5 Simple Ways to Avoid Fluoride
Have you read about the dangers of fluoride? If you’re new to the concept, today, I’ll share with you 5 easy ways to begin to lower your fluoride exposure and improve your health (plus a bonus at the end!)
Fluoride is bad news. Plain and simple. There’s an extensive list of the negative health effects of fluoride. Prolonged exposure to fluoride causes osteoporosis, cancer, tooth decay, depression, bone loss, fertility issues, diabetes, hormone disruption, skeletal fluorosis, it can lower IQ, blocks iodine absorption, hypersensitivity, I could keep going, but I’ll spare you. I think you can see where this is going.
Fluoride is labeled as a prescription drug by the FDA. The fluoride put into our drinking water is not a “natural mineral” as they claim. It is discharge produced from fertilizer and aluminum factories. Yes, you read that right. Google your own city’s water quality report and you’ll find it there. So it’s no surprise that it’s causing quite a few health issues among our population.
Fluoridated water is used in the process of manufacturing almost all of the United States processed foods and beverages. The more processed your food is, the more fluoride it likely has.
Canned foods are sitting in fluoridated water. Fluoridated water is used to create baby food, cereal, bread. The crops are sprayed with a sticky pesticide containing fluoride.
Fluoride is everywhere, and the negative health effects of fluoride are blatant. If you want to learn how to lower fluoride exposure in your life and identify the main sources of fluoride you’re consuming, I’ll show you how.
Fluoride: The Hidden Cause of Acne
In 2016, I found out about a book called The Hidden Cause of Acne by Melissa Gallico. In her book, she explains that she discovered through diligence, years of research and by process of elimination that fluoride was the source of her life-long battle with acne. You can purchase it here, and learn more about her on her website hiddencauseofacne.com.
Once I learned how to lower fluoride exposure, I was able to detox from fluoride. My chronic acne, monthly ovarian cysts, and chronic migraines disappeared.
My main daily sources of fluoride were Kombucha, my Crest whitening toothpaste, and Prozac.
I’m going to give you a quick cheat sheet on the top 5 things you can do to lower fluoride exposure starting today. Hopefully, you can find some peace of mind by the end of this post.
How To Lower Fluoride Exposure
1. Switch Your Toothpaste
This one is pretty simple, and you might already know this one. Stop using fluoridated toothpaste, people! There are so many new brands of fluoride-free toothpaste because people are awakening the negative health effects of fluoride.
What the ADA (American Dental Association) doesn’t consider in their recommendation of fluoride intake per day is that is it far exceeded just by normal consumption of conventional food and beverages.
You can see the USDA’s list of a few food and beverage items for reference.
When purchasing a fluoride-free toothpaste, make sure to check the label for SLS as well. You can also just make your own!
2. Filter Your Water
I’m not talking about a Brita pitcher. All Brita pitchers do is filter chlorine, a couple heavy metals, and some contaminants. It’s unfortunate, but it’s because filtering fluoride takes a more powerful filter.
The filter that I have personal experience with is a Big Berkey Filtering System. The system sits on your countertop and you refill it from your tap water. Using a Berkey was a big factor in lowering my daily fluoride exposure.
I’ve actually tested the water filtered through my Berkey, and there was a dramatic decrease in fluoride concentration. My water went from 1.16ppm to .18ppm (parts per million just means milligrams per liter).
There are other filtering systems online that claim they filter fluoride as well, but I have not tried them.
I am thinking of trying another filter because our water is so heavily fluoridated that while the Berkey does filter most of the fluoride, it does not filter all of it. No amount is a good amount.
You can see a list of fluoride-free water bottle companies here for the meantime if you can’t invest in a Berkey now. This is the water you cook with and drink every day so it should be a pretty high priority.
3. Switch to Organic
One of the main changes I made to my diet once I learned about the negative health effects of fluoride was switching to organic. It’s simple and doesn’t require any extra work. The reason to make the switch to organic food is that conventional produce is sprayed with pesticides that contain fluoride. It is more expensive, but so were my hospital and doctor’s visits. I haven’t had to go to the hospital (besides giving birth) since I detoxed from fluoride, so I’d call that a win.
It’s an investment in your health and your future, so if it’s worth it to you, you’ll find a way to make it work. You can even start an organic garden in your backyard and a new hobby!
4. Stop Eating Conventional Meat
The reasoning here is because the animals are eating GMO feed and given all sorts of pharmaceuticals to keep them from getting sick in their caged environments. The two things I had to stop eating were conventional meat and lunch meat when I decided to lower fluoride exposure in my life.
Fluoride is stored in the bones and tissues of animals. So when their meat and cartilage is ground down we are getting a fluoride slurry in the slices of meat and ground meat products sold in stores.
The best solution to this is to buy organic grass-fed meats from local farmer’s markets or health food stores where you can know where your meat came from.
A cost-effective option is to buy a whole animal and store it in a chest freezer or buy directly from the farm where sometimes they’ll offer discounts.
Or, you could stop eating meat completely if you choose.
5. Avoid Wine From San Joaquin County, CA
Cryolite is a pesticide that contains fluoride. It’s used on grapes, and more specifically, grapes from the San Joaquin Valley in California.
Melissa Gallico, the author of The Hidden Cause of Acne, wrote to every winery in that region, asking if they use Cryolite. The counties that use cryolite on their grapes are in Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare.
I generally just avoid all wine from California because I just don’t want to risk it. But make sure you know where your wine is coming from, and it should not be from one of those counties.
I will break out within a day of drinking a wine from one of those areas. Raisins and grapes are just generally extremely high in fluoride content as well, so they are on my always organic list, and should be put on yours too.
BONUS! 6. Limit Your Tea
This list wouldn’t be complete without warning you of the fluoride content of tea. Yes, tea.
The tea plant is scientifically known as Camellia Sinensis. This plant naturally absorbs a ton of fluoride, so the concentrations are off the charts. Doesn’t matter if it’s organic or not. Although, organically grown may have slightly lower levels.
The types of tea high in fluoride from the Camellia Sinensis plant are black, green, yellow, oolong, Darjeeling, white, and pu-erh.
This is why I had to stop drinking kombucha, the probiotic benefits did not outweigh the risk on this one, unfortunately. Plus, kombucha can promote intestinal bacterial overgrowth which is not helpful when healing your gut.
You can alternatively make kefir soda instead, which has an extremely high content of probiotics and tastes better anyway!
I hope this list was helpful and gave you some insight on the top things high in fluoride that you can avoid to lower fluoride exposure, you can start implementing these today.
If you actually want to begin detoxing from fluoride, get yourself Melissa Gallico’s book The Hidden Cause of Acne to get the whole story and how she did it. It’s short and easy to read, and you will be so glad you did.
And if you’re interested in learning more about clearing up your skin, you can shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat.