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Why Should I consider avoiding chlorine…

2nd November 2022:

My name is Tori – Design Consultant here at Pond by Michael Wheat.

You may have spoken to me if you have enquired about a Pond project.
If not,
Please let me introduce myself:
If you are looking to start your own pond project I will be the first person you will speak to hear at Ponds by Michael Wheat.
We will discuss your project and I will consult with you to see whether it’s feasible and then guide you through your design and our design plan.
I have now been working for Ponds by Michael Wheat for over 5 years and have a wealth of experience in all aspects of creating that Dream Ponds for our clients to cherish for many a year.

Every now and then I will be sharing my knowledge and sharing the answers to clients’ questions through this newsletter. It’s a great privilege for Michael to allow me to do this and hopefully, it will help those of you who are currently starting your Pond Journey and may have the same questions or concerns.

This week I discuss Chlorine and this is because a client requested to know what is so bad about Chlorine in pools so let us discuss…

Who would have thought that a classic summer fun activity such as swimming could be the cause of health issues?

Most pools you swim in contain chlorine, and while chlorine kills algae, bacteria, and germs other microorganisms, did you know that it is also a potential carcinogen?

There are other ways that chlorine may affect the body too, and they are not good. If you’re exposed to TOO much chlorine:

Skin and hair – Dries out, which can cause premature wrinkles, itching, and even rashes. Chlorine has a reaction to bleach in our hair which can make it brittle and even snap.

Respiratory system – Toxic gases, such as nitrogen trichloride are released into the air, especially in indoor pools because of their enclosed nature. The gases damage the lining of the lungs, which leads to respiratory problems. The gases become more of a concern for people who suffer from asthma because the gas will aggravate the condition.

Eye issues – The tear film of your eyes is washed away when your eyes are submerged in chlorinated water. The tear film protects the cornea of your eye, and when exposed to the chlorine they become susceptible to dirt and bacteria that are not eliminated by the chemical. So, without the tear film, your eye can be prone to infections. The most common is conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.

The nervous system, lungs, and heart – There have been multiple studies that have shown that urine and chlorine do not mix. It sounds really gross, but one in five Americans admit to peeing in the pool. The thought behind it is that chlorine will kill the germs from the urine, but not so.

When urine and chlorine mix, two toxic chemicals are formed. One is cyanogen chloride (CNCl) which is classified as a chemical of warfare and damages your lungs, heart, and nervous system. The other is trichloramine (NCl3), which is linked to lung damage.

Digestive system – Swimming in chlorinated water destroys friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract if accidentally ingested, which may cause bloating and indigestion, and weakens your immune system.

If you love to swim but are looking for a more natural and potentially safer alternative, choose a chemical-free swim pond instead.

Crystal Clear Swimming Pond

I look forward to speaking to you again soon. If you have any questions that you would like me to answer please reply to this email and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible

.P.s my next newsletter is about how water improves mental health. DONT MISS IT!

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