Mom always said to eat your veggies, but not the radioactive ones. We all know that we need to eat our veggies everyday to stay healthy, but when did we start eating radioactive veggies? There’s no health benefits to eating these.
So what are radioactive veggies?
When I do a hair analysis, I can see over 20 toxic metals inside of your body, and I’ve noticed that thallium levels have been rising in many of the lab results. I wondered why, so I dug into it.
I was not surprised to discover that thallium is used in corporate farm fertilizers, and many vegetables easily absorb this radioactive metal. Most all vegetables absorb heavy metals from the soil, but I zeroed in on thallium because it’s been spiking.
Thallium is known to be used in rat poisons, but apparently, it’s also in your veggies. The vegetables with the highest thallium levels are watercress, radish, turnips and green cabbage, followed by beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and spinach.
Only green beans, tomatoes, onions, peas and lettuce have lower absorption levels considered safe for consumption at 0.7 mg/kg thallium. Green beans and tomatoes were determined in research studies to be safe to eat at 3.7 mg/kg thallium.
There were clear differences found in the studies in the concentrations of heavy metals in the edible parts of different vegetables. The concentrations of heavy metals decrease in leafy vegetables, with melon vegetables absorbing the least heavy metals: (the levels decrease as the list progresses)
- leafy vegetables (the highest levels)
- stalk vegetables (celery, Swiss chard)
- root vegetables (beets, turnips)
- solanaceous vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant)
- legume vegetables (beans, lentils)
- melon vegetables (the lowest levels)
This is not only a problem for human consumption, but we feed these fresh veggies to animals, too; we feed our turtles, tortoises and birds on my wildlife preserve everything on this veggie list. it’s NOT HEALTHY for them, either.
Thallium is a naturally occurring trace element commonly found in the Earth’s crust at very low levels. It has NO biological use and is NOT an essential element for our health and wellness. Thallium is one of the most toxic heavy metals eaten by animals and absorbed by plants.
Now that we are all bummed out about our veggies, what do you do about this? And not to make things worse, thallium has been found in organic “super food” vegetables, especially those rich in kale.
The problem with thallium is NOT with the vegetable – the problem is that thallium is put into the soil from big corporate fertilizers.
And we’re eating this toxin in “healthy foods.”
1) Eat More Veggies That Don’t Absorb Metals
There are differences in the concentrations of heavy metals in the edible parts of different vegetables, and as I listed above, eat the veggies that absorb less toxins.
The concentrations of heavy metals decrease in the sequence from leafy vegetables to stalk vegetables/root vegetables/solanaceous vegetables to legumes and ending with the least absorption in melons.
2) Eat Organic From Growers You Know
Local farming is the next trend, in my opinion. Big corporate food stores aren’t practical for many reasons – it’s a waste of money to transport foods all the way from China, supporting local farmers supports your local economy, and local farmers typically grow a higher quality of foods.
Farmer’s markets are the best place to buy your food, and if you can find a local dairy farmer, you’ll soon discover that the quality of their dairy can’t be beat!
3) Grow Your Own Veggies
Find a spot in your yard where you can grow some of your own veggies. Even if you live in a condo, you can grow salad veggies on your porch using hydroponics, or by just having a green thumb and some flower pots. Tower Gardens are awesome, but you can build your own.
The solution to avoiding toxic metals in your veggies is not to avoid eating them – the solutions are to buy the right kind of veggies, buy local, or grow your own.
Every little bit helps.
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