Toxic chemicals bombard our body daily from pollution in the air, toxic chemicals in our environment, to pesticides and hormones in our food supply. Our bodies have to work hard to deal with this damaging exposure. Even if your diet is clean, filled with organic foods, and you use non-toxic household products, it’s impossible to escape the exposure to these toxic chemicals completely. The good news is a powerful antioxidant, glutathione, found in our bodies, can help to protect our cells from being damaged by these pollutants.
Glutathione battles effectively against toxins and inflammation. It protects our cells from damage, helps to detoxify our body, and supports healthy immune function so our body can defend against invaders.
Low levels of glutathione make you more susceptible to autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, chemical and environmental sensitivities, inflammatory disorders, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), and other immune-related dysfunctions.
It is vital to ensure your glutathione levels are abundant. By doing so, you provide your body with an army of agents ready to “take a bullet” and shield your cells from damaging toxins and destructive inflammation.
Things that deplete glutathione
Ideally, glutathione would be abundant in our body, and our stores of glutathione would not deplete. However, if you live in the same world I live in, you are well aware we do not live in an ideal world.
If this world did not burden our bodies with a toxic load, we would make sufficient amounts of glutathione. Unfortunately, chronic stress, environmental toxins, poor inflammatory diets, lack of sleep, smoking, sugar, excess alcohol, and other stressors drain glutathione levels. Additionally, due to aging, our glutathione levels naturally deplete.
Absorption through the digestive tract does not take place with a straight glutathione supplement. Because of this, it is worthless when taken orally in the L-glutathione form. Some options to get glutathione in the body are to take glutathione in a liposomal cream, nebulizer, suppository, IV drip, or injections.
There are two ways to get glutathione in the body orally. The first is to take it in the S-acetyl form, as this form has the ability to get absorbed through the intestinal tract. The other way is to use a liposomal delivery system. The liposomal delivery system encompasses the glutathione molecule and transports it across the digestive tract and delivers it to the cells of the body.
What I prefer is S-acetyl-glutathione in an oral liposomal form. This is the best of both worlds and will maximize the absorption of glutathione.
Oral liposomal glutathione will help raise glutathione levels and your general antioxidant status, which can reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
Another method that raises glutathione is to use nutritional compounds to boost levels and recycle glutathione within the cells of the body.
Glutathione recycling helps raise glutathione levels and guard against autoimmunity
Our body has a way to recycle glutathione, which entails taking glutathione that has already been used and rebuilding it so it can work for it again.
Research shows a clear link between poor glutathione recycling and autoimmune disease. In other words, you’re at more risk of developing an autoimmune disease if you’re not recycling glutathione well. Proper glutathione recycling is a vital tool in managing autoimmune disease.
Glutathione recycling helps repair the gut
Glutathione recycling also helps to heal intestinal permeability and protect the gut lining. Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, can lead to or exacerbate autoimmunity, multiple food sensitivities, and chronic inflammation. When glutathione recycling is insufficient, glutathione levels deplete and a person is more prone to developing leaky gut. Glutathione recycling is essential to a healthy gut.
How to boost glutathione levels and recycling
The most critical first step to promote glutathione recycling and reduce glutathione depletion is to remove the stressors depleting glutathione levels to the best of your ability.
Here is a list of the stressors to consider:
- Lack of sleep (less than 6 hours of continuous sleep)
- Smoking (You MUST quit smoking.)
- Inflammatory foods (Get food sensitivity testing done and remove wheat and dairy products from your diet.)
- Sugar (Minimize sugar consumption.)
- Excess alcohol (This does not mean reducing your wine consumption to 1 glass per night and then buying a glass that holds half a bottle.)
- Stress (Remove sources of stress from your life.)
In addition to addressing lifestyle factors, you can take a variety of nutritional and botanical compounds that support glutathione recycling. They include:
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Gotu kola
- Milk thistle
Increasing your glutathione levels by taking an absorbable form and then supporting glutathione recycling can significantly help you manage an autoimmune disease, inflammatory disorders, chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities, and more.
If you need help in managing an autoimmune disease, chronic inflammatory condition, multiple chemical sensitivities, or reactions to foods, please contact my office to find out how we can help you.
Be safe and stay healthy,