Chlorinated Showers & Baths Kill Gut Flora

It makes intuitive sense that drinking chlorinated water can create imbalances in your intestinal flora. We know that chlorine will kill many of the good bacteria and microbes that live symbiotically with us in our gut. These good bacteria help us digest our food, keeping us serene and healthy. But most of us fail to take this thought to it’s logical end. I know I did.

You see, I thought that if I just drank filtered water, I’d have my bases covered. It never even occurred to me that the chlorine in my shower and bath water could be just as damaging, if not more so. That’s because your skin is your largest organ, and it’s naturally gifted with the ability to absorb both nutrients and toxins.


Chlorine from drinking water can enter your body in several ways, including ingestion. You also inhale chloroform, a byproduct of chlorine, when you take a hot shower or bath. According to an article from Science News, researchers found increases in chloroform in study participants’ lungs of about 2.7ppb after a 10-minute shower. Warm water also further opens pores, so the combination of what your skin absorbs and your lungs inhale during a 10-minute shower is greater than the amount you would ingest drinking eight glasses of water from the same tap. In fact, studies at the University of Pittsburgh found less chemical exposure from ingesting chlorinated water than from showering or washing clothes in it. The study found that, on average, absorption through the skin was responsible for 64 percent of waterborne contaminants that enter the human body.

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So, not only is it dangerous to drink chlorinated water, but it’s even more dangerous to shower or bathe in it. Even the EPA’s own scientists agree:

There is a lot of well founded concern about chlorine. When chlorine is added to our water, it combines with other natural compounds to form Trihalomethanes (chlorination byproducts), or THMs. These chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic. “Although concentrations of these carcinogens (THMs) are low, it is precisely these low levels that cancer scientists believe are responsible for the majority of human cancers in the United States“. The Environmental Defense Fund

Simply stated chlorine is a pesticide, as defined by the U.S. EPA, who’s sole purpose is to kill living organisms. When we consume water containing chlorine, it kills some part of us, destroying cells and tissue inside our body. Dr. Robert Carlson, a highly respected University of Minnesota researcher who’s work is sponsored by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, sums it up by claiming , “the chlorine problem is similar to that of air pollution”, and adds that “chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!”

Breast cancer, which now effects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of it’s kind in North America, found that, “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.”

One of the most shocking components to all of these studies is that up to 2/3s of our harmful exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation of steam and skin absorption while showering. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam we inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than tap water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes directly into our blood stream. When we drink contaminated water the toxins are partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system. Chlorine vapors are known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs, it was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children… which has increased 300% in the last two decades. “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.” Dr Lance Wallace, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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My Story

A while back when I first started learning about how much more efficient we are at absorbing oils, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and toxins through our skin than we are at absorbing them through ingestion, I made a promise to myself. I wouldn’t put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat.

As the implications of that promise have unfolded, I’ve since become someone who doesn’t use deodorant or perfumes, doesn’t wear makeup, and doesn’t use inedible soaps. While that description may make some people imagine a barefoot hippie who smells like patchouli or lavender oil, I promise I fit in fine with my fellow suburban moms.

And yet….

I never considered the water I was bathing in a health hazard.

For some reason, my brain refused to put two and two together and get four. Only yesterday, when I was talking with Kathy (co-owner of Radiant Life with her husband Norm) did it all click into place.

1. Our skin absorbs many toxins, including chlorine.
2. When we shower, our body absorbs more chlorine through the skin than it does when ingesting it.
3. Chlorine kills beneficial bacteria in your gut.
4. When we shower in chlorinated water, we are killing off the beneficial bacteria in our gut!

Before talking with her, I commonly asked others “If I wouldn’t eat it, why would I put it on my skin?” Now, I’ve added another question to the list, “If I wouldn’t drink it, why would I bathe in it?”

You see, Kathy shared an anecdote that I had to try out for myself. She said, “Listen, if you don’t believe that your skin not only absorbs the things you come in contact with but that these can also enter your digestive system, just try this little experiment. Place a mashed garlic clove in your shoe and see how long it takes for you to taste it.

It took less than ten minutes.

Yep. That’s definitely garlic I’m tasting.

Tell me. How is this possible?

