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The GlutaGenic team would like to congratulation you on your commitment to take your health to the next level. As you explore the website, you are taking the first step towards transforming your level of energy. vitality, and health status. We are excited to share our ideas and effective products with you because they represent a monumental shift in healthcare delivery. 

Imagine a world where 80% of patients are not just chronically managed, where the national healthcare system isn’t ranked 37th in the world, where up to 90% of bankruptcies weren’t due to unpaid medical bills, where 1 out of 2 Americans didn’t die of heart disease, 1 out of 2 didn’t achieve cancer, 1 out of 3 didn’t die of cancer, 1 out of 6 didn’t die of diabetes, and where the healthcare costs of a company’s employees wouldn’t bankrupt one of the largest corporations in the world.

Glutagenic utilizes high potency Glutathione via effective delivery methods such as nebulization, suppository, and endonasal routes. Click the buttons below to explore videos illustrating how Glutathione has made a difference in the health status of various individuals.


In order to attain the physical, psychological, and physiological vibrancy that you desire and deserve, you must weave this information into the fabric of your life. Most of you realize that your physical health is the most important thing that you possess. Utilizing the resources and products at GlutaGenic.com, you too can have the health, energy, and vitality you deserve.

Best wishes,

 

 

 

 

John Lieurance, D.C., N.D.

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Extra Secret: What is a Micro Glia and why can this create brain damage?

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Microglia are a type of glial cell that are the resident macrophages of the brain and spinal cord, and thus act as the first and main form of active immune defense in the central nervous system (CNS). Microglia constitute 20% of the total glial cell population within the brain.[1] Microglia (and astrocytes) are distributed in large non-overlapping regions throughout the brain and spinal cord.[2][3] Microglia are constantly scavenging the CNS for plaques,damagedneurons, and infectious agents.[4] The brain and spinal cord are considered “immune privileged” organs in that they are separated from the rest of the body by a series of endothelial cells known as the blood–brain barrier, which prevents most infections from reaching the vulnerable nervous tissue. In the case where infectious agents are directly introduced to the brain or cross the blood–brain barrier, microglial cells must react quickly to decreaseinflammation and destroy the infectious agents before they damage the sensitive neural tissue.

How to preserve your brain with Oxygen and Glutathione. What is the Blood Brain Barrier? from Wellington Chen, M.D. on Vimeo.

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Extra Secret: How to Avoid Neuro-Degeneration or Brain Death!

In order to avoid brain degeneration you must avoid inflammation of the brain. Since the brain doesn’t have pain sensation like other area’s of your body inflammation of the brain shows up as brain fog, balance and coordination problems, and poor memory. Digestion is key to maintaining a healthy immune system for 2 key reasons. One when your digestion is poor then your gut is inflamed and when your gut is inflamed you are likely to have a poor barrier which protects the absorption of foods that are partially broken down and metabolized. These foods are a source of immune reaction and can cause autoimmune , arthritis, hypothyroid, fatigue and generally chronic inflammation in the body and brain. The second reason is the lamina propria sub-layer and the submucosa layer of the small intestine have nodules that are part of the lymphatic system. These nodules contain white blood cells that destroy germs. Another common sense reason that poor digestion will effect your immune system is that many nutrients that are key to a healthy immune system will simply not be absorbed like zinc & B vitamins. When your brain becomes inflamed you have to quench this inflammation! Guess what is the main substance that does this in your brain and even to a large part your entire body?……….. Glutathione! If you’ve never heard of Glutathione then it’s likely you will hear much more about it moving forward as it’s your bodies main antioxidant. In the following paragraphs we will look at a few dietary considerations as well as the concept of oxidative stress, the silent killer. Read carefully to keep your brain healthy!

Neurodegeneration & Oxidata Testing. from Wellington Chen, M.D. on Vimeo.

Soy, Glutamate, and MSG

Well hidden in so many processed foods, glutamate in the form of monosodium glutamate (MSG), soy protein extract, protein isolate, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, natual flavoring or any of the other disguised names for MSG. Its so difficult to avoid as most fast-food chains and restaurants use at least one of these forms of glutamate to enhance the taste of there food.  These substances are toxic to your brain due to an excitatory and inflammatory action they have on the neuron. They call it an excitotoxin were it literally excites the cell to the point of self destruction.

Effects of MSG on Aging and Brain Inflammation.

In 1969, Dr. Olney noticed brain destruction of test animals in the area of the hypothalamus called the arcuate nucleus. The arcuate nucleous releases a substance that is necessary for the pituitary to release growth hormone. The pituitary gland, under normal conditions, secretes growth hormone in cycles. There is usually release that occurs when we fall asleep or take a nap!  This is an excellent reason for us to take a nap during the day (see restorative pose, Chap. 14), also children are benefited greatly due to the large demand of growth hormone. I have seen recent news stories where schools have stopped providing nap time due to striving to increase education. This is a big mistake, in my opinion. In regards to the above study on MSG and its effect of growth hormone release they found animals fed MSG not only produced less growth hormone, they also lacked the normal release cycles seen in all other mammals, including humans.6

Studies using immature mice have shown decreases in LH, FSH and prolactin  which are sex and reproductive hormones, growth hormone, adrenal regulating hormone, and thyroid regulating hormone following exposure to MSG. Deficiencies  in these hormones showed up in the animals as obesity, smaller growth, inability to reproductive, and slow metabolism. 9-13

Confirmation from more studies demonstrating males with atrophy of the testes and low levels of testosterone. Females where seen with low LH, FSH and estradiol-17beta which is the main form of estrogen hormone. In There was a 68% drop after MSG was given. 10

The young girls who begin developing breasts, and beginning menses, earlier than normal may be due to glutamate consumption. Since soy contains phytoestrogens and high glutamate levels consuming soy can be a leading factor for this anomaly.13

Studies found that infant animals given  MSG have high cortisol levels than normal mice, and after stressful events it would take longer for the high levels to come down to normal levels.14

There is an area in the brain called the hippocampus and it is where your memerory centers are located. Its though that high cortisol can cause damage to these neurons through up regulating oxidation in this area. Damage and degeneration of the hippocampus results in the condition known as Alzheimer’s disease. Its though by some that having cortisol levels elevated chronically  from childhood can be quite impactful in ones ability to enjoy memory. The clearence factor is the ability to unwind and I’ve found that treating the high cortisol levels make a big impact on the ability to relax after a tuff day as well as not get so worked up over small events that would otherwise get them excited, elevating their cortisol. Studies have shown that there is a low glutathione saturation in the hippocampus which leads to this damage and inflammation.

Oxidative Stress, Rust

When metal rusts, it’s a sign of the chemical process known as oxidation. Rusting indicates the damage incurred by exposure to oxygen; we say the metal is becoming oxidized. Its when oxygen steals electron from the metal that it distroys the metal changing the physical and chemical properties. Oxidation also takes place when you bite into an apple if left out it will  turn brown as it’s exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere. The process of oxidation causes molecules with uncoupled electrons. These are called free radicals and they are linked to DNA damage which creates cancer cells, aging of organs and skin, arthritis and too many other degenerative diseases to name.

We all need oxidants in our body. However too much oxidant molecules can cause injury to our body.  Oxidative stress is the technical name for this process. This phenomenon was first noted in 1954 by Dr. Denham Harmon, an organic chemist at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Harmon theorized that oxidants were the cause of aging, as well as the major cause of most diseases. His theory has continued to hold up and has received substantial verification over the past half century. 

Most of the conditions that we associate with aging, such as wrinkles, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, are related to excess oxidative stress in the body. As Dr. Harmon stated, “Very few individuals, if any, reach their potential maximum life span; they die instead prematurely of a wide variety of diseases—the vast majority being ‘free radical’ diseases.” Although Dr. Harmon’s research is a half-century old, in the last five years alone, more than five thousand articles on the subject have appeared in research journals. Until recently, tests to measure levels of oxidative stress were expensive and only available to research centers. Today there is, an extremely acurate, over-the-counter urine test available called an oxidata test. Information is available at www.oxidata.com.

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Sources of oxidative stress can be both internal and external. The external ones include exposure to any kind of environmental pollution, petrochemicals, or heavy metals. There are also lifestyle-related causes of oxidative stress, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, caffinated beverages like coffee and tea, excessive exercise, prescription drug-and especially overeating. Trying too hard to get a tan can also hurt too much sun (ultraviolet radiation) contributes to oxidative stress.

Internal sources of oxidative stress include infections  (both  acute and/or chronic), blood sugar imbalance lead to increased free radicals,  high levels of adrenaline and  high levels cortisol.

Reduction / Dampness

When your body is subjected to chronic oxidation over a period of time the body can become saturated with electrons. This congests a part of your cell called the mitochondria, its the part of your cell that generates all your energy. When this saturation occurs it’s called reduction. In Chinese medicine they call this dampness. Classically these people will be fatigued usually with a feeling of heaviness. Often the tongue is swollen, observed with tooth marks on the sides of the tongue.  This would not be a good time to take high amounts of anti-oxidants. This represents a good example of why nutrition programs should be closely monitored by a competent clinician with the ability to check these levels for you. Many times this shows up with a low oxidata score with abnormal adrenal states.

