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Swimming Pool and Chlorine

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Created January 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I recently moved and my new place has a community swimming pool and spa. I have been thinking of adding swimming to my exercise regimen. I also love going in the spa to relax.

I'm assuming that the chemicals used to clean the pool / spa are not good for us, but I'd like to know how bad they are. I dont use soap or shampoo (been 6 months) for the reason of not wanting uneccesary stuff on my skin, so you can kind of see why the pool chemicals weird me out.

If anyone has any good info, I would appreciate it. I guess I'm just trying to put the activity (smim, or spa) on a hazard spectrum with

0 being "enjoy don't think about it" 5 being "enjoy but use similar to a cheat" 10 would be "avoid like the plague"

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 30, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Hrm, first thing I find when Googling is that saltwater pools aren't necessarily chlorine-free.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 13, 2011
at 05:29 AM

OK, how do you detox for it?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:42 AM

I check my hair samples all the time because of my hot tub and pool. I detox for it now.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on January 28, 2011
at 11:47 PM

Reading the daily mail article, I make that a 0.08% chance of developing a bladder cancer yearly, you'd have to be very unlucky in a lifetime even if the risk is raised from the norm. I love swimming, it's one of the most natural human activities... http://www.ted.com/talks/elaine_morgan_says_we_evolved_from_aquatic_apes.html

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on January 28, 2011
at 05:47 PM

But it's not just the chlorine, see Travis's answer below, and some of his links.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on January 28, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Awesome, thanks Travis.

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on January 14, 2011
at 12:29 AM

This may start you off in the right direction: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-431777/Chlorine-bathwater-linked-cancer.html http://news.discovery.com/human/chlorinated-pools-swimming-cancer.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18351068

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 14, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Could you please post some links/concrete proof on the carcinogenic properties? My current main source of low level cardio is swimming in a chlorinated pool, so for some of us such news (if validated with citations) will cause us to weigh the benefits of consistent low level cardio against the risks of cancer.

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on January 13, 2011
at 11:13 PM

My brother's ex gf was allergic to chlorine and thus, they had a salt water pool. I remember him telling me he loved it. I should look into finding a local one

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:09 PM

This is what I was affraid of. Do you have any links of where I could read up?

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on January 28, 2011
at 10:55 AM

Swimming for me is one of the most beneficial and natural physical activities there is, especially when mixed in with other sports. I am surprised that Mark Sissons for example doesn't recommend it more in his work out routines. I think the benefits far outweigh the health issues posed by chlorine (which I would say are minimal). As long as you wash yourself down afterwards, I don't see a problem. Of course, I prefer swimming in the sea, but that's not always practical.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on January 28, 2011
at 11:47 PM

Reading the daily mail article, I make that a 0.08% chance of developing a bladder cancer yearly, you'd have to be very unlucky in a lifetime even if the risk is raised from the norm. I love swimming, it's one of the most natural human activities... http://www.ted.com/talks/elaine_morgan_says_we_evolved_from_aquatic_apes.html

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 28, 2011
at 05:47 PM

But it's not just the chlorine, see Travis's answer below, and some of his links.

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on November 30, 2012
at 10:40 PM

My experience was that swimming for 2 years on a competitive high school team led to my hypothyroidism, digestive issues, and acne.

I swam about 2 hours each day of the week in a highly chlorinated pool. My diet was low in iodine and not very healthy, so I developed digestive issues, acne, and hypothyroidism.

I've since quit swimming, began Paleo and after a months my digestion has improved significantly, acne is 90% clear, and I am now supplementing iodine to get over my hypothyroidism(since I still have low stomach acid, weight issues, and cold hands/feet).

I believe the chlorine in the pool really messed with my thyroid, and others' too. I look at the kids on the swim team at school and 90% have acne. I suspect that the chlorine led to thyroid issues, causing digestive issues, and then acne.

This is just my experience so take it for what it is, however swimming was definitely one of the best workouts I've ever had and had it not caused so many problems for me I would still be swimming.

My recommendation is to supplement Iodine, maybe around 12.5mg a day to avoid problems from the chlorine.

