have the technology and the resources to utilize alternative methods, such as in-home water purification treatments, and silver-copper ion generators for pools. And yet, we are still faced with this harmful chemical at nearly every turn.
Whether you dipped a toe into that pool or not, you’ve been eating, drinking and bathing in chlorine your whole life. When you shower in warm water, your pores open up, letting in more of the toxic chemical. Worse still, you’re inhaling the steam vapors of chlorinated water, which contain greater amounts of chemical contaminants than room-temperature water.
Far worse than just cosmetic damage, chlorine can cause serious health issues. When chlorinated water comes in contact with organic matter it releases Trichloramines. This powerful chemical reaction triggers the production of free radicals in the body, which can cause cell damage and even cancer. Those exposed to chlorine in large doses have a higher risk of asthma, and studies have shown a correlation between chlorine and asthma, heart attacks and strokes.
As a pesticide, the main function of chlorine is to kill living organisms. If you’d like to survive your next shower, a whole-home water treatment system could be the answer. Coastal Carolina Water offers numerous solutions to purify the water in your home or business, so that your family or employees can trust every sip, splash and wash.
Check out this article to learn more about the harmful effects of chlorine and some of the studies conducted on the subject.
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