Chlorine in Your Water: Should You Be Alarmed?

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Chlorination is a process of disinfecting large amounts of water that has been used since the 1800s but it did not become a standard until the 1900s.

Studies are now showing that there are problematic issues with chlorine. If you are worried about your health, do read on as you’ll find more information about this concern.

Chlorine may be an effective and inexpensive disinfectant, but it does have a dark side. Researchers link chlorine in drinking water to the increasing number of bladder, breast, and rectal cancers. According to some reports, when chlorine gets in the water, it interacts with some organic compounds and creates trihalomethanes or THMs. When these are ingested, they encourage the growth of free radicals that can actually damage or even destroy vital cells in the body. Because a huge amount of the water we drink ends up in our bladder and/or rectum, the THMs that are in our drinking water damage these organs the most.

It has long been known that there is a link between chlorine and bladder and rectal cancers, but it is only recently that researchers also found a link between chlorine and breast cancer. A recent study has found that women suffering from breast cancer have about 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines in their breast tissue compared to cancer-free women.

Does that mean you are better off with bottled water? Not really. Most bottled water comes from public municipal water sources that are still treated with chlorine.  Thankfully, there are many Canadian and European cities that have switched to harmless ozone to disinfect their water. What it means is that you really should do your homework before you buy bottled water.

If you fear that the water in your area is still treated with chlorine, you should take steps to get rid of this harmful chemical.

Some say you should let your water sit for 24 hours and the chlorine in your pitcher or glass will  off-gas. You can also install a carbon-based filter to absorb chlorine as well as other contaminants before you drink your water.

When you can’t always be too sure even with the water that you drink, you should double your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. Sloan Natural Health Center can help you with that. We have detox programs that can help flush out the harmful toxins in your body. We can help you achieve better health the natural way!