Water – Life Giver or Life Taker?

Reasons Why You Should Drink Bottled Water

Open your mouth, Clench your teeth and stand in front of the mirror. Switch on the basin light. Could you find anything? Yes! That’s what I was pointing out. White streaks on your teeth? Blame your water for that. Yes dude! The truth is always bitter!

I am referring to water here because, your water contains fluoride, which is recommended by the government itself to prevent tooth decay, but the irony is , that excess fluoride content in water now is now causing several diseases .

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is added to our drinking water to prevent a disease of tooth decay and as such becomes the medicine by FDA definition. Many nations have rejected this concept as delivering medication via the water supply would be inappropriate.

Water - Life Giver or Life TakerThe Myth!!!

Fluoride is a mineral in water and soil. About 70 years ago, scientists discovered that people whose drinking water naturally had more fluoride also had fewer cavities.

Since 1962, the government has been advising water systems to add fluoride to a level of 0.7 parts per million for warmer climates, where people drink more water, to 1.2 parts per million in cooler areas. The new standard is 0.7 everywhere.

Kya Aapke Toothpaste main Namak Hai?

You can’t help it. Some compounds of fluoride, such as sodium fluoride and fluorosilicates, dissolves easily into ground water as it moves through gaps and pore spaces between rocks. So, most water supplies contain naturally occurring fluoride. Also, some communities deliberately add fluoride to their drinking water to promote dental health.

Harmful effects of Fluoride

Beware! Fluoride in your water does not only affect your dental health, it is much more than that. Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and your blood sugar levels.

According to a study, excess of fluoride in body can cause brain damage, lower IQ in children, hyperactivity and lethargy, Bone Fractures, Bone Cancer, Damaged sperm and increased infertility.

Water - Life Giver or Life TakerYou are overexposed

40 % of Youngsters between  the age of 18 and 25 have  dental fluorosis. This is a  state which refers to changes  in the appearance of tooth  enamel.

It’s likely this is a sign that youngsters are receiving large amounts of fluoride from multiple sources, including not only drinking water but also fluoride toothpaste, processed beverages/foods, fluoride pesticides, tea, non-stick pans and some fluorinated drugs.

How will I know if fluoride is in my drinking water?

If your water comes from a household or private well, check with your health department or local water systems that use ground water for information on contaminants of concern in your area

fluorosis1How to remove fluoride from water?

  • Water Filters: Go and get the best water filter. Mind you, not any , just to save few rupees. Remember, Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride
  • Spring Water: Another way to avoid fluoride from tap water is to purchase spring water. Most brands of spring water contain very low levels of fluoride. Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 PPM (parts per million) and ideally less than 0.1 PPM (parts per million).
  • Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for distillation units varies widely depending on the size.

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Good job by the government. They are lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years.

beauty-739667_640 Please Understand

Fluoride is very useful in  preventing cavities and decay  by coming in direct contact  with the tooth enamel.

But, if it is consumed from  sources such as drinking  water, it gets absorbed in  bloodstream. Then it attacks  the enamel on the inside of the  tooth.

If too much fluoride gets into the inside of the tooth, it can cause a condition called fluorosis.

So, excess of anything is bad. Be safe.

Rashu Singhal

Mechatronics engineer by profession, Blogger by choice and passion, Traveller, First cried on 4th Jan, Capricorn.

10 Comments
    1. Yeah you are right, It’s just like every coin has two sides so as the same way Water is Life giver & just because of some chemicals now a days it is life taker as well.

  1. Wow I have heard about dental fluorosis, but I never expected 40% of youngsters to have it. Thanks for this very informative post. I will go more carefuly about it in the future. As you say: “excess of anything is bad” 🙂

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