Vitamine C with very high bioflavinoids

Recent studies have demonstrated that flavinoids are powerful antioxidants, acting against a whole host of dangerous free radicals. In fact, some of the flavonoids can neutralize special free radicals that cannot be neutralized by antioxidant vitamins. It should be noted that there are other dangerous radicals besides oxygen radicals. Many people are unaware of  a reactive nitrogen species that can be equally, if not more, destructive than oxygen radicals (free radicals). Vitamins are poor at neutralizing these special types of radicals, while flavonoids are very efficient. I regularly test for nitate levels inpateints and bioflavinoids will greatly help normalize these levels. Many times the liver is doing a poor job and neutralizing these compounds usually due to being overburdened with toxicity Its common for these high nitrate levels to cause swelling and congestion of the sinuses. Many of the chronic sniffls, runny noses and post nasal drips are a result of excessive nitrat levels.

Flavonoids can remove (chelate) dangerous metals, such as, copper, aluminum, mercury, arsenic and lead.   Iron and aluminum accumulation is commonly associated with degenerative disorders of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Its the flavonoids and carotenoids that allow plants to survive in the glaring sun all day long. Without flavinoids the sun’s harsh rays would quickly destroy the leaves. Flavonoids absorb the harmful radiation from the sun by neutralizing the free radicals they generate. This is similar to how flavinoids work for us!

Recent years has yelded massive research into the medicinal properties of flavonoids. They seem to be finding they not only protect us from antioxidants, they also help in the treatment and prevention of many cancers.

Oxidata Urine testing

This tests for an end product of polyunsaturated fat chain where malondialdehydes form as a result of free radical attack. I include an oxidata urine test with my stadard lab work up on each of my pateints.3-10

Yours In Healhty,

 

John Lieurance, DC, ND 

 

 

References

1. Dhanakoti S.N., “Response of Urinary Malondialdehyde to Factors that Stimulate Lipid Peroxidation in

Vivo.” Lipids 22(9):643-6, Sept 1987.

2. Draper H.H., “Malondialdehyde Derivatives in Urine.” Basic Life Sci. 49:199-202, 1988.

3. Draper H.H., “Urinary Malondialdehyde as an Indicator of Lipid Peroxidation in the Diet and in the Tis
sues.” Lipids 19(11):836-43, Nov 1984.

4. Hubbard R., lacono R., Westengard J., and Schoonberg T., “Malondialdehyde (MDA) Studies in Palli-
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5. Hubbard R., lacono R., Westengard J., and Schoonberg T., “Urine Malondialdehyd (MDA) Measured in
Parkinson Disease, by a Fluorometric and a Visually Read Colormetric Assay.” To be presented at the
Experimental Biology and Medicine Meetings to be held on April 15-18 at San Diego, CA.

 

6. Lin JY, Pan JT. Single-unit activity of dorsomedial arcuate neurons and diurnal changes of tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic neuron activity in female rats with neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment. Brain Research Bulletin 48(1999): 103-108. Mailer D, Underwood LE, et al. Neonatal treatment with monosodium glutamate:effects of prolonged growth hormone (GH)- releasing hormone deficiency on pulsatile GH secretion and growth in female rats. Endocrinology 128(1991): 1100-1106.

7. www.Oxidata.com / urinary oxidative stress test.

8. www.pzizz.com  / Nap machine.

9. Nemeroff CB, Lamartiniere CA, Mason GA, et al. Marked reduction in gonadal steroid hormone levels in rats treated neonatally with monosodium L-glutamate: further evidence for disruption of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis regulation. Neuroendocrinology 33(1981): 265-267. Miskowlak B, Limanowski A, Partyka M. Effect of perinatal administration of monosodium glutamate (MSG) on the reproductive system of the male rat. Endokrynol Pol 44(1993): 497-505.

 

10. Nemeroff CB, Lamartiniere CA, Mason GA, et al. Marked reduction in gonadal steroid hormone levels in rats treated neonatally with monosodium L-glutamate: further evidence for disruption of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis regulation. Neuroendocrinology 33(1981): 265-267. Miskowlak B, Limanowski A, Partyka M. Effect of perinatal administration of monosodium glutamate (MSG) on the reproductive system of the male rat.
Endokrynol Pol 44(1993): 497-505.

 

11. Miskowiak B, Kesa B, Limanowski A, et al. Long-term effect of neonatal monosodium glutamate (MSG) treat
ment on reproductive system of the female rat. Folia Morphol (Wan.) 58(1999): 105-113.

 

12. Macho L, Jezova D, et al. Postnatal monosodium glutamate treatment results in attenuation of corticosterone metabolic rate in adults rats. Endocrine Regulation 33(1999): 61-67. Miskowiak B, Partyka M. Effect of neonatal treatment with MSG (monosodium glutamate) on thyroid of the adult male rats. Histology and Histopathology 14(1999): 63-67.

 

13. Hsieh Y-L, Hsu C, Lue S-I, et al. The neonatal neurotoxicity of monosodium L-glutamate on the sexually dimor
phic nucleus of the preoptic area of rats. Neuroscience 19(1997): 342-347.

 

14. Skuletyova I, Kiss A, Jezova D. Neurotoxic lesions induced by monosodium glutamate result in increased adrenopituitary proopiomelanocortin gene expression and decreased corticosterone clearance in rats. Neuroendocrinology 67(1998): 412-420.

 

Kato K, Hamada N, et al. Depression of delayed-type hypersensitivity in mice with hypothalamic lesion induced
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389-395.

260Vowerk CK, Gorla MS, Dreyer EB. An experimental basis for implicating excitotoxicity in glaucomatous optic
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261Kowluru RA, Engerman RL, Case GL, Kem TS. Retinal glutamate in diabetes and effect of antioxidants.
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242 Olney JW. The toxic effects of glutamate and related compounds in the retina and the brain. Retina 2(1982): 341-359.

263 Blaylock RL. Food additive excitotoxins and degenerative brain disorders. Medical Sentinel 4 6(1999): 212-215.

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the mouse. Neuroscience 51(1992): 25-39.

266Beal MF, Bradley T, Koroschetz HW. Do defects in mitochondrial energy metabolism underlie the pathology of
neurodegenerative disease? Trends in Neurosciences 16(1993): 125-131.

 

 

 

Secret 7: Mental Emotional Stress.

Hyper-Sympathetic State

Your nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. Stess is associated with the sympathetic nervous system which holds your fight or flight response. Your parasympathetic nervous system holds your resting and digesting signals. Many of my patients who are stressed out present to my office with a dominance of the sympathetic nervous system.  Some Common Causes of stress include; emotional, mental, chemical/nutritional, electromagnetic, structural/postural.

The Adrenals

Your pair of adrenals are located just on top of your kidneys and they are responsible for the production of cortisol, adrenaline and other catocholamines responsible for reving and charging you up in a stress response. When this system is chronically put on alert it leads to what is called a hypersypathetic state.

Prolonged Increases of Cortisol & Adrenaline can paralize your immune system by decreasing: interleukin, natural killer cell activity, T-lymphocytes,and  secretory IgA. STudies have also shown chronic stress responses linked to Increases blood sugar with a decreases insulin sensitivity (see hyperinsulinemia in chapter 11), Increases bone loss, Increases blood fats (cholesterol, triglycrides), Increases fat accumulation (especially at waist), Increases fluid retention, Increases protein breakdown (thats loss of muscle).

Symptoms of being in a hypersypathetic state include; increased allergies, osteoporotic tendencies,  loss of lean mass, increased infections, blood sugar swings, high cholesterol, obesity, edema, and poor carbohydrate utilization.

Mental and Emotional stress is very common in our society with busy schedules and deadlines to meet. Most americans are working more hours. An interesting fact is that our productivity is staying about thew same is the last couple of years, however our overall unemployment is unchanged. This says that people are working harder to keep up with production. We are the hard working “Japan” of the 1980′s!

The pH Challenge

I include a saliva pH challenge as a part of my basic lab work up,  what we do is introduce a half cup of lemon into the mouth and the pH of the saliva is checked every minute for 5 minutes. I often see a rapid rise in the saliva pH, this is a comom sign that there is a dominance of the sympathetic nervous system.

When your brain becomes stressed from adrenal stress it leads to inflamed. You have to quench this inflammation! Guess what is the main substance that does this in your brain and even to a large part your entire body?……….. Glutathione! If you’ve never heard of Glutathione then it’s likely you will hear much more about it moving forward as it’s your bodies main antioxidant.  We will look at a few dietary considerations as well as the concept of oxidative stress, the silent killer. 

Yours in Health,

 

 

 

 

John Lieurance, DC, ND

Welcome to the 7 Secrets to Raising Glutathione!

Welcome to Dr. John’s Seven Secrets to Raising Glutathione!

So lets look at an example of how you might apply some of these idea’s into practical solutions. As a physician some of the common problems people have with oxidative stress is poor nutrition. As a society we eat many foods that are void of nutrients. That means protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that an orange 50 years ago don’t have the same nutrient value that it has now. 50 years ago the soil wasn’t as over farmed and the mineral content was significantly higher. That means that an orate just doesn’t have the same amount of vitamin C as it used to have. That means you might consider eating more foods that are a denser food source. Examples are things like parsley. the darker and brighter generally the more dense.

 

The 10 featured here were chosen because of their direct ability to increase  Brain and Body Glutathione levels. These foods (listed here in alphabetical order) are rich in either the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), antioxidants or fiber, and as in the case of açaí—all three!In addition, we have included foods that have been proven to lower or help regulate blood sugar levels—an extremely important factor for all of those concerned with decreasing oxidative stress and slowing the aging process and preventing diabetes, obesity, wrinkles and a host of degenerative diseases.

