Is There Fluoride in Your Bottled Water?
I bet there is. There’s a lot of controversy over fluoride added to water, or fluoridation. It’s also so common to find it on the label of bottled water that many of us believe it to be that fluoride naturally occurs in all water. But, that’s NOT true, for the most part.
Why Does Bottled Water Contain Fluoride?
Simple, it comes from waters that are polluted by, you guessed it, fluoride-emitting industries. Aside from this, the only sources of water that has naturally high levels of fluoride comes from the deepest wells.
While you may think that since it does occur in the deep wells, that it would be healthier, but that’s a common misconception. In fact, many who have drank fluoridated water from these wells have supposedly been exposed to numerous health problems, from bone or thyroid disease to infertility.
How to Choose Bottled Water
The good news is that you can choose bottled water with the lowest levels of fluoride, meaning they are the least polluted fresh water wells. Look for bottled water with less than 0.1 ppm to drink the healthiest water available. This number is far lower than water fluoridation programs where levels are between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm.
Do We Need Fluoride?
Absolutely NOT. Instead, this method of mass medicating people is not sitting well with those who understand it’s potential harm.
It is simply added to our drinking water to avoid tooth decay. While dental researchers believe it it has a positive effect on tooth health, they no longer believe that ingesting it will provide any benefit. In fact, it likely causes more harm than good. Furthermore, researchers believe that the benefit of fluoride comes directly from topical contact with teeth and not from ingestion.
So, how do our children’s teeth fare with all this fluoride? Well, in Europe, and more particularly in Germany and Finland, tooth decay rates continued to decline, or remained the same even after these countries stopped water fluoridation programs. In layman’s terms, it’s believed that the fluoride in toothpaste is enough to protect teeth).
It’s sad to say that the vast majority of European countries have rejected the practice of artificially adding fluoride to drinking water, except for the United States, which fluoridates over 70% of its H20, and Canada has followed suit.