Should I be worried about radiated food? The recent news reports on radiation have me worried about my exposure. Should I be taking any nutritional precautions?

There’s good reason to continue to be vigilant: When radioactive elements get into the body, they can deplete levels of essential minerals in cells and cause fatigue, nausea and flu-like symptoms. Thankfully you can help the body fight off these harmful toxins with diet and supplements. My first line of defense is a daily dose of 1 to 2 tsp. of miso stirred into salad dressings or soup. This fermented soy paste has been credited with protecting radiation survivors in Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, thanks to a binding agent known as zybicolin. Researchers found that this compound attracts, absorbs and discharges radioactive elements from the body. I also suggest supplementing daily with 225 mcg of potassium iodine (like Now Potassium plus Iodine, $8 for 180 tablets, at Flooding the thyroid with this nutrient helps prevent the organ from absorbing damaging radioactive iodine.

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