In the 21st century, radiation is all around us. From cell phones to microwave ovens, many items that we come in contact with every day emit low levels of radiation. With recent reports of radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident hitting the West Coast, many people are beginning to wonder how much radiation is too much.
The current limit of radiation exposure per year for an adult should not exceed 5,000 millirems, but this does not take into account a person’s body weight, health, or genetic predisposition to radiation sensitivity. Public Health England states, “evidence suggests that the risk of developing cancer or tissue damage after exposure to ionizing radiation varies among people because of genetic and lifestyle factors, according the Health Protection Agency’s independent Advisory Group on Ionizing Radiation (AGIR).”
Many health-conscious people are ready to take matters into their own hands to try to detox from naturally occurring and man-made radiation in the environment. There are many foods and minerals that can help cleanse the body.
Reishi mushrooms – Researchers at Bellarmine University have found that polysaccharides and saponins in this mushroom reduced cell multiplication in cancerous lungs. Reishi mushrooms also boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure, and improve nervous system function, among other things.
Miso – Miso is made from naturally fermented soybeans, barley or rice. After the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, it was discovered that people who ate miso everyday did not die from radiation-induced cancer. A recent study in Japan confirmed miso as a cancerostatic agent.
Chlorophyll-rich Foods – Chlorophyll detoxifies heavy metals in the human body. It also inhibits radiation activation of the many carcinogens that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Chlorophyll-rich foods include wheat grass and chlorella, a type of single-celled green algae.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil supports thyroid health and is recommended for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. It is also used as a topical agent on skin that has been exposed to radiation.
Iodine – Protects the thyroid and other glandular tissues such as the breasts and prostrate and keeps radioactive iodine from binding to iodine receptors in the body.
Calcium/Magnesium – The New England Journal of Medicine has reported that calcium may prevent precancerous cells from becoming cancerous and protect against other radioactive isotopes.
Vitamin A – The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. It helps guard against cancer and tumor formation.
Vitamin C – Doses of between 500 mg and 2,000 mg can counteract radiation and other toxins.
Saffron Tea – Contains colchicine, which is used to fight leukemia.
Black Tea – Used for radiation protection in China.
Thyme Tea – Used to combat radiation after x-rays.
These are only a few things that we can consume to combat daily radiation exposure. The internet and health food stores are good sources to find information about radiation detox. As always, consult with your doctor before starting a new dietary regimen to ensure proper dosage and avoid adverse effects.
New Report on Human Sensitivity to Radiation, Public Health England
Radiation, How Much is Considered Safe For Humans?, MIT News
Mushrooms of Immortality’: Reishi Mushrooms an Ancient Medicine for Modern Diseases, Before It’s News.
The Anti-Radiation Diet, Safespace