Healthy Living Tip #20: Fluoride

 

Fluoride is harmful to your health. Remove fluoride toothpaste and filter your drinking water because your health matters. Get more healthy living tip at AlexisMathews.com

Health Benefits of Avoiding Fluoride

Fluoride occurs naturally in many water sources across the country. Naturally occurring levels are very low and do not pose a threat to our health. According to the American Dental Association, flurried prevents tooth decay and helps build enamel.

However, when fluoride is added to water supplies and is not closely monitored or a break in the monitoring system occurs a toxic condition known as fluorosis can occur. This condition is characterized by brown spots on teeth. Thankfully fluorosis is largely cosmetic and does not pose a threat to heath.

Two health conditions that are serious and caused by fluoride however are skeletal issues and hyopthyroidism. High levels of fluoride can lead to skeletal fluorosis. In skeletal fluorosis fluoride builds up in and around bones which leads to pain, stiffness, and mobility issues. Water supplies must be closely monitored to prevent skeletal fluorosis in areas with naturally occurring high levels of fluroide.

The health of my thyroid and your thyroid for that matter are near and dear to my heart. My healthy living journey got a huge kick start when I was diagnosed with thyroid nodules. My endocrinologist nor my general physician ever told me why I had developed nodules. I was left fearing for my health and the fate of my tiny little gland that plays a huge role in regulating hormones in my body. In researching thyroid nodules I’ve come to learn that I likely developed the nodules in response to hypothyroidism. My thyroid was underperforming therefore my thyroid responded and developed nodules to counter the low thyroid hormones. Equipped with this knowledge I am now incredibly careful to eliminate compounds and chemicals in my life that affect my thyroid and I would encourage you to do the same. According to a 2006 National Research Council study¹ fluoride is “an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function.” It is well established that fluoride has the ability to alter endocrine function. This altered function can involve your thyroid, parathyroid, and pineal glands, as well as your adrenals, pancreas, and pituitary. According to this article fluoride was used as an anti-thyroid drug in the first half of the 20th century. Seriously? Why are we being forced to drink or pay to filter our water so that we can eliminate fluoride in our water supply?

After reading these health related side effects of fluoride, please do your research and seriously consider eliminating this toxic anti-thyroid drug from your body.

 

1. National Research Council. 2006. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press: Washington, DC. 507 pp.

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