A health topic not talked about enough is the topic of fluoride in our drinking water. According to the fluoride action network the US fluoridates more than 70% of its water supply whereas most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of western Europe do not fluoridate their water. How about Canada?
About 30 of the 160 cities in Canada have voted to ban fluoride in the drinking water and many more are in the process of working on joining that list. Here are three reasons to avoid drinking fluoridated water.
- Fluoride may lower IQ. If you’re a self-driven person like me then keeping all of the smarts you’ve got is integral to your success. According to research fluoride may interfere with functions in the brain that relate to intelligence, memory and focus.
- Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland. The pineal gland is responsible for melatonin distribution and for regulating the circadian rhythm, or in other words proper rest and recovery. Not to mention many cultures associate the pineal gland with higher intelligence and increased intuition.
- There has never been a controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation’s effectiveness or safety. Besides the above reasons to avoid fluoride the fact that it’s never been proven to be safe is probably the most important. If you wouldn’t drink a cleaning solution that doesn’t have a label on the bottle then you probably shouldn’t drink fluoride either.
So how can you avoid fluoridated water? The best method is through purchasing a gravity-fed water filter. A great company in Ontario called Conscious Water provides the highest quality gravity-fed water purifiers on the market. Regular Brita or household filters may remove some contaminants but not fluoride. Drinking filtered spring water is also a great method to avoiding this nasty chemical!
By Ricky Goodall, Meditation Instructor & Certified Nutrition Coach