Until recently, scientists thought of the skin as being a total barrier. Now, thanks to the research leading to the application of transdermal patches for administering therapeutic drugs, we know that the skins permeability has to do with molecular weight.

Scientists have graded the Hydrogen atom as 1 for molecular weight and have discovered that any molecule below 3000 can enter the skin, below 750 can enter the skin cell, and below 150 can enter into the bloodstream. This discovery is being used increasingly with the introduction of transdermal patches like Nicotine, HRT and pain relief. They are popular because entry through the skin bypasses the stomach where many drugs can be altered by the stomach acid.
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In other words, anything that has a low enough molecular weight can be absorbed by the skin. Anything with a molecular weight below 150 can enter directly into your bloodstream from the skin!

Guess what the molecular weight of chlorine is?

35.4

No wonder that study at the University of Pittsburgh found that you are more at risk from showering in chlorinated water than you are from drinking it.

So, what can you do about it?

The most obvious solution is to filter the chlorine out of your water. You can spend a lot on a whole house filter that will do this and remove the chlorine from your drinking water, your laundry water, and your bath water. Or, you can opt for a quick fix, particularly if you’re already drinking filtered water.

Thankfully, they’ve invented relatively inexpensive de-chlorinating filters that fit on your shower heads or can hang under your faucet while you’re running bath water.

For showers, I recommend the Rainshow’r Shower Filter ($52). It’s simple to install and it uses “the most potent KDF filter material on the market, which changes chlorine into a harmless, biodegradable compound. This is also the only filter to include Crystalline Quartz technology, in which specially-cured crystals act upon the water to create a softer, more energized shower feeling, as well as improved lathering and sudsing.” I just bought mine from Radiant Life today, and I’ll let you all know if it lives up to its reputation.

(where to find dechlorinating shower head filters)

For baths, I’m buying this Crystal Bath Ball Dechlorinator ($42). It hangs under your faucet and dechlorinates the water as it passes through.

This is particularly important for infants and young children! I spend so much time and energy making sure my little ones are building up a healthy colony of intestinal flora — feeding them yogurt, sauerkraut, raw milk, and a host of other probiotic, living foods. Why would I toss all that down the drain by letting them bathe in chlorinated water?

(where to find dechlorinating bath filters)

Where to Buy Dechlorinating Shower Head and Bath Filters

If you want to buy dechlorinating filters — either for your whole house, your drinking water, or just for your bath water — check out the listings here.


(photo by forsytht)

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Comments

  1. Wyatt says

    While I am glad these ad hoc solutions are coming along for us apartment dwellers, where does that leave me with respect to laundry room laundry? It’s already not my favorite thing, but not a lot of alternatives out there.

    • Ki Vick says

      Laundry is not such a big deal, because while chlorine is very dangerous, it is also very volatile. Meaning it evaporates at a very low temperature (much lower than water.) The best thing to do with laundry is to simply expose it to the sun, although the high heat of the dryer will take care of most of the chlorine anyway. If you need water for something, and can’t filter it, the easiest way to get rid of chlorine is to just set the open container of water out where the sun can get to it for a few hours, or just boil it.

      That won’t get rid of fluoride though. And fluoride WILL get into your skin through clothes, and direct water contact. Filters that take out fluoride are VERY expensive, and really bulky. For most of us living on a tight budget or in rented spaces, fluoride is just a fact of life, unless you can get your city to stop adding it to the water.

    • says

      If I were swimming in a chlorinated pool, I would take lugols iodine 2% 3-4 drops in a glass of water with one tsp apple cider vinegar. This will at least not allow all the chlorine to affect thyroid function as much…. 5% lugols would be 2 drops….

    • KristenM says

      Right. We’re lucky to have a couple spring fed pools in the Austin area, and right here in Georgetown is a great swimming hole in the South Fork San Gabriel River. So, we don’t usually swim in chlorinated pools.

  2. Thomas says

    So this is fairly bad news for those of us who swim laps in public pools every day? Any way to minimize or mitigate these harmful effects outside of the home?

    • KristenM says

      If I had to swim in chlorinated water every day, I’d definitely make sure I was taking therapeutic grade probiotics (like the ones listed here) and not just counting on getting enough good bacteria from my food.

