The fact that water ionizers remove Fluoride is significant. Fluoride is a mineral and it’s poisonous. On the periodic table of elements [pictured at the bottom of this article] it can be found right next to oxygen [i.e., it’s extremely tiny]. Because of its size it is difficult to remove it by normal filtration methods.
Why would you want to remove Fluoride from your water?
My question is, “Why would you want to add Fluoride?” It is poisonous to our bodies to consume this mineral. It effects brain function, because it is so tiny it is not stopped by our normal blood-brain barrier! Any mineral that can pass through the blood-brain barrier is potentially dangerous. Lead can pass through the blood-brain barrier and so is considered a poison and is removed from water usually by municipalities. Fluoride causes similar brain-related problems to lead [i.e., learning disabilities, dementia], so rather than adding it we should all consider removing it.
There are hundreds, or maybe thousands of articles warning of the dangers of Fluoride. Here’s one… in this National Library of Medicine report by the results are pretty clear:
“A recent report from the U.S. National Research Council (NRC 2006)2 concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water may be of concern and that additional research is warranted. Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory…” Read More
It used to be thought that Fluoride would increase bone mass. This is now a debunked idea. Fluoride only ever would increase bone mass in certain bones while at the same time reducing the bone mass in other bones [not good]! Also, in the bones, such as legs, where Fluoride was found to increase bone mass it was also associated with increased stiffness in those bones [also not good]. Here is a quote from a good article about Fluoride and bone mass.
“While NaF [sodium fluoride] may increase bone mass, the newly formed bone appears to lack normal structure and strength.”
SOURCE: Everett ET. (2011). Fluoride’s Effects on the Formation of Teeth and Bones, and the Influence of Genetics. Journal of Dental Research 90:552-60.
The idea that Fluoride is beneficial to teeth has also been negated. The latest research shows that brushing with Fluoridated toothpaste is as beneficial to preventing cavities as drinking Fluoridated water, and is a lot safer, as long as you don’t swallow it, Fluoridated toothpaste, when one uses care not to swallow it, doesn’t contain the risk of Fluoride poisoning and other diseases associated with consuming Fluoride internally. By the way on any tube of Fluoridated toothpaste [actually the amount you normally have in a glass of Fluoridated water] there’s a warning that if you consume a pea-sized quantity of the toothpaste you should go to the hospital poison control center.
Thankfully, Water Ionizers Remove Fluoride!
Fluoride is always removed [to a large extent…in varying amounts] from electric water ionizers, but not always from non-electric water ionizers.
Fluoride is acidic, therefore will be removed by an electric water ionizer and diverted to the acid-water stream. Depending on the strength of your water ionizer setting and the flow-rate, you can remove as much as 85% or even higher of the Fluoride content of the water. In addition there are some water ionizer filters that are designed to remove Fluoride. See this chart: Compare water ionizers
Portable water ionizers don’t usually remove fluoride, unless they have a special filter media called activated alumina. Check the product page for any portable water ionizer [non-electric] to see if it removes fluoride. This would be advertised if it did.
Water ionizer filter systems [non-electric] will often remove the natural minerals in the water first before adding magnesium [which is part of the technology of how a non-electric water ionizer works]. In this case Fluoride would be removed.
My best advice is to check the product page of any water ionizer you are purchasing, it would be most likely stated if that water ionizer removed fluoride.
Cathleen was a teacher/principal for 24 years and has been drinking ionized water for about 25 years. She created Alkaline Water Plus to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.
"The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER!" Cathleen LoGrasso, Owner/CEO Alkaline Water Plus
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