One of the projects on our never-ending list of “things to do for our house” is having a water softener and filtration system installed. We once had our water tested at our previous home, and were amazed (not in a good way) at the amount of JUNK in it! Now, since our water is coming directly from a well and not from the city itself, we think it’s even more important to have some form of a filtration system installed.Is There Any Danger in Having Fluoride in My Water? #cleanwater Click To Tweet
Something I was especially interested in exploring further was the fact that fluoride was found in our water!
Fluoride was first linked with stained teeth in 1901, but it wasn’t until the 1940’s and 1950’s that the effects of fluoride on cavities was discovered. There have been a number of studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of fluoride at reducing cavities and other dental issues, and it is actually these studies which first led to the addition of fluoride into the public water supply. As a result, the government remains convinced that the addition of fluoride is safe and necessary. However, there are those that have their concerns regarding this natural compound.
The Potential Dangers of Fluoride
Fluoride is good for your teeth, but there has been some research which suggests it may not be as beneficial for the rest of your health.
- Bone Fractures: There are an increasing number of people suffering from hip fractures. Observational studies suggest that this could be a direct result of the fluoride in your water. Further research into this idea showed that high quantities of fluoride can indeed have this effect.
- Arsenic: Did you know that arsenic is one of the ingredients in fluoride? According to water regulations it can be added up to .010ppm. But the official safe limit of arsenic is zero as it has been linked with causing cancer.
- Volume: Calcium fluoride is naturally found in the soil. In some areas you’ll find it is already present in the water. According to studies, the minimal risk level for fluoride is .05mg per kg of weight a day. Above this level it is likely that you will develop health problems.
To put this in real terms a 160 pound person would absorb 1.66mg of fluoride during a day if they drank 80 ounces of water. This is two thirds of the safe amount and it does not take into account the amounts absorbed through food, drink and even toothpaste. In effect this is a very small margin; it would be easy to go over the limit per day.
Alongside this, athletes, children and people with specific illnesses are more vulnerable to the effects of fluoride; lowering the amount they should safely consume.
If you listen to the experts many will say that fluoride consumption is below the risk factor. But if it is even potentially detrimental to your health then consider using a water filter to remove it from your drinking water. An easy way to avoid the fluoride and a variety of other additives found in our water is to get a water filters installation completed by a professional. This will add a carbon filter into your water supply pipe and remove the fluoride from your water. It will also remove other chemicals and any debris picked up by the water on its way to you.
While there’s really no way to protect ourselves from all “potentially harmful” elements of our environment, we can start making changes one step at a time. Each step takes us closer to living a healthier life!
Do YOU have a water filtration system or a water softener at your home? How have these options added to your life?
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