Protection from Chlorinated Pools
Chlorine is a chemical additive commonly used in pools for disinfectant purposes, as it kills bacteria, algae and breaks down organic matter. Unfortunately chlorine and it’s by-products are widely known to be a health hazard. They can enter the body via exposure to the skin and inhalation in the air. Aside from causing irritation to eyes and skin, research suggests that children who swim frequently in chlorinated pools may have increased risk of developing allergies or asthma. Among adults, exposure to chlorine in swimming pools has been linked with other health problems including bladder and rectal cancer and, possibly, an increased risk for coronary heart disease. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up swimming in chlorinated pools altogether. Here are a few ways to minimize your risk of chlorine hazards.
Avoid indoor chlorinated pools. The bi-products of chlorine off-gas into the air from the water. Swimming in an indoor pool, especially one that is heated increases your exposure to chloramines as they become concentrated in the building air.
Rinse off before and shower after swimming. Chlorine can interact with sweat and body lotions, amplifying their toxicity. Rinsing before eliminates possible interactions. Showering with soap and chlorine-free water after helps wash off the chlorine and it’s bi-products.
Use Coconut oil. Coconut oil seals and protects the skin from chlorine damage. Coconut protects the skin’s delicate pH balance and the bacteria naturally present on the skin.
Use Vitamin C topically and orally. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and can protect us internally from the damaging effect of chloramines. When used on the skin, Vitamin C minimizes the damaging effects to our skin as well. Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered vitamin C in 2 cups of filtered water and spray on before entering the pool and after showering. You may also add it to coconut oil and apply it as a post swim moisturizer.