Did you know that up to 67% of Americans have fluoride added to their water? This decision was hailed as one of the biggest and most positive ‘achievements’ for the health of the nation, and was sold to the public as being an end to having dental cavities. However the original research has since been seriously debunked and now it is understood that too much fluoride in the water can lead to make cavities worse, and stain teeth.
However research has shown that drinking this fluoridated water can increase the chance of developing complications with your thyroid. There was a 30% increase in the rate of those diagnosed with hypothyroidism in those studied.
The study found that those who were in areas with above 0.3mg of fluoride per liter of water had 30% higher chance of having hypothyroidism. Taking the English population, where the study was carried out, about 10% of the population has access water containing fluoride in amounts of 1mg per liter.
To transfer these findings to the USA, the recommended level of fluoride in water is 0.7mg per liter, which is more than twice the ‘problem’ level. The study also compared two communities, one with fluoridated water and one without and the results were higher with 50% more people have issues with their thyroid.
Hypothyroidism can create problems with high levels of fatigue, weight gain, constipation, aches, dry skin, thinning hair and an intolerance to cold. Slowed heart rate, depression and impaired memory are also possible resulting consequences from an underactive thyroid.
It isn’t just thyroid complications that arise from higher exposure to fluoride, but heart disease, brain damage and low IQ, weakens bones and increases ADHD. Drinking filtered water, using toothpaste which is fluoride free, checking bottled water and buying organic produce are all ways to keep your exposure to fluoride to a minimum.