Benefits of the Vitamin C Shower Filter
"If you would no eat it, then do not put it on your skin" Clive De Carle.
Wise words indeed. It's true. We do not understand fully the long term toxicity of hair, body and beauty products. I for one would certainly never eat deodorant, shampoo or make up! There is a healthy way to clean yourself naturally and without toxicity. Read on.
Vitamin C does not get enough credit for its many benefits as not many people realise the importance and advantages it harbours. Vitamin C is very important to humans and animals alike but, where most animals can produce their own vitamin c, humans cannot which means we have to monitor its intake through our diet.
Vitamin C and Chlorine
Chlorine and chloramine are added to tap water, by water companies, to kill water-born microorganisms and ensure water safety regulations are met. Unfortunately, there are a few problems and risks which include poor taste and odour, and a negative impact on sensitive pets and plants as well as the promotion of generating free radicals. Consequently, it might be a good idea to reduce or remove chlorine and chloramine from the water you drink.
A short-term inexpensive, solution to neutralise chlorine and chloramine in drinking water is to add a squirt of lemon to it. One squeeze into the glass will chemically destroy chlorine and chloramine. Since both chemicals cancel each other out, consuming more vitamin C than chlorine is crucial to neutralizing the latter. The ascorbic acid in the lemon water not only neutralizes the chlorine it also adds vitamin c to your glass of water.
The shower is another place where you may face chlorine. One of the most noticeable effects of chlorine on the body is dryness. Chlorine strips your hair and body of natural oils which in turn can result in dry or flaky skin, brittle hair and irritated eyes. Chlorine can also aggravate skin conditions such as eczema so the removal of it from your water is advised.
There are many products on the market which remove chlorine from the water such as whole house filtration systems. If you’re looking for a simple, cost effective way to remove chlorine from your shower you could get a vitamin c shower filter. This is very easy to install and simply screws onto your shower. It is also very easy to monitor the life span of your filter as you can see through it meaning you can see the level of vitamin c. This is perfect for those who are renting or cannot install a whole house system for any reason as it makes your showers chlorine free. You can even fill up a bath through the shower if you wanted to have a bath. This is ideal to protecting you and your family from the negative effects of chlorine
Health benefits of vitamin C
Vitamin c deficiency can lead to health problems such as scurvy. Vitamin c is needed by the body to protect cells and keep them healthy; maintain healthy skin, bones and cartilage as well as helping with healing wounds. Below is a list of a few health benefits of vitamin c.
- May help battle high blood pressure
- It is a strong antioxidant which can boost the body’s immune system
- Fights heart disease risk factors
- Can reduce the risk of gout
- Increases iron absorption
- May improve thinking and memory
Below are a few sources of vitamin c everyone should consider. Most are already part of your diet but if none of these appear in your daily meals, it would be a good idea to incorporate them.
These are only a few sources of vitamin c; the majority of fruit and many vegetables are a good source. Including fruits and vegetables into your diet will benefit your overall health as well as increasing your vitamin C intake.
More good news! If you’re prone to colds during the cold winter months or feel one coming on, get stuck into a warm glass of lemon juice, because it IS good for battling the sniffles or take it further and try to make your own Honey, Lemon and Ginger Tea
- 1-inch fresh ginger rout
- 2 table spoons of freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 table spoon honey
- 1 cup of boiling water
- A slice of lemon for decoration
- Grate ginger into a teapot, then pour 1 cup of boiling water over it and let it steep for 3 minutes.
- Put the lemon juice and honey into a large mug and strain the ginger tea into the mug. Stir to dissolve honey, then add more honey or lemon juice as preferred
- Enjoy your healing tea!
Of course during the hot summer months tea may not be your go-to drink of choice so here is a recipe for some home made lemonade. This is perfect both for cooling down on a hot day and ensuring you are getting some extra vitamin C as vitamin C limits the damage induced by ultra violet light!
- 6 Large lemons
- 150g of caster sugar (or more if a sweeter taste is preferred)
- 1 litre Sparkling water
- Wash the lemons with warm water (this melts off any wax used for preservation)
- Zest one lemon by grating the skin on a fine cheese grater, be sure not to grate down to the white pith (the inner layer of the skin) as this adds a bitter taste .
- Juice the lemons into a jug
- Pour the sugar into the lemon juice and stir until dissolved
- Add the sparkling water to the lemon juice and sugar mix
- Taste your home made lemonade and add more juice or sugar depending on preference, alternatively you can drink your lemonade straight without any added water!
Now all you need is to pour it into a glass with some ice and maybe a slice of lemon. Enjoy!