There are many references about the harmful effects of fluoride found in toothpaste and other consumer products, so I want to take this opportunity to address them.
The fluoride found in your toothpaste and water is leftover waste from the paper and aluminum industry. These industries benefit with an economic savings by dispersing the fluoride into our water and toothpaste, rather than properly disposing of this toxic waste. Fluoride is also a byproduct of some pesticides used in growing fruits and vegetables.
Fluoride concentration increases when water containing fluoride is used for cooking. Therefore, I recommend making sure you use purified water to drink and cook with to avoid overexposure. Note that unless restaurants and food manufacturers filter their water (they would indicate it in the ingredients), there is a good chance their foods contain some fluoride as well.
Too much fluoride in the body can cause premature aging (especially the skin) by damaging DNA. Fluoride can also suppress the immune system and thyroid. It can also create brittle bones, stiffen joints, and may cause tooth discoloration, hearing loss, fatigue, lack of concentration, depression, hardening of the arteries, tinnitus, and stomach and colon ulcers.
When people ask me if they should be buying toothpaste with fluoride in it because they heard it's better for their teeth, my answer is "no." In addition, we do not need fluoride in our diet, and it does not occur naturally in foods. Some companies are adding fluoride to their food or drinks to lure consumers to buy them. If you see any marketing on a package stating it contains "added fluoride" put it back on the shelf.
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