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Thursday, December 12, 2013
If you’ve noticed that your skin has been getting too dry and your hair isn’t responding the way it used to, the problem could well be your shower water. In order to prevent a number of extremely unpleasant diseases, municipal water supplies in the United States have been chlorinated since the early part of the 20th Century.

Chlorine is the only disinfectant, at this point in time, that will reliably deliver pathogen-free water from the treatment plant to your tap. Boiling and other methods of cleansing water are effective at removing bacteria and viruses at the plant, but water can easily pick up another crop of pathogens en route.

Taking the Sting Out of Showers

While dry skin and brittle hair could probably be accepted as a tradeoff for drinkable water, chlorine is probably more hazardous to health when bathed in – even more so than when simply consumed.

Chlorine transforms into other substances as it comes into contact with organic matter, such as bacteria or your skin. Chloroform and chloramine will be released as vapor as will trihalomethanes. Chlorine and its derivatives are thought to be responsible for both short-term and long-term health problems including damage to the reproductive and endocrine systems, cancer, and cardiovascular difficulties.

Choosing a Sprite Shower Filter

Sprite makes a range of shower filters to fit every budget and also every bathroom décor. When you install a Sprite Shower Filter you will be reassured that every shower will be safe. Sprite filters for the shower rely on Chlorgon filter media to change hazardous chlorine into harmless chloride, which simply drains away with the shower water.

  • The Baby Shower Filter is the perfect way to shower newborns and very young babies safely. Use with an infant’s tub or even in the kitchen sink to clean your new family member with chlorine and chloroform free water. This shower filter provides a soft ‘rain’ to wash the baby gently. 
  • Our Sprite Original White Handheld Shower Filter is one of the easiest filter units to install – no tools are required at all, it attaches right to the shower faucet. This filter can be used either as a stationary or handheld shower. You’ll find your skin much smoother and your hair manageable once chlorine has been removed.
  • If you are looking for a chlorine shower filter that will perform without problem for years, consider adding the Sprite Chrome Brass Shower Filter With Shower Head to your bathroom fixtures. Once again, you can count on the Chlorgon filter media to remove chlorine from your water. The cartridge should be replaced once every year.
  • For those who want an economical approach to a chlorine-free shower, the Sprite White Slim-Line Shower Filter With Shower Head is the answer. This shower head has an optional massage attachment. The filter on the Slim-Line will need changing every 6 months. 

by: Chris Tracey

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Little means more to new parents than the health of their new baby. The very new and fragile body of a newborn requires a great deal of care. Although many mothers opt to nurse their babies, this is not always an option with some mothers, and in this case formula must be provided. Most tap water will contain chlorine and fluoride, and could also contain VOCs and heavy metals.

There is a choice between making the formula from scratch, purchasing ready to drink formula, or using a powdered mix. In every case, if water is used, it is imperative to use purified water. Infants are much more susceptible to damage from chemicals than are older children and adults, and using purified water will help to assure the health of child.

Do not think that using bottled water will provide safe, pure water for the preparation of baby food – much bottled water comes straight from a municipal water system, which means that it will contain fluoride. Another thing to keep in mind is that bottled water is not subject to any testing or inspection, the consumer is simply buying it on good faith.

Why Fluoride Is Harmful

Although various people have been complaining about the fluoridation of water for decades, the prestigious American Dental Association has now declared that fluoride is a poisonous substance. The most obvious result of fluoridation is a condition called fluorosis whereby the teeth are eaten away by fluoride. The effect will be most pronounced when infants consume water that contains this substance.

In addition to causing fluorosis, fluoride has also been linked with other potentially serious health problems. Fluoride can influence the development of the brain and central nervous system and has been linked by some to a lower IQ in children. Unfortunately, these effects are only the tip of the iceberg and fluoride has also been linked to kidney damage, bone cancer, and harm to the thyroid gland.

Chlorine Is Problematic, Also

There is a valid reason for adding chlorine to drinking water and that is to kill off bacteria and viruses that may be present. Municipal water supplies come from ground water; reservoirs, rivers, and lakes all provide water for cities and towns. However, these bodies of water can be badly contaminated and the water must be safe for humans to drink.

Waterborne illnesses have impacted hundreds of millions of people over time, and chlorine has provided a way to remove most of the risk. Unfortunately, chlorine itself presents a risk. Chlorine increases the possibility of several kinds of cancer, including bladder and colon. Exposing an infant to chlorine, while the immune system is still fragile, might well leave the child open to disease later in life.

Chlorine has also been implicated in cardiovascular disease and seems to contribute to the development of plaque.

Safe Water for Infant Formula

Fortunately there is a way to prepare infant formula that will be safe for the baby to drink, and that is by using an appropriate filter system. Water filters come in a wide range of types – some will only remove bad smells and colors, while others might take care of bacteria. When choosing a water filter for the safe preparation of formula, care must be taken to check that the filter does remove both chlorine and fluoride.

Providing safe water not only for the baby, but for the whole family is easy when the proper filter is installed. Filters that will remove chlorine, fluoride, and a whole witch’s brew of contaminants are available as countertop models or undersink filters if space is short on the counter.

Whole house water purifying systems are also available that will provide safe water for every outlet in the home. The advantage to these systems is that no one will be exposed to chlorine or fluoride while bathing, and there will be no inhalation of chlorine gas.

by: Chris Tracey

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