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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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