Swimming pools contain over 200 unknown chemical compounds with many linked to serious health problems

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swimming-pool(NaturalHealth365) Most people expect to find chlorine in water when they take a dip in the local pool.  But, what they don’t realize is that they are soaking themselves in water containing a number of harmful chemicals created by the reaction of chlorine with organic matter.

If you swim in a pool, you should be aware of what is really happening in the water and how to prevent it from causing health problems.  For example, breathing problems are all too common for competitive swimmers due to their constant exposure to toxic air and water training environments.

Swimmers beware: How pool chemicals cause health problems

The water in a pool always has small amounts of dirt, leaves and other organic debris in it from the environment. When people get into the pool, sweat, urine, skin cells and other materials from the body are inevitably added to the water.

Then, chlorine reacts with these organic materials and produces chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Chloramines are a category of DBP and include trichloramines, which are especially hazardous to a person’s health.

These DBPs are known to cause a number of health issues, including:

• Allergic reactions
• Bladder cancer
• Respiratory illnesses

Understanding the health hazards linked to chemically treated pool water

Human skin inevitably absorbs the materials with which it comes into contact. While the skin will let in small amounts of pool water, it will also pull chemicals out of the water and deposit them into the bloodstream and tissues.

As mentioned earlier, breathing in the air directly over pool water is hazardous to human health.  In fact, extending about a foot above the pool water is a zone filled with trichloramines.  So, a person floating on an air mattress on top of the pool water is at risk of being exposed to harmful DBPs.

Keep in mind, breathing in trichloramines can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.

Lowering the health risks associated with pool water

If a person owns a back yard pool, some of the ways that they can prevent these health hazards include:

  1. Minimize chemicals: Use the minimum amount of pool chemicals necessary to maintain the water.
  2. Clean the pool frequently: Keep any visible organic materials such as leaves and twigs out of the pool.
  3. Utraviolet effects: Add an ultraviolet unit, which reduces the production of some of the DBPs into the filtration system.

Of course, individuals can protect themselves from the harmful effects of pool water by reducing the amount of time they spend in the water. Sitting next to the pool instead of floating on an air mattress is also advisable.

The eyes and skin should be rinsed immediately after exposure to pool water.  These steps can help with removing DBPs and preventing them from being absorbed excessively into the skin and bloodstream.

Important note: Children and seniors are at higher risk of developing health issues due to the reduced capacity of their immune systems.  This is also true of anyone with a disease that involves compromised immune function.  These groups should be particularly mindful of minimizing their time in the pool water or consider avoiding it completely.






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  • Judie Smith

    We have a hot tub in our retirement community, which is well chlorinated. They will not use anything else as they think this is the safest way to keep the residents safe from contaminates.

    • Wendy

      Wow; impressive. Though with all the chemicals on each resident (med’s etc), I’d treat it with aluminium free baking soda. (brought this up and other alternatives above) It really is important to treat the water, ’cause in this world, people sue for the most evil intentions. Treat it, just natural and watch them feel even better afterwards.

  • Theresa Palmer

    What else is there to use in a backyard pool? I don’t know if I have a choice. We had a high pool in our last home and we used chlorine, but were not happy about doing that.

    • EJ MacDonald

      I put a salt water pool in my backyard. I put salt in at the beginning of the summer, and that is it. No chemicals, no odor, just lovely salt water all summer long. I had to buy a salt water unit that works with the chlorine filter that you already use. It saves me money and work as well. I love it!

      • florida3guy

        EJ, Any idea what the cost is to change over to salt for a pool that is 20,000 gallons? Thanks.

    • Wendy

      O’ Theresa there are all sorts of things to use. To keep it simple. Aluminium free Baking Soda works awesome!! Dr. Hal Huggins, used this as I had the opportunity of sitting in his classes for a solid week+, long ago.

      There are other alternatives as well, like real salt (not refined), and hydrogen peroxide (food grade). There are more, but honestly, Baking Soda is the absolute easiest in my opinion.:)

      Hope that is encouraging and helps many:).

      Have a blessed day!

      PS…not only do the natural things work great….they also DETOX the body at the same time:)…it is a win, win, win:).

  • Rachel Osteen

    I was on an ship, which had a pool that was so chlorinated. Watching all the little children playing in it made me think that most people are not aware of the dangers.

  • Scongili

    They now have ozone treatment available.

  • Wendy

    One of my friends used to monitor the pool chlorine levels etc. She has instructed me that the more one smells ‘chlorine’ the WAY dirtier the pool is….get away from it! And detox after. Just a fyi.

  • Kevin Brown

    What about salt water pools?

    • Lauren

      Salt water pools use a salt chlorine generator to produce chlorine, so they still use chlorine to treat the pool. You can learn more about it here: http://info.clearcomfort. com/salt-water-pool-faq

  • Karen Fetty

    Five years ago bought a house with a pool and replaced all the equipment and liner with a salt water system. Love the idea of using baking soda to maintain pool – makes perfect sense. However, in the East we winterize the pool and upon opening it the water must be treated. I have found chlorine in pretty large quantiles 1 gallon chlorine per 1000 gallon of water necessary to make it crystal clear. But maintenance of baking soda vs shock is a wonderful idea. Can anyone suggest an alternative for the first cleaning upon opening the pool?

    • SATX

      Ozonation and/or UV lamps both kill microbes without the need for chlorine. However, you are still left with fluoride, heavy metals and medication residues which are found in the municipal water. Fluoride decreases the number of nAChRs and play an important role in the mechanism by which fluoride causes dysfunction of the central nervous system. Fluoride also facilitates aluminum to cross the blood brain barrier. There are many adverse effects but one in particular is on learning and memory.

      • Karen Fetty

        I have well water.

      • Karen Fetty

        Hi, I have well water. Thank you so much in advance for any ideas you may have.

    • SATX

      That is interesting. I responded to your question and my answer must have been blocked. It said it has to be approved to be posted. Hours later, it is still not here. I guess, who ever is reviewing these blogs didn’t like the truth about fluoride/aluminium interaction. Go figure. Obscenities are allowed but true (hidden) science is not!

      • Karen Fetty

        I so appreciate your reply and all the good information found here.

    • Bedella. com

      So is there a downside to baking soda or alternatives? What’s best? Because I’d really like to swim some laps but don’t want to wreck my health. Thanks, Bedella. Com

  • Bob

    I cannot even go to a public pool now. I last around 30 minutes and then break out in hives. After a shower off of the chemicals, I am OK again. The issue with public pools is they have to follow the “health” department rules which seem to increase the chemical concentration every year. 5 years ago in our local pool here I was able to swim there for as long as I want and then they “upgraded” and now it cannot be used. Private pools we can still do what we want thank goodness and there are allot of great tips from people here.