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Does My Shower Need a Filter?
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:16 PM

Many people know about the importance of filtering their drinking water, but it never occurs to them that their shower water may also need to be filtered. Even though shower water and drinking water come from the exact same source, few make the connection or realize the potential problems. You are probably thinking, “But I don’t drink my shower water.” This is true, but you do put it on your body, and your body does absorb it through your pores. This means the water is still getting into your body, just not through your mouth.  Depending on what is in the water, that could be a problem.

You may have heard of the term hard water, but probably do not know if you have it or not since you are wondering if a shower filter is necessary. Hard water means it has a lot of dissolved minerals (like calcium) in it. This is not a problem for your health, but it can make showering difficult because of the buildup it can leave on showerheads, as well as sinks and toilets.  Over time, the minerals in hard water can leave greenish-brownish deposits that are not only unsightly, but also a problem. They can significantly reduce the water flow by clogging the holes. 

If you have noticed that water seems to slowly trickle rather than freely flow from your shower, you may have hard water build up. You may also notice that your soap and shampoo doesn’t later very well. It is not the soap. It is the water. Hard water prevents soaps from lathering, and it can leave your hair and skin feeling dry.

There is a remedy. Shower filters are relatively inexpensive and are usually easy to install. Just like a drinking water filter, they catch and remove dissolved solids and allow the water to flow.  Many people do not even know they have hard water. They assume the shower stains, dry skin and hair, and poor lather are simply facts of life they have come to accept and expect.

Even if you do not have hard water, you likely have chlorine and other chemicals in your water that can affect your hair and skin. Studies have shown everything from pharmaceutical medication to arsenic in everyday tap water. This is what you could be showering with.  A shower filter would help to remove these contaminants. Your mouth is not the only way substances enter your body. The things you put on your skin also make their way into your body.

These days, we are constantly bombarded with unnecessary and harmful chemicals in the air, food and water. Anything we can do to reduce our exposure to these chemical is greatly beneficial to our overall health. If you have taken measures to filter your drinking water because you don’t want to consume unnecessary contaminants, it would be a good idea to also filter your shower water to prevent yourself from unintentionally consuming them through your pores. Your body doesn’t discriminate between toxins that are introduced through the mouth and those that are introduced through the skin. A harmful toxin is a harmful toxin, regardless of how it got there.

Because shower filters are not very expensive, you have very little to lose if you try one out. If you notice no difference in the quality of your showers, do not bother to replace it. If you do, however, notice that your showerhead has fewer clogs, your soap and shampoo lather better, and your skin and hair feel more moisturized, you will be happy you installed such a small yet helpful apparatus.

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Why You Need A Water Filtration System
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 01:12 PM

A frighteningly wide variety of contaminants, ranging from toxic metals and synthetic chemicals to biological parasites can be found in American tap water. According to a recent EPA report, the United States’ water supply is home to over 2,000 kinds of potentially cancer-causing agents. While this information might prompt you to pick up bottled water the next time you’re thirsty, the solution isn’t that simple. Studies have indicated that bottled water is also home to many invisible contaminants, making it just a more expensive version of the same old problem. This data alone supports the broad benefits of water filtration systems but let’s take a closer look at the specific benefits of filtered water.

The benefits of an in-home water filtration system are vast. Purifying your own water supply is, in most circumstances, the most affordable and convenient means of insuring clean water for you and your family.

As a society that produces 80,000 toxic chemical byproducts on a daily basis, we live in a near-constant cycle of pollution. A large percentage of those pollutants eventually find their way into the water. Because the planet’s water supply is constantly reused and recycled, many of those contaminants are omnipresent in our water supply and, what’s worse, steadily growing. Although we have water treatment plants tasked with cleansing the water supply, the truth is that our current water treatment facilities are not equipped to handle the most potentially harmful toxins.

Municipal water treatment technology has been basically unchanged for over a century. In these plants, water is treated by being filtered through sand beds. The intent of this process is to eliminate visible pollutants to give the water a clean appearance. Afterwards, the water is chlorinated in an effort to purge organic bacteria. However, this process does nothing to combat synthetic chemicals which can be among the most detrimental of pollutants.

A home water filtration system is an easy and economical way to guarantee fresh, healthy water and avoid risking exposure to contaminants. Consider that at the turn of the 20th century, none of these pollutants were in our environment and cancer was only found in one out of every 50 American citizens. Now, just over 100 later, in a time when we’ve since been introduced to thousands of environmental toxins, one-third of Americans are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In the last 25 years alone, the rate of childhood cancer has ballooned by 300 percent.

Because cancer is largely the result of accumulated chemicals in the human body, a water filtration system can be a good first line of defense against future health problems, including cancer and other degenerative diseases. Water is the primary means through which our bodies purify themselves. If the water we drink isn’t pure, we’re never effectively purifying ourselves.

And let’s not forget taste. Water filtration systems eliminate a number of factors that can have an adverse effect on the way water tastes. Most filtration systems eliminate traces of lead, radon, radium, pesticides, and even byproducts of municipal water treatment that can seriously diminish the drinking quality of water in your home. With a home water filtration system, you’re guaranteed a refreshing drink every time.

So now that we know about the necessity of water filtration, what’s the best way to implement a system in your home? Water filtration systems can be broadly divided into two categories: Point of Use versus Point of Entry.

Point of Use systems filter the water a certain location, such as a sink or a shower. This can include anything from a simple filtered water pitcher to a small, faucet-mounted unit to a more complex reverse-osmosis unit. A reverse osmosis water filtration system cleanses water via a pressurized membrane that pulls out all chemicals and other microbes. Although these systems use a considerable amount of water to get the job done, they are highly effective in providing the cleanest water possible.

Point of Entry systems are a bit more involved. This kind of system filters an entire home’s water supply at the source, meaning the water dispensed at every faucet in the house is filtered. This includes things like water softeners and the less-familiar aerators. Aerators are filtration devices that utilize jets of air to remove pollutants.

Of course, there are many options within these two categories, and you’ll get the best results by determining your particular water filtration needs. Everything from a single faucet to a washing machine to an entire home can be outfitted with a water filtration system. In an age when the risks of unfiltered water are so rampant and the solution so relatively simple, it’s time to seriously consider a filtration system of your own.

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