Tea is a perfect winter drink. It reminds us of warm fire and cozy environment. But it is also said to be great for drinking it hot even is summer, as it balances the temperature of the body with the outside temperature.
A lot of countries nearer the equator are serving it as a temperature adaptation drink. In addition, the benefits of herbal tea are endless, as it can help prevent or cure even serious illnesses.
But tea drinkers around the world will be disappointed to hear that tea, or more precisely tea bags, have very high fluoride levels. To avoid any confusion, I must point out that I am not talking about calcium fluoride which is a natural element and is safe in trace amounts, but about sodium fluoride and other synthetic fluoride chemicals that result from aluminum mining and phosphate fertilizer production.
How does fluoride get in our tea bags?
It is a well known fact that major metropolitan areas in the United States currently artificially fluoridate its water supply, which means that tea bags are not the only problem, but that there is an additional fluoride load posed by drinking public water and by eating foods and beverages made with it. This water is also used for irrigation, thus fluoridating the soil too.
So, when the seeds of a plant are planted there is no problem, but as it grows and feeds with water, the plant also becomes fluoride-full. The older the leaves are, the more fluoride in them there is, as young leaves contain less of this harmful substance.
Economy blend teas contain the most fluoride and pesticides
Cheap teas contain the most fluoride and pesticides, as the companies that make them use only the old leaves of the plants, while younger leaves are used for premium blends. Even though both cheap and premium blends of teas contain significant amounts of fluoride, studies have shown that the latter contain smaller fluoride concentration.
How does it affect the body?
A study was conveyed in the UK and it analyzed inexpensive tea bags from big supermarkets including Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. It found that drinking tea could push a person’s fluoride intake above the ‘daily recommended level’ (there is no recommended level for a toxic substance), and could thus cause a condition called fluoridation of the body. This can lead to bone and dental disease, and worst of all, pineal gland dysfunctions. It has also been connected to lower IQ and cancer tumor growth.
How to protect and clean your body
Experts advise to use only organically grown teas, as the producers might be conscious enough not only to use the younger leaves, but to also purify the irrigation water. It is also advised to drink no more than three cups a day of tea.
Holy basil has also been found to clean water of fluoride, so you can try adding it to your drinking and cooking water, and letting it stay for a couple of hours.