Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fighting Radiation Absorption with Foods high in Pectin and Iodine

I love that I have such loving fans who trust me to do my homework to answer questions like these, and to all of you who have asked me about radiation absorption and nutrition let me just say I appreciate your confidence in me.  I am no doctor or scientist, I am only learning just like you are so here is what I have learned from multiple hours of reading up on the subject of removing radiation from the body and helping prevent absorption of radiation by eating foods that are high in Pectin and Iodine.

First let me say that researching this article goes way back to early on in my Journey.  I remembered my story of learning of the benefits of eating dried seaweed back then and was determined to learn to like those thin wafers that tasted like the ocean and not in a good way to start with, hahaaaaa.  This is one of my favorite entries to share as I believe strongly in finding solutions rather than just pointing out the problems that promote fear in us all.  I added some of my favorite site links for you to explore also.

Okay let me start with some interesting facts about Pectin and Iodine.

Pectin-Rich Foods
Pectin is a structural polysaccharide found in the cell walls of plants and fruits. According to "Fighting Radiation and Chemical Pollutants with Foods, Herbs and Vitamins," pectin has the ability to bind radioactive residues and remove them from the body. Pectin acts as a natural chelating agent, which is a compound that has an affinity for other molecules. Chelating agents bind to other compounds, dragging them out of tissues or the bloodstream, so they can be removed from the body in urine or feces. Apples, especially the skin, are high in pectin, as are guavas, plums, gooseberries, oranges and other citrus fruits. Organic fruits with less pesticide or fertilizer contamination are the best choice, although pectin powder can be taken as a supplement.

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Iodine-Rich Foods
Iodine is an essential mineral that’s vital to the proper functioning of the thyroid. The thyroid gland is responsible for managing growth and metabolism. An iodine deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue, high cholesterol, lethargy, depression, and swelling of the thyroid gland. Prevent this dangerous deficiency by eating the right amount of iodine rich foods each day.

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Pectin-Rich Foods

Apples Rock
Have you ever wondered, as the adage goes, why an apple a day keeps the doctor away? One possible reason is the pectin found in apples. Research published in January 2010 in the journal "BMC Microbiology" shows that apple pectin increases friendly gut bacteria, which promote intestinal health by producing beneficial short-chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acids regulate pH of the intestine, which allows growth of friendly bacteria.
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Citrus Fruit
Citrus Fruits have so many benefits 
Pectin is industrially extracted from citrus peels for commercial use in jams and jellies. According to a review of pectin in foods published in the "Journal of Food Science," there is some pectin in the pulp of citrus fruit as well. Pectin levels in grapefruit pulp range from 0.3 to 0.65 g per 100 g. Oranges have an average of 0.57 g of pectin per 100 g of flesh, while lemons provide 0.63 g per 100 g of flesh.

Carrots are amazing for so many purposes health wise
Carrots contain 0.8 g of pectin per 100 g, according to a review published in 1997 in the "Journal of Food Science." Carrots also provide insoluble fiber, beta carotene, potassium and folate.

Another dietary source of pectin is beans. A review published in the "Journal of Food Science" shows that cooked beans provide between 0.27 and 0.63 g of pectin per 100 g. Beans also provide protein, B vitamins and minerals.

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Iodine-Rich Foods

Baked Potatoes

In order to get the necessary nutrients, baked potatoes are a better option than mashed potatoes. Most of the important dietary staples, such as fiber, vitamins, and potassium are contained in the skin. Baked potatoes are also a great source of iodine; one medium potato provides about 40% of the recommended daily amount of iodine.

Serving Size (1 medium potato), 60 micrograms of iodine (40% DV), 161 calories.

Dried Seaweed

For iodine deficiency, dried seaweed is the go-to remedy because of its incredible supply of this essential mineral. A quarter-ounce serving contains 4,500 micrograms of iodine. That’s way more than enough iodine for the body to absorb in a day (3000% of the daily value, to be exact.) Consume smaller portions over time in order to gain the health benefits.

Serving Size (1/4 ounce), 4,500 micrograms of iodine (3000% DV), 18 calories.

Himalayan Crystal Salt

If you’re trying to avoid conventional table salt but you’re worried about not getting enough iodine, Himalayan crystal salt is a viable alternative. Half a gram of Himalayan crystal salt provides 250 micrograms of iodine—over 150% of the amount the average body needs each day—so enjoy this special salt in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Serving Size (1/2 gram), 250 micrograms of iodine (167% DV), 0 calories.

Dried Prunes

If you’re used to associating dried prunes with the elderly, try giving these sweet fruits a chance. If you don’t, you’ll be missing out on all the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals they have to provide. Just five dried prunes provide your body with essential fiber, boron, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and much more. Prunes are also a good source of iodine, and their many essential nutrients make them a great addition to any diet.

Serving Size (5 prunes), 13 micrograms of iodine (9% DV), 120 calories.

Navy Beans

Beans are some of the healthiest and most versatile foods on the planet. Enjoy a half-cup serving with any meal, and you’ll provide your body with a respectable amount of protein, copper, potassium, calcium, folate, and iodine. If you’re trying to prevent an iodine deficiency, navy beans are an excellent remedy because of the many additional nutrients they add to your diet.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 32 micrograms of iodine (21% DV), 128 calories.

Plain Yogurt

Yogurt is a healthy food that’s often enjoyed at breakfast or as a light snack. It’s known for its high contents of calcium and protein, but it’s also a great option for those looking to increase the iodine in their diet. A cup of plain yogurt provides 58% of the daily recommended value of iodine.

Serving Size (1 cup), 154 micrograms of iodine (58% DV), 154 calories.


Eating a banana is a quick and healthy way to get an energy boost, thanks in part to the high potassium content. But many people don’t realize that bananas also contain iodine, making them a healthy and nutrient-rich food to supplement a high iodine diet. A medium-sized banana contains 3 micrograms of essential iodine.

Serving Size (1 medium banana), 3 micrograms of iodine (2% DV), 12 calories.


Strawberries are a tasty and nutrient rich fruit that provides your body with many vitamins and minerals. Strawberries are deliciously sweet, but they’re a surprising source of iodine. A one-cup serving contains 13 micrograms of iodine, or just under 10% of what the average person needs to consume in a day.

Serving Size (1 cup), 13 micrograms of iodine (9% DV), 46 calories.


Cranberries have a rich color and a unique flavor. If you’re able to enjoy the sour taste, cranberries provide many health benefits. They have a high concentration of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and fiber, and they’re known to prevent urinary tract infections. They’re also a stellar source of iodine; four ounces of these tart treats contains well over the recommended daily value of iodine.

Serving Size (4 ounces), 400 micrograms of iodine (267% DV), 52 calories.

Green Beans

If you’re missing that last little bit of iodine in your diet, cook a serving of green beans with your next meal. A half-cup serving contains 3 micrograms of iodine. That’s just enough to net 2% of the daily recommended value. In addition, green beans (also commonly referred to as string beans) are a great source of Vitamin C, potassium, and folate.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 3 micrograms of iodine (2% DV), 16 calories.

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