Watch a tv advertisement promoting toothpaste and you’ll hear how fluoride is great for healthy teeth while nearly every conventional toothpaste on the market contains it. Our bodies are constantly bombarded with it from a wide range of sources including drinking water, air pollution, toothpaste, mouthwashes, medicines, pesticide and herbicide residues.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a chemical ion found on the earth’s crust. It is found naturally in soil, water, foods and several minerals. It is also synthesized in laboratories and added to drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products.
Why is fluoride bad for you?
It is a chemical, which has been used an insecticide, fungicide, herbicide and rodenticide which can cause cancer, depression, Alzheimers, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, headaches, Down syndrome and eczema.
Why is it added to drinking water?
Fluoride is added to water to prevent tooth decay, however the dose cannot be controlled because the amount each person consumes differs depending on how much water they consume per day. There is little evidence to prove that it prevents tooth decay and a study funded by the US National Institute of Health found no significant relationship between tooth decay and fluoride intake among children. In fact, children are being over-exposed to fluoride and the goal of reducing occurrence of dental fluorosis has failed.
How Can I Reduce My Intake of Fluoride?
Avoid drinking tap water and consider a filtration system such as reverse osmosis which can supply water to the whole house (including water you bathe in as let’s not forget that the skin absorbs everything you put on it!) Also check out Grander.com.
Use fluoride-free toothpaste only such as Aloe-Dent, Ganozhi or search online at chemical-free beauty stores such as LoveLula.
Have you gone fluoride-free or will you now consider it? Tell me in the comments below.