The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged that a person can absorb more chlorine and other contaminants from bath and shower water than even from drinking water polluted with the same substances.
Unfortunately, this puts children most at risk, as some children bathe for 45 minutes or more several nights a week. Since children also have a larger surface-area-to-body-weight ratio, they may absorb chemicals more quickly and be more severely affected by them.
Children’s tissues, organs and biological systems are still developing, with several stages of rapid growth and development occurring from infancy to adolescence. This rapid development, combined with the immaturity of body organs and systems, predisposes children to potentially more severe consequences within certain age ranges and windows of vulnerability.”
These are the most common things we do to reduce the chemicals in bath water:
- Bentonite clay
Nothing is cheaper and more effective than clay! It clings to heavy metals and eliminates them internally and acts in exactly the same way with the chemicals in the bath water. There is a large number of different clays and with regard to the purification of bath water, my preference is for bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay is a unique clay because of its ability to produce an electrical charge when hydrated. It is a swelling clay that, when mixed with water, opens like a very porous sponge that draws toxins by electrical attraction to it before binding to it.
Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and eliminate toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals. I buy mine in bulk with 2 kilograms simply because we make a big consumption, not only for the bath friends also in masks of beauty, local application on the painful areas, to facilitate the healing of the little sores, to detoxify the hair etc. I love Living Earth’s bentonite clay, which I have been using for many years and still has very good results.
Mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with water in a glass jar with a plastic lid and shake well before pouring everything under the water jet of the bath.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps reduce chemicals in the bathwater. It neutralizes the chlorine and chloramines that would have managed to pass through the tap filter. Two forms of vitamin C are used for bath water, ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate, which act in exactly the same way. We use Swanson Sodium Ascorbate which I find really easy to use.
Simply add a teaspoon of vitamin C powder to the bath water, preferably 10 minutes before you enter your child to give him time to act.
- Mineral salts (Epsom and Himalayan)
I cannot stop writing about Epsom Salt, of which I am an unconditional fan. I buy it in packs of 5 kg which lasts about 1 month. As you know, the depletion of magnesium and the use of synthetic fertilizers have led to an epidemic deficiency of magnesium in young and old. One of the easiest ways to help children avoid this problem is to add these minerals to their bathwater. If you have already taken internally drops of magnesium trace or drunk Niagara salt, you will not contradict me when I tell you that the children all categorically refuse the magnesian supplements internally, unless they are sweet and flavored, in which case I invite you to keep it at bay!
I advise you to pour a good cup of about 200g of Epsom salt into your child’s bath, as regularly as possible. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes for optimal absorption through the skin.