Health Benefits
The 10 foods included here have incredible health benefits due to their ability to increase Glutathione levels, provide vitamins and minerals. Listed below are just some of the health reasons to include these foods in your diet—every day:

  • Prevent or reduce inflammation
  • Protect Brain Tissue and Optimize Brain Function
  • Help regulate metabolism and burn body fat
  • Lower total cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help protect against heart disease
  • Help protect against cancer
  • Help protect organs from toxins
  • Promote digestive health

Here are the 10 super food’s I have chosen.

 

  • Açaí Fruit
  • The Allium Family
  • Barley
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Buckwheat
  • Green Foods
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Yogurt and Kefir

Nature’s Energy Fruit

You’ve likely never even heard of acai fruit, but studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree.

Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit. Açaí is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids that stimulate your liver to produce Glutathione. Although açaí may not be available in your local supermarket, you can find it in several health food and gourmet stores (often in juice form).

Açaí pulp contains:

  • A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times the ability to rise Glutathione levels than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.
  • A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
  • An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

The fatty acid content in açaí resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; together they help make cell membranes more supple. By keeping the cell membrane supple, all hormones, neurotransmitter and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and we know, inflammation causes aging. Inflammation also depletes our Glutathione as Glutathione is a primary buffer against inflammation and aging.

Allium Family:

Onions, Garlic, Chives, Leeks, Shallots and Scallions

If açaí is the most exotic food on this list, the allium family of foods is perhaps the most humble. Garlic, onions, leeks and chives contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of Glutathione.  Glutathione enhances elimination of toxins and carcinogens, putting the allium family of vegetables at the top of the list for foods that can help prevent cancer. Here are just a few benefits from members of this family.

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Garlic

  • Lowers total cholesterol (but raises HDL—”good”—cholesterol)
  • Lessens the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of blood clots (cause of the majority of strokes and heart attacks)
  • Destroys infection-causing viruses and bacteria
  • Reduces the risk of certain cancers, in particular, stomach cancers
  • Produces more “natural killer” cells in the blood to fight tumors and infections
  • Helps fight against neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s
  • Enhances detoxification by reducing toxins

For optimum effect, eat garlic raw. Cooking can destroy some of the allicin compound, which is the active constituent. It will keep vampires away also.

Barley

This ancient grain is sadly overlooked by today’s culinary trendsetters, yet it is one of the grains with the greatest health benefits, delightful flavor and versatility. Barley can be used as a delicious breakfast cereal, in soups and stews and as a rice substitute for dishes such as risotto.

Not only is barley a low-glycemic grain, it is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps the body metabolize fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates, and lowers blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber—commonly called “roughage”—promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancers affecting it (e.g., colon cancer).

Dietary fiber is critical to health—yet few people in our modern society even come close to the recommended daily intake. Many experts believe that good health begins in the colon, and without sufficient dietary fiber in the diet, we run the risk of a host of diseases, ranging from hemorrhoids to colon cancer.

The fiber found in barley provides food for the beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. This is important as the “good” bacteria can crowd out the disease-causing bacteria in the intestinal tract, resulting in greater health and disease resistance.

Barley is sold in many forms, all of which are nutritious. But hulled barley, in which the outer hull (the bran) is left intact, is richer in fiber and contains more fiber and nutrients than other forms, such as pearl barley or Scotch barley.

Eating hulled barley on a regular basis:

  • Lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • Increases Glutathione
  • Protects against cancer because its high fiber content helps speed food through the digestive tract, and because its a good source of selenium, shown to significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer
  • Is a good source of niacin, the B vitamin that is cardio-protective
  • Slows starch digestion, which may help keep blood sugar levels stable
  • Provides high concentrations of tocotrienols, the “super” form of vitamin E
  • Provides lignans, phytochemicals that function as antioxidants. Women who consume lignans (also present in high levels in flaxseed) are less likely to develop breast cancer.

Beans and Lentils

Beans are low in fat (except for soybeans), calories and sodium but high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber, and they offer modest amounts of essential fatty acids—mostly omega-6s (only soybeans have significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids). They are also an excellent source of protein, needing only to be combined with grains such as barley or oats to provide all the amino acids necessary to make a complete protein for vegetarians who do not have other sources of protein for their meals.

Beans are extremely beneficial in an anti-diabetes diet because they rank low on the glycemic scale, which means that they do not cause the inflammatory, hunger-inducing spike in blood sugar levels associated with refined grains and baked goods. Beans offer ample fiber (one cup of cooked beans can provide as much as 15 grams of dietary fiber, more than half the recommended “daily value” of 25 grams and are released into the bloodstream slowly, providing energy and satiation for a sustained period. However, I recommend no more than 1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked beans per meal.

Dried beans and lentils are a staple of many cuisines worldwide. For thousands of years, beans and lentils have been and continue to be one of the most nutritious foods available. In addition, beans and lentils are extremely versatile. They can be combined with fragrant herbs and vegetables and made into delicious soups. They can be used in salads or puréed and served as a dip or spread. Chickpeas and lentils can also be ground into a high-protein, low-glycemic flour.

Green Foods


When we talk about “green foods,” we’re referring to a group of foods that includes young cereal grasses like barley grass and wheatgrass, as well a blue-green algae known as BGA. Nutritionally, they are close cousins to dark green leafy vegetables, but offer far greater levels of “nutrient density.” In other words, an ounce of these concentrated green foods contains much more of the beneficial phytonutrients found in an ounce of green vegetables.

The results of many experimental studies show that green foods have marked beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, immune response and cancer prevention. These effects are attributed in part to their high concentrations of chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll, the phytochemical that gives leaves, plants and algae their green hues, is the plant equivalent of the oxygen-carrying red pigment hemoglobin in red blood cells. Dietary chlorophyll inhibits disease bacteria and exerts therapeutic effects on bad breath and internal odors.

Wheat and Barley Grasses
Young cereal grasses—especially wheat and barley grass—are distinguished by their brilliant emerald green hues. Before World War II, drug stores throughout the country, but especially in the grain-belt states of the Midwest, sold tablets of dried wheat or barley grass as a kind of primitive vitamin supplement. Today, young wheat and barley grasses are dried and powdered to make dietary supplements, or picked fresh to process in juicing machines.

At the early grass stage of their growth, wheat and barley are closer to vegetables than grains in composition. This is important to note because while I strongly discourage eating wheat and wheat products, I believe wheatgrass is an excellent addition to your diet. Sprouting as mentioned in this article is also ok.

The nutrient profiles of green cereal plants change quickly as they grow. As the plant grows, the chlorophyll, protein and vitamin content of cereal grasses declines sharply and the level of cellulose (indigestible fiber) increases. Over a period of several months, the green leafy cereal grasses become amber waves of grain bearing the kernels we harvest to make into flour—an unhealthy, pro-inflammatory food.

There is very little nutritional difference between wheat grass and barley grass, although it is important to note that barley grass acts as a free radical scavenger that also reduces inflammation and pain, and wheat grass contains P4D1, a “gluco-protein” that acts like an antioxidant, reducing inflammation. It is also thought to be able to help the body attack cancer cells.

You can get cereal grasses in powder or tablet form. Dried cereal grasses are certainly easier to handle than fresh, which must be juiced. However, fresh grass juice contains healthful enzymes not found in dried grass powder and is likely to be higher in just about every phytonutrient found in cereal grass. Many juice bars and health-oriented markets offer these juices on their menus.

Peppers

The term “peppers” encompasses a diverse group of plants, ranging from the popular sweet green or red bell pepper to the fiery hot habañero or the even more lethal Scotch bonnet. Peppers—whether sweet bell or hot chili—are members of the plant genus “capsicum” (cap-sih-kum), a term that comes from the Greek word kapto, which means “to bite.”

All peppers contain compounds called capsaicinoids. This is especially true of chili peppers, which derive their spicy heat—as well as extraordinary anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer, heart-healthy effects—from very high levels of capsaicinoids, the most common form of which is capsaicin.

In addition to capsaicin, chilies are high in antioxidant carotenes and flavonoids, and contain about twice the amount of vitamin C found in citrus fruits. These compounds will increase Glutathione levels.

Almost any dish—from homemade soups, stews and chili to stir-fries, salads and salsas—can benefit from small amounts of hot peppers.

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Sprouts

Sprouts are a highly nutritious food. Grown locally year-round, sprouts are a good source of protein and vitamin C. A sprout is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. Sprouts can grow from the seeds of vegetables, grains, legumes, buckwheat and beans. Sprouts vary in texture and taste. Some are spicy (radish and onion sprouts), some are hardy and often used in Asian cuisines (mung bean), while others are more delicate (alfalfa) and add texture and moistness to salads and sandwiches.

Why Sprouts?

Wheat sprout enzymes are another source of bioactive plant flavonoids, and their potential benefits range from improving symptoms of fibromyalgia and joint pain to increasing energy and relieving symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. These benefits are likely related to the presence of several potent natural antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase, and catalase. Wheat sprouts represent one rich source of these SOD-boosting building blocks, and have been shown to significantly increase internal antioxidant levels.
All nutrients necessary for life are contained in seeds—a food category that includes grain kernels, beans, legumes and nuts. Because sprouts are so fresh and do not sit for days or weeks in warehouses, we know that we are getting optimum nutrition.