  3. Evette says

    Thanks, I am ordering one of those shower filters right now. I always shower every other day as it is (or sometimes longer) because my scalp and skin are so dry. I know this will really help me. Plus I am taking probiotics and trying to restore my gut flora and I don’t want this to slow me down. Thanks again!

  4. Evette says

    Yeah I was thinking about the pools as well. I have a pool but hardly go in it because there is no heater. But, my natural Doctor already told me that the pools could cause harm to me. I guess this just means more trips to the beach, or to the lake in the summer time.

    • KristenM says

      Some gyms have warmed, salt water pools in them. Maybe look into your area fitness clubs and see what’s available?

  5. Betsy says

    Oh, duh. We’ve had a shower filter for several years now but the issue of bathing never crossed my mind. Luckily I don’t take baths all that often. But I guess I need to pick up a filter for those rare soaks.

    • KristenM says

      I had a similar moment yesterday when I was on the phone with Kathy from Radiant Life. I couldn’t believe that I’d been drinking filtered tap water, but hadn’t even considered showering and bathing.

  6. says

    I have known about this for awhile but continue to forget to take action. Thanks for the reminder! Great article and great blog, one of my favorites! I think I will be investing my take refund money into a filter… Also may just get one for the shower and use the shower water to fill up the bath tub.

  7. sara says

    i had no idea there were the filters so you can run bath water! we had a shower filter (it just broke & we need to replace it!), but i’ve not really allowed/encouraged my kids to bathe because i didn’t have a filter for that part. thank you so much, my kids are going to be so excited!

    also, what type of filter actually takes the chlorine out? i have a brita or something, but it says right on it that it only takes out the flavor, not the chlorine itself… i’d love to get one that does more than make it palatable! :)

  8. Kev C says

    Keep me posted on the effectiveness of the filters. I live in the UK and we have chlorinated water everywhere. No fluoride in our supply thankfully. I am also hoping to have a borehole drilled soon (finance permitting) so I can get off the mains supply and I will be fitting a rainwater starage tank system for the laundry and washing. That way I can save water and reduce chemical contact. Rainwater is saofter anyway. :)

  9. susan says

    We love to soak in a hot tub of water which unfortunatly(sp) is full of chlorine and flouride. My youngest is autistic, would the filters help her. Our skin stays dry and itchy. We use coconut oil as lotion. Wish I could afford the cod liver oil, pre and probiotics and filters but I have to decide which is more beneficial right now until I have more money.

  10. Natalie says

    When I took my 13 month old daughter for swim lessons they warned me not to let her get water in her mouth more than two times. Apparently some children have had seizures as a result of swallowing the heavily chlorinated water.

  11. says

    Hope this is a helpful — unless you like to add more hot water once you’re already IN the tub, couldn’t you just fill the tub by turning on the shower???
    Just thinking frugally….

    • KristenM says

      Yes, I know some people who like to do that! It’s not a bad idea at all.

      The advantage of the dechlorinating ball is that it’s portable, too. So, it can be used on a sink faucet to dechlorinate the water you use to wash your face or brush your teeth, too.

  12. says

    Great post, Kristen. I used a Brita filter for drinking, and a showerhead filter and bath ball for showering/bathing for years, and even had a “garden gro” (something like that) filter for my hose spigot to keep from dowsing my plants with chlorine, but didn’t have a solution for the laundry.

    Almost a year ago I took advantage of a sale Radiant Life was having and got one of their whole house water filters that takes out chlorine, chloramines, and a lot of other heavy metals and junk. I noticed the difference immediately and it’s awesome! Showering, bathing, laundering, gardening, cleaning, cooking, and drinking–all with water filtered well beyond what my Brita pitcher was capable of. I really notice the difference in my drinking water–tap water at most restaurants tastes terrible now!

    • KristenM says

      Not exactly, just that our skin is efficient at absorbing fat (usually 60-75% of what you apply gets absorbed and used). That’s why it’s a good idea to apply fermented cod liver oil topically to your child (or yourself) if you can’t take it.

