As a family, it’s so important for us to reduce toxins whenever we can. Having a little baby, we really want to reduce his exposure as much as possible because we want his little body to grow properly and without toxic disruptions! As for me and having an autoimmune, it’s important that I reduce my toxin absorption as well to stay healthy!
With that being said, we don't want to miss out on summer fun (who doesn't love a pool on a hot day!), but we want to learn how to care for ourselves and keep our toxin intake to a minimum when we can.
Being in a chlorinated pool is one of the ways that your body absorbs toxins in the summertime. Swimming in a chlorinated pool can increase markers of DNA damage after just 40 minutes in the water!
- Swimming in a chlorinated pool means exposure to known skin irritants that can cause skin to become dry and itchy.
- Research suggests that chlorine in swimming pools can increase rates of asthma, cancer, and skin/throat irritation.
- When chlorine mixes with water it forms hypochlorite, a bleaching agent that causes fabrics to fade (Ever notice how faded swimsuits get?).
If you find yourself swimming in a chlorinated pool this summer, here are a few ways you can mitigate the toxic absorption into your body.
- Increase your Vitamin C and antioxidant intake before swimming
- Use a good lotion that contains Vitamin C
- Use a dechlorinating hair spray before and after swimming
- Rinse before getting in and shower afterwards.
Here’s a recipe for a great dechlorinating hair spray to use before and after swimming!
- 8 ounces distilled water
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp Vitamin C powder
- 5-10 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Splash of fractionated coconut oil
(I use all Young Living essential oils!)
These are just a few ways to combat the effects, but it's going to be most beneficial to limit the pool time or find another source all together! There are pools that use salt water or UV rather than chlorine, which is a better option for your health. Open bodies of water are great too!
Our #1 goal is to reduce the chemical intake as much as we can! Hope you found this helpful!