Vitashower Shower Filter Comparison
Comparing Vitashower with other types of Shower Filtration
The problem: Chlorine and Chloramines
Chlorine is universally used to chemically disinfect public water systems. It bonds chemically to proteins in our hair and skin. It can:
- leave your hair dry and brittle
- make your skin itchy
- trigger negative reactions in children, the elderly and people with chlorine sensitivity
While showering or bathing in hot water, inhaling chlorine on a sustained basis can lead to a number of chronic conditions: see Dangers of Chlorine
Advantages of Vitamin C over Traditional Technologies
Vitamin C de-chlorination has a lengthy history. It has been used in EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and APHA methods for the de-chlorination of lab samples. In the medical industry, it is the standard for critical applications such as dialysis, where the introduction of chlorinated water or toxic chemicals would be catastrophic. Breeders of rare fish also choose this method of de-chlorination. Very recently, vitamin de-chlorination is being used in the treatment of water. It fully neutralizes both chlorine and chloramines. Read the research behind Vitamin C dechlorination
This superior new technology has been incorporated in Vitashower (US patent pending 10/268486).
There are several powerful arguments for using Vitamin C instead of KDF, activated carbon or sulfur-based compounds as de-chlorination agents.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and sodium ascorbate fully neutralize both chlorine and chloramines. One gram of Vitamin C will neutralize 1 ppm (part per million) chlorine in 100 gallons of water. Vitamin C is easily utilized by humans and animals. It is known to boost the immune system, improve skin and hair and is also the safest and least toxic of all de-chlorination agents.
Activated carbon filtration (AC) is effective in reducing certain organic chemicals and chlorine in cold water. Chlorine is attracted to and held (absorbed) into the surface of the carbon particles. However, the efficiency of absorption is quickly nullified when the water becomes warm. The lifetime of an activated carbon shower filter is very short. An activated carbon shower filter gets clogged very quickly by the dirt it is meant to stop. As soon as that happens, it immediately starts to supply dirty water.
KDF,another widely used dechlorination media, is comprised of copper and zinc. It removes free chlorine by reversing the electrochemical process that originally separated the chlorine from sodium in a brine solution. It can NOT however, remove chloramines and, it’s efficiency depends on water temperature, it doesn’t work well in cold water.
There are several other limitations using KDF as a de-chlorinating agent. KDF shower filters are also affected by water pressure. When the water pressure is not high enough, water simply can’t pass through the KDF powders. The major problem of KDF shower filters is that the lifetime of the filter depends on the quality of the water passing through it. This is truly a cath-22. When the quality of the water is bad, that’s when we need a shower filter the most. The dirt a KDF filter removes from the water quickly covers the surface of the KDF that in turn makes the filter ineffective very quickly. When the quality of the water is clean, we don’t need a shower filter and KDF shower filters works great and will last a lot longer.
Other shower filter manufacturers use sulfur-based compounds such as sodium sulfite (or sulfate) as de-chlorinating agents. These sulfur-based compounds can be toxic to humans. The addition of excess sulfite and sulfate chemicals to our water supplies has always been a concern.