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Mindfulness Matters: Simple Steps to Help Guard Against Radiation Exposure

Our lives are very busy; however, we still need to stay up-to-date on environmental issues that impact health. Researchers at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln recently released a study showing widespread uranium aquifer contamination in the western U.S., which only intensifies health concerns. The good news is that there are simple steps we can take on a daily basis to help protect our internal environment from toxins and man-made radiation. Information is power.

First, it’s crucial to understand the principle of selective uptake. Stable healthy elements in our diets are similar to unstable and radioactive elements, but our bodies don’t know the difference at first. If we have sufficient amounts of stable elements stored in our systems, we won’t absorb their radioactive counterparts as readily. Just as taking potassium iodide helps to protect the thyroid against radiation, calcium, magnesium and other healthy minerals protect our bones, hearts and other organs from radioactive elements such as Strontium 90 and Cesium 137.  

A high-quality, digestible multivitamin and mineral supplement—for kids and adults—takes some of the guesswork out of the equation. Vitamins are generally given more attention, but healthy minerals are just as critical for human health and must not be overlooked. Before beginning a vitamin and mineral regimen, consumers are encouraged to examine labels carefully and avoid iodine sourced from kelp and omega-3s from fish, especially tuna, as it may be contaminated from  ongoing radioactive releases from the Fukushima Daiichi crisis. Instead, look for plant-based omega-3s.

Second, we can support our immune systems with vitamin C, apple pectin fiber, fresh garlic, spirulina, and purified zeolite tincture—although clean sourcing can be challenging. Natural Cellular Defense activated, micronized liquid zeolite is a product designed to remove the heavy metals and toxins from the body. It’s purified and easy to add to food and drinks.

Finally, always maintain a positive outlook and seek out ways to reduce stress. Repetitive stress endangers us by our lowering our immunity. When dealing with stress responses, the body’s natural healing functions are essentially disabled. Daily meditation—even for five minutes—has been proven to help reduce stress and improve health, as does prayer and giving thanks to an entity larger than ourselves. Small, simple steps can give our families and communities a fighting chance in a stressful world.

Kimberly Roberson is a certified Diet Counselor, Nutrition Educator and author of Silence Deafening, Fukushima Fallout...A Mother’s Response. Roberson is co-creator of RAPT, Radiation Awareness and Protection Talk. She can be reached at NewHealthDesign.com.

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