An increasing body of evidence shows that fluoride is harmful to your overall health. Learn why and how you can reduce your exposure.
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When my husband and I started paying more attention to the various chemicals we are exposed to on a regular basis, one of the things we started to question was flouride.
You know….that chemical that is added to your water whether you want it there or not. And it’s in just about every toothpaste. And the dentist practically insists on painting it on your teeth every six months when you go for a cleaning.
Did you know that the FDA actually considers flouride to be a medicine (aka “drug”), since it is not an essential nutrient? Did you also know that the FDA does not approve flouride for anything other than topical use?
Why, then, is flouride – a drug – added to our water supply without our consent?
While fluoride may be approved for topical use, you still ingest some. And there is also increasing evidence that topical fluoride does not, in fact, reduce the incidence of tooth decay, since the layer it leaves on your teeth is so thin it is quickly eliminated just by chewing – which, coincidentally, means you’re swallowing it.
Fluoride is harmful…
Flouride, in fact, has quite a few adverse health affects that you should be aware of, especially since you have options available to you to limit your family’s exposure to this harmful drug.
- Dental fluorosis
- Skeletal fluorosis
- Thyroid issues
- Neurological issues
- Cardiovascular problems
- Reproductive issues
- and potentially fluoride poisoning.
That’s right…fluoride is harmful to your health.
Are you starting to see that there may be a problem with all of the fluoride we are exposed to on a continuing basis?
Change Your Toothpaste
One of the easiest and least expensive ways you can start to limit your family’s exposure to unnecessary fluoride is to change your toothpaste.
Did you know that the amount of toothpaste you’re supposed to use is very small? And even at that, the amount of fluoride in that tiny bit of toothpaste is toxic if swallowed? (See why I think fluoride is harmful?)
When we first started looking into alternate toothpaste options, we began to use Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. You have to be sure you are using one that contains no fluoride, though, because they sell toothpaste with fluoride, too.
While fluoride may be OK for topical use, you still ingest some. And there is also increasing evidence that fluoride does not, in fact, reduce the incidence of tooth decay, since the layer it leaves on your teeth is so thin it is quickly eliminated just by chewing.
Have you ever noticed that toothpaste actually leaves your teeth feeling a little slimy, though? That’s because one of the primary ways toothpaste helps protect your teeth is by leaving a coating on your teeth. It’s not a pleasant feeling though.
So we went back to the drawing board and started looking for another toothpaste alternative.
And that’s when I discovered tooth powder, which my family has come to love! Our teeth get super clean, it seems to have a natural whitening effect, and the taste is great! I even have this on auto order from Amazon, about every 2 months so I never have to worry about running out.
Reducing fluoride in your drinking water
Another way my family is combatting the fluoride in our drinking water is by using an in-home reverse osmosis water filtration system.
This is the exact system we use in our house, and we have some of the best tasting water!
This type of reverse-osmosis system installs under your sink, and is VERY easy to DIY – I didn’t even need any help! I love that there is a separate water faucet, so you know where the “good stuff” is coming from.
We use our filtered water for both drinking and cooking, saving the plain tap water for washing.
I even added on the ice maker kit, so I could send our delicious filtered water to the fridge for ice!
Changes you can make?
Hopefully, you’ve reviewed some of the reasons we have chosen to reduce our exposure to fluoride in our household. Once you start researching the health problems associated with fluoride, I think you’ll want to limit your family’s exposure, as well.
I’ve given you 2 easy changes you can make in this article to help your family:
- Change your toothpaste to fluoride free toothpaste or even tooth powder.
- install a reverse-osmosis water filter for drinking and cooking water.
What do you think?
Are these 2 things you’re willing to change for your family?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!