A fluoride detox is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Even though fluoride is a known neurotoxin, makes your bones weaker, and lowers the IQ of children- it’s still added to the water, toothpaste, and cookware of millions of people.
This forces health-conscious individuals like yourself and I, to take the right precautions to protect ourselves and family.
The good news is that you’re at the right place to take care of the issue. As all information here is science-based and most importantly, backed by real-life experience.
NOTE: Truth About Fluoride is reader-supported. When you buy through links on the site, I may earn a commission. However, keep in mind each and every product is bought, tested and used by myself. With only the best being recommended.
Why Should I Detox My Body Of Fluoride?
On top of fluoride being NOT natural, toxic and industrial waste that damages your bones, brain and hormones. It’s also NOT an essential nutrient and not a SINGLE biological process requires fluoride.1,2,3
This means your body does not need fluoride to function.
To make things worse, fluoride is a cumulative poison which means it accumulates in the body. In fact, in adults only 50% get’s removed by the kidneys – while the rest stays in your body. While in young children, close to 80% remains in the body.4
A huge health issue when you consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that any benefit fluoride has on cavity prevention is through contact with teeth and NOT through ingestion.5,6 This means there is zero reason to swallow fluoride in order to protect teeth.
Or in other words, swallowing fluoride to prevent cavities makes as much sense as swallowing sunscreen lotion to prevent sun burns.
And as a result, any fluoride you have put into your body throughout your life (water, tea, toothpaste, foods high in fluoride, and etc.) has not only done nothing for your teeth but may currently be affecting the health of your brain, bones, and hormones.
So that’s why you should consider doing a fluoride detox…
How To Detox From Fluoride?
At this point, you’re probably wondering how you can remove fluoride from your body.
Thankfully, a fluoride detox is very simple and follows two general steps.
- Eliminate all fluoride exposure.
- Actively promote the removal of accumulated fluoride in your body.
To make this as fast as possible, I’ll briefly explain the step, tell you how to do it and if you’d like to read more about a certain step – click on the highlighted blue text.
Now, let’s blast through it.
Part 1: Eliminate All Fluoride Exposure
Logically, it makes sense to start with eliminating the substance that causes all the damage.
If you don’t, you’ll be wasting your time no matter what you do. You can’t expect your body to get rid of accumulated fluoride if you’re giving it more to deal with. So this is the most important part of any fluoride detox and thankfully it’s also the easiest.
All you have to do to eliminate the different sources of fluoride is make a choice.
A choice to drink different water, use different toothpaste, drink fluoride-free tea and so on…
Best part is once you eliminate all fluoride exposure, your body will naturally start to remove accumulated fluoride (in step 2 of the fluoride detox, you’ll learn how to multiply this effect).7
1. Drink Fluoride-Free Water
Since we drink water (including tea and coffee) and cook with it everyday, fluoridated water is the largest source of fluoride you’ll most likely be exposed to throughout your entire life.8
Making this the most urgent step out of the entire fluoride detox.
Unfortunately fluoride is hard to remove from water and most do do-it-yourself methods like boiling water fail to remove fluoride. So the best way to get fluoride-free water is to use a fluoride water filter (link to my guide that helps you choose the right one).
However, the sad truth is that many water filter brands LIE about their filters being able to remove fluoride.
So to help you avoid being tricked, I’ve decided to share with you the fluoride test results on 33+ water filters. All you have to do is enter your email below and I’ll send it to you right away.
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This will allow you to double check if the current filter you have can or can’t remove fluoride or check a brand’s performance before buying it.
And speaking of buying filters, if you’re looking for a quick recommendation, the most popular choice would be a water filter pitcher from Clearly Filtered (best brand of all the pitchers I’ve tested).
Just note if you plan on buying the pitcher, you should buy from Clearly Filtered (link to their website) and not Amazon. The price you pay will be cheaper and shipping time is the exact same if not faster through Clearly Filtered.
Now I don’t recommend bottled water but for the times you drink bottled water, I’ve put together a list of bottled water without fluoride.
Where you’ll be able to search the fluoride content of 127+ brands of bottled water sold across Canada and the U.S.A.
2. Use Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
Toothpaste is an extremely potent source of fluoride.
Containing anywhere from 1000 ppm to 1500 ppm of fluoride.9
So what seems like a little “pea-sized” amount of toothpaste is actually a lot of fluoride. Easily putting many children OVER their “recommended” daily fluoride intake from toothpaste alone.10
Now considering there are literally 100s of toothpastes to choose from and many fluoride-free toothpastes contain toxic ingredients. I put together an article on the best fluoride-free toothpaste (link to article) where I bought and tested over 33+ brands.
Helping you choose the right fluoride-free toothpaste for your fluoride detox.
