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3 Things You Need to do when Swimming

Summer is here – and half-way gone already. Where do those summer days drift to anyway? They seem to linger with the fireflies, never-ending humidity, and late-night margaritas poolside. But in the same breath, we blink and it’s time to start planning our school year and fall sporting events.

I’m one who pushes summer out as far as possible. Yes, it is hot. Yes, it is humid. Yes, my kids have permanent swimsuit tan lines. We absolutely love this season.  We basically live in the pool. I’m talking twice a day swim practices with races one day a week, and plenty of fun time in there as well. We cheer on our oldest as she bobs her head up and down so fast we could miss her if we blinked. She’s the cutest little 7-year-old on the swim team!

Even my 15-month-old likes to jump off the diving board into his Daddy’s arms. We are a water family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But recently, I’ve noticed the kids complain about headaches, and they’ve been more tired than usual. The temperatures have been hovering between 95-100 degrees, so I know they need to drink more to stay hydrated, but I also started doing research about the pool water.

Come to find out, that crap is basically poison!

I’m not even slightly kidding! The necessary evil that is chlorine (because, let’s face it, what neighborhood pool isn’t chlorinated) is poisoning our bodies. The sunscreen, sweat, urine, and other fluids that are released in the pool water cause a reaction with the chlorine called chloramines; these include over 100 byproducts that are mostly toxins – some of which are linked to cancer. Yes, we are swimming in a pool of cancer causing chemicals.

3 Ways to Rid the Body of Chlorine 

Vitamin C: This amazing vitamin has been proven to neutralize the effects of chlorine and even undo the chemical’s damage. The key is to take it in powder form. There are 3 ways to use Vitamin C:

·       Mix it with water and drink to cleanse the body.

·       Mix it in a spray bottle with water and spray directly on the body after swimming.

·       Mix it with the sunscreen (high-quality, mineral-based sunscreen) and apply before swimming.

The best approach, of course, is all three.

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Never underestimate a good bath after swimming!

Epsom Salt Baths: After swimming, fill the tub with warm water and let Epsom salt dissolve before soaking for 15-30 minutes. This encourages the body to release toxins.

Also – Stay Hydrated, as proper hydration is key to cleansing the body from the inside out!

Within my research, I learned that chlorinated pools are also linked to:

  • Asthma
  • Breathing problems
  • Skin rashes
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nausea/Upset Stomach
  • Sinus Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydaration
  • Coughing
  • Dry Skin/Hair
  • Cancer

Of course, I panicked.

I pulled the kids out of the water for 4 days. How could I knowingly poison them?  But then the begging began, and the sweating, and the heat continued, and the holiday ended and swim team resumed. What could I do?

Well, I can’t prevent the exposure, none of us can. So instead of hiding away and avoiding our absolute favorite pastime, we are heading to the pool with our Vitamin C sunscreen and spray bottle!

See you at the pool!

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