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.
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.