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Don’t pee in the pool! No really, don’t!

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Research has shown that “when mixed, urine and chlorine may form substances that can cause potential health problems.”

Your parents always told you “no peeing in the pool,” eventhough, most people, including professional swimmers admit to the relieving themselves when no one’s looking. Recently scientists have shown that there’s merit to the claim. Researchers have shown that urine and chlorine mix may form substances that maybe harmful to your health. Their report appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Adding chlorine to pool water is the standard and proven method to kill disease-causing microbes and sickness.

Recent studies have shown that nitrogenous compounds (e.g., urea) in urine and sweat react with chlorine to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs), including including trichloramine (NCl3) and cyanogen chloride (CNCl). Cl3 is associated with lung issue, and CNCl may affect the lungs, heart and central nervous system. Scientists are yet identified the ingredients in sweat and urine that cause the potentially harmful compounds to form. But this evidence are great reason for need to increase awareness and educate the public on the importance of swimming pool hygiene.

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