Do You Enjoy A Hot Steamy Shower? Better Think Again!

Adapted from Zazen Water

Did you know that when water is heated in a shower it is THREE TIMES more toxic to your body than drinking it?

And, its important t note that filters used for cold water, such as activated carbon or charcoal, are not effective at filtering chlorine and heavy metals in hot water.

Chlorine and dangerous heavy metals are vapourised when tap water is heated. As you shower, you inhale and absorb these vapours through your lungs and skin and these chemicals go directly into your blood stream. This can have profound effects on your health! 

When we first started using a shower filter in our house, both mine and Sam’s skin cleared considerably. Not that we had ever had terribly bad skin. In fact, I would have said it was fine before. But after experiencing the difference there is no going back for us. Sam was sceptical, for sure, but after a week with the filter a very stubborn patch of eczema he had since before I met him disappeared from his nose. It has never come back. He was converted. Even I, as a strong believer was amazed at such a quick response. 

In addition to the health benefits of filtering chlorine from the water, there are cosmetic benefits. Symptoms of chlorine exposure are dry and/or flaking skin, dry brittle hair and red irritated eyes. Filtering your shower water reduces these symptoms. Skin and hair feel softer and eyes become less red and irritated. I had a little dandruff as well which is completely gone. Plus, who doesn’t want water that keeps us young and beautiful!

Now, when we stay elsewhere we can really smell the difference in our showers and on our skin afterwards without the filter. Have you ever had that experience of drinking filtered water for so long that when someone hands you a glass of tap water you think there is something terribly wrong with it? It smells funny, tastes even worse and certainly does nothing to hydrate you. We are now those people, but I don’t even care.

When I think of the effect our shower was having on our bodies as grown adults I imagine what all those nasties do to a little body. At home, we filter the drinking, shower and the bath water for Callie. It is a non-negotiable for us. We realise that when she is at our parents or her cousins having a bath it will not be filtered and we don’t get our knickers in a knot. I figure, if I can make the water as clean as possible most of the time, this is better than nothing. You still have to let the kids live (and I’m aware I am already that weird parent who told her not to eat the sachet of artificial sweetener at the café the other day as it was ‘pure poison’). 

It is really easy to make this change. It’s not something the whole family is going to resist (like taking away their favourite junk food) and it is surprising inexpensive to get good quality shower filters. Plus, even better, I can send them directly to your door!

I partner with Zazen Water filters for all my filtered needs. The Zazen Shower Filter media is considered to be the most effective media known for controlling algae, bacteria, fungus, mould, parasites, viruses, and other pathogens. It also removes iron oxides (orange discolouration and smell) and sulphide (sulphur smells).

Here are some of the benefits of filtering your shower water direct from Zazen:

  • Reduces up to 99% of chlorine as well as other heavy metals such as water soluble lead, mercury, nickel chromium and copper

  • Protect against the ageing and damaging effects of chlorine and heavy metals

  • Restore natural softness to hair, scalp and skin

  • May help reduce eczema and asthma

  • Remove odours and improve water clarity

  • Prohibit growth of bacteria, fungi and algae

  • Reduce soap scum and calcium build up on shower glass and tiles

  • Quick and easy to install (no plumber needed), attaches to existing shower pipe

  • Filter life of up to 12 months – simple to change by unscrewing shower head

  • Recent studies link excessive chlorine and chlorine vapour exposure to breast, kidney (renal) and bladder cancers. It can also cause dry irritated skin, acne and hair damage.

Purchase your Zazen drinking water filter from me here or email me to ask about the shower and tap filters.