Lowering Fluoride Levels in US Tap Water
For the first time in over 50 years, the United States has lowered fluoride levels in drinking water. A Guardian article written about this news implies that it is being lowered because too much fluoride causes white splotches on teeth in children. But according to a 500-page scientific review on the subject, conducted by the National Research Council, fluoride doesn’t only affect the teeth.(1)
Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect the thyroid gland and overall hormone balance.(2) Fluoride exposure is also linked to reduced IQ and increased absorption of lead in children.(3)(4) Among children and adults, fluoride consumption has been shown to increase the risk of bone fractures, and even cancer.(5)(6)
Potential Fluoride Sources to Avoid
Drink fluoride-free purified water instead.
Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Check out your toothpaste and mouthwash to see if fluoride is listed as an ingredient. If you’d like to make a switch, we recommend Earthpaste and dental products by Wellscents. We also love this DIY tooth powder recipe from Wellness Mama.
Food cooked in a Teflon pan
Teflon is made from a fluorinated chemical, which means that you are increasing your exposure to fluoride cooking in this type of pot or pan. This is particularly true if you are boiling tap water in the pan. We prefer using glass, stainless steel, or cast iron pots and pans for cooking.
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