What is fluoride?
Well fluoride is a chemical ion also known as fluorine. This chemical ion is naturally found in soil, water, rocks, and several other minerals on earth.
In 1945, the U.S. began adding fluoride into tap water and noticed that people who consumed tap water in the areas with fluoridation water had fewer cavities. Because of this, the U.S began to add fluoride into all the tap water system.
There are three types of fluoride added into tap water. The types of fluoride added are fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride.
Fluoride is toxic if ingested by large quantities or for a long period of time. There are many health factors that links to fluoride. Such health problems includes:
– Thyriod disease
– Bone cancer
– Muscle disorder
– Increased infertility
Many pet owners are switching their water to purified drinking water as well due to the harm tap water can caused to their pets. Tap water is not only toxic to humans but also our pets and we need to give them the right nutrition and the right to have safe drinking water.
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How is fluoridation regulated?
The PHS or public health service of the United States recommended that fluoridation be between 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. Although this is true, overtime it became harder and harder to know the exact doses of fluoride in tap water. This is why in some parts of the U.S. there are high levels of fluoride in the local tap water versus other parts of the states. The reason being is because fluoride really cannot be regulated once it enters the water stream. In conclusion, you can say fluoridation really isn’t regulated at all.
Not only is this a hazard to the public but it is also dangerous for animals and the environment as well.
Does reverse osmosis remove fluoride?
Reverse osmosis or RO actually is a filtration system that can get rid of all the fluoride coming from your city tap water. It does this by using a membrane known as the semipreamembrane which have pores big enough for water molecules to pass through, but small enough that no ions molecules (such as fluoride) can go pass. The membrane is known to have one of the smallest pores which can also trapped other toxic chemicals in the tap water as well. Chemical such as arsenic, chlorine, lead, metal, ect.
Most Ro system have a five stage filtration. It also have inlets and outlets and uses carbon filters. Each stage consists of a carbon filter which helps the water get rid of odor and other chemicals that the membrane might have missed. The water passes through all five stages of filters and then finally arrive at the storage tank where the purified water is stored for later consumption. RO filters out 99% of all toxic contaminants that is harmful to the human body. Reverse osmosis is one of the best and popular method in water purification especially for getting rid of fluoride.