Fluoride is a substance found in ‘natural’ water. By ‘natural’, I mean, a water supply untouched by human hands and other toxic pollutants.
In the past, fluoride in drinking water was considered healthy for children and adults in the prevention of tooth decay.
When water passes through a treatment facility, fluoride is added to the water that will then pass into our homes and drinking water.
The levels of fluoride added to our drinking water have been a major cause of concern to many and has been the topic of many controversial discussions.
What is the benefit of fluoride?
Many mothers across the world have been telling their children for years, to drink lots of water because the fluoride will protect their teeth from decay. I know it is something I heard a lot growing up!
Fluoride has been considered valuable because it is believed to do the following things:
- It has been proven to prevent the early stages of tooth decay
- Prevents acid build up on teeth produced by bacteria
- Protects the hard coating on the surface of the teeth
- Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally
But it has still been proven to be harmful to the human body, so in the end it is not worth the health problems that come with it.
What are some of the disadvantages of fluoride?
Many believe that the natural fluoride found in water is beneficial to our dental health. What they are more concerned about is the amount of fluoride that is added to our drinking water by treatment plants.
Research has also shown, that ingesting too much fluoride is not safe, and contributes to illness such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Increased salivation and thirst
It’s your decision
Now that you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages, you will need to decide if you wish to install a fluoride water filter for your home.
Choosing an effective fluoride water filter
It can be difficult to locate an effective fluoride water filter that will purely filter out fluoride.
It may be best to look for either a whole house fluoride water filter that will also remove other harmful chemicals and toxins from your household water that you use for drinking, washing, cleaning and bathing.
An effective fluoride water filter would be one that removes:
- Toxins and pesticides
- Organic and Inorganic compounds
There are a limited variety of fluoride water filters that are available for home installation. I believe the reason behind this is due to the controversy mentioned previously.
There are however some top of the line filtration systems available, that will in fact remove fluoride and purify your household water as well.
Although it is too costly for home use, filtration technology such as reverse osmosis has claimed to be able to remove fluoride.
Reverse osmosis, a process where water is pushed through a semi permeable membrane, may be able to remove fluoride, however many harmful chemicals can also enter into the `fluoride free’ water.
The filtration systems that use carbon filtration technology, have been proven to achieve far better results than reverse osmosis alone.
If you are wishing to remove fluoride and toxins from your drinking water, installing a whole house fluoride water filter that uses carbon filtration, whilst leaving in essential minerals and nutrients, may just provide you with the solution.