Pure, natural water is the lifeline of the universe.
We all know the importance of drinking water for hydration but have you ever thought about what else is added to water? Unfortunately water isn't as natural as it's made out to be. If you're drinking tap water it can vary but likely there's an interesting mix of not so desirable contaminants doing you harm. Enter one of the most controversial additives to water, fluoride...
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in nature. Specifically in rocks, soil, salt and even some food and beverages.
Why Is Fluoride Bad?
Fluoride is controversial because it is purposely added to water supplies and there is an unhelpful amount of arguments for and against its uses. When fluoride was starting to be added to water (over 60 years ago) there was no compelling evidence to imply that fluoride might prevent tooth decay. This leaves us with the question, why add it in the first place? Here are some reasons why you should consider skipping fluoride:
It Can Impair Thyroid Function
Our thyroid gland produces hormones that control the body's metabolism as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. Exposure to high amounts of fluoride in your drinking water can interfere with normal thyroid function.
It May Cause Harm To The Brain
There's some evidence to suggest that fluoride can impede brain development, decrease IQ and potentially raise the risk of Dementia.
Bone & Kidney Damage
Long term consumption of fluoride in water may lead to damage to bones, joints and Kidneys.
3 Ways To Reduce Fluoride Intake
1. Water Filters
We often rely on tap water for our daily hydration needs however this water source is one of the highest daily sources of fluoride exposure in areas where fluoride is added to water. Ensure the water filter you purchase filters out fluoride as many do not. Make sure you have a suitable Drinking Vessel on hand, preferably made of glass and BPA-Free.
Fluoride free toothpaste has come a long way. There are many great toothpaste options now that are fluoride free. Make the swap from conventional toothpaste and dental products that contain fluoride and instead look for formulas that contain clove, tea tree, aloe vera, cinnamon and peppermint.
3. Eat Fresh Food & Drinks
Eating fresh food and drinks prepared at home helps to reduce your fluoride intake. Prepackaged food and drinks made with water are a potential source of hidden fluoride. To keep it simple, the more processed the food or drink is, the more fluoride it contains.
Remember, your body absorbs whatever you put in it, so follow the same philosophy as you would when preparing and eating a healthy meal. Be kind to your body, there's simply no place for fluoride, chlorine or unnecessary additives in your water!