Fluoride found in water, which is very often called nature’s cavity fighter, may cause weight gain or trigger depression, according by a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and can be found in earth’s crust and thus widely distributed in nature. Some fresh foods and water contain very little amounts of fluoride.
This natural mineral which may be found in soil and water is very often added to drinking water too for the purpose of medical treatment. Scientist believe that fluoride makes enamel more resistant to bacteria and thus can prevent tooth decay.
On other side, according to some previous studies, exposure to high levels of fluoride on long term can interrupt iodine levels in the body and iodine has high importance for a healthy thyroid gland and underactive thyroid can lead to many health problems like fatigue, aching muscles including depression and weight gain.
Is fluoridated water better?
High levels of fluoride in the body on long term may lead to hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid disease, which is a common health disorder. this health issue, when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, may result in fatigue, aching muscles, memory loss and of course weight gain and depression.
According to a study in England which examine the adverse effects of elevated fluoride exposure, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, people in areas with bigger fluoridation have high rates of underactive thyroid gland.
The results shown that people who live in areas with higher fluoridation may develop hypothyroidism up to 30 % more from people with low and natural levels of fluoride in their drinking water.
Two-thirds of U.S. population has fluoridated public water, for the purpose of reducing cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Despite the fact that there are almost no evidence that people in areas with fluoridated water have fewer cavities from people in areas without and as the case against fluoridated water continues to grow, is simple highly recommended to filter your drinking water before use.