HOW CAN I AVOID Fluoride in my water supply?

First check if it is present.
If you are on mains water supplied by United Utilities go to
Click My Water Supply on home page, enter postcode, scroll down to water supply name.
If it registers either Crummock or Quarry Hill
It is treated at Cornhow which supplies approximately 45,000 people in Workington, Seaton, High Harrington, Great Clifton, and Silloth down the coast to Maryport and Flimby and inland to Cockermouth.
Your water IS being fluoridated

Or Ennerdale

Ennerdale supplies approximately 81,000 people in Whitehaven, Arlecdon, St Bees, Frizington, Salterbeck, Egremont, Cleator Moor, Beckermet down the coast to Ravenglass and Bootle.
Your water IS being fluoridated.
Households who take their water from Quarry Hill may be receiving fluoride intermittently in emergencies.

Fluoride cannot be removed by using a filter jug system (such as Brita) or by boiling the water.
Boiling water concentrates fluoride.
You will need a specialised water filter to remove fluoride from your water supply.
There are various choices including reverse osmosis and distilled water
We do not recommend either of the above. Installing a reverse osmosis unit requires that you notify your water supplier and they will fit a meter as production of 1 litre of
unfluoridated water uses 3 litres tap water. Producing Distilled water is energy expensive.
A lot of our members have fitted units from Fountain Filters . They supply a water filter which, confirmed by recent fluoride level testing, removes fluoride from the water. It costs approx £140 for the unit and around £90 a year for cartridges.

There are other makes available.
Alternatively you can use low fluoride bottled water. We recommend Willow Water, which is a Cumbrian company sourcing its supply at Cartmel. Plastic bottles are a consideration in terms of environment etc. Willow water may soon be available at Tea and Tranquility Cafe in Market place.

It is advisable to cut your fluoride intake if you live in a fluoridated area. The most effective way of achieving this is to remove tea from your diet and replace fluoridated toothpaste with a fluoride free alternative [Kingfisher or Weleda are available from some health outlets or on line].

Fluoride is absorbed whilst bathing and it will be present in foodstuffs or drinks if they are produced using fluoridated water.
You could ask your doctor for a test of your daily fluoride intake to find out how much you are receiving each day. This is particularly important if you are receiving medication with high fluoride levels such as anti-depressants. You can refer doctors to our home page video Professional Perspectives

where a variety of health professionals outline their concerns about the use of fluoride in water.
At particular risk are pregnant mothers, those with poor kidney function who are unable to properly excrete fluoride and anyone with gastric difficulties such as Crohns disease. Fluoride displaces iodine, essential for optimum health of the thyroid, and you may find it helpful to reduce your fluoride intake.
The latter is particularly important for pregnant mothers as inadequate iodine levels will affect the developing child.
Infants are very vulnerable to fluoride so avoid making up baby formula with it.