Fluoride may have been added to the public water supply to protect your teeth–but believe it or not, research shows that increased intake of this compound could be having quite the opposite effect on your overall health. In fact, a quick review of the research might leave you wondering if there’s any system in your body that isn’t susceptible to fluoride’s negative influence.
Take its effect on thyroid function, for starters. Both animal and human studies have shown that fluoride can affect levels of thyroid hormones–including trioodothyronine (T3), free T3, thyroxine (T4) and free T4. Further research has linked long-term fluoride exposure to immune imbalances, including reduced immune cell cooperation–especially among individuals who also have suboptimal thyroid function.
Bones are equally affected by fluoride’s effects, with studies showing that it can affect mineral metabolism and bone density, while contributing to poor cellular health and oxidative stress in osteoblasts (bone-building cells). Fluoride exposure also may result in suboptimal heart health as research has linked increased fluoride intake to decreased arterial compliance and flexibility affecting cardiovascular health. Finally, your pancreas, liver and kidneys can also be affected: Animal and human studies indicate that fluoride may affect glucose tolerance and insulin secretion from beta cells, promote free radical generation, and impact liver and kidney structure and functioning.
Animal research suggests that even fertility could be impacted thanks to fluoride, with exposure resulting in imbalances in sperm count, motility and density– and recent U.S. population studies have noted a similar association between fertility and fluoride levels in humans, as well.
Because fluoride is a member of the halogen family–which includes iodine, chlorine and bromine–it competes with these elements in the physiological function of certain organs, such as iodine-dependent breast and thyroid tissue. The good news, however, is that taking simple steps to replenish your iodine stores with a high-quality daily supplements–such as VRP’s Iodoral®–may be enough to keep fluoride uptake and its potential negative effects at bay.
Be sure to pair your daily iodine supplement with ample amounts of riboflavin and niacin–both found in VRP’s ATP Cofactors–since both B vitamins play a critical role in iodine’s absorption into your cells, while supporting cellular energy production and encouraging fluoride excretion.
In addition to boosting your iodine stores, you should also optimize your intake of a number of essential and trace minerals, including sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Chloride in particular can be a vital ally in your body’s efforts to deal with excess fluoride–and luckily, getting enough of it could be as easy as eating more salt. But not just any salt. Instead, look to VRPs Celtic Sea Salt–an all-natural form of salt, which promotes healthy mineralization of your body and offers support for healthy cellular function.
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