Great Ways to Serve Sprouts

  • Add to tossed salads
  • Use in coleslaw (cabbage, clover, radish)
  • Try in wraps and roll-ups (alfalfa, sunflower, radish)
  • Stir-fry with other vegetables (alfalfa, clover, radish, mung bean, lentil)
  • Blend with vegetable juices (cabbage, mung bean, lentil)
  • Mix with soft cheeses, tofu, yogurt of kefir for a dip (mung bean, radish)
  • Stir into soups or stews when serving (mung bean, lentil)
  • Eat them fresh and uncooked in a sprout salad (salad mixes)
  • Top omelet or scrambled eggs (alfalfa, clover, radish)
  • Combine in oat, barley or buckwheat dishes (fenugreek, lentil, mung bean)
  • Add to sushi (radish, sunflower)
  • Sauté with onions (mung bean, clover, radish)
  • Puree with dried peas or beans (mung bean, lentil)
  • Add to baked beans (lentil)

“Probiotic” Partners in Health
The origin of fermented foods and cultured milk products goes so far back that it is rumored to predate recorded history. This is perfectly in keeping with my philosophy that the most ancient foods have survived for a reason—they continue to be instrumental to the survival of our species. Fermented and cultured foods may well represent our first experience with what researchers now call “functional” foods—foods that actively promote optimal health.

The fermented foods scientists consider “probiotic” are primarily yogurt and kefir.

Nuts and Seeds

If you want to dramatically decrease your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, control your weight with no hunger pangs, improve Glutathione Levels, and reduce the visible signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin, I recommend that you “go nuts.”  Brazil nuts are the best nut to eat to raise Glutathione levels due to high levels of cysteine.

Here’s how to go nuts with some meals:

  • When thoughts turn to food between meals, enjoy a handful of raw, unsalted nuts. They’re extremely filling and satisfying—and healthful.
  • Add some nuts to regular meals—a tablespoon of chopped almonds on your oatmeal or a tablespoon of walnuts in your lunchtime salad. Nuts are so versatile they can take the place of flour and breadcrumbs—with a lot more flavor and health benefits. Just remember, as with all things, to use moderation.

Some more of my favorite super foods are Gogi berries, golden berries, mangosteen, and cocao. Begin to search around for super foods as it’s a bit of a buzz word these days and you’ll find many fun items to explore. Try and avoid nutrient void foods like white bread, processed meats and cheeses and sugar/fructose filled drinks.

Try adding just one superfood and keep nutrient void foods to a minimum for the next 7 days as a personal challenge from me.

Until next week, Believe in your bodies ability to heal, I do.

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Secret #5: How Alkalizing can Improve Glutathione Levels.

Alkalize Your Body

This article attempts to summarize the importance of the acid-alkaline balance in the brain and body as well as to improve Glutathione utilization and production.  I have also included several steps that can be taken if you need to improve that balance.

Body Chemistry 101

We live and die on a cellular level. If our cells are healthy then they have high Glutathione levels. In fact one of the ways the coroner can determine how long a body has been dead is testing the Glutathione levels. If we are not healthy and if our cells are not healthy, if they live in a toxic environment, then your Glutathione levels are low and depleted. The human body contains about ten gallons of fluid so its cells are swimming in an ocean that is either acid, neutral or alkaline. The body’s systems work best in an environment that is neutral to slightly alkaline although some vital organs, like the stomach, either produce or house very acidic substances.

The pH, or “potential of Hydrogen” is a logarithmic scale that measures the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Solutions are measured from 0 (totally acid) to 14 (totally alkaline) and 7 is neutral. The intracellular fluid should have a pH of about 6.8. If the pH is too low (more acidic) then enzymes can’t work and other cellular-level process that are life and health sustaining can’t take place.

Although the cells live in an almost pH neutral environment, they produce acid as they convert food into energy and then perform work. This is oxidative stress. Glutathione is usually there to buffer this is an acute situation. Acid will interfere with its effect.  The weak acid that cells produce can be easily eliminated by the respiratory system. This oxidative stress is the first, and natural source of acid in our bodies. Although we don’t eat a lot of acid food most of the food in the “typical” American diet produces acid ash. Ash is the residue that is left after the body has used what it can of the food that we ingest. Acid ash in solution is a much stronger acid than that produced by the cells and  it must be eliminate by the kidneys and handled by Glutathione.

The strong acid produced by the “typical” American diet is so strong that it would burn the urinary tract upon elimination. Consequently the body buffers the acid. Alkaline minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium) are added to the strong (pH 5.5) acid when a person’s alkaline mineral reserve is full. This converts the strong acid into a very weak acid that is excreted as urine. On the other hand, if a person’s alkaline mineral reserves are depleted then the body is forced to buffer the strong acid with ammonia (a strong alkaline, pH 9.25).  I don’t know about you but my Mom used to clean with that stuff and it’s toxic. This is another big task for Glutathione. Usually this senerio results in the secretion of alkaline urine (pH of about 8.0).

Urine pH is a measure of the environmental conditions in which the cells live. It also shows how the body responded to the food that was ingested within the last 24 hours. This in turn is a good measure of how well the body is functioning. As a general rule, if urine has a pH of about 5.5 in the morning after eating meats, eggs, bread, milk, cheese and cereal the day before then alkaline mineral reserves are adequate and body acid-alkaline balance is healthy.

High Body Acidity

High acidity is the most common acid-alkaline balance problem. When the body’s mineral reserves are depleted the body “borrows” minerals from what ever source it can. This usually means that minerals are borrowed from bones and vital organs. Over time this weakens the organs and muscles. Very similar to having low Glutathione levels, some of the common health problems that result from high acidity include:

· Acceleration of free radical damage,
· Bladder and kidney problems,
· Cardiovascular weakness,
· Immune system weakness,
· Lactic acid buildup in joints resulting in joint pain,
· Low energy,
· Osteoporosis, eventually resulting in brittle bones and hip fractures, and
· Weight gain.

Diet is the primary cause of acid-alkaline imbalance in the body. The tables below classify common foods as either alkaline ash producing (Table A) or acid ash producing (Table B). Foods identified with an asterisks are either very alkaline ash producing or very acid ash producing. Very acid-ash producing foods should be avoided. On the other hand, very alkaline-ash producing foods can be used to help counteract an acid imbalance. In addition, it is important to note that a food may be acidic, like a lemon, but be alkaline ash producing so don‘t always go by taste.

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Common Alkaline Ash Producing Foods

Almonds Amarantha Apples
Apricots Asparagus* Avocados
Bananas Beans (Dried) Beet greens
Beets Blackberries Broccoli*
Brussels sprouts Cabbage Canola Oil
Carrots Cauliflower Celery
Chard leaves Cherries (Sour) Chestnuts
Cucumbers Parsnips Dates (Dried)
Figs (Dried) Flax oil Garlic*
Grapefruit* Grapes Green beans
Green peas Green tea Herb teas *
Honey (Raw) Kiwi Lemons*
Lettuce Lima beans Limes* Mangoes*
Maple syrup Milk (Goat’s)
Millet Molasses Mushrooms
Musk melon Olive oil* Onions*
Oranges Papaya* Parsley*
Peaches Pears Pineapple
Potatoes (Sweet) Potatoes (White) Quinoa
Radishes Raisins Raspberries
Rice syrup Rice (Wild) Rutabagas (Green)
Sauerkraut Soy beans (Green) Spinach (Raw)*
Strawberries Sugar (Raw) Tangerines
Tomatoes Watercress Watermelon*

Common Acid Ash Producing Foods

Artificial
sweeteners* Bacon Barley
Beans(Dried) Beer* Beef*
Blueberries * Bran (Wheat) Bran (Oat)
Bread (White) Bread (Whole wheat)Butter
Carob* Cashews Cheese*Chicken Codfish
Coffee Corn
Corn oil Corned beef Crackers (Soda)
Cranberries* Plums Currants
Eggs Flour(White)* Flour (Whole wheat)
Haddock Honey(Processed) Lentils (Dried)Lobster
Milk (Cow’s) Milk(Homogenized)*
Molasses Macaroni OatmealOysters Pasta*
Pastries* Peanut butter
Peanuts* Peas (Dried) Pecans
Pike Pinto beans Pork*
Prunes* Pumpkin seeds Rice (Brown)
Rice (White) Salmon Sardines
Sausage Scallops Shellfish*
Shrimp Soft Drinks* Soybean*
Spaghetti Spelt Spinach (Cooked)
Squash (Winter) Sugar (Refined) Sunflower seeds
Tea Turkey Veal
Venison Walnuts* Wheat germ
Yogurt

Eighty percent of a persons diet should be alkaline foods and the balance (20%) acid ash producing for a perfect pH balance.

There are a few other things, in addition to diet, that can be done to help correct an over acidic balance. These include taking enzyme supplements, organic calcium and magnesium supplements, colloidal minerals, vitamin A and D, and drinking alkaline vegetable juices (carrot, celery and beet) and lemon/maple syrup drink.

Most adults don’t produce enough digestive enzymes and so partially digested food enters the intestines or sits in the stomach and becomes more acidic. Enzyme supplementation helps treat this problem. Mineral supplements are important to build up the potentially depleted mineral reserve of the body. In addition, most vitamins can’t be used effectively if the necessary minerals are not present. Vitamins A and D help hold calcium in the body and reduce the risk of calcium depletion. Alkaline drinks help change the pH balance of body fluids. Finally, if you are taking ascorbic acid to get your vitamin C allowance then switch to either Rose Hips or Citrus Bioflavonoids, neither of which is acidic.