3. Drink Fluoride-Free Tea And Coffee
After testing 329+ teas, it’s clear that tea is one of the largest sources of ingested fluoride worldwide.
Even pro and anti-fluoride groups would agree that many teas contain unsafe fluoride levels.
For example, the World Health Organization recommends drinking water to be between 0.5 to 1.0 ppm of fluoride to avoid dental and skeletal fluorosis.8 However, many teas contain two, three, and even six times what’s typically found in tap water across North America.
So to help you choose a fluoride detox friendly tea, you can search the fluoride levels of 329+ brands of tea at fluoride in tea (link to tea database).
On the other hand, information on fluoride levels in coffee is very limited.
Knowing this, I couldn’t help myself and decided to go out and test 238+ types of coffee.
Which you can now read about at fluoride in coffee (link to article).
Now in general, coffee is naturally low in fluoride. The only thing you have to look out for is fluoride-based pesticides. But if you buy organic, you won’t have to worry about it.
4. Avoid Using Teflon Coated Cookware (Non-Stick)
Probably every kitchen you’ve stepped foot in has at least one of these bad boys laying around.
The problem is non-stick cookware (i.e, teflon) contains fluoride in the form of PFC’s (Per-fluorinated compounds) which has been shown to have a leaching effect during cooking.11
Here are some quick facts about PFCs:
- Man-made compounds that did not exist prior to industrial civilization.12
- Does not break down, accumulates in the environment and in the human body.12
- Found in the blood of 95% Americans.13
- Increases the likelihood of cancer, weakens the immune system and disrupts thyroid hormone production.13
What’s worse is the effect it has on women of child-bearing age…
A study conducted by the UCLA school of public health uncovered that women with higher levels of PFCs in their blood had a much harder time getting pregnant than those with lower levels.14
Anywhere from 60% to 154% more likely to experience infertility.
So the next time you start cooking, what should you use?
Avoid Teflon and other non-stick pans, and use cast-iron, stainless steel, or pure ceramic. Good news is that with a little effort, a similar non-stick effect can be achieved.
If you’d like to read more, please refer to the fluoride in cookware article.
5. Try To Avoid Medication Containing Fluoride
I was surprised to realize how many medications contain fluoride…
Anesthetics, antacids, anti-anxiety, antibiotics, antidepressants, antifungals, antihistamines, cholesterol-lowering medications, anti-malarial, chemotherapy, arthritis medications, psychotropics, and steroids.15
Now, I’m not saying don’t take your medication.
However, since drugs containing fluoride can be a high source of daily fluoride intake, it’s best to know if your medication contains it. At that point you can consult with your doctor on alternatives or options in lowering or getting off of it completely.
To help you figure this out, you can search your medication at drugs that contain fluoride.
6. Go To Fluoride-Free Dentists
Fluoride treatments used by traditional dentists are extremely hazardous (pictured below).
Even though these fluoride gels are meant to be applied topically (a.k.a directly to teeth), a significant amount of fluoride is absorbed into the body during treatment.
In fact, even when dentists follow safety precautions, significant ingestion can still take place.
Enough to produce toxic spikes in blood fluoride levels.16,17
But thankfully there are alternatives that are just as effective and most importantly, not toxic for your health. So next time you go to the dentist, pass on the fluoride treatment or better yet – find a dentist that is fluoride-free.
Part 2: Help Your Body Detox Fluoride
The previous steps were easy because all you have to do is buy something and use it as normal (i.e, drinking water, using a different pan, using fluoride-free toothpaste).
Good news is the first part is the most important.
Thus if you did nothing more than part 1, you’ll be safe from fluoride’s toxicity. As not only have you stopped adding more fluoride to your body but your body will naturally start to detox from fluoride. Lowering your body’s fluoride levels over time.
Now if you want to go above and beyond in your fluoride detox, part 2 will help you do exactly that.
7. Fluoride Detox Diet
Obviously, you want to avoid eating fluoride.
Unfortunately there are many foods high in fluoride. This is due to how the food is packaged (non-stick material) and if fluoridated water was used for preparation. But most importantly, soil is oftentimes polluted with fluoride from industries or tap water.
So to ensure you’re eating a fluoride detox friendly diet, follow these general rules:
- Foods high in antioxidants: animal products, vegetables, bone broth, spices
- Use herbs and leafy greens: parsley, cilantro, spinach
- Stick to whole foods: generally contain much less fluoride
- When possible eat organic: pesticides & insecticides commonly contain fluoride
- Eat natural: let’s just say, mother nature got it right
It’s important to note, animal products are generally very low in fluoride (eggs, meat, etc.) while vegetables have a higher chance of containing fluoride. So if you’re vegan/vegetarian make sure the products you eat are grown in good quality soil.
You can’t go wrong with exercise.
Sweating is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body. Now whether you want to do this through free-weight training,
CrossFit, yoga, or running, is up to you.
