There are tons of reasons to avoid fluoride, but we may have another reason to stay away from it: it can damage the thyroid, causing body-wide problems, including stubborn fat and much more.
Fluoride is well known for being in our nation’s water supplies and in conventional toothpastes—under the guise of fluoride helping to prevent tooth decay, although the jury’s still out on that.
However, recent studies have shown that fluoride can cause neurodegenerative damage in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve. Fluoride crosses the blood-brain barrier and can negatively alter neural tissues, including reduction in the organic somatic index of the brain and contamination of the hippocampus, neocortex, cerebellum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissues. This can lead to irreversible—and sometimes deadly—outcomes. Lowered IQ, reduced cognitive function, learning disabilities and hyperactivity are just some ways fluoride can damage the brain.
Now, more information is coming to the fore about fluoride and weight gain. Fluoride is a known thyroid suppressor, so it’s thought that fluoride could be contributing to the rise in obesity. In fact, in the 1930s, before the negative effects of fluoride were as well known and documented, an overactive thyroid was often treated by bathing in fluorinated water, which indicates how powerfully fluoride can suppress the thyroid gland. However, for those who have a normal or low-functioning thyroid, fluoride exposure can wreak havoc on the thyroid, causing ill health effects.
For example, when the thyroid is damaged via fluoride, it can cause problems throughout the body, including weight gain; swelling; kidney disease; kidney failure; hair loss; depression; aggression; aches and pains; unhealthy skin; bone problems; memory loss; weakness; fatigue; heart disease; irritability; thyroid cancer; digestive disorders and more.
One way to avoid fluoride—other than petitioning the local government to remove fluoride from the water supply—is to install a full-house water filtration system, such as reverse osmosis, that specifically targets fluoride.
You can also add tamarind tea to your beverage intake, since tamarind can help detoxify the body from fluoride. Along similar lines, the mineral selenium can help negate the damaging effects of fluoride, although it can’t expel fluoride from the body. Brazil nuts, wild fish, chicken, onions, mushrooms, eggs and grassfed meats are foods containing an abundance of selenium.
So, avoid fluoride fallout—it can be costly for your health.