For many people there is nothing better than a dip in a pool on a hot summer day. When people smell the chlorine from a pool it is almost like an instant happiness trigger. Unfortunately the chlorine and other chemicals in a pool can trigger asthma as well. Here are some ways that you can have fun in the pool while avoiding toxins to your body.
Limit yourself when swimming in chlorinated indoor swimming pools. There is often no ventilation in the room where the pool is housed so the fumes from the chemicals are stronger than an outdoor pool. A study performed in Belgium in 2006 showed that too much used of an indoor chlorinated pool promotes the development of asthma in children. The children that swam more frequently indoors had the same amount of proteins that are associated with increased asthma risk as a smoker.
When you decide to go to a public pool, make sure that you go to one that has very strict rules about swimming. This includes taking a shower before getting into the pool and no outside toys or floatation devices. When the chlorine in the water comes in contact with hair, sweat, saliva, body products, and urine it can create certain disinfection products such as chloroform which is a known carcinogen. It can also produce bromodichloromethane which has been linked to cancer and liver or kidney disease.
If you have your own pool, consider converting to something with less chemicals such as a salt water pool. You could always go to the beach or a lake as there is no chlorine in those waters! If you buy a kiddie pool for your small child, buy one that is made of the hard plastic as those have little to no BPA. Change the water frequently.