In the new normal, lock downs and social distancing have caused a boom in virtual meetings and events, online learning, and digital entertainment. With parents forced to multi task and balance household and official priorities along with caring for their young ones, they fall back on mobile, TV and other gadgets to keep their children occupied, while they are bus managing projects. What they don’t realize is the harmful effects of mobile or TV radiation affecting their children. Right from early age vision related issues and sleep disruption to disturbed brain activity, poor academic performance, and mental health, there are multiple adverse effects of gadget radiation. With learning going the virtual way as well, screen time for children has tremendously increased.
Top six food items to include in your children’s diet
- Sea weeds or vegetables
Seaweeds like arame, agar agar, spirulina, kombu are available in a dried form in health shops. Add a pinch to your child’s smoothie, or in soup or as a salad dressing. You can also use them along with seasoning spices while preparing your regular cooked food. Enhanced immunity and reduced radiation toxicity are the benefits of this super food.
- Beta-Carotene vegetables
Beta-carotene rich vegetables protect from radiation as they are rich in antioxidants and inhibit lipid or fatty acid oxidation. So next time you shop for vegetable add more of sweet potatoes, carrot, spinach, turnip greens, cilantro and lettuce.
- Vegetables rich in sulphur
Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli and onion and garlic increase the antioxidant glutathione levels and do their bit to protect your children from harmful radiations from various gadgets they are exposed to. Vitamin C rich fruits like strawberries, kiwis, papaya, and all citrus fruits also serve this purpose.
- Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium rich food
A potassium deficient child is more prone to the ill-effects of radiation. Potassium balance in the body is influenced by the balance of magnesium and calcium. Bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, avocado and apricot enrich your children’s body with potassium. While sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds along with spinach are the dietary sources of magnesium, greens, cheese, fish, and yogurt are rich in calcium.
Olive oil works wonders for skin health and helps fight the harmful effect of radiation on skin. Cod liver oil, rich in Vitamin D3, helps in calcium absorption, which in turn influences potassium balance in the body.
- Turmeric and Almonds
Turmeric has curcumin, which is a great anti-oxidant and fights cancer. A dash of black pepper increases its absorption and effectiveness.
Almonds rich in vitamin E is another great anti-oxidant, which can help fight the harmful effects of radiation caused by cell phones. So next time, your children don’t leave you in peace, don’t use the cell phone to calm them down. Also, to take care of all other radiation exposure because of other unavoidable gadgets, include at least one or two of the above food items in your regular diet.