What You Need to Know About Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic radiation. The two words alone conjure up scary thoughts of invisible radioactive waves fatally damaging the human body. Not quite. In fact, electromagnetic radiation is a flow of energy that includes waves such as: visible light, radio waves, gamma rays and x-rays. Each wave is characterized by its frequency and intensity. To put in a visual context, refer to the image of the electromagnetic spectrum below:
Electric fields are developed via variances in voltage and magnetic fields that develop a consistent flow of electric current. As you can see from the chart above, the higher the electric or magnetic field are, the stronger the electromagnetic radiation. For instance, gamma rays would be highest for the waves are intense, tighter and constant.
Electric fields can carry no current at all but if a magnetic field is present, the energy field will vary with how much energy is being used. Whereas, the electric field will always be constant.
Forms of non-ionizing radiation include: visual light, radiofrequency, microwaves and extremely low frequency. It is the category that is generally on the left side of the spectrum. Source examples include: MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) exams, microwave ovens, computer, WiFi routers, cell phones, Bluetooth devices and power lines.
The other form, ionizing is the high frequency radiation that can lead to cellular damage under certain circumstances. These forms include gamma, ultraviolet (UV) and x-rays.
So, if cell phones fall into line with the non-ionizing radiation, what makes it so harmful? Let’s put it in to context, imagine that you are using your cell phone as a navigation tool as you are walking along the street. It is going to create a high, intense electrical and magnetic field because you are on the move and it is harder to maintain the signal connection. If this type of surplus energy is near your body, it may cause free radicals within the body from the damaging microwaves.
With the rise of 5G technology, we can expect higher frequencies streaming at the expense of our health. Let’s take a look at two major damaging effects of Electromagnetic radiation:
1. Cancer caused by Electromagnetic Radiation
Even though clinical research is still ongoing, there are reports that EMF (electromagnetic fields) from cell phones, microwaves, Wi-Fi routers could cause cancer.
One report uncovered that EMFs placed children with childhood leukemia at a higher risk of damaging carcinogens. Another study conducted by the government in 2016 exposes how cell phone radiation increased the risk of malignant brain tumors called gliomas and schwannomas in the ear. Ongoing studies are still being conducted as technology advances, as the long-term risks from using the devices has yet to be discovered.
2. Electromagnetic Radiation Dumbs You Down
It is no secret that cell phone use affects our brain. An interesting research conducted by Dr. Nora D. Volkow concluded that there are “changes in brain glucose metabolism after cell phone use” even when the EMFs from cell phones are considered low.
Over time, these cell phone uses could cause "inflammation to the brain leading to illness from the metabolic changes in the brain" and fuel dementia. Studies were conducted to see what happens when a group of subjects are exposed to cell phone radiation.
The results concluded that the exposures could cause symptoms of dementia. This indicates that neurons in the brain are experiencing damage leading to memory loss after a two hour exposure! Further, the study discovered that the radiation seems to damage the barrier of the brain and circulatory system, allowing toxins to pour into the brain. If that’s not frightening, I don’t know what is!
So, what can you do to naturally protect yourself from the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation?
1. Eat A Mindful Healing Diet
Choosing a diet that is full of nutrients is essential towards protecting your body against the harmful effects of EMFs. Foods that are considered highly oxygenated and are considered Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) makes an impact on healing EMF-induced DNA damage.
Try to add and consume the following foods:
Cruciferous vegetables, like kale, bok choy, and cabbage
Nuts, like pecans and walnuts
In addition to using High ORAC foods, consuming certain nutrients and superfoods is just as beneficial. Consider the following as well:
Omega-3 fatty acids
2. Connect with Earth
Earthing puts you in direct contact with the Earth. The soles of your bare feet touch the ground and absorb the electrons on the surface. It can be as simple as walking barefoot in your garden or walking on the soft sand at the beach. It is a wonderful time to unwind, disengage from rational thinking, partake in mindful thinking and meditate.
Grounding works in fact a study was conducted and it concluded that among the subjects, the grounding produced significant reductions in voltage in the body. This study established the fact that earthing produced an “umbrella” effect as researched by American physicist and nobel prize winner Richard Feynman in 1965.
Feynman lectured that the body potential is similar to the Earth’s electric potential. Once it is grounded, it becomes an extension of the Earth’s enormous electric system. This Earth’s potential becomes the active agent that repels the electric fields away from the body. Grounding gets rid of the ambient voltage that comes from everyday electrical sources.
You are a biological electric living being on a very electrical planet. If you’re disconnected, you are ungrounded and not connected with Earth. This disconnection can be a detriment and can possibly leave the door open for illnesses to manifest so to speak. So, be sure to get out there and kick off your shoes. Preferably far, far, far away from cell phone towers!
3. Keep your Cell Phone and other Electronics Away From You
Right now, as you read this, you are mostly likely inundated with electromagnetic radiation from your cell phone, tablets, Smart TV, computer and other electric inducing devices. For many, it is need especially from a business perspective-everyone needs to stay connected. Unfortunately, we do so at a risk. The EMFs are the biggest disruptors that may cause biological cell damage over time.
The good news is that there are minimal things you can do to steer clear of intense levels of electromagnetic radiation. For instance, you are working out at the gym and you want to carry your cell phone just in case you are expecting a call or you want to listen to your playlist.
The last thing you want to do is carry it in your pocket or stuffing it in your sports bra. The invisible microwaves can cause damage to your body inducing cancer and reproductive issues.
Speaking of cell phones, the conveniences of Bluetooth headsets are just as damaging even when it is not in use. I remember when the Bluetooth first hit the techie scene and it was the biggest accessory. Everyone I knew had one.
Not one to follow trends, I avoided buying one altogether because something about it just didn’t seem right. Although the damaging is minimal as reported by a study, it would be best to use the speakerphone feature instead.
Another concern is the overuse of electronic tablets especially around children. Laptops powered by an active battery placed on laps should be avoided as well. Keep battery sources away from the body especially if used for a long period of time.
Always keep the phone and other devices away from you and the further, the better. I always suggest to recharge your phone in a different room other than your bedroom as you sleep.
To take it a step further, if you need to recharge your phone in the bedroom, keep it far away from your bed and turn off the WiFi feature. It is a proven fact that radiation exposure is greatly reduced the further away the device is away from you.
4. Secure your home
Did you know that there special fabric, filters and paints to design to protect your home from electromagnetic radiation? While EMF radiation is impossible to get away from as dreadful as that sounds, there are items that you can look and invest in to. For example, a simple filter that can reduce “dirty” or useless energy pollution or window films that can be applied to windows to reduce 5 GHz frequencies.
On a very basic level, there are simple things you can do around the home to reduce EMF exposures:
Stop the use of fluorescent and halogen lights and opt for energy efficient LEDs
Avoid unnecessary, trendy Wi-Fi technology like wireless robots and digital photo frames
Unplug the appliances that you are not using
If you need Wi-Fi in your home, be sure to unplug it when not in use and keep those routers away from you, family members, and pets
Much like how I mentioned before, keep devices out of your bedroom to steer clear of any EMFs. Technology significantly makes an impact as you sleep and it is not generally a good one either!
On a final note, we are constantly and will be continually slammed with EMFs from all these technological devices we relied on today. The best preventative measure to protect yourself, your family and your home is to take those extra precautions especially with regard to cell phone use. Research and consult testing professionals before using that next trendy electronic device. It could save your life!
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