The rules are pretty straightforward when you enter a swimming pool: stay where you can stand (if you’re not a strong swimmer), wear floaties (if you’re a poor swimmer), and keep all bodily functions and the expelling of toxins confined to the bathroom at all times.
Well, now, according to research published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, when you go for a nice dip in the pool, you should also be concerned with being exposed to toxins that could potentially harm your health in a number of serious ways.
Taking a shower before you enter a swimming pool has long since been a nice “suggestion” that many people choose to ignore for those extra three minutes of pool time. Well, skipping out on this simple procedure means that more and more people are being exposed to bacteria and toxins from the people they are sharing the swimming space with.
Now, you may be thinking that chlorine is added to pools to kill off these bacteria, but it can only do so much; besides, chlorine is often rendered ineffective when it comes to wiping each individual pool dweller clean of chemicals, especially those that come from personal care products.
Everything from hair gel and shampoos, to some deodorants and lotions, all contain chemicals that are not easily wiped away just by chlorine contact alone. The chemicals within these products need to be wiped away and flushed thoroughly, and this can only be done through extensive and rigorous cleansing, just as you would experience in a shower-like setting. Because the chemicals do not get broken down when entering the pool, they fester, multiply and leave anyone in the pool at a higher risk for contracting an illness.
In the data produced in the research, it was found that there is an overwhelming number of indoor pools that contain pharmaceuticals, in particular, the insect repellant DEET, and flame retardant TCEP.
The dangerous amount of chemicals in pools may not be the only hazard, as the testing also found that pool toys present a high number of toxins, and when brought to the pool and combined with the chlorine, they can do some serious damage to overall health.
To help better defend yourself against these hazardous materials, avoid anything labeled as a number 3 plastic, anything made with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and any PVC materials.
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