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What harm do Chlorine and Fluoride in drinking water cause in the long run?

Should you be concerned with chlorine and fluoride in your drinking water?

Chlorine and fluoride are chemicals often used to disinfect water and remove water-borne diseases and parasites. This is not a secret to the public, and many countries around the world include these chemicals in their water supply.  

However, new studies have found that these two chemicals are not 100% safe and shouldn’t be found in our drinking water. Findings reveal that chlorine and fluoride create a reaction with organic and inorganic chemicals and produce new compounds that may have long term health risks to people. 

Upon further investigation, researchers have found out that these harmful byproducts are known to contain trihalomethanes (THMS), a group of chemicals that are linked to increased kidney problems and cancer for humans. 

Chlorine in drinking water and its harmful effects 

Chlorine has been with us for more than two hundred years. It has been used for many purposes, although currently, it’s very important in the swimming pool and water supply industry. Since the discovery of chlorine, many diseases caused by microorganisms were prevented. Contagious diseases in hospital areas were also reduced. 

Chlorine is known as a chemical used for water disinfection. It is very cheap and can be used to stop the growth and eliminate harmful and pathogenic microorganisms found in water. Perhaps the reason for its popularity is because chlorine is affordable and can be easily applied. It’s also not too hard to control and measure which makes it a great disinfectant. 

Chlorine is part of the Halogen family which also includes iodine, bromine, and fluorine. The heaviest of this group is iodine. Chlorine who has a lower molecular weight than iodine “chemically displaces” it. When both are present in the water, chlorine reduces chemical iodine in the liquid which causes iodine deficiency. 

Iodine is known as an important mineral for our body. It helps the thyroid gland function properly. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need iodine to improve their newborn and fetuses’ brain development.  We get iodine through food such as vegetables, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Thus, when chlorine is present in drinking water and used for cooking, it can greatly reduce the iodine in our dishes. 

Fluoride in drinking water and its harmful effects

Fluoride is most commonly known as an ingredient in our toothpaste. However, it’s also found in water, soil, and other kinds of food. The benefits of adding fluoride in our drinking water have been debated by scientists for years. Many argue that adding fluoride in the water supply can improve dental health by reducing cavities. 

Carbohydrates encourage the growth of bacteria in our mouths which product acidic substances. These acids then make our teeth weak and more prone to decay. Fluoride helps by interfering with the process of tooth decay. It remineralizes our tooth enamel and repairs damage from these bacteria. 

Furthermore, tooth decay is one of the most common health problems affecting children. Many people can’t afford regular dental checks so adding fluoride in water might be the most cost-effective way to take care of one’s teeth. They firmly believe adding fluoride reduces the prevalence of tooth decay in the population. Which may be true if you’re going to ask the toothpaste manufacturers.  

While others are strongly against this since fluoride is known to have harmful side effects on our health. Exposure from fluoride is linked to gastrointestinal problems, thyroid disease, arthritis, cancer, and neurological disorders in children.  

Recent studies have found that fluoride has negative effects on our teeth too. Some researchers have found that fluoride can affect our teeth. Long term exposure to high-fluoride drinking water can also cause dental fluorosis.

How To Get Clean and Safe Water Free from Chlorine and Fluoride?

One of the best ways to eliminate residual chlorine from drinking water is through activated charcoal filters, like the one we have here

It also filters out all kinds of microbes, synthetic toxins, debris, and bacteria from drinking water. 

If you’re using charcoal, it’s required that it be used for the final step of water treatment so that the public won’t be exposed to chlorinated hydrocarbons.  

High levels of chlorine and fluoride can be reduced highly using water treatment technologies. Since the discovery of their harmful effects, water suppliers all over the world have made efforts to reduce and eliminate their presence in our drinking water systems. A great way to do so is to install a benchtop or floor standing Advance 8 stage water purifier. Try it today!