Filtration Methods That Will Remove Fluoride
Fluoride is fairly difficult to remove from water. The filters produced by Brita and Pur use activated carbon for filtration. They do not remove any fluoride.
These filtration methods are recommended by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and the WQA (Water Quality Association):
- Bone Char Filtration
- Ion-Matrix Filtration
- Activated Alumina Filtration
- Reverse Osmosis Filtration
Here is the document (PDF file) that states the WQA (Water Quality Association) recommendations.
I recommend the US-made Aquagear filter. This filter has been certified by ISO 17025 accredited labs tests to remove 90% of fluoride in water. The filter also removes lead (97.5%), chlorine (99.99%), chromium 6 (99.87%), mercury (99.6%), trihalomethanes (99.99%), DDT (98.8%). The filter comes with a lifetime guarantee that covers manufacturing defects.
Why Remove Fluoride From Your Water?
Fluoride is a toxic substance. It is used in pesticides and rodenticides. The FDA now requires that all fluoride toothpaste sold in the U.S. carry a poison warning that instructs users to contact the poison control center if they swallow it. Excessive fluoride exposure is well known to cause skeletal fluorosis (a painful bone disease) and dental fluorosis (discolored teeth). Excessive fluoride exposure has also been linked to a range of other chronic ailments including arthritis, bone fragility, glucose intolerance, gastrointestinal distress and thyroid disease.
Since 2010, over 70 communities have rejected the water fluoridation, including cities like Calgary, Alberta and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most developed nations have rejected fluoridation, including 97% of western Europe. According to the British Fluoridation Society, there are more people drinking artificially fluoridated water in the United States than all other countries combined.
You also absorb fluoride when showering and bathing. Unfortunately, there are no shower filters that will remove fluoride. However, you can install a whole house filter. I recommend Pure Effect Whole House Filters. Another option is to capture rainwater and use it instead of municipal water — see the book Rainwater Collection For the Mechanically Challenged for more information.
Distillation is capable of removing just about anything (except volatile compounds) from water. If you have a distiller, you can remove fluoride. However, distillation takes time and lost of electricity, and makes water taste flat and lifeless.
My recommended distiller: the Megahome Distiller, which costs about $200.
Reverse Osmosis Filters
Reverse osmosis relies on pressure and a semi-permeable membrane to remove contaminants from water. It can remove around 90% fluoride in your water. Contaminants are trapped by the membrane and flushed away in the waste water. The process requires between 2 and 4 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of clean water.
Like distillation, reverse osmosis removes almost everything from water, and makes the water taste flat.
My recommended filter is the iSpring 75GPD 5-Stage Filter, which costs about $170, plus any installation costs.