Most people regard a hot shower or bath as one of life's little pleasures. However, what many people don't realize is the danger of chlorine in the water. Although chlorine is universally used to disinfect water, it is not safe for drinking, showering or bathing.
Chlorine and Your Health
Trihalomethanes (THMs) are a byproduct of the water treatment process. They are formed when natural organic material, such as the decaying vegetation commonly found in lakes and reservoirs, reacts with chlorine used to treat the water. This reaction produces “disinfection by-products,” the most common of which are THMs.
These potent chemical pollutants can trigger the production of excess free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals cause cell damage.
Showering may negatively affect our health more than we ever thought. Gasses as a rule are less soluble in hot water, and when heated, the free chlorine in water escapes into the air we breathe. When taking a shower chlorine gasses are steadily increased in the air to an extent that we breathe the harmful fumes. Regularly taking hot showers with chlorinated water could irritate the lungs and pose a health risk.
Chlorine and Aging
Studies published in health magazines indicate the likelihood that regular exposure to chlorinated water can promote the aging process of the skin, much like extended exposure to sunlight.