Conclusion

Our bodies are constantly rebuilding themselves. You really are not the same person that you were last year. The body replaces the lining of the stomach about every five days, the skin in about a month, the skeleton about every three months, the liver about every six weeks and the red blood cells circulate for about 120 days before being replaced by new cells. What you do today affects the body that you will have tomorrow. That can be good or bad . . . it all depends on what you do. The new body that you are building today is affected by the food that you eat, the waste that you eliminate (and as important, by the waste that you don’t eliminate), by the air that you breath, the liquids that you drink, and by the stress that you feel and how you respond to it. All this really translates into  your Glutathione levels. All the healthy things you do and the supplementation you take affects the new body that you are building for yourself. A long-term acid ash producing diet creates a toxic environment at the cellular level. If the cells can’t function, the body ceases to function. On the other hand, a healthy diet and high Glutathione levels creates an environment that is conducive to cellular and total health.

Until next week, Believe in your bodies ability to heal….I do!
Yours in Health,
John Lieurance, DC,ND

 

Secret #2: How Sleep can Improve Glutathione levels.

How to Sleep Better, improve Glutathione and live Healthy!

The first thing I would like you to look at in this study is how people that have poor sleep such as in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSAS) have their Glutathione significantly decreased. Lipid peroxidase is a fancy way of saying corroded oil in your blood. This will naturally be buffered by Glutathione but with lower Glutathione level this is a byproduct. These lipid peroxidases are the most destructive force to your cardiovascular system. It’s not necessarily cholesterol but reside or corroded cholesterol (Lipid Peroxidase) Again Glutathione normally will take care of that for you but good sleep will play a role in having enough Glutathione to do this job.

Now this might surprise you but a study performed on rats showed that Glutathione actually improved deep sleep. Low Glutahtione levels actually interfered with both deep and rem sleep. Heres the study.

Reduced Glutathione Regulates Sleep in Unrestrained Rats by Producing Oxidized Glutathione

Here’s another study that shows how loss of sleep or sleep deprivation can huge impacts on Glutathione levels in the liver and heart.

Antioxidant defense responses to sleep loss and sleep recovery

Suggests that maintenance of Glutathione is lost during sleep deprivation and that little of the total glutathione is available for antioxidant activities. (Buffering Stress)  Vulnerability to cell injury because of decreased glutathione is amplified if antioxidant enzymes are not increased in a compensatory response ( Aging and disease states), which occurred during sleep deprivation in our animal model. The present investigation provides evidence that recovery sleep restores or accentuates antioxidants and antioxidant activities in the heart and the liver.

 

TIPS FOR GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

How you feel during your waking hours hinges on how well you sleep at night and your Glutathione levels. Similarly, the cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day–to–day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. The following sleep tips will help you optimize your nightly rest so you can be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long.

IN THIS ARTICLE:

  • The secret to getting good sleep
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule
  • Naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Eat right and get regular exercise
  • Get stress and anxiety in check
  • Ways to get back to sleep
  • Know when to see a sleep doctor

Glutathione and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

RESULTS:

In OSAS patients, plasma lipid peroxidation increased significantly and whole blood reduced glutathione decreased significantly. The CPAP therapy as well as anti-oxidant treatment reduced the lipid peroxidation and restored the reduced glutathione concentrations. After anti-oxidant intake, OSAS patients slept better with decrease in Epworth sleepiness score and the number of apnoeic episodes. They spent more time in stages 3 and 4 of sleep. The optimum pressure of CPAP device was significantly lowered also.

CONCLUSIONS:

Oxidative stress contributes to sleep behaviour in OSAS patients, and anti-oxidant intake improves the quality of sleep in them.

Also notice that supplementing helped them as well. Hint hint.

The secret to getting good sleep every night

Good sleep strategies are essential to deep, restorative sleep you can count on, night after night. By learning to avoid common enemies of sleep and trying out a variety of healthy sleep-promoting techniques, you can discover your personal prescription to a good night’s rest.

The key is to experiment. What works for some might not work as well for others. It’s important to find the sleep strategies that work best for you.

The first step to improving the quality of your rest is finding out how much sleep you need. How much sleep is enough? While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need at least 8 hours of sleep each night to function at their best.

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How to sleep better tip 1: Keep a regular sleep schedule

Getting back in sync with your body’s natural sleep–wake cycle—your circadian rhythm—is one of the most important strategies for achieving good sleep. If you keep a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, you will feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times. This holds true even if you alter your sleep schedule by only an hour or two. Consistency is important.

  • Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.
  • Wake up at the same time every day. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime. As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake–time even on weekends.
  • Nap to make up for lost sleep. If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep–wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.
  • Be smart about napping. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to thirty minutes.
  • Fight after–dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

Discovering your optimal sleep schedule

Find a period of time (a week or two should do) when you are free to experiment with different sleep and wake times. Go to bed at the same time every night and allow yourself to sleep until you wake up naturally. No alarm clocks! If you’re sleep deprived, it may take a few weeks to fully recover. But as you go to bed and get up at the same time, you’ll eventually land on the natural sleep schedule that works best for you.

How to sleep better tip 2: Naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin production is controlled by light exposure. Your brain should secrete more in the evening, when it’s dark, to make you sleepy, and less during the day when it’s light and you want to stay awake and alert. However, many aspects of modern life can disrupt your body’s natural production of melatonin and with it your sleep-wake cycle.

Spending long days in an office away from natural light, for example, can impact your daytime wakefulness and make your brain sleepy. Then bright lights at night—especially from hours spent in front of the TV or computer screen—can suppress your body’s production of melatonin and make it harder to sleep. However, there are ways for you to naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle, boost your body’s production of melatonin, and keep your brain on a healthy schedule.

Increase light exposure during the day

  • Remove your sunglasses in the morning and let light onto your face.
  • Spend more time outside during daylight. Try to take your work breaks outside in sunlight, exercise outside, or walk your dog during the day instead of at night.
  • Let as much light into your home/workspace as possible. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, move your desk closer to the window.
  • If necessary, use a light therapy box. A light therapy box can simulate sunshine and can be especially useful during short winter days when there’s limited daylight.

Boost melatonin production at night

  • Turn off your television and computer. Many people use the television to fall asleep or relax at the end of the day. Not only does the light suppress melatonin production, but television can actually stimulate the mind, rather than relaxing it. Try listening to music or audio books instead, or practicing relaxation exercises. If your favorite TV show is on late at night, record it for viewing earlier in the day.
  • Don’t read from a backlit device at night (such as an iPad). If you use a portable electronic device to read, use an eReader that is not backlit, i.e. one that requires an additional light source such as a bedside lamp.
  • Change your light bulbs. Avoid bright lights before bed, use low-wattage bulbs instead.
  • When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. The darker it is, the better you’ll sleep. Cover electrical displays, use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows, or try an eye mask to cover your eyes.
  • Use a flashlight to go to the bathroom at night. As long as it’s safe to do so, keep the light to a minimum so it will be easier to go back to sleep.

How to sleep better tip 3: Create a relaxing bedtime routine

If you make a consistent effort to relax and unwind before bed, you will sleep easier and more deeply. A peaceful bedtime routine sends a powerful signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down and let go of the day’s stresses.

Make your bedroom more sleep friendly

Make Sure Your Bed Is Comfortable

  • Keep noise down. If you can’t avoid or eliminate noise from barking dogs, loud neighbors, city traffic, or other people in your household, try masking it with a fan, recordings of soothing sounds, or white noise. You can buy a special sound machine or generate your own white noise by setting your radio between stations. Earplugs may also help.
  • Keep your room cool. The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (around 65° F or 18° C) with adequate ventilation. A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with quality sleep.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable. You should have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably. If you often wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, you may need to invest in a new mattress or a try a different pillow. Experiment with different levels of mattress firmness, foam or egg crate toppers, and pillows that provide more support.

Reserve your bed for sleeping and sex

If you associate your bed with events like work or errands, it will be harder to wind down at night. Use your bed only for sleep and sex. That way, when you go to bed, your body gets a powerful cue: it’s time to nod off. By the way sex with high Glutathione is much better then with low levels!

Relaxing bedtime rituals to try

  • Read a book or magazine by a soft light
  • Take a warm bath
  • Listen to soft music
  • Do some easy stretches
  • Wind down with a favorite hobby
  • Listen to books on tape
  • Make simple preparations for the next day

How to sleep better tip 4: Eat right and get regular exercise

Your daytime eating and exercise habits play a role in how well you sleep. It’s particularly important to watch what you put in your body in the hours leading up to your bedtime.

  • Stay away from big meals at night. Try to make dinnertime earlier in the evening, and avoid heavy, rich foods within two hours of bed. Fatty foods take a lot of work for your stomach to digest and may keep you up. Also be cautious when it comes to spicy or acidic foods in the evening, as they can cause stomach trouble and heartburn.
  • Avoid alcohol before bed. Many people think that a nightcap before bed will help them sleep. While it may make you fall asleep faster, alcohol reduces your sleep quality, waking you up later in the night. To avoid this effect, so stay away from alcohol in the hours before bed.
  • Cut down on caffeine. You might be surprised to know that caffeine can cause sleep problems up to ten to twelve hours after drinking it! Consider eliminating caffeine after lunch or cutting back your overall intake.
  • Avoid drinking too many liquids in the evening. Drinking lots of water, juice, tea, or other fluids may result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night. Caffeinated drinks, which act as diuretics, only make things worse.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking causes sleep troubles in numerous ways. Nicotine is a stimulant, which disrupts sleep. Additionally, smokers actually experience nicotine withdrawal as the night progresses, making it hard to sleep.

