The quality of tap and bottled water in the world today is horrendous. Laced with chemicals and harmful substances, much of the available drinking water is polluted beyond belief and may be the cause for many serious health problems. The only way to know that you are drinking pure, high-quality water, is to drink distilled water. But what about the water that you use to clean your body? If drinking tap water is bad for you, is showering with tap water okay? No, showering with tap water is not okay. Showering with tap water is not okay because when you shower, the largest organ of your body, your skin, is steadily drinking water the entire time. While your skin does not absorb all of the harmful substances that your body would absorb if you drank polluted water, it still does absorb many harmful chemicals and toxins that are present in the water. Here are just some of the most common chemicals/toxins/inorganic minerals found in both tap water: Chlorine Fluorine compounds Trihalomethanes (THMs) Arsenic Radium Aluminium Copper Lead Mercury Cadmium Barium Hormones Nitrates Pesticides Chief among these harmful toxins—in nearly all tap water—is Chlorine. What Is Chlorine And What Does It Do? Chlorine is a naturally occurring inorganic element that is very toxic for human beings. It is most commonly used as a disinfectant and is included in many household cleaning products, such as bleach. It works to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Many people use chlorine in their swimming pools to kill the buildup of algae and bacteria. Due to it’s powerful cleaning abilities, Chlorine is added to tap water in treatment plants as a disinfectant to clean the water from harmful bacteria and viruses before the tap water is sent to your home. When chlorine is mixed with some organic compounds that can be found in water, chlorine can transform into harmful carcinogens such as chloroform and other trihalomethanes (TMIs). These compounds are well known toxins that can greatly increase the risk of cancer when absorbed into the body over a long period of time. The presence of TMIs in water have been shown in several studies to increase the risks of developing bladder cancer as well as various other types of cancer. There is something else that is important to know about Chlorine—it has a lower boiling point than water. This means that Chlorine evaporates and turns into Chlorine gas before water boils and turns into water vapor. So when you take a hot shower, the chlorine that is present in the water can evaporate into chlorine gas as it comes out of your faucet… This is especially harmful for you because when inhaled, chlorine gas immediately gets absorbed into the bloodstream, where it can begin to cause some serious damage. Chlorine gas is so harmful that it is actually classified as a “chemical weapon” and is banned from use in modern-day warfare. Chlorine gas was developed and used during WW1 by the Axis powers with devastating effects against whomever it came across. After inhalation, chlorine gas destroys the respiratory organs of its victims, leading to a slow death by asphyxiation. Gas masks used in WW1 to protect against chlorine gas Many people and agencies will declare that the amount of chlorine that is present in your shower water is far too low to cause any adverse health effects. But how many showers do you take during your entire life? The problem is not that you are going to kill yourself from taking one shower. The problem is that you are continually exposing yourself to a little bit of harmful chemicals/toxins, day after day, week after week, year after year. Studies show that over 70% of people are exposed to TMIs through showers alone. How Can You Protect Yourself From Taking Toxic Showers? The most cost-effective and efficient way to protect yourself from taking toxic showers is by purchasing and installing a shower filter. While there are many different shower filters out there that will aim to get rid of the toxic chlorine that is coming out of your faucet, the most effective of these filters is a Vitamin C shower head filter. Vitamin C is a very effective dechlorination compound, removing up to 99% of chlorine from your water supply. As the water passes through the filter, Vitamin C is dissolved into the water, destroying the chlorine before the water comes out of the shower head. Vitamin C is the most efficient filter for your shower because not only does it get rid of chlorine, it also gets rid of chloramine (chlorine + ammonia) another common disinfectant used in the water supply. If you happen to purchase another type of filter (such as a carbon filter) for your shower, you might still be at risk because while most filters get rid of chlorine, only Vitamin C filters remove both chlorine and chloramine. To protect yourself and your family from the dangers of taking toxic showers, make sure you purchase a Vitamin C water filter ASAP. Click here to join the Red Army Newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of the latest information you need to to succeed in Health, Fitness, Weight Loss & Bodybuilding.