: Chlorine exists in the water of other cities. Why are the problems of hair loss and dry skin more serious in Vancouver?
: Chlorine in water is one of the main reasons causing hair loss and dry skin. However, other areas with higher humidity and without heat inside houses allow skin to replenish hydration and cause relatively less damage to hair. But with the dry summers and the heat turned on in winters, skin and hair are always deprived of water. Specialists say chlorine damages on the protein content in hair is especially severe when under ultraviolet light.
: Is it harmful that the body absorbs a large amount of chlorine through the skin?
: A research report prepared by cancer researcher Professor Wilkins in 1998 says, "one in every 10 cases of bladder and colon cancer can be resulted from years of drinking and showering with chlorine-treated water." The American Biology Association estimates that the chemicals absorbed during shower, including chlorine, is 10 times higher than drinking.
: How can we avoid absorption of chlorine during showers?
: Filters designed for removing chlorine from showers have recently become available. While most filters can only be used for cold water (for drinking), the new shower filters can be used with warm water. Due to the low price, easy installation and fair performance, these filters are quite popular. But if you like bathing or want the sink water to be also chlorine-free, you should consider a whole house centralized filter system.
: Is fluoride added into Vancouver's drinking water?
: No. In the past, fluoride was added into the water of most cities to prevent tooth cavity. Recent researches however found that drinking water with a high fluoride content can in the long-run affect the health of our teeth. Some countries therefore stopped adding fluoride into their water, and so did Vancouver. However, the natural fluoride content in Vancouver's drinking water is below 0.05 mg/l. The best way to prevent cavity is still to have a fluoride treatment at the dentists.
: There are a lot of names for water - pure water, mineral water, glacier water, distilled water, living water, deionized water, oxygenated water, p water - what are their differences?
: As the water on earth gets more polluted by the day, the demand for clean quality water goes up. Business people create catchy names to increase appeal and this explains the flood of various kinds of filters, purifiers and water processors in the market. The only difference between these equipment is the method used in cleaning the water.
: How to choose a good water filter?
: Not every filter serves its intended purpose. Filters of poor quality or being misused not only cannot clean your water, but can actually affect your health!
Before buying a water filter, first you have to know the problems with the water in your house and select accordingly. The water quality in every city and district is different, and more so with the influence of different water source, environment and building structure.
For example, the water in Vancouver is not hard water and there is no need to spend thousands of dollars buying water softener. On the contrary, given the high turbidity in the Vancouver water, it is important to install pre-filter to reduce the silt and extra-fine sediment, or else the main filter wil easily be saturated or clogged up before its time.
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