Shower Filter Systems
While the health effects of contaminants in your drinking water may be cause for concern, you also should realize many contaminants in your water can be absorbed or inhaled while you bathe.
Chlorine is usually the primary reason most people purchase shower filters, but many other dangerous contaminants may be present in your water and may be absorbed by your body or be inhaled along with chlorine. Chlorine and other disinfection by-products such as chloramines and trihalomethanes, for example, can react with the protein in your skin and hair and be absorbed. And many water-borne contaminants can volitilize and be inhaled.
The good news is current state-of-the-art shower filters will substantially reduce or remove a broad range of over 200 contaminants including micro-organisms, fluoride, chlorine, chloramines, lead, VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), THM's (trihalomethanes), heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and odor.
In addition to health benefits of filtering water, there are cosmetic benefits. Symptoms of chlorine exposure are dry and/or flaking skin, dry brittle hair and red irritated eyes. Filtering the shower water reduces these symptoms. Your skin and hair will feel softer and your eyes become less red and irritated.