• Fluoride toxicity

    The effects of fluoride to our health

    Fluoride affects all the tissues in the body, not just our teeth. Contrary to what we are led to believe fluoride offers very little benefit to our health.
    There are two types of fluoride, calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride. Calcium fluoride is found naturally in underground water resources and derives from natural filtration from rocks, it is considered less harmful than its counterpart. Sodium fluoride is a waste product from fertilizer, aluminium and nuclear industries, it is often added to water supplies, which is a highly controversial practice.

    Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor affecting the brain, bones, thyroid and pineal gland. This toxic synthetic chemical carries aluminium across the blood brain barrier, which is linked to a lower IQ and Alzheimer's. Other health problems from long term exposure can lead to kidney and liver damage, muscle disorders, bone fractures, arthritis, genetic damage, cancer, disrupted immune system and cell death.

    It has been suggested that any benefit to the teeth will come from a topical application and not through consuming water, foods or products with added fluoride. Teeth can show signs of over exposure to fluoride in the form of dental fluorosis. See picture below.

    It is fair to say that if the teeth are showing signs of over exposure to fluoride then the rest of the body is affected, such as your bones, internal organs and brain.

    Fluoride exposure can accumulate through the use of toothpaste, mouthwash and ingestion of medication, tap water and pesticides, insecticides and fungicides. Here is a great video enlightening us on the dangers of over exposure to fluoride.

    How to reduce fluoride toxicity

    There are various was in which you can reduce the levels of fluoride you are exposed to daily, most of which can be found in readily available foods.

    Selenium works in two ways, it blocks and promotes elimination of fluoride from your body, Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium.

    Iodine is great for combating the affects of fluoride on the thyroid gland. Thyroid function is essential to you metabolism and for hormone regulation. Ensuring sufficient amounts of iodine in your diet will help negate the harmful effects of fluoride. The best source of iodine is seaweed.

    Magnesium is important for metabolism and nutrient synthesis within your cells, magnesium works by inhibiting the absorption of fluoride into the cell. excellent sources are green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts.

    Calcium helps to attract the fluoride away from your bones and teeth. excellent sources are green leafy vegetables and nuts.

    Tamarind is used medicinally in Ayurvedic medicine, it can be converted into teas and strong tinctures, studies have shown it can eliminate fluoride through urine.

    Water filters can remove fluoride from your drinking water, there are three types of filters that offer filtration these are reverse osmosis, de-ionizers and activated alumina, these remove around 90 percent of fluoride. The commonly used counter top activated carbon filters e.g., Brita and Pur do not remove fluoride.

    Toothpastes without added fluoride in can be found in many health food shops or can be purchased online.

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