Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fluorine "The Anti-Resistant Element"

It's been awhile since I've broken down a particular mineral and talked about how it's used and where to find it in nature. I know these aren't the most sexy of posts, but I think it's important to really understand nutrition and how to detect a deficiency. It also makes sense when making food choices to know what you are eating and why.

Today let's break down a mineral that is probably never talked about or even thought about. Your body only contains about 3 to 4 ounces of this mineral, but without it, your bones would crumble. Without fluorine calcium and silica cannot be organized.

What Does Fluorine Do?

  • Fluorine works with calcium to form strong bones, tough tooth enamel, healthy hair and nails, and reinforce blood vessels.

  • Fluorine acts as a disinfectant, germicide, antiseptic, anti parasitic, and antipyretic (effective against fever).

  • Protects the spleen

  • Preserves youthfulness

Signs of Fluorine Deficiency

  • Hair loss

  • Kidney stones

  • Dental cavities and weak bones

  • Tumors in the liver, spleen, bones, or skin

  • Deformed nails and ingrown toenails

  • Congenital defects

  • Partial or total blindness

Foods Rich in Fluorine

Avocados, black eyed peas, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, caraway seed, cauliflower, raw cheese, dates, egg yolk, endive, garlic, greens, juniper berries, lemon grass, licorice, mother's milk, New Zealand spinach, parsley, rye bran or meal, sea cabbage, sea lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes.

Side note: Many have heard of fluoridated water whether through a municipal water supply or purchasing "fluoride waters". This is typically an inorganic form of fluorine and not the safest way to get this mineral. Small doses may be "okay", but there are many warnings out about the danger of consuming too much fluoride. It's always better to get your fluorine through an organic/plant source such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, or even some dairy products.

Recipes that contain fluoride-rich foods.


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