Are You Swimming Your Way to Health Problems?

The next time you jump into that chlorinated swimming pool (maybe with some sunscreen on your body also), you just might be swimming your way to health problems.

Sure, we are told how beneficial swimming is for exercise. And it is. It’s a low-impact form of exercise which helps keep our joints mobile. Something so important as we get older.

But what about the chemicals in that pool? What are they doing to your body?

Just like being aware of the harmful effects of chemicals in our cleaning and personal care products is important for our health, we need to be aware of what the chemicals in our swimming pools and what they are doing to our health also.

I have not been able to get into a chlorinated pool in years because it is so irritating to my skin. And I thought it was just because I have super-sensitive skin.

But now they are finding many health issues are a result of chlorination in swimming pools.

Although chlorine is a disinfectant – something necessary in pools – it is also an irritant.

Itchy, red eyes, dry skin, brittle hair are some of the effects of exposure to chlorine.

Why do you think you have to shower and moisturize after being in a chlorinated pool? You don’t want that irritant to remain on your skin and seep into your body even more. Plus since it dries out your skin, you need to replace some moisture with a moisturizer (which, hopefully, is chemical free).

Inhalation is probably the worst effect of all. It gets into our lungs and increases the risk of allergies or asthma – especially in children as their lung capacity is smaller.

And you don’t even have to be in the pool to feel the effects! Just being in an enclosed pool area can increase these effects on your body.

Chlorine is absorbed thru your skin and goes into your body. As a result, it has been found that an increase in some cancers and heart issues in adults has been linked to chlorine exposure in swimming pools.

Ever put sunscreen on before going in the pool? Well, now are double dosing toxicity to your body – especially if using commercial sunscreen.

(Here’s a link to a blog I wrote about sunscreens with a recipe for a DIY non-toxic sunscreen: http://livebalancednaturally.com/aging-skin-and-the-sun-whats-a-woman-to-do/)

But there is an alternative to chlorine that is just as effective to keep your pool germ free!

We recently installed a jacuzzi but there was no way I was getting into chlorine. So my husband installed a salt water system and it is amazing!!

I realize converting to this system or installing it in the beginning might be a bit more costly, but the health benefits are so well worth it.

And maintenance is way less expensive and easier than the chlorine way. 

In the 9 months we have had the jacuzzi, my husband has put in about 4lbs of Himalayan Salt which we purchased at TJMaxx for $7.99. And he checks the pH balance daily.

Just to let you know, a salt water system does have chlorine. But it is a natural chlorine that is released when the salt is electronically zapped through the system. Unlike chlorine which is chemically produced through various methods.

Actually, if you were to use this method in a pool, the salt content is about one-tenth the salinity of ocean water. That’s approximately the equivalent of a human tear!

Plus you can swim underwater with your eyes open!

Earlier I mentioned that chlorine is absorbed thru your skin and into your body. Well, so is the salt. Only salt is a mineral our body needs.

Salt baths can help:

  • De-stress and relax
  • Clear your sinuses
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Detoxify your body
  • Softens your skin
  • Ease aches and pains

And we do sleep so much better. However, I realize the cocktail we have while in the jacuzzi might have an additional effect on the sleeping part!

So the next time you are ready to get in that chemically chlorinated pool, I hope you will remember this blog!

I’d love to hear what you think about this. Please feel free to comment or contact me.

In Peace and Good Health,

Patti

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Great to keep in the freezer for quick meals.

Makes 6-8 burgers.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

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Mediterranean Lentil Burgers
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  1. Bring Water to a boil, add Lentils and cook about 45 minutes then drain.
  2. Soak the Sun-Dried Tomatoes in hot water while Lentils are cooking, then drain and chop.
  3. Heat the Olive Oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute the Onion for about 3 minutes. Add Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic, Parsley, Black Pepper and saute for about 7-10 minutes until Mushrooms are cooked.
  4. When Mushroom mixture is cooked put in food processor and add the Tamari and Lemon Juice and ½ cup of the Breadcrumbs. Pulse until mostly smooth but with some texture. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add the Lentils, Kalamata Olives and Roasted Red Pepper along with the remaining ½ cup of Breadcrumbs. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Divide the burger mixture into 6-8 burgers. Line a baking sheet with lightly oiled Parchment Paper.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip burgers and bake for 12-15 minutes more until nicely browned.
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4 thoughts on “Are You Swimming Your Way to Health Problems?

  1. I’m not at all surprised to hear about the health effects of chlorine, I know how my eyes and hair feel after a day at the pool. It’s interesting that you talk about a salt water system since I’ve been hearing more and more people talk about it as a good option to chlorine.

    • Patti Stevens

      It definitely is a more healthier option. And something we need to be aware of to help us stay healthy.

  2. The smell gets me and to think I spent hours and hours in a pool as a kid! There is a pool that is salt water that I should love to check out if I get the urge to pool swim. Thanks.

    • Patti Stevens

      Yes, you don’t even have to be in the pool to be affected by the chlorine.

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