If you’re interested in removing chlorine from your drinking water and wondering if chlorinated water kills gut bacteria, you’re in the right place.

Does Chlorinated Water Kill Gut Bacteria?

Chlorine effectively removes bacteria and viruses from water, so it’s safer to drink. But the challenge is, when chlorine is dissolved in water, a chemical reaction occurs, disinfection bi-products multiply, and the risk to your health increases.

Does Chlorinated Water Kill Gut Bacteria? Yes, it does.

Chlorine has the power to kill good AND bad bacteria, so while it’s great to prepare your water for drinking, it isn’t so great for your gut bacteria, which relies on a healthy balance between strains of good and bad bacteria to regulate your entire immune system and keep your digestion running smoothly.

Related: Chlorination, Are You Sure Your Drinking Water is Safe? 


Health Risks of Chlorine in Drinking Water

Chlorine in drinking water can be the beginning of many health challenges. Chlorinated water kills gut bacteria just as it kills the bacteria in water.

Trihalomethanes (THM) which are byproducts of water chlorination, cause damage to your cells and contribute to the pressure of other health conditions.

Doctors suggest that chlorine also creates or aggravates existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as the microbiome on your skin is thrown out of balance.

Continuous exposure to chlorine can cause dry skin or even acne, as the skin struggles to cope with the imbalance.

Studies prove that chlorine in drinking water also increases the risk of breast, bladder, and colon cancer.

Related: Protecting Your Hair from Chlorine Damage with a Shower Filter


Removing Chlorine From Your Drinking Water

There are many options to take care of the chlorine chemical that contaminates your drinking and bathing water. ​​

Whole House Water Filter

Whole house water filters are great for removing common chemicals in tap water, including harsh disinfectants like chlorine and chloramine. They also do a great job of protecting the pipes inside your home, appliances, and body.

Benchtop Water Filter​​

Benchtop water filters remove 99% of Chlorine and Chloramines from your drinking water, depending on the cartridge inside.

Undersink Water Filter

Undersink Water Filters offer the same protection but are conveniently hidden beneath the sink. ​​

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis is the KING of all water filters because they remove the most amount of contaminants.

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