After an exhaustive search, our team has yet to find a single definitive guide that effectively answers the question of why you should remove fluoride from your water. Most of the web pages, blogs, and forums that we visited were indeed informative, but too often lacking in sufficient evidence to support their claims. Many of the writers of these articles seemed impassioned by the subject, but they often failed to check their biases and leave their opinions at the door. And while their efforts undoubtedly come from a place of goodwill, we think that there is still room for improvement.
So that's why we have decided to make our own! The Aquagear definitive resource for why you should remove fluoride from your tap water. Here are the most three most convincing arguments on why you should filter fluoride from your drinking water.
1. You might already be getting enough fluoride from your toothpaste
Did you know that most of the toothpaste sold in the United States contains fluoride? If you check the label of your own toothpaste, chances are it will contain some predetermined levels of fluoride. Application of fluoride to the tooth while brushing is meant to strengthen your tooth enamel, without having to actually ingest the fluoride. That's why we spit out the toothpaste after brushing and it is also why the labels warn you not to swallow it. Drinking tap water that has been fluoridated may result in unnecessary and exposure to fluoride. Consuming too much fluoride comes with a number of health risks including fluorosis and toxicity.
*Note: If you prefer to be 100% fluoride free, you can see a number of alternative toothpaste solutions here.
2. Results from the "Harvard Study"
The Harvard Study refers to a report that was published by researchers at the esteemed university in July of 2012. If you do a generic Google search for "why fluoride is bad for you" the results will undoubtedly include some mention of this study. And for good reason. The study focused on the effects of fluoride on a developing child's brain. Researchers measured and tracked IQ scores of roughly 8,000 school children for many years. After the data was collected and analyzed, the results appeared to show that high fluoride content in water can negatively affect cognitive development.
*Learn more about the Harvard fluoride study by visiting our other blog page here.
3. High fluoride exposure during pregnancy may lead to offspring with lower IQ
In September 2017 results from a study conducted by researchers at the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto were released. The vanguard study used data that was collected from 299 Mexican mothers and their children. According to the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, the mother's urine samples were gathered during pregnancy and measured for specific fluoride concentrations. After childbirth, IQ tests were administered to the children from age 6-12. After intense examination, the results suggested that children whose mothers were exposed to higher amounts of fluoride during pregnancy were more likely to have lower IQ.
*Take a closer look at this study it's findings by visiting our blog post here.