When my friend Anil casually told me that he’d just visited Chernobyl, I flipped out! He was there for more than 4 days! I asked him exactly which sites he had visited to understand how much radiation he was exposed to. And I told him, “Anil, you have to follow a protocol to help your body reduce the impact of radiation exposure – when you’re young, you feel immortal, but this radiation remains in your body for life, and will have an impact later.” So here’s what Anil learned…
First of all, we are constantly being affected by radiation, no matter where we are: rocks, water, air, and plants all emit various types of radiation. These are ionizing radiation which are dangerous and can damage living cells. How so? When our body is exposed to ionizing radiation, large molecules in the cells are ionized or excited. This can cause changes in the molecular structures which then affect the function and metabolism of the cells. Hence, when in an environment where ionizing radiation is present, it’s important to know:
We can detect and measure radiation in the environment with a specific device called the Geiger counter.
Note: Geiger counters are often worn by tourists at waist or chest level, and are thus providing a measurement at more than 1 meter above the ground, where the radioactivity is stronger. Therefore, it is important to accurately measure at two points: ground and air. It’s also important to discard contaminated shoes or to wash them in water in order to get rid of radioactive dust.
Granted the radiation in Chernobyl today is incomparable to that of 1986, but there are still dangerous areas such as hospital basements, the roads around reactor 4, cemeteries, steel material used for cleaning damaged areas, cooling towers, etc. Poorly managed nuclear plants also exist in other places, such as Bulgaria.
Contamination is when the substance has penetrated into the body: for example, eating a radioactive mushroom.
Irradiation is when the body is exposed to radiation which can be stopped with proper protection.
Scientists who studied and worked with children of Chernobyl have published a lot of literature on the subject; here is a summary of their findings:
And even if you’re not doing any of the activities listed above, i.e. no air travel, and no visits to nuclear power plants, still, consuming more antioxidants in your diet reduces the impact of free radicals on the body and helps repair the breaks in our DNA to some extent.
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To your health!
PS: As with all supplements, always consult your doctor to confirm that the specific supplements do not pose any risks to your current health and/or medical condition.