Day Ten of 33 Day Challenge (5 Minute Video)

Shower Filter 

Why You Need a Shower Water Filter

A shower water filter will change your life in many positive ways. The health benefits of using this simple device in your home are numerous.


The main reason that people use shower water filters is to filter out chlorine. Chlorine is added to our drinking water to help disinfect it and it is successful in its role. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that the amount is small and it is, therefore, safe for drinking.

However, when we shower, water cascades over our bodies and enters into all of our pores. This is a different type of consumption, and its safety is questionable.

The chlorination of water results in byproducts called trihalomethanes (THMs). We are exposed to them every time we shower.

2. Chloroform 

One trihalomethane byproducts that is created when water is chlorinated is chloroform. You may be familiar with chloroform because it was used as an anesthetic long ago and it frequently appears in films and other tales. 

Chloroform, unfortunately, is linked to cancer. The US Department of Health and Human Services considers chloroform to be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” – and you’re pouring it all over your body.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also issued warnings about chloroform

Installing a shower water filter will help to keep chloroform out of your system and you will be much safer.

3. Bacteria

Another thing to worry about if you don’t use a shower water filter is the presence of bacteria in your showerhead. Because the inside of your showerhead is both moist and dark, it is a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.

Every time you have the water running, that bacteria is pouring out. Bacteria can make you sick and you won’t even know why.

4. Toxic Chemicals 

Although our water is filtered by our local municipal water utility, some chemicals still manage to make it through. There are a large number of toxins in our water such as fluoride, Teflon, polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and even heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury.

The more times we filter our water before it goes in or on our bodies, the better. A shower water filter is just one more line of defense to help keep us safe.

5. Better Skin

Installation of a water filter shower head can also help to improve the quality of your skin. Chlorine is added to water to help kill bad bacteria, but unfortunately, it kills the good bacteria also. Furthermore, it kills Vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids, too.

The death of these beneficial molecules in our water can lead to dry and wrinkly skin. Although a shower filter won’t put them back in, it will reduce the amount of chlorine that your body is exposed to, thereby encouraging skin improvement overall.

6. Hydrated Hair

As you might imagine, anything that can damage your skin can also damage your hair. The fact that a shower water filter filters out chlorine is not only good news for your body, but for your hair as well. You will see an improvement in your hair in a very short time after installing a filter in your shower. 

7. Breathe Easier

Research has shown that children experience a higher risk of childhood asthma if they have spent a lot of time around chlorinated swimming pools. This is likely because chlorine releases a chemical called trichloramine. If this is present in a pool setting, it is also present in your home if you are not using a shower water filter.

These chemicals can also have a negative effect on people with existing asthma as well.

Furthermore, a chemical called dichlorophenol is also added to our tap water, and some studies suggest that this chemical may cause food allergies, but more research is needed.

A shower water filter will help to filter these things out of your shower water, though – so installing one is well worth it for the peace of mind alone. 


Dr. Steven Baker

Dr. Ben Lerner

Derek Peterson