But most importantly, in regards to this fluoride detox. Exercise helps stimulate bone growth which is what we want. Considering our goal is to replace fluoride in our bones with better built bone. This is exactly what happens when you exercise and give your body the right nutrients (next step).
Just keep in mind, the best gym routine is one you enjoy and can do consistently.
The goal here is to be and stay active.
9. Supplements For A Fluoride Detox
Now that you’ve stopped sending your body fluoride, it’s time to send the resources it needs to remove stored fluoride, repair any damage it may have caused, and function at an optimal level.
Overall you should make sure you’re getting ALL essential vitamins and minerals since they’re all important. But to start off your fluoride detox, the main focus should be on 3 specific nutrients (discussed below).
Which have been shown to reverse the effects of dental and skeletal fluorosis.18
And if you don’t see a nutrient/supplement here but have seen it on other websites, there’s a reason for that which is addressed below (i.e, Borax, Iodine, Tamarind).
Calcium is one of the biggest known substances in fighting fluoride.
To the point where, people who accidentally ingest a large amount of fluoride are told to immediately drink cups of milk.19
Foods high in calcium: seeds, cheese, yogurt, almonds, leafy greens (spinach, kale, collard greens), sardines, salmon and any other fish where the bones are edible.20
Percentage of Americans that do not meet daily requirement: 44.1%21
The sunshine vitamin is hands down the most important nutrient on this list.
Almost everyone does not get enough, regardless if they’re doing a fluoride detox. This is especially true if you live in parts of the world where the sun is not strong all year around or if you don’t get much sun in general.
And when it comes to detoxing from fluoride, vitamin D among many other things, helps your body effectively absorb calcium. So if you don’t have enough vitamin D (likely) the calcium you consume will go to waste and not do what it’s supposed to do.
So get more sun, eat foods that contain natural vitamin d, and worst case scenario, supplement. Just keep in mind you may need more than what’s generally recommended to get to healthy levels of vitamin D.
Foods high in vitamin D: wild salmon, herring, sardines, liver, grass-finished animal products.22
Percentage of Americans that do not meet daily requirement: 88.5%21
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C is an important substance that helps heal damage caused by fluoride.
Acting as an essential substance to the body’s production of proline, one of the most important amino acids of collagen. Which is important, as collagen is the base material for bone and tooth matrix.23
Foods high in vitamin C: pepper, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, lemons, strawberries, citrus fruit.24
Percentage of Americans that do not meet daily requirement: 38.9%21
*Important Note About Supplements*
I understand people want the option of taking a pill to get their nutrients. It sounds very easy.
But you know what’s even easier?
Eating superfoods high in vitamins and minerals.
You literally could get ALL the vitamins and minerals you need for a fluoride detox from 5 specific foods. You don’t even have to change your diet for this, all you have to do is eat them a couple times a week AND I’d say at least 3 out of the 5 you already eat but you’re just buying the wrong type.
On top of that, not every brand of vitamins is good quality and some could even be harmful to your health, some artificial supplements are not bioavailable, and most of them do nothing but increase your credit card bill.
10. Avoid Common Mistakes & Traps
Most people waste their time and put their health at risk following many other fluoride detox “tips”.
Usually this happens when someone hopes a “quick fix” like a certain supplement or product can do all the work. When in reality, all you have to do is keep it simple… Stop all fluoride exposure and give your body specific essential nutrients. Your body will take care of the rest.
This will give you 99% of the results.
That’s why the goal of this article is to recommend products, food and techniques you NEED. Not tell you about 12 different things that “could” help you. So here’s a list of a few things I recommend you AVOID:
- Supplementing with iodine
- Sauna for detoxing
- Melatonin supplements
But if you are looking for a “quick fix” the only thing that will give that to you is the use of fresh and natural herbs, spices and root vegetables like turmeric and ginger. It’s amazing how powerful they can be which can not be recreated or captured in a supplement.
Comprehensive Fluoride Detox Program
By following what you read here you’ll get amazing results.
But there are a lot of things that I can’t mention here because I’ll get cancelled or I just need more time to explain it to you. For example, there’s one superfood that has ALL the vitamins and minerals you need for a fluoride detox, has been a major part of many civilization’s diets for hundreds of years but I’d say over 95% of people, ignore it, are scared to eat it, or buy the wrong type.
So for those that would like more information, I put together a 5 Step Fluoride Detox Program (link to program) that covers everything you need to know. I’m also giving a HUGE discount on the program so there’s no excuse for anyone not to get it (only for the first 100 people).
You’ll also learn why I do NOT recommend borax, iodine, tamarind, and even the use of saunas for removing fluoride from your body. And for the record, it’s important you consume iodine. I just do not recommend you use supplements.
This is also one way I support the website and everything I do.