      But our skin is often more efficient at absorbing the things that travel with fat — like fat soluble vitamins and accompanying minerals — when applied to our skin rather than ingested orally. The theory is that this has to do with how we used to work more closely with dirt and bathe in natural, mineral rich waters. We are designed to get our minerals topically, and also to ingest them in our food. That’s why some minerals are best applied topically as oils — like magnesium oil. The oil helps it linger on our skin and get absorbed into skin cells, while the mineral gets absorbed through there into the bloodstream.

  13. says

    This is so fascinating – thanks for sharing, Kristen! I spent a couple of hours a few weeks ago comparing filters (kitchen sink filters for drinking, shower filters for showering and whole house filters) until I got too confused and gave up, putting the whole project off to another day. This other day hadn’t come until today when I got your post in my email. So first, thanks for the reminder about how important this is to figure out. For drinking water, I had purchased the PUR water filter from Costco in a jiffy, but didn’t open it yet because I wanted to do my research first and only invest in the best one. Since you drink filtered water, do you mind sharing which brand of filter do you use? I’ll definitely try out this Rainshow’r Shower Filter for the shower. How about bath sink filters (for washing face and brushing teeth) – is there such a thing, or am I going overboard? Thanks again for all your informative posts, and I’m looking forward to your feedback :) All the best, Heba

    • KristenM says

      If you really want a bath sink filter, I don’t see why the ball that fits under bath faucets wouldn’t also work on a sink faucet. That said, the folks I know who take care not to brush in chlorinated water either have whole house filters or use their filtered kitchen sink water.

  14. Charlie says

    Just a note to make sure to find out whether your water is chlorinated or chloraminated. The later has a much longer half life and from what I know much harder to filter out.

    • KristenM says

      Buy different, better filters. It gets more expensive, but it’s the same idea with the same options. There are drinking water filters, shower head filters, and whole house filters that remove fluoride. Thankfully, a number of municipalities are starting to remove or reduce fluoride from their water supply. I think we’re starting to see the pendulum swing back on that front.

  15. Thadd says

    KristenM

    Hi Kristen
    This was a fascinating article. I hadn’t ever considered the effects of bathwater toxins: BPA from plastic pipes, mercury from the reservoir water, etc. I don’t know if the ppb increase is significant, but it is suggestive of something worrisome.

    I do have a couple follow up questions.
    Do you have any sources for the greater effects of elevated blood chlorine than ingested chlorine on gut flora? I don’t see the connection biologically because the systems are kept separate.
    Also, the two filters you provided turn the chlorine in to “a harmless, biodegradable compound.” Do you know what compound?
    The chlorine in the water was already “biodegradable,” thus the problematic interactions with our biologies, so which compound makes a difference.

    Thank you for citing your sources!
    -T

  16. says

    Wow. Very insightful post. I am trying to rebuild my flora from too many antibiotics (severe leaky gut) and would bet the chlorine is working against me! Also reading the comment about how children ingesting chlorine while swimming can cause seizures – very scary! How is it good for anyone and why do we still use it at all?

    Can anyone tell me how long the Rainwat’r shower filters last? I’m also interested on how to combat flouride. I live in Los Angeles and know its in our water supply. I plan to call the city and local congressmans office to speak my concerns and encourage everyone to do the same.

  17. Ken says

    Been a competitive swimmer since I was 6. Im 42 now and still train here and there.

    I have been convinced for years that the chlorinated pool water was the underlying cause of my gut dysbiosis and years of related troubles. Its taken me 4 years after figuring it out to get my digestive system working properly again. I limit my chlorine exposure, eat paleo, use probiotics, get sleep, exercise and vitamin D and it has still taken this long to get well.

    Would love see a study on chlorine exposure from pool water on gut bacteria.

    Thaks

  18. says

    Okay, I saw my laundry question addressed already, but what about dishes? I ordered the shower filter, and have been drinking filtered water for years, but I wonder now about the chlorine on dishes. Should I be concerned?

    • KristenM says

      I think the same idea applies. If you let water sit for at least an hour, the chlorine evaporates. So, if you just let your dishwasher do it’s work and then let the dishes air dry, your dishes probably won’t have any residual chlorine on them. That said, if the quote above is accurate, the heated water used during the washing cycle is probably exposing your home to chloroform. I personally don’t worry about it. There is only so much one can do, right? Of course, how much you’re willing to tolerate in your life is entirely personal.

