Chlorine is a chemical added to drinking water to kill disease causing germs to help make tap water safe. Sadly the same properties of chlorine that help kill germs can also be detrimental to our health.
Chlorine has been used in drinking water systems around the United States since 1908 and can be found in 98% of drinking water systems around the United states. If you live in the U.S there is a 98% chance you have chlorine in your drinking water.
Chlorine is usually added to your drinking water during the water treatment process. This is meant to kill bacteria and other viruses. Other forms of chlorine used to treat drinking water are chloramines. This is when ammonia is added to chlorinated water in order to increase the disinfecting properties. Unfortunately this also increases the health effects.
Chlorinated water has many negative health effects. Some of the negative health effects are.
- Increased aging: Chlorine causes increased aging by stripping skin of its natural oils. It has also been known to dry out hair. It has been known to cause increased wrinkles, cracking and skin dryness in people of all ages.
- Birth defects: A tiawanesse study of more than 400,000 women found that women who were exposed to chlorine by products while pregnant were more likely to give birth to children with birth defects.
- Cancer: A study by Johns hopkins university found that carcinogenic by products created while adding chlorine to water increased risks of cancer when consumed
- Unpleasant taste and smell: Have you ever turned on your shower or kitchen faucet to find out it smells like pool water? Yup, that’s chlorine
A few things you can do to reduce chlorine exposure are
- After exposure to chlorine, Cleanse your body immediately using all natural soaps.
- Consider a whole house water purification system which filters chlorine out of every faucet.
- Avoid drinking unfiltered water.
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