Fluoride and your health
Fluoride in its natural form is not harmful to your health. However, artificial fluoride, which is added to water, can contain by-product substances such as fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride. These can be detrimental to your overall well-being and cause the most common side effect of excess fluoride consumption: dental fluorosis and the pitting (staining) of your teeth.
Australian authorities have deemed that 1.5mg of fluoride per litre of water is a safe level to avoid any side affects; however, it’s worth noting that the world's leading health organisation – the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - recommends a level of 0.7mg per litre as the ideal balance for maintaining oral health whilst avoiding any unwanted issues.
In rare cases, some industry experts (such as Dr Mercola) argue that even at the defined 'safe’ level, fluoride can still, according to several studies, cause health problems affecting the brain and thyroid, as well as bringing about behavioural issues such as autism & ADHD.
What should you do if you discover fluoride in your water?
Whilst some chemicals can be removed through filtration systems and jugs, fluoride proves to be a more difficult chemical to remove and is only achieved using specialised filters and Reverse Osmosis systems.