      If you hand wash dishes, you can buy dechlorinating drops (either from Radiant Life or a pet store’s aquarium section) that will immediately dechlorinate your water while it’s hot so that you can wash your dishes in it.

  19. Marlene says

    I did not realize how bad the chlorine was in city water until I lived with well water for a couple of years. When we bought a house in the city we felt like we were being gassed everytime we took a shower, and I guess we kind of were. I can’t believe we ever thought that was normal. We were able to get the Rainsoft while house system with the additional reverse osmosis under sink filter for the drinking water. It made such a difference.

  20. KristenM says

    Here are some answers from Norm at Radiant Life. Hope it helps!

    ABOUT FILTERING CHLORAMINES:
    Both the shower head filter and bath ball are highly effective in addressing chlorine and microorganisms but not chloramines. Chloramines can be removed at the point of entry into the home with a whole house filter containing the right type of specialized carbon. Please see the following link to our whole house systems that remove chloramines, chlorine and a host of other contaminants.
    http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/WHOLE-HOUSE-FILTRATION/

    ABOUT WHICH COMPOUNDS THE CHLORINE TURNS INTO USING THE FILTERS I RECOMMENDED:
    Both the shower head filter and bath ball utilize KDF-55 media that consists of finely granulated copper and zinc alloys. The combination of these two alloys in the media allows a chemical reaction to take place when water passes through the media. In the KDF process, electrons are taken from harmful contaminants like chlorine and microorganisms. This loss of electrons changes contaminants into far less harmful, or even harmless, elements. For example, chlorine, when it loses an electron is changed into the harmless, naturally occurring water-soluble chemical chloride.

    • Thadd says

      Hmmm… Thank you for posting this.
      These answers weren’t nearly a reassuring as I was hoping.
      Chloroform is itself fairly benign in a biologic system and dissipates rapidly, unlike chloramines, but less is better. Unfortunately, according to KDFFT.com (manufacturer of the filter material) the reaction they speak of is: Cu/Zn + HOCl –> Zn++ Cu- Cl- HO-. So rather than showering in chlorine, you are now showering in chlorine, zinc, and copper.
      Also, I’m worried about the claim that it takes electrons from microorganisms and that somehow makes them more benign. Microorganisms are made of millions and millions of atoms and the transfer of electrons transfer is how they (and we) power ourselves. If you remove electrons from a microorganism they will just get them from somewhere else.

  21. Kirsten G says

    Wow, thank you so much for the tip on the shower heads! There is a lot of chlorine in our water, I can smell it sometimes when I’m showering. I have a 4 year old and a 20 month old who bathe every other day and the whole house water filter just isn’t in the budget right now. The shower filter and dechlorinator are the perfect solution! So glad I found your blog!

  22. says

    This explains why I used to get so tired after taking a shower. Fortunately we have been using a good filter for shower head. But this shows once again that our skin will absorb all kinds of chemicals.

    Our greedy masters will not protect us, as their purpose is to protect the profits of their masters, the large corporations and billionaires.

    It could be wise not to allow anything to get on your skin that you would not ear, because it can get into your system and organs.

  23. Nick says

    Just an FYI with regard to using filters for chlorine — they do not work for water super hot water. I believe this is the case for temps above 103 degrees.

    The best looking and also a very good filter is made by Sprite.

  24. says

    Hey…found this article after Googling “chlorine and wrinkles” because I swear after Hurricane Sandy I have these crazy old lady eye wrinkles that popped out. I was just washing my face and then I realized “Hey, they put extra chlorine in the water after the hurricane ‘just to be safe.'” Soooo….do you think my skin may be extra sensitive to the chlorine? I take a hot bath almost every other day….AND a shower. I have a shower filter, but it is old.

    And what do you think about just putting dechlorinating drops in the bath tub?

  25. says

    I’ve been drinking tap water because I’ve been seeing little specs of things in my filtered drinking water in the water container. So just wondered if I was doing any damage by drinking tap water, I had no idea this was happening, and I have a weak digestive system as it is…thank you for the information. I will get a shower filter and take precaution for my 7 yr.old daughter, who has some tummy issues and my parents as well.

