A Harvard research has confirmed the negative effects that fluoridation has on peoples health. I was wondering how to remove fluoride from water cheaply and naturally, so I did some research.
How you remove fluoride from water cheaply and naturally is by using a plant named Tulsi or Holy Basil. Adding few leaves or powder of this plant in water helps in defluoridation of water.
According to research by Natural society Tulsi (Holy Basil) was found to reduced fluoride found in the water by up to 1.1ppm (parts per million).
This meets the World Health Organization standard on safe fluoride levels. When 75mg of Tulsi plant leaves were soaked in fluoridated water and left for eight hours, it reduced the level of fluoride to below 1.1ppm.
Where to get Tulsi leaves
You will need to get the Tulsi seeds and plant them indoors. It takes 2-3 weeks for the seeds to germinate. Tulsi has one of the most robust anti-oxidation properties found naturally in plants.
How to reduce fluoride exposure
Drinking fluoride-free water
As you know, the body is 75% water. Also, 85% of the brain is made of water. Water is critical in our bodies because it is used to transport nutrients to all parts of the body.
To avoid ingesting fluoride through drinking water, you should drink fluoride free water. You should contact your city water department to find out the levels of fluoride in your water.
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Unlike water from rivers, spring water usually is fluoride free. This is because spring water often comes from rocks found deep under the surface.
The water is not exposed to minerals that are found on the surface of the earth. However, river water is rich in minerals such as fluoride which has dissolved in the water as the river moves through rocks, and fluoride is naturally found in rocks. Most water companies package spring water which is then sold in supermarkets.
Using water filters in our homes
Another option for removing fluoride is to use filters. However, the most common filters that are available don’t remove fluoride.
This is because most filters use carbon to filter out minerals, but carbon is not able to filter fluoride. The filters that can remove fluoride use Activated alumina, reverse osmosis, and deionizers.
Reverse osmosis Filters – these filters are the most effective filters when it comes to removing fluoride and other dissolved minerals in the water.
They use a semi-permeable membrane to filter to separate the water molecules from the other moles that are dissolved in the water.
Distilling water at home
In addition, another effective method of removing fluoride is to buy a water distillation system. Depending on your need, you can find a suitable unit that meets your needs based on capacity and price.
Ditch using Teflon-cooking ware
Teflon coated cooking ware increase the level of fluoride in the food. To avoid this exposure to fluoride, you should switch to stainless steel cooking pans which are safe because they don’t degenerate over time making them healthy and long-lasting.
Make sure your kid does not swallow toothpaste
According to research, fluoride is harmful to the brain. In fact, a study by Harvard University found a significantly lower IQ for kids who live in areas with high fluoride in the water.
Therefore, you should do everything possible to ensure that your kids don’t get exposed to fluoride.
You should know that one of the main ingredients in your toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is known to help prevent tooth decay.
However, when it is swallowed, it causes health problems such as low fertility, arthritis, and even cancer.
Kids like to swallow toothpaste when brushing their teeth, but as a parent, you should supervise them as they are brushing and ensure they don’t swallow the toothpaste. Better still, you can switch to non-fluoride toothpaste brands.
Avoid processed foods
You will agree with me when I say eating processed food causes many health issues. Because many companies use fluoride for preservation, this makes processed food to have a high level of fluoride. On the other hand, fresh foods have very low levels of fluoride in them.
Buying organically grown fruits
Most pesticides used by farmers have high levels of fluorides in them because fruits and vegetables usually get sprayed with this pesticides, they come contaminated with fluoride. To avoid pumping fluoride into your body eat organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Avoid excess tea
Both black tea and green tea have high levels of natural fluoride. High intake of tea results in an increased intake of fluorides which in the long term have negative health consequences. Reduce your consumption of tea to just one or two cups of tea per day.
Don’t use Fluoridated salts
Some countries permit adding fluoride in salts because of health benefits such as prevention of decay of teeth. However, because of new research that has conclusively shown the harmful effects of fluoride far out way the positive results, you should avoid using fluoridated salts. Ensure before you buy salt you check if the salt has fluoride in it.
Avoid fluoride gel treatment at your dentist.
Traditionally dentist uses fluoride to treat tooth decay. The procedure involves placing fluoride gel on the teeth. Most patients end up swallowing the fluoride. Consequently, you should avoid fluoride treatment unless it is necessary, and even when is necessary much caution should be taken to prevent eating the gel.
Three things you should know don’t help get rid of fluoride
Carbon is the best know absorbent substance in the world. And because of this man has been using carbon as a filter for a long time. Because of this, many water filters mainly use carbon as the medium of filtration. But when it comes to fluoride, carbon is not able to remove fluoride from water.
Boiling water is a standard way of removing germs from the water. Although boiling water is an excellent method of eliminating some chemicals such chlorine, boiling water does not remove fluoride.
Softening water does not have any effect on the levels of fluoride in water. Water softeners work by neutralizing negatively charged ions like potassium and calcium. Because fluoride is positively charged, water softeners don’t counteract with them.
Why cities water department put fluoride in water
The accepted publics believe that small dosage of fluoride is good to prevent tooth decay. It is for this reason that government for a long time required water department to add fluoride to water. However, too much exposure to fluoride causes more bad than good.
Here’re quick ways to remove fluoride from your body
The best way to avoid the harmful effects of toxic fluoride is to prevent fluoride from entering your body by not drinking water that has fluoride added to it, or by using non fluoridated toothpaste. But there are several things you can do to detoxify your body against fluoride.
• Iodine– increase the amount of iodine in the body helps to remove fluoride from the body
• Tamarind tea– this tea that is made from tamarind. The fruit helps to detoxify the body against fluoride and other toxins. Tamarind fruit is also thought to aid in weight loss.
• Fulvic acid neutralizes fluoride inside the body.
Although a small amount of fluoride is good for the teeth, fluoride has adverse health effects on our bodies like it damages bones and also causes arthritis. Fluoride also has adverse effects on the brain. In fact, research has shown that kids who drink fluoridated water have a lower IQ than those who don’t. Do not drink water that has been treated with fluoride to prevent these adverse effects. Also, switching to non-fluoridated toothpaste brands especially for kids who are prone to swallowing toothpaste. Finally, to detoxify your body against fluoride, you can use iodine or fulvic acid.