Fluoride is toxic and you need to reduce your exposure to it. It makes its way into both expected and unexpected places so you need to know where to look!
Fluoride has been seen to cause dental fluorosis, reduced intelligence in children, and damages the nervous system. However, these discoveries are just beginning. The experiment of fluoride overload in our infrastructure is still alive and we, the people, experience the negative effects every day.
But we have ways to avoid the harmful effects of this pervasive neurotoxin. The ten tips we share below will put the power back in your hands so you can reduce or remove fluoride exposure for the benefit of yourself and your loved ones:
1. Stop Drinking It
The largest exposure to fluoride comes from our local water supply. So the fastest way to reduce exposure is to start here. You can do so by using water filters that connect to your mains or a simple filter bottle (make sure they filter fluoride, though, because many don’t), drink bottled spring water when it contains no fluoride, or purchase a water distillation unit that sits on your counter top.
2. Avoid Fluoridated Toothpaste
Cheap toothpaste brands contain nasty chemicals, including fluoride. Go organic where possible or at the very least for a un-fluoridated product. But if you need to get the more affordable options, then make sure you and your children do not swallow any of it. Fluoride toothpaste is a significant risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis because children ingest excessive amounts of it when left unsupervised.
3. Avoid Fluoride Gel Treatments
Many dentists continue to apply fluoride gels regardless of the patient’s cavity risk. Even though patients with the highest risk of cavities be the only ones receiving the treatment, researchers say.
During the procedure, patients clamp down on a tray for 4 minutes, which uses a concentrated, acidic fluoride gel (12,300 ppm). Because of the high acidity of fluoride gel, the saliva glands produce a considerable amount of saliva throughout the treatment, which makes it extremely difficult to avoid swallowing the gel, for adults and children alike.
4. Avoid Processed Foods
Any food that uses fluoridated water becomes fluoridated itself. So you can safely assume that the more processed a food product is, the more fluoride it likely contains.
Whole and plant based foods also contain naturally occurring fluoride, but at a much lower level than any processed food. So next time you reach for something to eat look fresh foods rather than processed.
Also, since processed beverages (e.g., sodas, reconstituted juices, sports drinks) contribute far more to fluoride intake than processed foods, you should try and reduce your consumption of processed beverages as a start point.
5. Purchase Organic Wine and Grape Juice
In the U.S., most vineyards use a fluoride based pesticide called cryolite. This significantly raises the levels of fluoride in wine and grape juice products and increases your risk of exposure when you choose to drink them. In 2005, the USDA informed the public that the medium level of fluoride passed the 2 ppm mark for both white wine and white grape. Fluoride levels in red wine were also found to be elevated (1 ppm), and so were raisins (2.3 ppm). If you purchase grape juice and wine, or if you consume large amounts of raisins, then go organic.
6. Avoid Bottled Tea and Old Varieties
Avoid bottled and instant teas. They contain low-quality leaves, low levels of antioxidants, and high fluoride content. So you get almost zero benefits while raising your fluoride exposure.
Also, try to avoid green tea and black tea because these are old leaf teas and contain high levels of fluoride and lower levels of antioxidants. If you love tea, choose varieties made from young leaves, such as white tea. This allows you to maximize the benefits from tea while reducing known dangers.
7. Don’t Use Non-Stick (Teflon) Pans
Research reveals that Teflon-coated cookware (i.e., stick-free pans) could increase the fluoride content of food. It appears the safest bet is to cook with stainless steel at this point.
8. Avoid Fluorinated Pharmaceuticals
Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated since the contain a carbon-fluorine bond. Even though this carbon-fluorine bond is designed to resist breakdown in the body, this does not hold true in many cases. Many fluorinated drugs metabolize into fluoride within the body, and this significantly increases a person’s exposure to fluoride. The most notable example is Cipro.
9. Reduce Consumption of Meats
During the production process of most meats (such as chicken fingers, nuggets, etc.) the processor needs to debone the flesh from the animal mechanically. This process increases bone particles in the meat. And since bone carries fluoride accumulation in the body, which leads to higher fluoride exposure in the meat that you eat.
Try to minimize or remove meat from your diet. Meat damages more than your health. It harms the environment and contributes to large scale genocide of innocent animals. We suggest a whole-food, plant based eating plan to help kick start your health and well-being.
10. Don’t Consume Fluoridated Salt
Some countries allow fluoridated salt. So keep an eye on the labels and make sure you only buy un-fluoridated; otherwise, you increase your exposure and subsequent risk.
Countless studies have proved the negative effects of fluoride on people. But you can do things today to reduce your intake. And in doing so you can avoid many ailments that can creep up on with long-term fluoride ingestion. Take these ten steps one at a time and before you know it you will have reduced your fluoride intake substantially and improved your health and well-being in the process.