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Tag: chlorine in water

Chlorinated Swimming Pool Dangers; The Saltwater Alternative

ABC World News Tonight reported on May 30, 2014, about the dangers of chlorine-based swimming pools.swimming Pool

The problems come from the chemicals mixed into the water to keep it sanitary. Hydrochloric acid should be added to pool water near the surface at least a day before swimming in it and well-circulated  to be rendered safe, and should be stored away from all petroleum products to avoid accidental ignition.

The Centers for Disease Control reported 4,876 E.R. visits in 2012 from swimming pools in 2012. 48% were children, and 45% were considered poisonings from pool chemicals and vapors. 73% of these occurred during  the three summer months after Memorial Day.

There is an alternative to chlorinating pools that provides just as much hygiene and safety in the water, and that is to salinate. Yep, regular salt works just as well or better than chlorine for purifying water for bathing.

Although saltwater pool systems still generate chlorine due to breaking down the salt, saltwater systems create a reduced number of chloramines, an irritant which is a byproduct of oxidation. It is sanitization without harsh, man-made chemicals.

While hydrochloric acid is less harmful when it is diluted, and it evaporates off significantly with each 24-hour cycle after application, it is most harmful when it is inhaled as vapors. That means that hot chlorinated waters, as in hot tubs, hot showers, hot baths…expose us to more harm than swimming in cold chlorinated water usually does.

In our house, we installed a whole-house water filter to reduce our exposure to chlorine vapors during bathing. We also joined a timeshare which features saltwater pools rather than chlorine pools.

Unfortunately, most public pools are still chlorinated, but if you have your own pool, you can easily convert it to a saltwater system and safeguard the health of all who swim there.

The best advice to give summer-loving kids to stay healthy? Don’t drink the pool water!

Why drink water? Lose weight, save money, save the planet

The GreenMahma puts it quite succinctly in this post on the Greenmahma blog: Drinking water instead of juice or soda can benefit your waistline, save you money, and reduce waste. Better for your health and better for the health of the planet.

I’ve become quite a water addict myself ever since we received a gift of our Pi-Mag Aqua Pour Gravity Nikken water purifier. This water tastes better than any water I’ve ever tried. It’s incredibly drinkable, which helps me to fulfil my body’s daily needs for this precious liquid.

Not to knock our Brita pitcher, but now we use it to fill the cat’s water fountain. It just doesn’t taste as good as the Aqua Pour water.

Here’s what Nikken says about why this system is so special:

The PiMag Aqua Pour includes several stages of filtration. Water flows through a carbon medium, ion exchange resin and zeolite. Pi ceramics are in the filter, to impart “the water of life.” Final stage filtration consists of a bed of mineral stones, like the stones that provide natural filtering and minerals in streams and rivers. Nikken Magnetic Technology completes the process, as the water passes through a charged field.

Whatever it is that happens to the water, when it comes out the bottom it’s unbelievably tasty and clear. We keep ours next to the sink where we can easily keep it filled with the sprayer hose. The filtration components only need to be changed every 5 years, which makes the $299 price tag not quite so horrifying.

We think it’s one of the greatest gifts we’ve ever received. Not only do we use it all the time, but it’s something that helps us in our quest to be healthier. We seriously appreciate it every day.

Just contact me and I’ll help you get one for yourself or for the most challenging recipient on your gift list.

De-chlorinated Water

Sears Kenmore Whole House Water FilterThis weekend my handy husband installed a de-chlorinating water filter that covers the entire house. He spliced it in where the water supply enters the house, which was exactly what I wanted, since I’m most concerned about the bathtubs and showers. After much research, the best one he found was a Kenmore from Sears with the Taste and Odor filter insert.

Our municipal water supplies are heavily chlorinated to kill off pathogens and keep us healthy. Our bodies, however, don’t really do well with chlorine or other halogen atoms (floride, bromide), and when I came back from my Natural Health Professional certification course (CNHP — yep, I’ve got some new letters after my name!) earlier this month, I got the bee in my bonnet to clear the chlorine out of our house.

Brita water pitcherWe were already removing the chlorine from our drinking water with a variety of filters from the Brita Water Pitcher on the counter to the filter cartridge in the refrigerator door to the Nikken filter next to the kitchen sink, but the bathrooms were still a problem.

Although chlorine will evaporate from standing water, when that water is hot, like in a steamy shower, the chlorine becomes vapors, which you then inhale and basically steep in during a long shower. I knew already that when I filled up the tub for the kids’ baths, the room smelled like the public pool. It’s one thing to swim in COLD chlorinated water; it’s another to breathe in the hot fumes daily.

It’s amazing the difference I can see in our water quality from the tap! It looks clear and smells clean. I’m happy and relieved.