If you’re hungry at bedtime

For some people, a light snack before bed can help promote sleep. When you pair tryptophan–containing foods with carbohydrates, it may help calm the brain and allow you to sleep better. For others, eating before bed can lead to indigestion and make sleeping more difficult. Experiment with your food habits to determine your optimum evening meals and snacks. If you need a bedtime snack, try:

  • Some turkey or Cheese

You’ll also sleep more deeply if you exercise regularly. You don’t have to be a star athlete to reap the benefits—as little as twenty to thirty minutes of daily activity helps. And you don’t need to do all thirty minutes in one session. You can break it up into five minutes here, ten minutes there, and still get the benefits. Try a brisk walk, a bicycle ride, or even gardening or housework.

Some people prefer to schedule exercise in the morning or early afternoon as exercising too late in the day can stimulate the body, raising its temperature. Even if you prefer not to exercise vigorously at night, don’t feel glued to the couch, though. Relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.

How to sleep better tip 5: Get anxiety and stress in check

Do you find yourself unable to sleep or waking up night after night? Residual stress, worry, and anger from your day can make it very difficult to sleep well. When you wake up or can’t get to sleep, take note of what seems to be the recurring theme. That will help you figure out what you need to do to get your stress and anger under control during the day:

If you can’t stop yourself from worrying, especially about things outside your control, you need to learn how to manage your thoughts. For example, you can learn to evaluate your worries to see if they’re truly realistic and learn to replace irrational fears with more productive thoughts. Even counting sheep is more productive than worrying at bedtime.

If the stress of managing work, family, or school is keeping you awake, you need help with stress management. By learning how to manage your time effectively, handle stress in a productive way, and maintain a calm, positive outlook, you’ll be able to sleep better at night. Refer to Secret #2.

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Relaxation techniques for better sleep

Relaxation is beneficial for everyone, but especially for those struggling with sleep. Practicing relaxation techniques before bed is a great way to wind down, calm the mind, and prepare for sleep. Some simple relaxation techniques include:

  • Deep breathing. Close your eyes—and try taking deep, slow breaths—making each breath even deeper than the last.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation. Starting at your toes, tense all the muscles as tightly as you can, then completely relax. Work your way up from your feet to the top of your head.
  • Visualizing a peaceful, restful place. Close your eyes and imagine a place or activity that is calming and peaceful for you. Concentrate on how relaxed this place or activity makes you feel.

How to sleep better tip 6: Ways to get back to sleep

It’s normal to wake briefly during the night. In fact, a good sleeper won’t even remember it. But if you’re waking up during the night and having trouble falling back asleep, the following tips may help.

  • Stay out of your head. The key to getting back to sleep is continuing to cue your body for sleep, so remain in bed in a relaxed position. Hard as it may be, try not to stress over the fact that you’re awake or your inability to fall asleep again, because that very stress and anxiety encourages your body to stay awake. A good way to stay out of your head is to focus on the feelings and sensations in your body.
  • Make relaxation your goal, not sleep. If you are finding it hard to fall back asleep, try a relaxation technique such as visualization, deep breathing, or meditation, which can be done without even getting out of bed. Remind yourself that although they’re not a replacement for sleep, rest and relaxation still help rejuvenate your body.
  • Do a quiet, non-stimulating activity. If you’ve been awake for more than 15 minutes, try getting out of bed and doing a quiet, non-stimulating activity, such as reading a book. Keep the lights dim so as not to cue your body clock that it’s time to wake up. Also avoid screens of any kind—computers, TV, cell phones, iPads—as the type of light they emit is stimulating to the brain. A light snack or herbal tea might help relax you, but be careful not to eat so much that your body begins to expect a meal at that time of the day.
  • Postpone worrying and brainstorming. If you wake during the night feeling anxious about something, make a brief note of it on paper and postpone worrying about it until the next day when you are fresh and it will be easier to resolve. Similarly, if a brainstorm or great idea is keeping you awake, make a note of it on paper and fall back to sleep knowing you’ll be much more productive and creative after a good night’s rest.

How to sleep better tip 7: Know when to see a sleep doctor

If you’ve tried the tips above, but are still struggling with sleep problems, you may have a sleep disorder that requires professional treatment. Consider scheduling a visit with a sleep doctor if, despite your best efforts at self–help, you are still troubled by any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Loud snoring accompanied by pauses in breathing
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Crawling sensations in your legs or arms at night
  • Inability to move while falling asleep or waking up
  • Physically acting out dreams during sleep
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
So thats all I have about sleep for you in this secret.

 

Until next week I hope you enjoy better sleep!

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Yours in Health,

John Lieurance, DC, ND

Glutathione and Digestion. Secret # 6

Glutathione is made of amino acid precursors which are absorbed in the gut and rely on healthy stomach production of hydrochloric acid or HCL. When there is poor digestion you will begin to suffer from malabsorption of vital minerals that your body needs as acid buffer for the acid produced by normal bodily functions which result is acid from chemical reactions that are happening to keep your body functioning and healthy. When we run acid we will begin to rob vitamins out of our bones and tissues making them weak. We also will begin to produce ammonia thick is very toxic. Ammonia will be made by the body to buffer against acid as it is very alkaline. This ammonia is seriously toxic to your cells especially the brain. Glutathione is the primary way your body neutralizes ammonia and carries it out of the body. Poor digestion will result is low Glutathione production and poor digestion will also increase the need for more Glutathione in 2 major ways. First the ammonia and second the toxaemias that result from poor gut flora. This is why this secret is so important. Lets dive deeper into digestion then.

In 1933, Dr. Anthony Bassler wrote after a 25 year study of over 5,000 cases, “Every physician should realise that the intestinal toxaemias are the most important primary and contributing causes of many disorders and diseases of the human body”

The Digestive System

The Digestive System

Poor Food

The Western Diet has the major food groups, but is lacking in vitality and freshness, low in fibre and too high in refined starches, the wrong fats and oils, and the wrong proteins. Industrial food production has led to low levels of vitamins and minerals and high amounts of preservatives, hormones and other additives.

If there are insufficient micronutrients, digestion, detoxification and all the normal healthy body processes can be disabled. Frank deficiency is surprisingly common in the West. Relative deficiency will lead to poor functioning. For instance, digestive enzyme production is reduced if B vitamins are deficient.

Toxic food

Rancid or fried food gives oxidising free radicals. High fat diets from animal fats and some processed oils and margarines have been found to increase the inflammation in colon diseases.[2] Excessive sugar, salt, protein, or highly processed food may overwhelm the digestive process, leaving part-digested food in the intestines. Oestrogens fed to cattle to increase their weight cause many problems, including yeast overgrowth in the intestines. A high protein diet can result in highly toxic products including ammonia, phenols and hydrogen sulphide.

Antibiotics

Consistently over-prescribed and wrongly prescribed in the last few decades, commonly used antibiotics do not work any more on resistant strains of bacteria. 13,300 patients died in US hospitals from drug-resistant infection in one year according to Time Magazine (March 28 1994). Half the annual production of antibiotics is fed to cattle, poultry and pigs as a prophylactic and to increase bulk. Resistant bacteria developed in the animals are a source of dangerous infection to humans. Antibiotics devastate the intestinal mucosa – no beneficial flora or protective mucus covering is left. Delicate mucosal cells are exposed to the intestinal contents, and parasites unaffected by antibiotics are free to invade.

Health v Disease

Stress

Chronic stress not only reduces digestive enzymes and increases gut alkalinity, it also slows down protein replacement, leading to ulcers and leaky gut. Stress reduces mucus secretions and cuts down the immune system activity, leading to more inflammation, and attacks on the mucosa. Stress increases pathogenic organisms in the gut. The Cytochrome P450 system is used to make stress hormones and to detoxify poisons in the liver. So stress may reduce exactly the same nutritional factors as are needed for detoxification.

Drugs

NSAIDs have been shown to increase inflammation, bleeding and protein loss in the digestive tract, increasing gut permeability. Steroid drugs have similar effects to continual stress. Barbiturates may reduce the activity of the whole digestive system. Many medical drugs have moderate or severe effects on the digestive system, quite apart from their other toxic effects.

Poor digestion

Stomach acid enables protein-digesting enzymes to work, it enables us to take in minerals from food and is a barrier to micro-organisms. Poor digestion of protein leads to part-digested food in the gut. Pathogenic organisms are attracted, and can produce highly toxic putrefaction. Oversized molecules may also be absorbed and provoke immune system reactions, or food allergy.

Allergy and Food Intolerance

When allergy is strong and immediate, it is IgE which sets up unmistakable, immediate widespread reactions. Most people recognise these reactions at an early age. IgE has a long ‘memory’. Gluten is a common allergen, directly related to inflammations of the intestinal tract. Lactose intolerance sets up allergic reactions associated with inflammatory bowel diseases.[3]

More subtle allergy, called ‘food intolerance’, is mediated by IgG and is more difficult to detect, since the reaction may be delayed for hours, and is cumulative – the more you eat, the more you react – and its memory may be a few months. The immune B-cells are forced to produce large amounts of IgG, and immunity is compromised. Frequent ear infections in children, and immune reactions like fevers and inflammations are common. Inflammation damages the gut wall, and sends a message to the stomach to stop producing acid and enzymes.

