Swimming, while a great form of cardio exercise and an excellent choice for individuals with injuries, can further impair your thyroid function because of the chlorine in pools. Chlorine is a harmful substance, but it gets the job done. Uses for Chlorine include killing both bacteria and germs, eliminating organic debris such as body oils and perspiration, and keeping algae under control. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to lessen the side effects of chlorine.
Chlorine In Pools: What You Need to Know and Do
1. What Chlorine Does to Your Thyroid
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Chlorine, like fluorine and bromine, is related to iodine which causes it to compete with iodine and subsequently block iodine uptake in the thyroid gland. Iodine is a vital mineral when it comes to proper thyroid function. Low levels of iodine can result in hypothyroidism.
2. Try to Lessen Your Skin’s Absorption of Chlorine
Chlorine can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream which means it’s vital to prevent or reduce the absorption as much as possible. The oils on your skin increase chlorine absorption, so it’s important to shower before you expose your body to the chlorine in pools.
3. Install a Water Filter in Your Shower
Your shower may also expose you to chlorine because this chemical is used in the process of purifying tap water. A simple fix for this problem is buying a filter. You can buy one at your local hardware store, attach the filter to your showerhead and replace it for maintenance.
4. Replace Your Pool Water with Saltwater
Saltwater is a simple alternative to using chlorine in pools. A saltwater pool system has a better pH level compared to chlorinated pools which reduce eye and skin irritation. Swimming in salt water pools can be much nicer to your skin and a more environment-friendly alternative.
5. Try the Ozone Filtered Pool
Adding ozone to your swimming pool can reduce or wholly prevent chloramines, chlorine off-gassing, and inhibit the formation of chloro-organic byproducts. An ozone-filtered pool can also stop nuances like rashes, red eyes, and swimsuits fading caused by the chlorine in pools.
6. Replace Chlorine with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer and great alternative to chlorine when combined with ultraviolet light. It can safely eliminate all the chlorine in pools and is a better oxidizer than chlorine. For people who are sensitive to pool chemicals, hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative.
7. Swim Outdoors in Natural Bodies of Water
Indoor pools can be harmful to everyone and in addition to thyroid dysfunction, the chlorine in pools can also cause respiratory conditions. As a better alternative, swim outdoors in natural bodies of water such as lakes and oceans.
Watch this video from AlterCare Weight Loss and Holistic Healthcare to find out more about how chlorine can harm your thyroid!
Nothing seems safe anymore as sunscreen, household products, furniture, and now swimming in pools have been classified as health risks to your thyroid. Thankfully, the activity itself isn’t the cause but the chlorine in pools. If you love swimming and want to avoid the side effects of chlorine, try these alternatives instead!
Do you think these alternatives are a safer and cleaner option to using chlorine? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!