People first noticed it in a small town in Texas, but it turned out to be far more widespread than anyone expected.
Now, reports are coming in from all over the country. It turns out every state in the union has radiation in the water supply.
More than half have contamination levels above the “safe” limit. But many agencies say when it comes to radiation levels there’s no such thing as a safe limit.
So with the government saying one thing, and watchdog agencies saying another, where does that leave ordinary folks like you and me?
Where the radiation in the water supply comes from
Let’s break it down…
First, you should know that it’s impossible to avoid radiation completely. The planet itself is radioactive. The sun emits radiation. Even some of the healthiest foods you can eat, such as bananas, contain low-level radiation.
So, anyone who says avoiding all radiation is even possible is barking up the wrong tree.
But not all the radiation in your food, air, or drinking water is natural. Manmade sources of radiation include improper disposal of radioactive medical materials, leeching from nuclear power plants and even contamination around military bases.
And since it’s impossible to avoid all of it, it’s important to minimize your risks whenever and wherever you can.
Which means reducing your risk from the radiation in the water supply should be a top priority.
3 ways to protect yourself from radiation in your water
Following are three simple things you can do right away to protect yourself and your family from the radiation in your water.
1. Invest in a high-quality water filter:
A high quality water filter is an investment that’s worth making. Because even if you don’t live in one of the 27 states with illegally high levels of radiation in the water supply, you’re still being exposed. And a good water filter may help reduce your exposure.
Reports are mixed about the ability of carbon filters or reverse osmosis filters alone to do the job. Some researchers say either can be effective, while others say they aren’t. But most experts agree when used together there’s a good chance they could make a meaningful difference in your exposure.
And don’t forget, either way they can also tackle other contaminants lurking in your water. Just remember to change the carbon filter regularly.
Another option is an ion exchange filtration system, but they can be costly.
2. Use your diet to “detox”:
Animal studies have found good old vitamin C can help protect against the cell damage caused by radiation. In fact, doctors from the University of California San Francisco recommend the powerful antioxidant to patients recovering from cancer treatments, to help reverse the damage caused by medical radiation.
Which means it could help do the same for folks who are exposed to radiation in the water supply.
Studies on the use of vitamin E to reverse radiation damage are promising too. In lab experiments, this powerful antioxidant effectively scavenges the free radicals produced by radiation.
Berries, broccoli and leafy greens are all excellent sources of both powerful vitamins.
3. Try a supplement:
Both animal and human studies have found EGCG, an active ingredient in green tea, to be effective at protecting cells from radiation damage. The only problem is that you need more than you can get from a couple cups of tea, which is why a supplement is a good idea. Aim for 700 mg per day.
For even better results, combine it with a N-acetyl cysteine, or NAC, supplement. NAC helps your body produce its own glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that experts say could help protect against radiation exposure too.
The reality is you’re not going to be able to avoid radiation exposure completely. And depending on where you live, the radiation in the water supply could be dangerously high. But using these three steps, you can protect yourself and minimize your risks.