Putrefactive Intestine

Putrefaction, or decomposition of proteins by anaerobic microbes leads to toxicity and inflammation. Faeces are smelly with abnormal colours or consistency, and with constipation or diarrhoea. Even with one or more bowel movements a day there may be constipation when sticky faeces adhere to the walls of the intestine. Inflammation in the appendix area can result in total inhibition of peristalsis. Putrefaction produces highly toxic chemicals causing a complex of symptoms and disease.

Candida and other Parasites

Candida albicans can change its form from a relatively benign yeast into fungal forms with filaments that penetrate and irritate the membranes, giving thrush, allergies, inflammation and a host of disabling symptoms. It has recently been reported to live in the tissues of duodenal ulcers.[4] Candida produces alcohol and acetaldehyde which can displace B vitamins and produce shakiness, depression, exhaustion, and deterioration of all the cells of the body.

There are many more parasites and pathogens, like the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica, protozoan Giardia lamblia, nematodes, worms and others that find a home in the intestines. They attack cells directly and their waste products are also highly toxic. Giardia can produce serious ME -like symptoms. It reduces the immune complex Immunoglobulin A (IgA) which is the body’s first line of defence. The protozoan Endolimax nana is associated with reactive arthritis. It is ingested as a cyst and resides in the colon.

Dysbiosis

Putrefactive bacteria and dangerous micro-organisms may take control because of any combination of factors – antibiotics, stress, drugs, poor diet, poor digestion and so on. The result is a completely toxic environment, dysbiosis. It has been observed that in older people, beneficial bifidobacteria decrease, and toxic clostridia, enterobacteria and enterococci increase. This change goes along with a decrease in stomach acid.

Leaky gut (intestinal permeability)

The healthy mucosa acts as a physical barrier to harsh solids, bacteria and toxins. It holds secretory IgA and IgM, lysozyme enzyme that can lyse and destroy gram negative bacteria, and lactoferrin, an iron binding protein which deprives iron-thirsty organisms of iron. But it is damaged by the attack of corrosive toxins and oxidising chemicals. Fungal filaments and other parasites dislodge the cells and expose the underlying blood and lymph vessels. Sticky, putrefying intestinal contents can physically pull off protective mucus and many of the cells are exposed and die. The immune system initiates an inflammatory cascade, opening up the blood vessels and bringing more immune cells to the fight. Blood and lymph are exposed to the contents of the intestine, and toxins leak into the body.

Leaky gut syndrome is associated with coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Synott’s work in the 1930s showed that in insane patients at the New Jersey Sate Hospital there were large areas of destruction of intestinal mucosa, plus atrophy of the intestinal smooth muscle. This was significantly more than in the general population.[5] Leaky gut opens the door to all kinds of disease.

Intoxication and the low functioning liver

Toxins leaking through the gut are carried to the liver, where Glutathione system oxidises and breaks down toxins and neutralise the corrosive effect of oxidation. Liver enzymes are dependent on many nutrients and may simply be unable to deal with a large influx of poisons from the gut. Toxins from putrefaction can be deadly. For example:

An increased concentration of ammonia causes severe neurological symptoms resembling “hepatic coma, such as mental disturbances, characteristic tremor, and altered EEG pattern. . . (Ammonia) may even be involved with the malignant transformation of cells. . .” Phenol (carbolic acid) is both “a local corrosive and systemic poison” which can cause the death of the gastrointestinal mucosa, and cells of the liver and kidney.[5] Hydrogen sulphide (bad egg smell) is “as toxic as cyanide and interferes with the Glutathione system” as reported in the Lancet.[6]

Overwhelmed elimination

Toxins in the blood are normally eliminated though kidneys, colon, bile duct, lungs, mucus membranes and sweat glands, but may be overwhelmed. The skin may develop rashes, eczema or psoriasis, boils or acne. The lungs and all mucous membranes will be choked with copious, thick or infected mucus. Urine may smell strongly and bladder infections are likely. Diarrhoea may increase to a dangerous degree. The body will look off-colour, feel feverish, with aches and pains, and have all the symptoms of disease, without being able to point to a single causative factor. When elimination is really overwhelmed it shuts down, and the body dumps the toxicity in the weaker, less aware parts.

Disease

Disease results from the enormous variety of toxins and incompletely metabolised biochemicals saturating the tissues. When the body is toxic and stops eliminating, it is in serious trouble. The nervous system is very vulnerable. Eleven independent laboratories found at least five times more skatole from putrefaction in the urine of schizophrenics than in normal subjects.[7] The stressed immune system may go haywire producing autoimmune diseases. The weakest organs and systems fail and ME or MS and the whole host of degenerative diseases develop. In cancer, a diseased organ or tissue sealed off in a tumour could be a last-ditch way of the body trying to cope with the effects of toxicity. There are hundreds of diseases that have been directly related to low Glutathione levels.

Reversing the Toxic Spiral

IMPROVING ELIMINATION

Water

All water is not the same. The best reverse osmosis filters take out a majority of the pollutants as does distilling. Boiled or distilled water has a low surface tension, which carries toxins to be eliminated. A high mineral content is not useful as the surface tension is high.

Clearing Nutrients and Herbs for kidneys, lungs and skin

The first and most important supplement is Glutathione.  Also Vitamin C is a detoxifier and transporter. Niacin causes a beneficial flushing of blood. Dandelion is a tonic and stimulant for the kidneys, and heals ulceration and inflammations in the urinary system. Ginger stimulates blood circulation and sweating, is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Burdock root increases urination and disperses congestion in the lungs. Sarsaparilla is diuretic, eliminates uric acid and chlorides, and increases sweating.

Detoxification and Healing the Liver

Milk Thistle contains some of the most potent liver-protecting substances known, some more strongly antioxidant than vitamin E. Some are anti-inflammatory and able to block the formation of leukotrienes which can damage the liver. Some stimulate protein synthesis, making new liver cells. Milk thistle protects against liver damage caused by carbon tetrachloride, and even the deathcap mushroom. In humans, studies have shown very positive effects on liver diseases including chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.[5]

Burdock root, a primary liver cleanser, also used for boils, septic states, fever and inflammations. Dandelion rootstimulates liver repair and renewal, increases bile and is laxative. Psoriasis sufferers have high levels of circulating endotoxins. When given endotoxin-binding saponins from Sarsaparilla, 62% were improved and 18% were completely cleared of psoriasis.[8] Yellow dock increases bile, reduces inflammation and is a mucus, blood & liver cleanser, clearing liver congestion.

Diet is known to affect the efficiency of liver enzymes.[9]

 

Nutrients for Cytochrome P450 
Vitamin A, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folate
Flavonoids
Iron, Molybdenum
Branched-chain amino acids
Phospholipids
Oligosaccharides

Nutrients for Conjugation
B5
Glutathione, L-cysteine, N-acetyl cysteine
Glycine

Possible source
multivitamin
C with bioflavonoids, fruit, berries
multimineral
good protein digestion
lecithin
Probiotic formulae with fructo- oligosaccharides
    
multivitamin, B Complex
antioxidant formula
    
good protein digestion

The best antioxidant formulations should contain:
Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, C, E, B2
Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese,
Glutathione, L-cysteine, N-acetyl cysteine
Anthocyanidins, Pycnogenol, Sylimarin (Milk Thistle)
Curcumins (turmeric) and/or Thiols (Garlic)

Curcumins and Boswellia are also excellent anti-inflammatories

COLON CLEANSING AND HEALING LEAKY GUT

Healing Fibres

Linseed, or flax, a bulking fibre, contains antispasmodic glycosides, preventing muscle spasms. It is high in essential fatty acids, and uniquely high in linolenic acid (omega 3), the biochemical precursor to the body’s anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. So it calms the irritation of IBS, colitis and leaky gut. The omega oils are also essential for all cell membranes, particularly the mucosa.

Psyllium Husks produce a soft, cooling, lubricating, mucus-clearing gel which absorbs poisons and reduces inflammation. They have a long history of use in dysentery, diarrhoea and constipation, increasing the bacterial mass and normalising intestinal flow.

Slippery Elm protects the intestinal walls from acids and toxins and is used in treatment of ulcers and inflammation, diarrhoea and constipation.

Fennel seed, an excellent infant ‘gripe water’, is calming and warming, relieving cramps, colic and flatulence. The Chinese have used it treat intestinal obstruction. It contains anethole oil, an antiseptic and local anti-inflammatory.

Fenugreek seed makes a soothing, bulky, warming mucilage good for inflamed conditions of the stomach and intestines. It has been used for wounds, boils, sores, fistulas and tumours. It balances appetite, improves assimilation, and corrects blood sugar problems.

L-Glutamine is needed to support the enormous turnover of intestinal cells. Important for healing ulceration, it is now being used from 5 to 40 grams daily to prevent and stimulate healing of leaky gut.[10]

Aloe Vera is an important healer of all skins, but especially the gut mucosa. It is detoxifying, encourages beneficial bacteria, is anti-viral and immune enhancing.

Uncaria tomentosaCat’s Claw, is anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagen and a cleanser of the digestive system. It has been used for IBS, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, ulcers and many more imbalances.

