• Kim Moynihan

Let's Go Swimming!

Summertime means splashing around in the pool, running through the sprinkler, playing in the creek.  Lots of water activities.  And with more activity comes more showers and baths, too!!  

our backyard, 2004

The downside to all this water fun is that we are swimming in chlorine!  Whether it's from the pool, sprinkler or the shower, chlorine is not our friend!  Chlorine is absorbed through our skin and into our bloodstream in just a mere 26 seconds!  And once it's in there it can cause a whole host of problems -- from asthma, sore throats and sore eyes, and headaches to gastrointestinal issues to even multiple forms of cancer!  Have you ever seen someone's blond hair turn greenish from being in the pool too much?  This is the result of absorbing chlorine!  And one other interesting fact I just learned...NYU School of Dentistry lists chlorine as a "prime concern" for tooth enamel erosion!  That's some caustic chemicals!!

So what can you do?  You can reduce the amount of chlorine in your shower water by using a shower water filter.  But do your research on this first -- there are a lot of ineffective filters on the market.  

A more affordable solution -- use activated charcoal to detox the chlorine from your system!  Activated charcoal  acts as a magnet which attracts and then removes impurities from your hair and scalp.  It can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in impurities!!  It also will hydrate and soothe your scalp from the irritation and drying of chlorine!  What a great solution for that post-swimming shower!

You can also apply an activated charcoal mask to your face to soothe your skin and remove the chlorine.  Applying it to the soles of your feet will pull chlorine from throughout your body, too!!

One last suggestion -- for kiddos and those adults who enjoy a relaxing bath or foot soak -- bath salts containing salt from the Dead Sea will work wonders for removing toxins from your entire body, too.  People travel thousands of miles to Israel to experience a Dead Sea soak -- you can do it from your home with the right product!!

Hope you found this information helpful! If so, please share it with your friends!



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