You’re exposed to fluoride if you take prescription drugs like Prozac, swim in pools, or sit in hot tubs. It’s in conventional produce like lettuce, and commercial bread and bakery products. It may be in beverages like iced tea, wine, and beer made with municipal water, or in infant formula. And of course it’s in toothpaste. It may even sneak into your food from Teflon coated pots and pans.
In addition to increasing the risk of death, fluoride also calcifies the pineal gland and hardens the arteries. And it increases the risk of hypothyroidism.
Minimizing your exposure to fluoride is important. But in today’s world, this toxin is hard to avoid completely. That’s why it’s critical to detox your body from fluoride.
Iodine Flushes Out Fluoride
Cleansing your system of fluoride is not the same as getting rid of mercury or arsenic. Fluoride is not a heavy metal. It’s a halide in the same family as bromine and chlorine. Fluoride, bromine, chlorine, and perchlorate all bind to iodine receptors in the body and displace iodine.
Perchlorate is a man-made molecule combining oxygen and chlorine. It’s used for rocket fuel and industrial processes and contaminates our water supplies.
According to Dr. Mark Sircus, the only effective way to detox from perchlorate, fluoride or other halides is with iodine. Chelation and other methods for heavy metal detox may not be as effective.
Loading the body with iodine displaces fluoride from cell receptors and flushes the fluoride out of the body in urine.
Your body can’t make iodine. You have to get it from food or supplements. And unfortunately it’s estimated that as many as 74% of Americans are deficient in this crucial element.
The best dietary source of iodine is seaweed. Sea vegetables like wakame, nori, kombu (kelp), arame, and dulse are the richest edible sources of iodine. Just one tablespoon of dried dulse flakes contains about 750 mcg of iodine. The government’s daily recommended amount is about 150 mcg.
Other good iodine sources include seafood (salmon, lobster, scallops, cod and shrimp). Cranberries, yogurt, potatoes, strawberries, and navy beans also contain iodine but in much lower amounts.
You can also find seaweed supplements like kelp tablets at most health food stores.
Iodine supplements are also widely available. Iodoral® tablets contain 5 mg of iodine, and 7.5 mg of potassium iodide. A typical dose is 6.25mg or 12.5 milligrams of combined iodine and iodide.
Detoxing from fluoride using iodine may trigger symptoms like headaches, agitation, and palpitations as fluoride is released. To minimize those effects, it’s important to work with a natural health specialist. According to Dr. David Brownstein in his book “Iodine: Why Your Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It” an iodine detox should include a nutritional plan as well as unrefined sea salt, selenium, vitamin C, and a vitamin B complex.