Scientists have warned that peeing in the pool can be harmful and should be avoided if possible.
Basically disinfectants have chemical reactions with the organic materials on our body like dirt, sweat, moisturisers, and urine!
When these chemical reactions occur, something called DBPs (disinfection byproducts) are created, and this is where the problems start.
Researchers estimate that swimming pools contain an average of 30 to 80 mls of urine for each person that’s jumped in. Some of that is released accidentally or without the person realizing.
Knowing that DBPs can cause effects in cells naturally leads to concerns about the chemicals’ effects on human health. Studies about the effects of DBPs on swimmers “have been focused on highly exposed groups, such as professional swimmers and workers, or vulnerable groups, such as infants and children,” says Cristina M. Villanueva, an epidemiologist who heads the water pollution program at ISGlobal, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.
“It has been described in many studies that the prevalence of asthma is high among swimmers,” Villanueva says. But the nature of the association is harder to determine. Did those swimmers develop asthma because they swim, or do they swim because they have asthma? One of the complicating factors is that doctors recommend swimming as a sport suitable for people with asthma.
Villanueva and her colleagues have also tried to determine whether there is a connection between swimming and increased incidence of bladder cancer. Read more on the study here.
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