  26. rob says

    I have recently purchased a RainSoft whole house filter and under sink reverse osmosis system and found this website trying to verify claims the salesman had told me. I am very glad to see that my 5900 dollars was not a waste. I live oh Ohio with 13 gain hard water and the guy said this would remove chlorine and fluoride, although I don’t recall him mentioning chloramine. I have definitely noticed the difference on my skin.I am now considering the w benefits of applying cold pressed hexane free castor oil to my skin. I hear that it can help with hair loss and to restore good things in the body.

  27. says

    FWIW, I don’t think that bathing in chlorinated water will have the same severity of adverse effect on the gut flora as drinking chlorinated water, because when you drink it, you’re putting it straight into the gut. (I don’t think bathing in it is healthy, for other reasons – just sayin’. :) )

    I also found that I can’t drink our tap water, even after it’s been filtered, because it gives me heartburn. Weird, right? I made the connection, though, of the heartburn to drinking water, and did some checking online. Turns out that when you filter out chlorine, you actually filter out certain *components* of the chlorine, and at least one of those that remains has the ability to do exactly that (cause heartburn).

    (I had a link to the scientific explanation, but I can’t seem to find it ATM.)

  28. Charlotta says

    Monochloramine is Chlorines evil twin, it doesn’t smell and it’s just as (if not even more) toxic than Chlorine.

    C-Vitamin Filters get rid of both of these toxins.
    (And if you want to take a bath – just pour a proper dose of the Vitamin into it – and it will be rid of both Monochloramine and Chlorine.)

    I am happy we don’t have Flouride in our water where I live.. yet. :P

  29. Carly says

    Thanks for this wonderfully interesting post. I am wondering if you are happy with the rainshow’r filter? I’m in Australia in a regional city and am having difficulties locating a filter locally, so am looking at getting one from the US. I’ve got my eye on the rainshow’r. Thanks :)

  30. Bob says

    So do you put the vitamin c powder in the bath tub, then fill with water, or the other way around? It makes sense to me to put the powder in first to avoid the chlorine getting to into your lungs, but perhaps the powder becomes less effective the more water you put in the tub?

  31. Rachel Lobban via Facebook says

    Jamie, I’m dealing with that too. We have only four cases of water currently. Who knows how long this will last…
    I’m washing one dish at a time – only as needed. Trying to conserve water.

  32. Lula Forest via Facebook says

    We use a water filter all the time…lately the water is coming out green without filter

  33. Karen Branson via Facebook says

    Yes, Aquasauna filters on both the kitchen faucet and the shower head, for several years now. I sold my house and I rent, otherwise I would have their whole-house filter.

  34. Mari Morgan via Facebook says

    just for drinking water. the shower filter was a fail for me, the flow rate was pathetic with my handheld shower. might be better with the more expensive ones but that’s just not in my budget.

  35. Patricia Walker via Facebook says

    Now I want to know how much whole house filters are. I have no idea. I live where the water is so hard we have to put a water softener on but I would rather do filter. Do not even know where to start!

  36. Kerry McRae via Facebook says

    i saw that berkey had a shower filter but i dont know if it gets rid of chlorine and fluoride

  37. Laura Wheeler via Facebook says

    Chlorine absorbs through the skin. I have a chlorine allergy, so I notice wherever it is (and it is hidden in so many foods that do not have it on the label!). If I take showers in unfiltered water, I stay sensitized to the chlorine, and break out in hives more readily from other small accidental exposures. If I am overloaded with chlorine, a shower is enough to send me over the edge and I break out all over.

    Once in the blood stream (from either ingestion or skin absorption), chlorine is nasty stuff. It is a strong carcinogen, it messes up the immune system, and contributes to infertility and miscarriage.

    Some things that help get chlorine out of the body are cherries, milk thistle, and surprisingly, sodium nitrate. Lemonade (WITH sugar) also seems to really help. Those are all things that have made a difference in my tolerance level for chlorine.

  38. Barb Gimbel via Facebook says

    We’re on well water and the community is pushing for everyone to be on board with city water soon in the future. I will never be on board with that.

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