From Chernobyl to Fukushima, nuclear disasters leak radiation into the environment that impact our health.
With some conscious effort, you can prevent the onset of disease in both yourself and your children. The following 5 foods are just the beginning.
A recent study concluded that U.S. newborns who were born after 2010 have a 26 percent higher risk of cancer and birth defects due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred back in March 2011. The event has also led to an increase in hypothyroidism among California-born babies. As for the fishing industry, early this year, scientists caught fish off the coast of Fukushima to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain. Samples were 124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption. Fukushima’s groundwater is also a nuclear disaster. How the Pacific ocean’s contamination inevitably influences waters around the world is a chilling reality.
To shield your family and yourself from radiation, evaluate your animal-based products. Avoid eating sea life from the Pacific. Also, take into consideration that the higher a food product is on the food chain, the more likely it is contaminated. Dairy, for example, may be the most contaminated. The animal producing the milk fed off of grass that was watered by rain coming in from Pacific coast. Radiation is stored and passed on across the food chain and eventually into your stomach. Be cautious and careful about where you source your animal products.
1. Apple Pectin
Apple pectin is a dietary fiber that contributes to digestive health. Studies have proven that apple pectin is able to reduce the effects of radiation exposure. After the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in 1987, doctors used apple pectin on those affected to reduce the load of radioactive cesium in children. It is able to get rid of heavy metals under the skin, including the radioactive Strontium 90. Sure, you could eat an apple, but you could also take a fruit pectin supplement to reap the benefits.
2. Spirulina and Chlorella
After the Chernobyl disaster, spirulina and chlorella were also used in order to lower the levels of radioactive materials, if not completely remove them, in those affected. A diet rich in chlorophyll has also proven to boost the survival rate of animals who had been administered lethal doses of radiation. However, do not get your spirulina from the waters near Japan.
Radioactive isotopes have been shown to be neutralized by seaweeds. Just like seaweed purifies ocean waters, so too do they purify our bodies. Seaweed can convert radiation by-products into salts that can then be easily eliminated by the body. Natural iodine in seaweeds may lower radioactive iodine-131 absorbed by the thyroid by some 80 percent.
4. Foods with Carotene
A diet rich in carotene-containing foods, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, squash, kale, collard greens, chard and spinach, helps to prevent carcinogenesis and thus radiation-induced cancer. Natural carotenoids have also been shown to modestly protect human skin from UVA- and UVB-induced erythema.
5. Cabbage Family
The cabbage family includes the likes of broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, bok choy and radishes. These foods are high in caffeic acid, which has been shown to protect peripheral blood lymphocytes from gamma radiation that damages cells.
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