• Autism

• Pulmonary Fibrosis • Chemical Sensitivity • Fibromalgia and Chronic Fatigue • Alcoholic Liver Disease and Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Also, most chronic disease, especially those above, are not only associated with low glutathione levels, they also cause low levels, thus making this a vicious downward spiral in health. And to add insult to injury, the aging process itself will cause low glutathione levels. And, of course, exposure to environmental toxicants, like herbicides, insecticides, prescription medications, alcohol, or any chemical that has to be processed and detoxed by the liver, lungs, and kidneys will use up your stores of gluta- thione.

So What Can We Do About It? Besides doing our best to eat healthy, exercise regularly, sleep

appropriately, manage our stress and avoid environmental chemicals, the easiest thing to do and probably the best thing to do in terms of ease of implementation, even before incorporating healthy lifestyle habits, is to supplement either directly or indi- rectly with glutathione. I stress supplementation because it is very difficult to eat

healthy in this day and age. In fact it is difficult for most of us to even know what a healthy diet is anymore with all the contradic- tory information out there. There is one thing that we can be certain about eating a healthy diet, and that is just to eat a plant- based meals. Furthermore, it is difficult to exercise and sleep in a manner that is consistent and appropriate. And, in our modern world you cannot avoid environmental pollutants even in your own home. And, to make matters worse, many of us have ge- netic polymorphisms in our bodies that just don’t allow us to make or utilize glutathione efficiently. So an easy and convenient way to detox and to replete antioxidant stores of glutathione is to take it, specifically Liposomal Glutathione and/or other supple- ments that help supply your body with the precursors to gluta- thione, specifically N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and whey protein. Direct glutathione supplementation should be done with liposomal glutathione, not regular glutathione, the latter of which does not absorb well in the body.

Ways to Improve Glutathione Stores in the Body Include:

• Supplementing with precursors to glutathione: NAC and Whey Protein as we already stated above

• Taking any mineral or vitamin that aids the function glutathi- one associated enzymes (Glutathione peroxidase, Glutathione reductase, Glutathione transferase, and Glutathione synthetase) such as Magnesium, Selenium, and B-vitamins

• Eating foods and using herbs/spices that also aid Glutathione associated enzymes like: > Rooibus tea

> Brassica family vegetables (Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Bok Choy, etc.)

> Turmeric (Curcumin)

> Green Tea, Black Tea, or any other tea made from the plant the Camellia sinensis > Aloe Vera > Milk Thistle

One last thing to tell you, because I know someone will ask or is thinking about it. Is there a way to measure Glutathione levels in the body? Yes. An objective way, to get an idea of one’s level of Glutathione in the body is by measuring it indirectly via a test called a urinary 8-OHdG (8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine). This test is a measure of the amount of oxidative stress (rusting) in the body. And, you can also do genetic SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) testing to see if the Glutathione associated en- zymes work efficiently. In any case, probably the best thing to do is just take some Liposomal Glutathione or NAC on a regular basis, and there is no better way to start cleaning out the cellular trash in your body than the Spring time, the season of renewal.

Keoni Teta, ND, LAc is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist practicing at The Naturopathic Health of NC in Winston-Salem. He is also the cofounder of The Well Man’s Pod- cast, a free podcast that talks all things health for both men and women. More info at The Naturopathic Health Clinic is located at 117 B Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem. Phone: 336 724 4452.

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