How To Remove Fluoride From Tap Water - Best Water Filtration Method
The most common question I have been asked over the past 6 years in the fight against water fluoridation in Toronto is "What is the best way to remove fluoride from water?" This is a very important question that I have tried to answer via testing of every single form of water filtration method known to man and purchase of most in-store bottled water products. After 6 years, I finally have the answer. NOTE: I run www.endfluoridetoronto.com using my own money. I do not take donations and I do not endorse any for-profit organizations on this site.
While all chemicals used in water "treatment" are used to treat the water, fluoride (Hydrofluorosilicic Acid), a toxic byproduct of the phosphate manufacturing process, is the only chemical added to municipal water supplies to medicate people. Water fluoridation is outdated, ineffective, and dangerous and violates our right to informed consent. While the fight against water fluoridation continues, you can protect yourself and your loved ones today by water distillation.
Here is a recent picture of Toronto tap water (on the left) versus distilled Toronto tap water (on the right). Using a precipitator, the dissolved solids that are normally unseen are revealed to the user.
Here is a breakdown of what the colours mean:
Black - Heavy Metals Yellow - Dissolved acids, fluoride and other organic matter Green - Arsenic, mercury, lead, copper, sodium Blue - Bacteria, viruses, carcinogens, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc. Red - Iron, rust and bacteria White - lead, zinc, mercury, inorganic dirt
Here is a closeup of the unfiltered Toronto tap water after sitting for a few minutes:
At time of testing, I measured the total dissolved solids (TDS) of the Toronto tap water at 128 PPM. The distilled water measured 0 PPM. While a precipitator cannot tell you exactly what is in the water, it does illustrate the point that tap water is filled with many compounds we simply can't see.
Distilled water is pure water the way nature intended it. The process of water evaporation, cloud formation, and rainfall, is nature's natural distillation process. Unfortunately today, rain is falling through clouds of industrial chemicals, geoengineering chemicals, car exhaust, etc... and landing on asphalt, human and animal sewage, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, and more. Toronto tap water is exposed to a thorough chemical treatment process before it is sent to your home otherwise it would be undrinkable. The problem with chemical water treatment is that we then drink the treatment chemicals including aluminum sulphate, chlorine, sulphur dioxide, aqeuous ammonia and more (Toronto Drinking Water System 2017 Annual Report).
To add insult to injury, hydrofluosilicic acid is added after Toronto tap water is treated and tested. Fluoride is highly corrosive measuring 1.2 on the pH scale (Solvay Fluorosilicic Acid MSDS For Water Fluoridation) which doesn't mix very well with older homes and leaching lead from pipes. Even more chemicals can be added to the water to neutralize the effects of the acid.
Bottled Water - Plastic is made from oil and can leach chemicals into your bottled water, especially when the temperature heats up in the summer and the 53 foot truck container carrying your water heats up to well over 50 degrees Celsius (123 degrees Fahrenheit). BPA Free does not mean hormone mimicking chemical free. Dissolved solids are not completely disclosed and many brands are simply bottling tap water. Recent research also shows that bottled water carries a very high amount of microplastics. Bottled water is expensive and has a negative environmental impact.
Gravity Fed Water Filters - I have personally purchased and tested both the Propur and Berkey gravity water filter systems. Although fantastic to have around in case of a power outage, gravity fed filters do not filter everything out of your water and in some cases, like the original Propur filters, can add unwanted chemicals or metals. As the water sits idol for long periods of time, biofilm can form around the filters themselves, so it is very important to ensure your unit is cleaned regularly. Filters are also very expensive and units can be very slow at producing filtered water. My Berkey unit also produced filtered water with a strange smell that took months to go away.
Tap Water - Did you see the pictures above? Also... FLUORIDE, lead, chlorine, nitrates and nitrites, etc...
Reverse Osmosis - Results are almost the same as distilled water, however RO is very expensive, wastes a lot of water to produce (almost 2-1 waste ratio and as high as 5-1), and does not completely remove fluoride, arsenic, nitrates and more.
Brita - Carbon based water filters are primarily for taste and maybe chlorine. These filters DO NOT remove fluoride and I would personally not use this type of water filtration system.
Here's What You Do
Buy a distiller and begin water distillation at home immediately. Using simple tap water, distillation will return your cup back to 100% pure H2O. If you are concerned that the water now lacks minerals, simply remineralize the water yourself using Himalayan pink salt or a variety of other techniques including electrolytes, green blends or trace minerals. As distilled water will also tend to lean on the acidic scale due to the formation of carbonic acid from carbon dioxide in the air, simply squeeze some fresh lemon into your glass and enjoy.
As I mentioned, I do not endorse any specific company, however, this is a water distiller I use at home:
It is all stainless steel with a glass spigot that leads into a glass carafe. I store my water in other glass carafes in the fridge.
This unit has two drawbacks:
It is important to let the unit heat up, dispense about 300 ml of water, dump that water (or use it to water flowers), and then use the water being dispensed thereafter. When the water first comes out, I was measuring about 15 PPM of dissolved solids which is most likely due to the additional carbon filters however it is common in distillation to dump a little at the beginning and end of the process.
This unit turns off automatically by overloading the switch. This means that when the unit is empty of water, it triggers a shut-off. The problem? The water boils down to the very bottom, essentially heating up all of the chemicals you want to get rid of. The solution? I purchased the following wall timer. After dumping the first 300 ml of water, I hit the 4-hour button and let the timer do its thing:
If you know of a better water distillation system, please comment below. I am always on the lookout for a better solution.
If you have come this far through the post, I thank you for reading and for caring about your health. Water is the most consumed substance in all of our lives. It only makes sense to take the time to make sure we are doing it right.
I will do my best to update more frequently. Contact Toronto City Council at every opportunity to tell them to end the disgusting practice of water fluoridation.
The fight continues.