(NaturalHealth365) You are aware of the situations around us that may cause our
families harm. While we make improvements in our diets and lifestyle, extending
our reach to other potential issues is beneficial. Swimming in a pool, for
example, may seem not only harmless but beneficial. After all, it provides
exercise and bonding with family and friends. But, research
indicates that chlorine can create DBPs (disinfection by products) – which can
cause DNA damage and cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that there are three ways for
chemicals to enter the body. They are inhalation, digestion, and absorption.
When it comes to swimming, the possibilities exist for all three.
While there are a
wide variety of issues associated with swimming in a public, or even private
pool, here we will focus on just one. Chlorine, a popular chemical used to kill
bacteria in pools, can cause skin rashes, allergies and lung injuries. Some
studies on this chemical and its effects on humans should grab your attention –
especially when you consider the increased risk of cancer due to chemical
reactions generated by chlorine mixing with personal care products on your skin.
Chlorine can cause serious breathing issues and eye problems
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that prolonged contact with chlorine
could be a factor in asthma as well as respiratory disease. The CDC has also
connected it to epiglottitis – a potentially life-threatening inflammatory
condition of the cartlidge ‘lid’
that covers the windpipe. This is due to the inhalation of the gas that chlorine
emits. We’ve all “smelled” that chlorine pool aroma. It may even smell clean to
us. Turns out, it could lead to respiratory disease or accentuate current
Eye infections are another side-effect of chlorinated water. The chlorinated
water can easily get into the eyes especially when someone keeps their eyes open
while under water. But the risks don’t stop there. Swallowing too much
can lead to liver or kidney problems and it gets worse. The sodium hypochlorite
found in chlorine and other compounds that are similar have the potential to
produce liver cancer.
The connection between chlorine exposure and the development of cancer
Water that has been chlorinated is being blamed for causing a higher percentage
of skin cancers each year. If you are exposed to chlorinated water for an
extended period, the chemical will produce a toxic substance that can produce a
rash or other infection on the body.
The sun may be determined as the culprit but
rarely it is blamed on chlorine. Another cancer connected to chlorinated water
is colorectal cancer. This too, can
happen when a person is overexposed to treated water. Trihalomethanes, a
by-product of chlorine, are the main contributor to uninhibited cell growth
within the colon.
How to protect yourself from the risks associated with chlorine
There are ways you can better protect yourself from the harmful effects of toxic
chemicals associated with swimming pools, whether they are public or private.
Obviously, the best way would be to avoid them – completely. But, for ‘pool
lovers’ – here are a few healthy tips:
Limit the swimming times for you and your family. Time at the pool can be
relaxing and enjoyable but monitor how much time you and loved ones are spending
in the chlorinated water.
Rinse chlorinated pool water off of your body. Make sure you and your family showers before,
during, and after swimming.
Wearing protective eye goggles can help decrease the intake of chlorine into the
eyes and the body. They can decrease the possibility of eye infections as the
result of chlorine.
No matter how you view the threat of chlorine, you should understand that
ingesting it is not good. You certainly want family members to enjoy their day
at the pool, but they should be reminded to avoid swallowing chlorinated water.
Of course, chlorine in drinking water is a whole other topic but my best advice
would be to use a water purifier that removes unwanted toxins from your water
Unlike sea water which is briny and immediately unpleasant, some may not see
pool water as much different than tap water – which, of course, is a big
mistake. Make sure family members know not to swallow any amount of pool water.
One all natural way to make sure your family and friends are safe in your family
pool is by using Sphagnum Moss. According to David Knighton, a surgeon and
founder and CEO of Creative Water Solutions, the moss has been known to inhibit
The moss was used and tested in the Oxford Community Center located in St. Paul,
MN. The director, Lynn Waldorf, says that the moss has saved the pool some
$35,000 because they use less toxic chemicals and they had an increase in
revenue because more swimmers attended the pool.
There are almost always natural solutions to everyday problems. And, best of
all, there are ways to improve our lifestyles and health without toxic
chemicals. Plus, there is no downside in your search for optimal health.