What Flouride In Your Water Is Doing To Your Body And Brain
Looking past the “Weight Watchers,” “I can’t have carbs”, “how many calories?” perspective on nutrition, let’s get back to the basics. The human body is composed of more than 60% water and it’s critical to maintain water and electrolyte balance to ensure the body’s ability to carry homeostasis without any problems. However, what tends to be overlooked, is the quality of water (e.g. brand, location origin, pH levels, alkalinity, etc.) we put in our body. Drinking water is essentially the first substance any individual should have to wake up the body, this means you should be drinking 2 glasses of water before you have any food or other type of drink everyday. What systems does water affect? All of them. The lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, integumentary, reproductive, systems are just a few of the systems keeping our body in check on an everyday basis.
What we want to avoid is when fluoridated water starts to brittle bone tissue. High fluoride levels dumb down the function of pinealocytes (cells in the pineal gland). These cells secrete melatonin, but with fluoride in the mix they may start to malfunction and affect the body's circadian rhythm (“day & night” sleep cycles) and lead to trouble sleeping, weight gain, and faster signs of aging. There is speculation, for women specifically, as to whether high fluoride levels in the body lead the early onset of puberty; lack of melatonin results in a sped up sexual maturation. To break this down more simply, the quality of water and fluoride levels in the water can affect the body’s systems. Your dentist may tell you how beneficial fluoride is for your oral health, which is very true, but with today's abundant at-home oral self-care (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash) it is easy to question whether or not we need the public water source to have fluoride in it since excess fluoride can negatively affect the body. Fluoride being found in everyday foods & goods (toothpaste, mouth wash, floss, tap water, water used in cooking, generic spring water brands, etc.), it can be easy to over consume which leads to the weakening of your bones, hardening of the pineal gland in your brain, and even in some cases,cancer.
As long as you are taking proper care of your oral health, we feel that it’s preferable to drink alkaline or distilled water, which is factors in the water's pH level (higher the pH, the more alkaline, with pH of 7 being neutral). Checking the quality of your water is becoming easier and easier; certain brands give their fluoride levels in their packaging, while others provide the pH levels on their labels. It is also easy to purchase various water testing kits online so that you could check your water sources yourself. If you’re interested in what is water is best for your body, click here to read our article on why alkaline water is the best water for you.