Do you have fluoride in your water?
How often do you stop and think about your water? Usually it’s only a bad taste or smell that makes us stop and think about it. But there are various chemicals and treatments added to tap water that you may not notice—things like fluoride—but that you should research.
Fluoride. Why is it in my water?
Fluoride is a compound of fluorine that is combined with another element, especially a salt or an organic compound. Since the middle of the 20th century, cities have been adding fluoride to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay. Our teeth are a gateway to good health in that whatever we put into our body passes through our mouths. So if we keep our mouths healthy, we lessen the risk of bad bacteria getting into our blood stream and affecting our heart, mind, and respiratory systems. The fluoride is there for our health. Right?
Is fluoride in my water bad for me?
There are several fluoride opponents who have cited studies that show high levels of fluoride can be linked to negative health effects like bone fractures, thyroid disorders, and impaired brain development and function. While the risks are often debated, they are nonetheless there. Those risks increase as fluoride is ingested steadily over a period of time.
While the exact amount of fluoride isn’t known to cause certain symptoms, the risks remain. And given the expanded awareness of oral hygiene and the increase in fluorides that are used in toothpaste and mouthwashes, the question of whether cities should even be adding fluoride to drinking water should be asked.
Pure Water is What Matters
When it comes to your water, whether or not it is safe should not be one of your concerns. Water should be clean, and great tasting, with no questions surrounding its purity.
Can I have fluoride removed from my water?
The short: yes. The best way to remove fluoride or any chemical from your water is with a custom-built filter. Not every city adds fluoride. Not every person wants fluoride removed. Making sure you are using a filter as unique as your water is going to save you from wondering whether your water truly is good, healthy, and pure.