Doctors in Flint, Michigan are pushing residents to consume a health diet in order to counteract lead exposure. With the recent devastation that has occurred to Flint’s tap water, lead exposure can be very high in some residents.
This is why doctors recommend consuming foods high in iron, calcium or vitamin C to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. This healthy diet will help limit the exposure of lead in your body, as well as promote its excretion.
By consuming vitamin C, you enhance your body’s ability to absorb iron. When you combine citrus juices, or other foods rich in vitamin C, at the same time as high-iron foods, your body will efficiently absorb the iron.
Here are some examples of the foods you should be sticking to:
Vitamin C: bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.
Calcium: dark leafy greens, cheese, low fat milk and yogurt, bok choy, fortified tofu, okra, broccoli, green beans, almonds, and fish canned with their bones.
Iron: red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, dark green leafy vegetables (spinach), dried fruit (raisins and apricots), iron-fortified cereals, breads, pastas, peas.
These foods still have many benefits to your body,even if you don’t have a high exposure to lead. Vitamin C is essential for developing and maintaining scar tissues, blood vessels and cartilage. Calcium is required in order to grow and strong bones, teeth, nerve signaling, muscle contraction and secretion of certain hormones and enzymes. While iron is a necessary mineral for the body and often time leads to anemia if deficient.