Is your tap water aging you?
Enviourmental toxins could be lurking in your tap water and disrupting your hair, skin and gut health says leading expert.
You may have noticed when you travel abroad that your hair and skin miraculously transform. Hair is shinier and easier to detangle, skin breakouts subside and radiance emerges, seemingly overnight. You might assume this is due to leaving your worries behind, yet more likely than not, it is the water.
In the UK our traditional water pipes carry hard water strewn with metal deposits that can affect the finish of our hair when washing and cause our skin to feel tight and irratated. I recall one leading cosmetic company launching a shampoo that harnessed a slever copper neutralising technology to prevent chemically processed hair from oxidizing end ending up an unfattering "breasy blonde". Then years ago, at the time of the launch, such advanced inovaition fell on deaf ears. Now, enviourmental toxins are an emerging health concern on the functional health scene.
These days, those with salon processed hair can lean on purple-toned shampoos and masks to correct colour fade and to neutralise the orange tinge that can emegre after repeated washing. Better yet, you could head to the source and invest in a Vitaclean shower head with an inbult filtration system.
Unlike expensive filter systems that need to be plumbed into the mains water supply, this chick looking shower head comes with an antibacterial filter to capture impurities, bacteria and toxins, a cloth filter to trap residual pipe rust dirt, sediments and calcium, and a vitamin C shot to neutralise harsh chlorine. The idea being that you'll get less gunk in the drain your hair will shed its matte veil for a glossier coat. The handheld Starter Kit costs £79.
Swapping your shower head may help turn your tired looking skin and hair around, but the water you ingest could disrupting your wellbeing, according to Dr. Sabine Donnai from Viavi Health Strategy.
"Enviormental toxins are being absorbed through our tap water. It is cleaned to make it safe for us to drink, but pesticides, metals and hormones cannot be entirely filtered out."
Dr. Sabine Donnai says the smartest way to purify the water you drink is not by piling up plastic bottles of mineral water, but by investing in a reverse osmosis fitrering system. "Thankfully these day you can buy desktop machines that cost less and don't need to be fitted."
Even more afordable, a Britta water jug will suffice. "It won't be as thorough as a reverse osmosis filter system, but it will remove traces of heavy metals which can disrupt the gut and lead to autoimmune issues that can ever trigger hair loss."