When you hear about radiation exposure, you probably think about the partial meltdowns at Three Mile Island or Fukushima. And there’s no doubt about it. Those accidents were terrifying.
But what’s even scarier is when you realize it doesn’t take a power plant disaster for you to be effected by radiation. In fact, you face radiation exposure every single day!
The key to protecting your cells from damage is to minimize your exposure. And to shield yourself from everyday radiation exposure as much as you possibly can.
The first step, though, is to understand what you’re dealing with.
Where radiation exposure comes from
Radiation comes from two sources: natural, and manmade. And although most folks have no idea, the truth is everything is just a little radioactive.
A very light “rain” of radioactive materials falls from space every day. It’s in the air you breathe and the water you drink. It’s even in very low doses in many foods you eat, even some healthy ones!
The ground, the sky, and everything in between contributes to small amounts of everyday radiation exposure.
This natural radiation exposure alone, however, isn’t something most experts worry about too much. Because in isolation natural radiation exposure doesn’t pose too much of a threat. The real problem starts when you add in the manmade radiation.
Practically all electronics give off some form of radiation. This includes one that’s very near and dear to many of our hearts, our cell phone.
But it’s not just your smartphone, tablet and desktop computer that’s concerning. Other everyday appliances such as your television set, clocks, and microwave oven are bombarding you with extra radiation too.
And worst of all are the medical tests that many of us undergo every year. Medical procedures such as X-rays, CT scans and PET scans are responsible for 96 percent of all radiation exposure yearly.
Combat everyday radiation exposure
There’s no way to avoid radiation exposure completely. That’s why it’s essential that you shield yourself from as much radiation damage as possible. And luckily, that’s easier than it sounds.
1. Get adventurous with your foods:
Foods that are high in chlorophyll—a green pigment found in certain plants–are an excellent defense against everyday radiation exposure.
Chlorophyll-rich foods contain minerals that can help keep your thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine. Plus these compounds bind and flush toxins from your body, helping to eliminate toxic radiation.
So what are these adventurous, mystery foods? Try seaweed, kelp, and spirulina.
After the Chernobyl crisis, spirulina—a type of blue-green algae—was given to children to help minimize damage from the massive doses of radiation they experienced. And if it’s effective after a nuclear disaster, it can certainly help us with our own daily radiation exposure. Spirulina supplements are available online or in health food stores.
You’ll find seaweed, and kelp specifically, in a number of Japanese dishes. There’s usually a healthy amount in miso soup, as well as in some sushi rolls. Seawood snacks are available in many health food stores. And supplements are available too.
2. Boost your antioxidants:
Load up on blueberries, cherries and cruciferous veggies. It turns out these tasty fruits and veggies are some of the best sources of the specific antioxidants experts say can help counter the effects of everyday radiation exposure.
Eating more of them could help protect your cells from damage. And researchers say they could even help rejuvenate damaged cells after radiation exposure.
3. Enhance your diet with supplements:
Glutathione, or the “master antioxidant,” is a powerful free radical fighter. Your immune system relies on it to protect your cells from oxidative stress and help repair damaged DNA.
But its benefits don’t end there. Glutathione helps break down and eliminate carcinogens and toxins. And it can help neutralize heavy metals, such as the ones released during nuclear accidents like Fukushima.
Your body creates glutathione using certain precursors, or building block amino acids such as N-acetyl cysteine, or NAC. A NAC supplement can help boost your glutathione levels helping to create a protective shield against everyday radiation exposure.
Alpha lipoic acid (LA) is another powerful antioxidant that can help protect your cells from free radicals and radiation damage.
In an animal study, the compound protected mice against radiation exposure, shielding their tissues from harm. According to researchers, the antioxidant helped to shield the spleens, brains, kidneys, testes and livers of the lab animals.
Alpha lipoic acid supplements are available online and in stores.
Vitamin C and vitamin E have both been used to help protect radiation technicians from the oxidative damage caused by constant radiation exposure.
Studies using vitamin C have shown this common antioxidant can limit the adverse effects from radiation exposure. When researchers pretreated mice with vitamin C supplements and then exposed them to massive amounts of radiation, 42 percent of them survived. While all of the mice which weren’t pretreated died.
Vitamin E reduces radiation-triggered chromosome damage in human tumor cells. The common vitamin can also inhibit a number of cancer cells. Plus it can trigger human breast, prostate and leukemia cancer cells to die.
And experts say a combination of the two vitamins could help protect us against the oxidative damage caused by everyday radiation exposure
4. Take a good soak:
Every single cell in your body requires magnesium to function properly. But exposure to electromagnetic radiation eats away at your magnesium stores.
Lucky for us the solution couldn’t be easier. Epsom salts are an excellent source of this vital mineral. And since your skin absorbs magnesium well, a long hot bath can help replenish your levels.
When it comes to everyday radiation exposure, easy, small steps can make a world of difference. Start shielding yourself against radiation damage starting today.