1. Get a Water Filter
A home water filter can be an affordable and effective way to remove fluoride from your tap water. However, most water filters will not effectively remove fluoride. For instance, common filters such as Brita and PUR will NOT remove fluoride. You may have to investigate a few options from sources like Pure Water Freedom or Berkey Water Filters.
2. Upgrade Your Toothpaste
Most toothpaste contains fluoride. Consider switching to a non-fluoridated alternative (which you can find at most health food stores). It is recommended especially for young children, who don’t have well developed swallowing-reflexes, as they often swallow a lot of toothpaste when brushing.
3. Avoid Preparing Food with Tap Water
When preparing food or drink such as tea, avoid using tap water. Instead use the filtered water from your water filter in tip 1.
4. Avoid Processed Food & Drink
While minimizing consumtion of processed foods and beverages is good for your overall health, it will also limit your exposure to fluoride. Drinks like soda and juice are made from concentrate and are often manufactured with fluoridated tap water.
5. What’s in Your Wine?
If you regularly drink non-organic consider buying only organic varieties. Many pesticides may contain fluoride. The residues of this pesticide can result in high levels of fluoride in wine or grape juice. In the case of wine, if you don’t want to spend the extra money buying organic, consider purchasing a European brand instead of a Californian brand.
6. Check Your Prescription Medications
Check to see if any prescription medicines you are taking contain fluorine. If so, ask your doctor if there are any appropriate alternatives.
7. Non-Fluoridated Anesthetic
If you are going to have surgery, ask your doctors if they can use a non-fluorinated anesthetic. Fluorinated anesthetics such as Enflurane, Isoflurane and Sevoflurane will produce high peak levels of fluoride in blood for up to 24 hours.
8. Avoid the Use of Teflon-Coated Pans for Cooking
Teflon-coated pans may increase the fluoride content of food.
Until next time,