It started out as a Facebook post that received lots of great feedback. A few people had questions and I decided to answer all of them, and more, in a blog post.
Do you go in chlorine pools? Chlorine is not your friend! Our community pool happens to have a salt water system, but, even salt water systems produce chlorine, though not nearly as high as fresh water (chlorinated) pools.
*Chlorine exposure has been shown to worsen asthma, allergies, and eczema.
*Studies have shown that after just 40min of exposure there is a large rise in markers showing DNA damage.
*Chlorine competes with iodine receptors in the thyroid gland, where iodine is needed for production of thyroid hormones.
*Boys under the age of 7 swimming in indoor chlorinated pools just 30min every 2 weeks showed testosterone about 20% lower than those who swam in ionized disinfected pools.
*Chemical sunscreen + chlorine = toxic chemicals that effect liver, kidney and nervous system.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Rinse off before swimming and shower after. Well, this seems like the easiest and cheapest way to help yourself, so do this one.
2. Wear goggles and teach kids not to open eyes without them. Again, super easy and not very expensive. Your eyes are very porous and allows substances to pass easily (think eye drops).
3. Vitamin C. Both internally and externally. Take Vitamin C in divided doses daily and use a Vit C spray on skin and hair after swimming.
We take several forms of Vitamin C. While supplements are not to be taken daily (they are meant to supplement when you aren’t getting the nutrients necessary through your food sources), it is a good idea to take them before or after each pool session. Here are some of our sources;
Young Living Chewable Super C; Young Living Super C
Dr. Mercola Liposomal Vitamin C for kids; Dr. Mercola Liposomal Vitamin C (adults) Buy from Dr. Mercola
4. Geranium oil has been shown by scientists to be a natural chelator bonding to chemicals and carrying them out of the body. Add several drops to coconut oil and use over body before and/or after swimming, and/or add to Vit C spray. Of course, all of my essential oil needs are met through Young Living.
Another way to rid the body of chlorine, along with hundreds of other toxic nonsense, is TRS.
5. Use mineral sunscreen One reason (among others) as to why you want to use a mineral sunscreen is because it eliminates the chemicals that react to the chlorine, decreasing toxic overload. Again, Young Living. There's is thick and white, so to make the sunscreen easier to spread, better for my skin and to last longer, I add it to YL Claraderm spray. Mix in bowl and then put into a plastic jar or silicone tube, like these.
6. Hydrate adding a pinch of Himalayan salt to water to help restore minerals and flush your system.
I can immediately taste the salt when I do this. So, I don’t. We use YL Vitality Drops, or “special water” as my daughter calls it. She likes the Grapefruit Bergamot and I like the Lavender Lemonade.
7. Pick outside pools, salt water, or copper ionized pools when possible.
Easier said than done I suppose. If you’re getting ready to get your own pool, consider doing the salt water pool, or an EcoSmart Pool. It may be more costly up front, but over time it balances out in cost. Plus, you’re doing something healthier for your family. Sickness is EXPENSIVE. Not just financially either. Do better now, so you can all feel better later. 😊
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