As you may already know I’m a regular contributing writer for the Thyroid Nation blog. This is a US based blog dedicated to creating greater thyroid health awareness. My latest article titled ‘Do You Worry Your Thyroid Is At Risk When You Swim In Chlorinated Pools‘ has now been published.
Do You Worry Your Thyroid Is At Risk When You Swim In Chlorinated Pools?’
It’s very tempting to take a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day. But do you worry your thyroid is at risk when you swim in chlorinated pools? Have you considered the potential harm pool chemicals have on your thyroid health?
The truth is, if you swim in pools with chlorine, or take a long soak in a hot tub you are exposing yourself to potentially harmful chemicals.
When you take a dip in a chlorinated pool, or hot tub you risk absorbing an excessive amount of chlorine through your skin. This has the potential to block iodine activity.
Of all the minerals that support proper thyroid function, iodine is the most important.
Iodine is an essential component of your thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).
Disinfection Chemicals Are More Dangerous Than Chlorine
Aside from the adverse effects of chlorine, a recent study published in Environmental Science and Technology reveals common disinfectant techniques can lead to the formation of by-products that are far more dangerous.
Termed disinfection by-products (DBPs), these are formed when chlorine, or other disinfectants react with compounds that swimmers add to the water. This includes such compounds as sweat, urine, and pharmaceuticals. DBPs are also formed when chlorine mixes with ingredients derived from personal care products such as sunscreens, body lotions, make-up, perfume, etc.
This recent study from the University of South Carolina is ground breaking as it’s the first study to demonstrate that water disinfectants can increase our exposure to a wide range of harmful DBPs.
It’s widely accepted environmental toxins pose a serious threat to thyroid health, especially if you have a family history of thyroid disease.
You can click here to read the full article on the Thyroid Nation blog: ‘Do You Worry Your Thyroid Is At Risk When You Swim In Chlorinated Pools?‘
I hope you find this article informative!
The Thyroid Naturopath