Benefits Of A Fluoride Detox
By completing this fluoride detox, you essentially dodged all the health effects of fluoride.
Worrying about dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis, brain damage and thyroid problems are now a thing of the past. Talk about hitting not 2 birds, but multiple birds with one stone.
However, the benefits don’t stop there.
1. What People Like You Are Experiencing
At this point I’ve had 35,000+ people read this fluoride detox and a few hundred have shared their personal stories with me through email or Instagram.
So here are the effects people have been experiencing:
- Cured Skin Conditions: several people have been able to completely get rid of their acne, eczema and other skin conditions. In fact, one woman was able to completely get rid of her autoimmune skin disease called psoriasis that she had for 12 years.
- Headaches and Migraines Disappeared: fluoride is a neurotoxin (substance that causes damage to the brain) so many brain benefits have been observed especially when people quit drinking tea high in fluoride.
- Spiritual Improvements: due to a healthier pineal gland people have reported feeling more conscious and other benefits related to opening your “third eye”.
- Arthritis and Bone Pain GONE: several people have shared their bone and joint pains have disappeared immediately after they stopped drinking fluoride and using fluoride toothpaste.
- Thyroid Improvements: better natural thyroid function, one woman reported not taking not her thyroid medication and feeling great after stopping fluoride exposure.
More testimonials can be seen at the 5 Step Fluoride Detox Program page.
Just realize, it’s not a guarantee you will experience all or any of these effects. Everyone is different and there may be other things in your life that need to be fixed. I’m also not saying you shouldn’t take your medication, that’s something you and/or your doctor should decide.
2. Healthy Newborns and Babies
Eliminating and detoxing from fluoride can be the difference between a baby having the opportunity to grow up with excellent health or a life filled with health problems.
Since the placenta can not block environmental toxins, during pregnancy the baby is directly exposed to fluoride within the body. Plus considering the size and lack of development of unborn, newly born or young children, fluoride’s effects are much worse the younger you are.
Especially on vulnerable and developing brains:
- Neurobehavioral Defects: leads to autism, ADHD and other cognitive impairments25
- Reduced Intelligence: lowered IQ26
- Hippocampus Damage: impaired ability to learn and remember27
And if you’re a young woman that is planning on having children just keep in mind fluoride accumulates in your body so you should give yourself some time to detox of any stored toxins including fluoride.
3. Protection From Alzheimer’s and Dementia
I’m not sure there’s anything worse than living a great life and having it taken from you in your older years. But through fluoride’s direct effects on the brain that’s exactly what happens, as fluoride increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Not only that but fluoride also helps substances like aluminium enter the brain.
Multiplying the rate of brain damage and increasing the likelihood of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.28
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
4. Enhanced Mood and Energy
Lastly, by eliminating fluoride, you begin to optimize the activity of the pineal gland.
This small, pine-cone shaped gland is responsible for the production of melatonin in the body. When exposed to fluoride the pineal gland calcifies and it’s overall function decreases.
With less melatonin the following effects start to emerge:
- poor sleep,
- increased oxidative brain damage.
However, you’ll experience the opposite; great sleep, positive mood, focused concentration.
Fluoride Detox FAQ’s
1. How Long Does Fluoride Stay In The Body?
When a healthy adult ingests fluoride, only around 50% gets removed by the kidneys while the rest is free to travel through blood and accumulate in calcifying tissues such as the pineal gland and bones.4 And contrary to the lies fed to us, the teeth contain less than 2% fluoride so none of it is going to where it’s “supposed” to go.29
But in regards to detoxing fluoride, it depends what body part we are talking about. For example, the pineal gland will improve and heal quickly due to it’s constant contact with large amounts of blood. While bones will take years to completely remodel themselves.
However, the most important thing is lowering your total fluoride serum levels (level of fluoride in your blood and urine) which is mainly influenced by your daily fluoride intake. So once you do step 1 of this fluoride detox, you’ll start to experience the majority of positive effects.
2. Are There Any Fluoride Detox Symptoms?
You will most likely not experience any negative side effects from detoxing fluoride from your body.
Remember, you’re getting rid of a toxin. This will make you feel better.
But this is only true if you do it the way outlined in this article. I can see how someone could experience negative symptoms or side effects following other advice. Which mainly has to do with the products and supplements being used.
3. What Function Does Fluoride Have In The body?
As mentioned above, there is not a SINGLE biological process that requires fluoride.1,2,3
This means fluoride does NOT help your body do one single positive thing. So any fluoride you ingest is only going to increase the risk of harm but provide you zero benefits. In other words, a fluoride detox is you removing garbage from your body.
Congratulations on making one, if not the best health decisions of your life.
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- Hawkins R, et al. (2003). Prevention. Part 7: professionally applied topical fluorides for caries prevention. Br Dent J. 195(6):313-7.
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