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 five tips will help you reduce the amount of fluoride that you consume.
Don’t 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 will remove fluoride from water. You can check out our reviews of the
best reverse osmosis system.
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 can remove
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
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 number 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 contain 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
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.