I personally swim 3-4 times per week.The pool I swim in is chlorinated.
I also shower every day, in water that has been chlorinated by the city of Spokane, where I live.
How about you?
How much chlorine are you exposed to?
If you're a swimmer or triathlete, then it's probably quite a bit. If not, you're still getting significant chlorination from simply showering or bathing in your city's water.
Today, I speak with a naturopathic physician and nutritionist, Dr. David Getoff, about how to reduce the risk from swimming in chlorinated pools and drinking chlorinated water. I learned quite a bit during our discussion, and I think you will too.
During this audio interview, I ask David the following questions:
- Why does chlorine get added to pools?
- What type of potentially dangerous things might be happening to the body of someone who is swimming multiple times per week in the average chlorinated health club pool?
- Is there anything that can be done before, during or after swimming to reduce the damage, including nutrition supplements, foods or other strategies?
- Should swimmers use chlorine removing soaps, shampoos and conditioners, and if not, are there better, more natural solutions?
- Are there any types of nutrient, vitamin, mineral or hormone tests that a swimmer specifically should consider getting to see how chlorine may be affecting their body, or how able their body is to withstand damage from swimming in chlorine?
- Aside from a river or lake, are there alternatives to chlorinated pools, and if so, are they easy to find?
- When a swimmer is at home, what type of changes can they make to ensure that the water they're showering in and drinking is as healthy as possible?
In our discussion, Dr. Getoff recommends you also listen to the following:
In addition to Vitamin C, David also recommends the following supplements:
-Vitamin D (this is the one I recommend)
-Vitamin E (he recommends Unique E)
-Alpha lipoic acid (the source I use is Thorne)
For testing your antioxidant levels, David recommends:
For alternatives to chlorinated pools, David recommends:
At the end of our discussion, David also mention the Price-Pottenger Foundation, and a new education series he is putting out on that website very soon. I'd highly recommend you check that out as well.
Question, comments or feedback about how to reduce the risk from swimming in chlorinated pools? Leave them below!
P.S. My Dad wrote me after hearing this podcast. He mentioned that my great Uncle Bernie placed a structured water unit into the skimmer of his indoor pool, and within a week he went from using four chlorine pucks to one puck, his pump pressure was reduced by more than half, the slime on his tile disappeared, yellow staining on his steps disappeared and on and on and on. E-mail my Dad, Gary Greenfield, if you want more info on the unit he used in his home pool.
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