It is a good idea to check out a shower head water filter so that you can eliminate some toxins that are absorbed through the water we use. Ultimately, this is another step in maintaining good health.
Chlorine, as defined by the U.S. EPA, is a pesticide. Its purpose is to kill living organisms. It is highly unstable at shower temperatures and evaporates as a gas. Chloroform is also a gas formed from the chlorination of this substance.
Chloramine is the latest new ingredient used in municipal water systems since it is more stable across a wider range of water temperatures, and it has more damaging effects than chlorine.
You can check with your local municipal water supplier to obtain a copy of treatment chemicals to see what is being added to your water. Research presented at the American Chemical Society in 1986 demonstrated that showering in treated municipal tap water leads to greater exposure to toxic chemicals than drinking the water.
A shower head water filter can help you avoid some of the following risks credited to chlorine exposure:
In an article in The American Journal of Public Health, chlorine was linked to increases in certain types of cancer. The article stated that up to 2/3 of our harmful exposure to chlorine is through absorption by the skin during showering. If you are using municipal water to shower or bathe, you need to protect your body from chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
You also need to filter out chloramine if it is used in your municipal water system. Check with your local water supplier to find out which type of treatment you have. When the water does not smell like chlorine, it may be the less smelly, but more dangerous chloramine that may be present.
In the shower, chlorine can either be liquid or gas. At high water temperatures in the enclosed shower, free chlorine moves from the liquid to the gas state, where it is inhaled and is extremely dangerous.
The Berkey shower head water filter is the one that we use. We do not have chloramines in our water supply and this filter works fine.
This is the same company that makes the Big Berkey drinking water purifying system that we have used for years. You can purchase the filter with a shower head or without so you can attach your own shower head.
The Berkey shower head water filter removes most of the chlorine, heavy metals, hydrogen sulfide and other pollutants.
This great water filter can help you avoid some of the following conditions:
The Berkey will last 20,000 gallons or one year, whichever comes first. It contains a new and improved shower filtration media that is most effective in reducing free chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, scale and iron oxide.
If you find out that you have chloramine treated water, you will need to use another type filter. We suggest the Pelican Premium Shower Filter.
There are many different brands of shower head water filters on the market. Most of them do a reasonable job of removing chlorine. If you are serious about your health, don't be without a shower filter.