Your baby can't take the radiation

We, mothers, need to be more cognizant of the Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiation to which we are exposing our kids and ourselves on a daily basis simply by being careless with our cell phones.   

Photo by Halfpoint/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Halfpoint/iStock / Getty Images

I am writing this not to put fear into your heart. Rather, I want to help you make small changes in your daily routine that hopefully will make a difference. After all, we are responsible for the things we can change. Especially when it comes to our kids.  

It has long been known the EMF radiation is harmful. Even if I were to ignore any kind of scientific proof that this radiation is dangerous to the developing brain, I cannot shut out the common sense. We simply don’t know the extent to which EMF radiation in the womb and early childhood affects our kids later in the life. The technology is not old enough to give us such studies.
What we do know is that EMF radiation is carcinogenic.  We also know that kids’ brains get penetrated and are more capable of absorbing the radiation at a higher rate than those of the adults’ because of their thinner skulls.  We know that children’s developing nervous systems are more susceptible to tissue-damaging agents. We know prolonged exposure to EMFs has adverse effects on our kids’ sleep.

When we keep our phone close to our body, we also expose ourselves to the adverse affects of the radiation. Studies have shown the connection between EMF and the development of breast cancer, brain cancer and even lower fertility.
So what do we do? Can we do anything?

We probably won’t be able to change the way technology is going but we CAN change a few things in our lives to reduce its negative effects on us.

A few suggestions to reduce the effects of radiology:

  1. Keep your phone at least 10 inches away from your body when you are taking a call.
  2. If you have your baby in your arms, abstain from talking on the phone. It is too close to his or her little body.
  3. Keep your phone away from your bra.
  4. Store your phone in your purse, or if you don’t have a purse and must put it in your pocket, turn on the airplane mode.
  5. Don’t store your phone anywhere near a baby, not in their stroller next to her, and not in a pocket conveniently located on the carrier.
  6. Don’t let your baby or toddler play with the phone or chew on it. I know, sometimes it’s the only way to keep them busy and for you to get something done. Maybe just have another toy that looks like your phone for them to chew on.
  7. Keep your pre-schooler’s exposure to games limited. Again, it’s our saving grace sometimes, so make sure your apps can be run without wi-fi and turn on airplane mode.

In our home, we decided we are not going to have a tablet because once it’s in the house, my daughter’s hot little hands will be right on it. (Any piece of technology that operates on Wi-Fi emits EMF radiation). We also placed her in a school that doesn’t introduce computer use until 3rd grade and even then it’s limited. We keep electronics out of her bedroom and I keep my phone away from her as much as possible. Instead, I’ve been using this awesome little game which I whip out when the going gets tough. It’s pretty much the size and the weight of the small tablet too and my daughter loves it.

And of course, I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t share some foods you can eat to protect yourself. 

Foods that protect from oxidizing and cell-damaging effects of EMF:

  • Magnesium rich foods such as spinach, swiss chard, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, almonds, black beans, avocado, dried figs, yogurt or kefir, bananas.  
  • Sulforaphane rich foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnip greens.
  • Fish, nuts and seeds rich in EPA and DHA fats such as Atlantic salmon, Atlantic mackerel, herring, sardines, Albacore tuna, anchovies, white fish, cod liver oil, walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, natto, egg yolks.
  • Carotenoid rich foods such as tomatoes, winter and butternut squash, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, plantains, kale, collard/turnip greens, citrus fruit, cantaloupe, red peppers, papaya.
  • Terpenoid rich foods such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit, caraway, bergamot, peppermint, spearmint, dill, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, broccoli, mango, papaya, cherries, cabbage, watermelon, lettuce, olives, mangos, strawberries, grapes, figs, almonds, walnuts, peas, sprouts, greens.
  • Finally, spice up your food with phenolics rich spices such as cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, rosemary and turmeric.

As you can see, there is a lot of overlap in this food list, which makes it even more convenient and very tasty.

There are plenty of things out there that can harm us or our kids. We can either walk in fear and worry or we can take care of the things under our control. So let’s be mindful with how we use our phones and keep them away from our little munchkins and ourselves as much as possible.

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