Is spending your hard earned money on a shower head water filter worth it? The short answer is yes, and here’s why: It is not just the smell of chlorine that is a problem.
In many homes, lead and copper are in the water. This can negatively affect how your hair looks and feels. As a matter of fact, on a recent show, Doctor Oz mentioned a relationship between graying hair and not using a shower head water filter.
However, a bigger concern that Doctor Oz also mentioned, was inhaling toxic steam vapors while you are showering. A recent study by the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that more than THMs are inhaled while you are showering or bathing than when you are drinking water.
Did you know that lead can be absorbed through the skin? If you enjoy relaxing in the tub or have small children who take a daily bath, a shower filter is a small price to pay for your peace of mind.
In newer homes, lead is not usually used in pipes or welding. However, many older homes still have lead pipes. Also, many towns and cities have yet to replace their old infrastructures.
Luckily, the traces of copper in our water are not a health problem. Reducing it would just improve the look and feel of your hair.
Keep in mind that not all shower head water filters are created equal. In order for the filter to remove traces of lead and copper, it must have an ion exchange step. The metal ions are exchanged for ions of sodium and potassium.
This ion exchange will actually improve the appearance and feel of your hair. Many manufacturers will skip this inexpensive but important step.
Also, if you can smell chlorine in your water, that means THM’s are there. You want a water filter that has a special filtering agent that will reduce THMs. Many filters on the market are only offering you a carbon or charcoal block. That works for reducing the smell of chlorine and will take care of the chemicals trapped on the surface of the block, as long as you change it regularly.
However, carbon filters will not trap THM’s. When water is hot, THMs become airborne with the steam. As you inhale, the chemicals make a beeline to your bloodstream. The risk of exposure to this is an increased risk of cancer.
Aquasana has a quality shower head water filter that will trap the chemical before it reaches the air or your bloodstream. Do some research before purchasing a shower head water filter; not all are what they claim to be. Take a careful, well-informed look at the performance data.