Is your shower more deadly than drinking tap water?

Is your shower more deadly than drinking tap water?
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( Many people today are (smartly) drinking filtered water obtained through companies such as Berkey or AquaTru.  These companies provide the public with a much-needed way of getting purified, safe drinking water.  But it isn’t just our drinking water that needs to be filtered.  If fact, the shower can be a major source of toxins.

You see, when we take a shower, we inhale the gasses from toxic chemicals that have been heated, such as chlorine. When chlorine combines with organic matter in tap water, it forms something called trihalomethanes (THMs) – which are deadly to human health and can cause cancer, especially when inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.

Warning about “regular” shower water:  Understanding the cancer risk

Today, scientists are hypothesizing that many of the cancer cases that we once thought were caused by the chemicals we ingest through tap water are/were actually caused by the chlorine gas and other chemical gasses we inhale while taking a shower or bath.

In fact, as the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute warns us, “inhalation and dermal absorption exposures to chlorinated water will result in a larger chloroform dose and may present a greater risk than ingestion.” In fact, “the chloroform dose from a single, ten-minute shower is equal to, and possibly greater than, that from the average two liters of water ingestion on a daily basis.”

But what are we to do? We cannot just stop showering and bathing, but we can limit our exposure to dangerous chemicals in our  tap water in several ways. The best way is to filter all the water in your house through purchasing a water main filter.  But, if that’s too expensive for you – be sure to at least put a filter on your kitchen sink and shower head.

The ideal choice: Why you need a water main filter

Water main filters are water purifiers which begin removing contaminants and chemicals from your water at the point of entry to the house, before the pipes branch off to different rooms of the home.

A water main filter in combination with filters on your shower taps would ensure your water is purified at the point of entry and after any toxic substances have accumulated from defective or aging pipes, lead pipes, PVC joints, and pipe connectives, residues, and other substances that place your health at risk.

How to ensure safe, healthy water for your entire family

Water main systems, either a reverse osmosis system or a multi-stage system, is the best way to ensure that clean, healthy, purified water is flowing to all the taps in your house.

My three top picks for whole home water filters are:

    1. SpringWell Water Whole House Water Filter System
    2. Filtersmart Whole House Water Filter FS1000
    3. AquaOx Whole House Water Filter

These top three picks remove a long, long list of chemicals including chlorine, chloramine, lead, heavy metals, VOCs, pesticides, haloacetic acids, bad odor, bacteria, and more.

Other alternatives until you get a water main filter?

Charcoal shower filters, which remove chlorine, chloramines, VOCs, rust, and sediment.  Vitamin C filters, which remove chlorine and chloramine, but that’s it.  They are relatively inexpensive and, certainly, better than nothing.

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