Fluoride Free Tea

The tea leaf accumulates both fluoride and aluminum in average ranges from 600 to more than 1,000 milligrams per kilogram of leaves. Fluoride has the ability to bond with aluminum, creating aluminum fluoride. Using a testing method to break the aluminum-fluoride bond, a new study just found that tea can have up to 9 ppm/milligrams of fluoride. This number is HUGE; and I had thought the original reading of 1 to 3 ppm was already bad enough!

I have personally always hated tea. When I was younger, it used to burn my throat and make it feel dry. As an adult, I tried it again once it became popular (before I knew anything about the dangers of fluoride). I still didn’t like it – it continued to irritate my throat, and made me feel nauseous like I was about to throw up. There are many health benefits claimed from tea, but personally I don’t buy it. And if there are in fact health benefits, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I know many people who drink it on a regular basis and have not achieved any weight loss from it, and actually seem to have more health issues from it like severe coughing and IBS. Here are some other reported side effects from tea – very similar to the symptoms of fluoride:

Overwhelming Anxiety
Chromosome damage and fetal leukemia
Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness
Abdominal bloating and gas
Insomnia, Restlessness, Irritability
Anxiety or agitation, Panic Attacks
Frequent urination
Liver Damage
High blood pressure (hypertension)
A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (known as heart palpitations)
Brittle bones (osteoporosis)
Bone Cancer

These are major symptoms, often overlooked by all of the positive hype over tea. Most people say that some of these side effects are the result of caffeine, however green tea actually has about the same amount of caffeine as 1 oz of dark chocolate (about 20 mg; when steeped properly). That’s really not that much all things considered. Some people even experience these symptoms (especially heart palpitations) when drinking decaf tea, which is very low in caffeine. This is probably not because of caffeine at all; decaf tea is usually higher in fluoride because of the way it is decaffeinated using fluoridated water. Everyone’s different though – some say tea relaxes them (this can happen because of the l-theanine), and some have no issues. It may be that they are not as sensitive to immediate symptoms of fluoride as others, however there could be long term bone damage and other hidden health issues that they are unaware of.

A new study just found that women who drink more than more than four cups a day are 78% more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis compared to those who completely abstain from drinking tea. Even those who drink small amounts of tea have a 40 percent chance of developing it. Research did not find the same associate with coffee drinkers and rheumatoid arthritis, and wonder if it's something in the tea that causes this. I personally think that fluoride could definitely be the culprit for this.

Recent studies have also confirmed that Green Tea does not reduce the risk of breast cancer.

When it comes to tea and animal research, it's also important to mention that mice and rats have a much higher tolerance for fluoride then we do. What isn't toxic and shows up beneficial to them may actually be very harmful to us and not worth the risk of excess fluoride exposure.

I’m not a big Oprah follower, but I did hear news that she was having thyroid issues. She’s also an avid tea drinker/promoter. It seems that her thyroid hormones were all over the place, and first she was hyperthyroid, then she was hypothyroid. I don’t know all the details about her condition, but I do know that this is exactly what fluoride can do to your thyroid. It can mimic, disrupt, and cause all types of issues with TSH, T3 & T4. This is the case for both natural fluoride and in-organic fluoride (such as sodium fluoride). For more info, click here.

Unfortunately, there really is no fluoride free tea. It is thought that white tea, harvested from young green tea leaves and buds may have less fluoride then the full mature plant, but here there is still a risk of getting what I consider to be very high and dangerous amounts of fluoride. Fluoride concentrates when you heat it, so green tea extracts will prevent you from breathing in toxic fumes and may have less fluoride, but it could still be pretty high all things considered.

Some herbal teas seem to have less fluoride in general – you may need to experiment & see how you react to each brand. Fluoride content often depends on the soil the herb was grown in and the pesticides used. Some herbs absorb more fluoride then others. Here’s some various data I was able to find, but there’s not much out there:

Peppermint tea can be high
Sage 25.53 ppm
Wild mint 12.00 ppm
St.John's wort 1.91 ppm
Chamomile .13 - 1.12 ppm
Domestic mint 0.18 ppm
0.02-0.27 ppm in herbal and fruit tea

The main thing to keep in mind is that decaf teas will usually have the highest amount of fluoride, followed by black and green tea and finally white tea. The longer you steep your tea bag, the more fluoride and aluminum will leech into the water.

Here are some other ideas for low fluoride drinks:

Make a hot drink with Fluoride Free water, freshly squeezed lemon juice or other fruit of your choice & a bit of sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Grow the herbs for tea and cooking needs right in your own home with a pre-packaged indoor herb garden, or just purchase seeds and build your own garden and water with clean, fluoride free water: Indoor Herb Gardens |  Seeds

Drink milk instead – or even some hot chocolate. The Calcium, Vitamin D and Iodine in milk can help to block fluoride, reverse fluoride toxicity and even help you to lose weight. Chocolate is also a very powerful antioxidant with several health benefits, and is high in copper which is also good for thyroid support.

Country Life L-Tyrosine,  w/ B-6,  500 mg- 50 vegi cap
If you need a pick me up, try eating some dark chocolate or taking the supplement Tyrosine, which works with Iodine to support your thyroid, is a mild stimulant, mood enhancer and can help with mental and brain function. The vitamin b-6 in the country life brand helps to enhance it's use.

There are many other ways to get the same benefits as tea from different fruits, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants without all of the side effects. Check back soon for a new article I have in the works that will list all of the claimed benefits of tea and what you can do instead to replace it.
Fluoride Free Tea Fluoride Free Tea Reviewed by Sarah on 4:43 PM Rating: 5

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