There is a raging debate about whether fluoride has any negative effects on humans. Some people maintain that it has damaging effects on the body and others claim that it provides great dental health.
Either way municipalities all over America have a reputation for adding fluoride to drinking water. Those municipalities that do not add fluoride oftentimes already have enough naturally occurring fluoride in the water. These six tips will help you reduce the amount of fluoride that you consume.
Do Not Drink Fluoridated Water
The first, and most obvious, way to reduce your fluoride intake is to stop drinking water that contains fluoride. As mentioned earlier, many different municipalities will add fluoride to water. This is often done with the intent of increasing the dental health of the population.
Unfortunately, the population does not have any control over the amount of fluoride that they consume. For instance, if someone were to drink too much water, then they could potentially get fluorosis, which is not good.
Anyway, the best way to avoid drinking fluoridated water is by using a water filter that removes fluoride. Not all water filters remove fluoride. In fact, it is extremely difficult to remove. The reverse osmosis process can remove it. You can check out our reviews of the reverse osmosis systems that remove fluoride.
Other filtration methods to remove fluoride include deionizing, using an activated alumina filter, or using a water distiller. Using a water distiller is probably the most practical method of all those listed. In fact, we have already compiled the best countertop water distillers that remove fluoride.
Finally, this might all be irrelevant for you depending on where in the world you live. Contrary to popular belief, not all areas in America have fluoridated water. The fastest way to determine if your municipality uses fluoridated water is to simply call and ask.
Don’t Swallow Toothpaste
This tip more applies to your children as I doubt (hope) most adults do not swallow their toothpaste. Anyway, toothpaste contains fluoride. In fact, that is the main component that makes your teeth look good. Fluoride in toothpaste is perfectly fine as long as you don’t swallow it.
If you swallow it, then it can enter your bloodstream and cause issues. The best way to avoid your child swallowing fluoridated toothpaste is to use non-fluoridated toothpaste. Yes, they make it.
You can also use toothpaste that tastes very bad. This makes it much more likely that they will want to spit it out. Toothpaste that tastes like candy will probably make children want to swallow it. I actually remember eating bubble gum flavored toothpaste from the tube when I was younger. Hey, it tasted good.
Don’t get flavored toothpaste.
Do Not Use Teflon Pans
Teflon pans are those great pans that have non-stick properties. Some research has recently been done that indicates Teflon pans may have fluoride.
This means no more Teflon pans if you want to reduce your fluoride. Now, I don’t know about you, but I hate using a stainless steel pan. I’ll stay with my Teflon pan until more research comes out on this issue. I just figured that I would let everyone know about this before you wind up addicted to your Teflon pan.
Watch Out for Fluorinated Prescription Drugs
Unfortunately, a large amount of prescription drugs have fluoride in them. Why?
I’m not really sure. That is beside the point though. I know sometimes you are required to have a prescription, but try to avoid prescription drugs that contain it. You can often find this on the drug manufacturer’s website. A few well-known fluoridated prescription drugs include Prozac, Celexa, Luvox, and Lipitor. Those are just some examples.
When in doubt, just go to Google and search “[drug name] fluoride” and you should find all the information that you need to know.
Don’t Use Fluoridated Salt
Another item on this list that might shock you. Most of the salt you find in the market contains fluoride. When you purchase your salt take a look at the back and look at the ingredients.
I guarantee you there is more than just sodium and iodine in the salt. Most sea salts, Himalayan salt, and other specialty salts will not contain fluoride. This is a fairly easy one to check, so just take a look at the nutritional label on your package of salt before purchasing it.
Don’t Eat Processed Foods
First, avoiding processed foods has many other benefits, but we’ll focus on the fluoride aspect. As many of you probably already know, processed foods are made with water. This usually involves some kind of washing process or even just adding water to the food. It really just depends on the food.
Anyway, the water that the food manufacturer uses may contain fluoride. It usually is not enough that it will cause any serious problem. However, it will be enough that you can detect it if you test for it.
Long story short, avoid processed foods. They aren’t healthy for a variety of reasons and they may contain trace amounts of fluoride.
The six tips listed above should help you avoid fluoride in your day to day life. Avoiding it in your water is probably the easiest way, but don’t think that removing it from your water will completely remove it from your life. I will say that a water filter that removes fluoride does help quite a bit for filtering it out of your life.
The pesky chemical is always floating around in just about anything that touches water or products that rely on it (eg. Toothpaste). Just remember to take care of your teeth if you stop consuming it. You can do this with toothpaste that does not contain fluoride or by just not swallowing toothpaste. However, some adults still swallow a little toothpaste while brushing their teeth. This is normal and natural.