Used as a rat poison for decades, sodium fluoride has been being added into the U.S. public water supply since 1961 as a means for improving dental health. Now, more than 60% of Americans consume it. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
A plethora of studies have shown that the negative health implications of fluoride in the water far outweigh the benefits of decreasing tooth decay. For instance, prestigious medical journal The Lancet noted that the additive is actually a neurotoxin and is classified in the same category as arsenic, lead, and mercury.
Researchers believe that, as a result of fluoride most commonly being ingested through water consumption, certain foods, and toothpastes, it is contributing to a worldwide “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity” that is leading to disabilities like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments.
A 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health even found a link between children’s IQ scores and fluoride exposure:
Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children’s neurodevelopment.
We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. . . . [C]hildren in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. . . . The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.
Research published by the Indian Journal of Pediatrics discovered thousands of cases of severe skeletal fluorisis in children as a result of cumulative effects of fluoridated water, while a report by Scientific American“concluded that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid—the gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism.”
Yet with all these findings out there, fluoride is still in our water, with the majority of us consuming it in America.
Since fluoride can accumulate in the human body and cause health problems over time, it’s important to know how you can eliminate it from your body. Here are four supplements to get you started:
This element is necessary for the normal metabolism of cells, primarily thyroid hormones. Iodine enables fluoride to exit your body through urine. There are many ways you can get enough iodine naturally, including consuming seaweed, cranberries, organic yogurt, potatoes, organic strawberries, and organic navy beans.
The active ingredient in in turmeric has been found to flush the body of fluoride. One study, published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, discovered that it protected against the brain-damaging effect of fluoride, while another study found it to protect the kidneys against fluoride toxicity.
Popular in Ayurvedic medicine, this African fruit is typically used in a tincture or tea to help detox the body of fluoride.
In one study of Indian schoolboys who ate 10 grams of tamarind every day, researchers discovered that, after 18 days, their excretion of fluoride was dramatically increased.
4) Magnesium/Calcium Intake
While magnesium plays an important role in the metabolism and synthesis of nutrients in your cells, the majority of people are deficient in it as a result of soil depletion caused by modern agricultural methods.
But magnesium hinders the absorption of fluoride into your cells, and calcium works to attract fluoride away from bones and teeth, thereby aiding the body in the elimination process.
You should take both together, which can be done by consuming plenty of dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, organic yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate.