There has been a lot of debate about the dangers of fluoride in the last few years.
I have been looking into this controversial matter myself and for now I am leaning towards avoiding the high concentrated fluoride products on the market.
Just to be safe, until there is a clear understanding of this mineral and how it effects our health.
There is tons of info and eyes opening studies on-line for us to take the steps of preventing the possible harmful effects of fluoride. It’s everywhere too! – in our water, products we use every day like toothpaste etc..
Fluoride can cause serious health problems
Here is a recent article from our friends at www.naturalnews.com on how ADA study confirms dangers of fluoridated water, especially for babies
Among other things is lists this:
In 2006, a study published in The Lancet identified fluoride as “an emerging neurotoxic substance” that causes severe brain damage. The National Research Council (NRC) wrote that “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means.”
About a month later, another study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found a definitive link between fluoride intake and reduce IQ levels, indicating once again that fluoride intake causes cognitive damage.
Fluoride has also been linked to cancer, kidney disease and it had also been found to impair proper thyroid function.
Learn more: naturalnews.com
I also found some interesting info about Fluoride on Steve Pavlina’s Blog. Here is one section of it:
Why did people start adding fluoride to toothpaste and water?
You don’t want to know. Really you don’t.
And if you really want to hurt yourself, you can read all about the fluoride fraud here:
Suppression of Scientific Dissent on Fluoride’s Risks and Benefits
If you don’t want to read the above, the bottom line is that fluoride is an industrial pollutant which became a serious problem several decades ago, and this problem was essentially solved by devising ways to feed the stuff to humans. Today it’s become a difficult issue that involves big business, large sums of money, the ADA, the FDA, and somewhere near the bottom of the political food chain… health.
European countries saying NO to fluoride
At the moment I am living in Europe and while doing my research about this topic, I found this site that lists the European countries and whether they put fluoride in their water sources. You can see the list of countries and the fluoride % their water sources here. Overall it looks like Europe had smartened up about this issue long time ago and many countries do not put fluoride in their water anymore.
Simple solution – make your own Fluoride-free toothpaste
I know how this may sound when you think about the traditional toothpaste you can buy at a drugstore, but there are some super simple recipes you can follow and feel much better about brushing your teeth every day.
I found 2 recipes that only require few easy to get ingredients and it only takes minutes to make your own parabens, artificial colours and other junk -free toothpaste.
DIY all natural fluoride-free toothpaste recipe
I found this simple recipe on naturalnews.com. It only requires 2 basic ingredients that you can expand a little to get more flavourful if you like.
You will need:
- Organic coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Optional: Essential oils like peppermint or spearmint, or other. The flavour is up to you.
How to make your own natural toothpaste
If you’re going to make your own toothpaste, coconut oil is the perfect place to start. Coconut oil is a key ingredient in homemade toothpastes because it’s a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal – so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush. Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding, sore gums.
The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis – and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste. Brushing your tongue with the oil helps with thrush, a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and to boot, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.
Another key ingredient in homemade toothpastes is baking soda. Baking soda is used for two reasons.
- First, it’s a mild abrasive that provides a gentle cleansing.
- Second, it’s alkaline. Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralize acids in your mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay. Baking soda also absorbs odors and helps produce sweet breath.
To make your own toothpaste, just use a fifty/fifty ratio of coconut oil to baking soda. Start with a small batch and use a few tablespoons of each. If you like, add a few drops of an essential oil, like peppermint or spearmint, for flavor and a bit of stevia for sugar-free sweetness.
After mixing your toothpaste, keep it in a glass container with a lid. Then, just spoon some out for use or just dip your dry toothbrush into it. The mixture doesn’t need to be refrigerated and because coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, it’ll help keep your toothbrush clean and sanitary too.
No baking soda DIY all natural toothpaste recipe
This recipe comes from a blog I love: thankyourbody.com
Ingredients you will need:
Directions to make the toothpaste:
1. Mix coconut oil, bentonite clay, and salt in a small bowl. Start with just one tablespoon of water. Working with the back of a spoon, “cream” the ingredients together and add more water until you like the consistency. (If you choose to add in a few drops of liquid stevia, this is the step to do it).
2. Add in the peppermint oil (or cinnamon or spearmint) and then mix until well combined. Store in air tight container.
To use: Place a pea-size amount on your toothbrush and the brush. Not too hard. Not too long. Just enough to make your mouth happy. Rinse. (Although it’s safe to consume in case your kiddies don’t rinse very well.)
Using all natural DIY toothpaste. Are you in?
I hope you have enjoyed this article and learned something new. I can’t wait to make this and try it out. Let us know if you followed any of these recipes and how that effective the health of your teeth and gums. Leave a comment below and share your experience with our readers. You’ll be loved for it.