By Bex, Supplements Buyer and The Naturalist Contributor
After an uncharacteristic drought in New England this year, the skies have parted and graced us with some splash-worthy puddles. When you think of all of that rainfall accumulating (yes, we need more of it) hopefully you envision glistening lakes, cascading rivers and serene beaches. Mmmmmmm, water… Perhaps, if you are like me, you think of your Lifefactory Water Bottle, which you carry around with you wherever you go, like Linus with his blanket. Mmmmmmmm, blanket…
Vital for our health and oh-so refreshing, water is at its best when it’s crystal clear and pure; the murky news is that it can easily become contaminated. So if our water becomes contaminated, it makes sense that our bodies may very well also become contaminated over time. Oh no! A seemingly unlikely culprit, water can actually be quite dangerous when it isn’t properly purified.
Over two thousand chemicals and toxins have been found lurking in our water supply here in the United States. The even scarier news is that many of the chemical culprits are more absorbable via water than they are from food! While Cambridge is known for some of the cleanest, most well-filtered water in the country, the city has also been around for a looooong time. That can mean old piping, which too often leads to corrosion and leaching into the flow from your tap.
Many of you already drink filtered water, but did you know that shower filters can be as essential for supporting your overall health and well-being? If water isn’t treated by chlorine, bacteria has the opportunity to greedily proliferate in shower heads. While you don’t want germs to fester, chlorine can do its own kind of damage, binding to your skin and disrupting its healthy probiotic content, as well as stripping down the protective layers of your hair.
Whether it’s dry skin, incessant rashes, an itchy or scab-ridden scalp, or hair that feels like brittle stalks of burnt hay, chlorine could be the stealthy offender. Even the EPA has acknowledged that, “chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic.” Yet it’s important to let your skin steep in hydrating wetness on the regular, so removing that chlorine makes a whole lot of sense.
When our pores expand in the heat of baths and showers, our skin, which is our largest organ, pretty much drinks water; you don’t want other toxic chemicals floating around there either. Showering is your meditative time to literally wash away your troubles, why add more troubles onto your skin?
Unfiltered shower water comes with with the additional risk of an increased load of airborne toxins that threaten to dance all over your house! While I encourage you to dance all over your house, let’s keep those contaminants out of the vapor you inhale when you’re shakin’ it, especially since they can contribute to congestion and other respiratory challenges. While filtered showerheads may seem like a gimmicky health fad, they can significantly limit these hazards and offer softer and healthier skin to boot. We recommend the Fixed Filtered by Clearly Filtered, which removes up to 95% of chlorine along with odors, dirt and other sediment in your water. It also has several settings so that you can get a powerful spray or a rainwater-esque rinse. Cleanse your water so that you can appropriately cleanse yourself!
Scum scum go away, come again another day! Instead, scrub-a-dub-dub with a slippery blanket of filtered water! Mmmmmmmmm.
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