Chlorine is helpful for disinfecting drinking water. It kills bacterial and viral contaminants, helping to ensure that you do not become ill after drinking your water. However, drinking water that still contains chlorine and its byproducts is not a good idea. Research is shining an ever-brighter light on the hazards of chlorine in drinking and household water.
Luckily, a way exists to remove chlorine from your water before you drink or shower in it. Residential water filtration systems, like those from Reverse Osmosis, remove chlorine and chlorine byproducts from your water. Here are four good reasons to always run your water through a filter that removes chlorine.
1. Chlorine Exposure Increases Your Risk of Breast and Other Cancers
The link between chlorine and breast cancer is pretty tough to ignore. Breast cancer affects one out of eight women in the U.S. Studies have revealed that those with breast cancer have much higher levels of chlorine byproducts in their breast tissue than women without cancer. Studies have also demonstrated an association between chlorine exposure and rectal and bladder cancers.
Scientists theorize that bladder and rectal cancers are so common in those who drink chlorinated water because much of the water you drink eventually ends up in these organs. The chlorine byproducts release free radicals, which are charged oxygen atoms that cling to and damage your cells' DNA, leading to cancerous changes.
2. Chlorine Inhalation Can Worsen Asthma Attacks
Chlorine evaporates at a pretty low temperature, so when you take a hot shower, much of the chlorine in the water turns into a gas and enters the air. Since showers are enclosed spaces, the level of chlorine grows and grows during your time in the shower. By the end of the shower, you may have trouble breathing due to the harsh gases.
If you suffer from asthma or allergies, the chlorine may make your symptoms worse or trigger an attack. Removing the chlorine from your water before showering may help you breathe more easily and reduce your reliance on your inhaler.
3. Chlorine Can Cause or Worsen Skin Irritation
Chlorine can cause skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis to worsen. The chlorine is a naturally drying substance, so it makes your skin dry, which leads to increased itchiness and flaking.
Chlorine may also make acne worse. It's a disinfectant, so it kills some bacteria on the surface of your skin. The problem is that it kills the good bacteria along with the bad, leaving you with little defense against bacteria that cause acne. The bacteria that survive the attack of chlorine tend to be more resistant to disinfectants, which makes your acne harder to treat.
Since it dries out your skin, chlorine may also cause your skin to produce more oil. The combination of skin flakes and oil can clog your pores and make breakouts more likely. If you’re experiencing breakouts, consider getting a chlorine filter for your water.
4. Chlorinated Water Has an Unappealing Taste and Scent
Aside from the negative health effects of chlorine in drinking water, it also has an unappealing taste and scent. Do you really want to drink water that tastes like it came from a swimming pool? The scent of chlorine as you shower in unfiltered water can be highly unappealing, too. Filtering your water makes drinking and showering more enjoyable.
The carbon filters in filtration systems from Reverse Osmosis remove chlorine and related chlorine byproducts from your water, resulting in water that is safer to drink, bathe, and wash your hands in. Visit our website to learn more about our residential and commercial filtration systems and other water products.