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Protecting your body from disease with glutathione

Modern life inflicts constant assaults on our bodies via industrialized foods, environmental toxins, chronic stress, lack of sleep, and our ever-growing exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) from cell phones, cell towers, cordless phones and computers. One of the best ways to continually protect our health against these insults is to support your glutathione levels, your body’s master antioxidant.

Although your body naturally makes and recycles glutathione, modern life can overwhelm this system, depleting us of this vital compound. There is also growing evidence, which I have seen firsthand, in my own practice, that some people have minor genetic defects, or SNPs, that amongst other things, may hinder natural production of glutathione. Regardless of the cause, when glutathione is low your body becomes more vulnerable to disease and damage, and your risk for disease rises.

Direct oral supplementation with glutathione is not ideal, as it is poorly absorbed by the digestive tract. Fortunately, many nutritional compounds can act as building blocks to glutathione, and when consumed, have been shown to increase levels of it naturally.

In my practice, when I feel the need is warranted, or when lab tests reveal a glutathione-related SNP, I will inject glutathione intravenously.  This seems to have the most profound effect on people of all.

Below are some of many nutritional compounds that have been shown to boost glutathione levels.

  • N-acetyl-cysteine is a very bioavailable building block to glutathione.

  • Alpha lipoic acid helps recycle glutathione already in the cells.

  • Milk thistle boosts glutathione production naturally.

  • Methylation nutrients--methyl folate (5-MTHF), methyl B6 (P5P) and methyl B12 (methylcobalmin)--are methyl forms of B vitamins can help boost glutathione production and recycling.

  • Selenium helps the body produce and recycle glutathione.

  • Vitamin C help increase glutathione levels and is the best recycler of glutathione.
  • As with all nutritional supplements, it is best to seek the advice of a qualified professional before utilizing supplements.

Diet and lifestyle factors can also affect your glutathione levels. Sulfur-rich foods such as garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, and watercress can help boost glutathione production.

Exercise also boosts glutathione; get aerobic exercise daily (such as walking) and strength train two to three times a week to optimize effects.

Preserve glutathione to prevent disease

One of the most important ways to maintain your glutathione levels is to reduce stress on your body. Glutathione’s job is to protect the cells, whether it’s from an autoimmune disease-related attack, sleep deprivation, or toxin exposure. Healthy glutathione levels reduce your risk of developing chronic and autoimmune disease as well as food and chemical sensitivities. It is also an excellent anti-aging compound.

The following are some strategies to prevent depletion of glutathione.

  • Find out what your food intolerances are and remove those foods from your diet. Many people are not aware that they are intolerant to common foods, such as bread or cheese. An elimination diet or a lab test like the Elisa/ACT test I use in my practice, can help you determine which foods are stressing your immune system and taxing glutathione reserves.

  • Eat an all-natural, whole foods diet. Processed foods and fast foods contain chemical additives, genetically altered foods, antibiotics, hormones, excess sugar, and other ingredients that are stressors and deplete glutathione.

  • Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is very stressful. If you have issues sleeping, it is often secondary to something else.
  • Manage your autoimmune disease. An autoimmune or chronic disease, such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes keeps the immune system on overdrive and damages tissue, depleting glutathione.
  • Reduce your exposure to toxins and pollutants. Many common environmental chemicals are toxic to the body. They are found in shampoos, body products, household cleaners, lawn care products, and so on. We have enough to deal with in terms of pollutants in air and water, minimize your exposure to them in the home.

  • EMFs are a source of “electrical pollution.” Cell phones, computers, WiFi, and other electronics are stressful to the body and exposure should be minimized.

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