Fluoride is an element found naturally in soil, foods, and water. It supposedly strengthens the outside of our teeth when applied to the surface.
That makes it understandable why a dentist may want to apply a coating to newly grown “adult” teeth, or perhaps why fluoride is added into some toothpaste brands. Adding it into our water supply forces us to ingest it—a method by which fluoride can cause a host of devastating health effects.
Over 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies have added fluoride. The reasoning is to prevent tooth decay, although there are practically no differences in cavity rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries.
Ironically, one of the most common side effects is fluorosis, a condition caused by overexposure to fluoride, especially in the first eight-years of life. Fluorosis is a permanent deformation of the teeth, causing stains, irregularities on the surface, and even large pits that become holes.
Scarier, there have been over 23 human- and 100 animal-studies linking fluoride to brain damage. Studies out of China and Harvard show that “The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.” According to the Harvard researchers, children who lived in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those in low fluoride areas.
Phillipe Grandjean was a senior author on the study showing the toxic affect it has on the developing brain. He describes, “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain.”
Of course, there is also a plethora of material disputing the negative effects of fluoride. Many still seem to believe that it is harmless. To each his own. And with that spirit, theheartysoul.com published a list of bottled waters according to levels of fluoride. When purchasing bottled water you may want to keep some of these names in mind.
For example, waters with little-to-no fluoride are: Albertson’s, Aqua Pure, Calistoga, Dannon, Evian, Hinkley Springs, Mountain Valley Spring Water, Polaris Water, San Pellegrino, and Volvic.
Most fluoride: Arrowhead, Crystal Springs, Mount Olympus, Poland Springs, and Sparkletts.
Read here for a full list of the least and the most fluoridated bottled waters. Whatever your feelings about fluoride, most important is to stay hydrated! If you want to check out more articles about the latest studies in good health, click on to www.GetThrive.com