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on December 15, 2011
at 11:09 AM

i swim with a silicone hat, but i hear that neoprene ones are much better at keeping the water out. there is one I plan to get. the My swim cap Diva (it is supposed to be perfect for those with long hair)!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 13, 2011
at 05:34 AM

I can't add citations but have a memory of reading about the worries of chlorine: on the skin not much of a problem, indoor swimming and breathing it is the bigger problem. Inhaling chlorine in the shower is worse than having it on your skin. The lungs suffer but the skin repels it.

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on August 13, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Was just gonna ask this question, but I did a search first. A lot of people have been recommending swimming for pregnant women because the weightlessness is relieving. But then we were asking ourselves if the chlorine is not good for babby. Then I wondered, hey what about ourselves too?

Growing up, I swam in our pools hundreds and hundreds of times. And even as an adult, I used to swim in my apartment complex pool very regularly. I would challenge myself with oddball scenarios... like I would act as if my feet were tied together and then swim 10 laps without allowing my feet to touch the bottom of the pool and without touching the pool ends when turning around after each lap. My arms were jello after that. Then I would act like my hands were tied together and use only my legs and do 10 laps that way. I always wanted to be ready in case I was in some kind of emergency out in the middle of a large body of water like a lake or the ocean. At one point, I could swim the distance of the lap pool (it was 80 feet long) 3 and a half times underwater without coming up for air. I always wanted 4 lengths, but never accomplished it. But 3.5 times 80 is 280 feet! That's almost a football field underwater without coming up! Ocean emergency with my hands tied together pulling a boat full of people here I come!! (I have no idea where the boat full of people came from - everybody wants to be a hero right?)

Ah good times. So anyway I swam so much as a California kid that I can remember very often my skin being all prune-y from the chlorine. And the red eyes. Yikes. All the time. Scary to think about it. And I have a beautiful pool and spa out back. We rarely use it, but it's definitely not salt water like the fancy resorts :(

I need to get rich so I can build a fancy salt water pool!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on August 13, 2011
at 04:42 AM

I check my hair samples all the time because of my hot tub and pool. I detox for it now.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 13, 2011
at 05:29 AM

OK, how do you detox for it?

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on January 28, 2011
at 11:15 AM

Some more upmarket gyms and spas use ozone or UV light (both harmless) to clean their pools. I found one in my area just by phoning through a list of the posher places and asking them how they clean their pool, although it is too pricey for me to be a regular member. Do you live near any natural body of water that's safe for swimming e.g. not sewage contaminated, safe rocks/currents? Some of the most fun swimming experiences that I've had were in fresh water swimming lakes. Just be sure to wear goggles or you will get pink eye.

If you must swim in a chlorinated pool, try to keep your head above the water.

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on January 13, 2011
at 11:10 PM

I second checking out salt water pools!! I just found out we have one in my city, and I am so psyched to try it! I've always hated chlorine pools because they fumes make it hard for me to breathe :P

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Chlorine (or its interaction with the other chemicals commonly used) is a potent carcinogen; I would definitely avoid it. They now have salt water swimming pools that are a much better option and may be in your area.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 14, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Could you please post some links/concrete proof on the carcinogenic properties? My current main source of low level cardio is swimming in a chlorinated pool, so for some of us such news (if validated with citations) will cause us to weigh the benefits of consistent low level cardio against the risks of cancer.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 13, 2011
at 11:13 PM

My brother's ex gf was allergic to chlorine and thus, they had a salt water pool. I remember him telling me he loved it. I should look into finding a local one

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 14, 2011
at 12:29 AM

This may start you off in the right direction: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-431777/Chlorine-bathwater-linked-cancer.html http://news.discovery.com/human/chlorinated-pools-swimming-cancer.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18351068

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 13, 2011
at 07:09 PM

This is what I was affraid of. Do you have any links of where I could read up?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 28, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Awesome, thanks Travis.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 30, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Hrm, first thing I find when Googling is that saltwater pools aren't necessarily chlorine-free.

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on November 30, 2012
at 07:48 PM

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