Glucosamine is needed to make glycoproteins, which form a protective transport medium of a mucous coat in the gut wall. It promotes the growth of Bifidobacteria but blocks the progress of Candida in the mucosa.[11]

Butyric Acid is a short chain fatty acid produced in the intestine by bacteria from fibre. It is needed for the regrowth of the cells of the gut wall and the normal functioning of the mucosa. It has been used as a supplement, but correcting the fibre and bacterial balance would be a more permanent solution.[12]

Probiotics and Ecobiotics

Probiotic[13], means ‘pro-life’, compared with the antibiotic approach of killing indiscriminately. Ecobiotics means treating the intestinal flora as an ecosystem that needs to be understood and worked with as a complex living whole. Even in healthy people there are hundreds of different species of bacteria, including pathogenic ones, plus yeasts, protozoa and fungi. It is a complex ecology, like a rainforest teeming with life.

The beneficial bacteria manufacture B vitamins – B2, B3, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid and vitamin K, providing some for the body. They make lactase for digesting milk sugar, and can extract calcium from milk. Some help with the digestion of proteins, sugars and even cellulose, producing significant amounts of amino acids, lipids and other basic food molecules. As one probiotic researcher commented “The metabolic activity of the gut bacteria is potentially equal to that of the liver”.[14]

Probiotic bacteria promote acid conditions in the intestines, deterring putrefactive bacteria. They also produce specific agents like hydrogen peroxide, which inhibit and kill pathogenic bacteria, and natural ‘antibiotics’ with names like acidophilin, acidolin, lactobacillin and bifidin. Acidophilin was found to be strongly active against many organisms, but not toxic to Lactobacilli or to human cells.[15] Bifidobacteria normally found in the colon, successfully attack virulent Shigella organisms which can penetrate and damage the intestinal wall causing dysentery.[16] Many diseases, including autoimmune diseases, like ankylosing spodylitis and rheumatoid arthritis, can be improved by probiotics.[17]

Following antibiotics, it is important to take not only a single ‘superstrain’, but the whole range of beneficial bacteria by eating yoghurt and lactic fermented vegetables. The transient species can be very important in maintaining ecobiotic health.

Lactobacillus salivarius is perhaps the most exciting friendly bacterium, since it digests protein, clearing up potential allergens, intestinal toxicity and inhibiting pathogens. Endotoxins, released from the cell walls of certain pathogenic bacteria are thought to play a major role in gout, arthritis and psoriasis. Salivarius will digest and remove endotoxins from the gut.

Fructo-oligosaccharides are chains of sugar-type molecules found in fruit, vegetables and grains. They are resistant to human digestive enzymes, but are food for Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. Alone, they can increase the beneficial flora in the intestine.[18]

Clearing Candida, Fungi and Other Parasites

Grapefruit Seed Extract deals effectively with all kinds of infection and putrefaction. Dr. Leo Galland, the expert on natural treatment of intestinal diseases, said, “What’s in there that makes it work really isn’t known. Whatever it does, it does it without debilitating side effects (and) has the advantage of being very safe”. Of 297 cases of Candidiasis he treated with grapefruit seed extract, only two achieved less than excellent results. Studies have shown it to be effective against many virulent disease-causing bacteria, many fungi, most protozoa, and a number of viruses, including Herpes simplex, measles and an influenza virus. Amazingly, there is little activity against the beneficial inhabitants of the colon, and none against Bifidobacteria.

Atopic eczema patients, all with intermittent diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, bloating and abdominal discomfort were treated with dilute grapefruit seed extract. A similar pattern of reduced pathogenic bacteria, yeasts and fungi was achieved as in a parallel group of patients treated with antibiotics and anti-fungal medicines, except that there were no side effects, and no loss of beneficial bacteria with the grapefruit seed extract.[19]

Artemisia traditionally used in malaria, lymphocytic meningitis, hepatitis, and nephritis, is strongly anti-fungal, effective against Giardia lamblia, and putrefactive bacteria.

Pulsatilla Chinensis is effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas, Giardia, Entamoeba, Trichomonas, several fungal infections and Candida. In China it is used against amoebic dysentery, both acute and chronic.

Barberry’s main active ingredient, berberine is used in even severe cases of dysentery, including infection by Cholera, Entamoeba, Giardia, Shigella, Salmonella, Candida and Klebsiella. It has been used in India and China for 3000 years and confirmed in recent experiments.[20] It stimulates the immune system by increasing blood supply to the spleen and activating macrophages to consume parasites.[21]

Prunus Mume is antibiotic and anti-fungal, and has been used in treating infections that follow prolonged antibiotic therapy. It is a traditional remedy for expelling roundworm, hookworm and other parasites.

Ginger has a reported 70% cure rate of bacillary dysentery within seven days. It is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Zanthoxylum eliminates roundworm and pinworm, relieves abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Rhizoma Coptidis, from the Chinese tradition, contains berberine. It also reduces inflammation and is used in treatment of inflamed colon, dysentery and anal fissures.

Calcium Magnesium Caprylate is known to be an efficient way of killing fungal Candida, while not inhibiting bacteria.

Pau D’Arco is a South America tree bark, long used to fight infections and strengthen immunity. It has a strong anti-fungal and anti-Candida effect.

Thyme, Rosemary and Lemon Balm (Melissa officinale) are three common herbs which have proven Candida-killing ingredients and a history of use in soothing and disinfecting the digestive system.

Garlic is highly antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti parasite, garlic encourages the growth of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria.

Vitamin C supports the immune system and is active against viruses and bacteria. Acting along with bioflavonoids and anthocyanidins, it increases the strength of the collagen connective tissue of the gut lining.

Clearing Allergy and Fasting

The first objective in clearing allergy is to identify the allergens in food. The immediate and strong IgE reactions are easily spotted and tested, but the delayed reactions of IgG to food in the gut or in blood are notoriously difficult, and require an ELISA test of many foods across all four IgGs. The laboratory must prove that it is better than 95% reliable, or reproducible, and any practitioner should not base an allergy programme on less reliable data. The results of simply cutting out the indicated foods and instituting a rotation diet are usually dramatic and promote deep reversals of symptoms and disease states. Healing leaky gut and toxicity is so much easier when the pressure is off the immune system.

Fasting rests the digestive processes, and has been the central therapeutic method in Naturopathy. Fasting will change the body’s biochemistry and encourage more detoxification. The best kind of fast for detoxification is one which retains fibre, vitamins and minerals and cuts out concentrated fats and oils, proteins, starches and sugars, the salt and all flavourings and sauces. A raw or steamed vegetable diet is ideal, with fruit, and as much water or herb tea as required. The distress of healing crises can be avoided by understanding the gradual and thorough approach to healing.

Concentrated protein and starch combining is not recommended for a cleansing diet and neither is concentrated protein with fruit. Vegetable protein is generally not concentrated and may be already naturally combined with proteins, oils, sugars and fibre. For those who are less sensitive, layering the meal works – eating protein first and then starch.

Complete Digestion

Digestion takes place through the action of enzymes from saliva, stomach, pancreas and small intestine secretions. The breakdown process produces smaller molecules, like amino acids, fatty acids and sugars, which are absorbed mainly through the gut wall into blood and lymph for delivery to all the cells of the body. Improvement in digestion comes from better food, a calm and well-chewed meal. But a direct approach is to add a supplemental digestive aid containing digestive enzymes and plant substances known to stimulate and support the body’s own production of enzymes:

Betaine HCI is a source of stomach acid needed for digestion of protein and absorption of minerals.
Protease is a group of enzymes for digestion of protein into peptides, ready for splitting into amino acids.
Lactase is the enzyme for digestion of milk sugar, lactose.
Lipase helps in the breakdown of fats.
Amylase helps in the breakdown of starches and sugars.
Cellulase helps in the breakdown of cellulose fibre.
Papain is a natural extract of the papaya fruit which digests proteins and starches. It needs less acid than our own stomach enzymes and is soothing to the stomach.
Bromelain from pineapple has been used successfully to reduce the effects of food allergy and intolerance.
American Ginseng tones the stomach, pancreas and intestine. It stimulates enzyme production and normalises appetite.
Fenugreek supports the pancreas, controls appetite and balances the blood sugar cycle.
Gentian root is an anti-inflammatory and bitter digestive stimulant for bile, improving the digestion of fats and oils.

No Drugs

There is not one drug that the body is deficient of. Imagine an aspirin deficiency or an antibiotic deficiency. Allopathic drugs are foreign to human biochemistry. There are ways to rebalance using herbs, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and food.

No Stress

Stress must be reduced by lifestyle changes. A daily formula for stress should include raising vitamin C by several grams, a high B Complex with extra B5, extra Magnesium, Zinc and Calcium. ‘Adaptogenic’ herbs such as Ginseng and Astragalus increase endurance and vitality and reduce the negative effects of stress.

Optimum Nutrition – a few reminders

– Fresh vegetables and fruit for vitality, nutrients and fibre.
– Avoid processed food.
– Concentrated protein can make powerful toxins.
– Grains and pulses are good sources of low concentration protein.
– Starchy are a far better energy source than sugary food. (Avoid added sugar.)
– Avoid fried food or cooking with lard, polyunsaturated oil or margarine.
– Olive oil is stable and is best for cooking.
– Alcohol, coffee and tea are best avoided during cleansing.
– Cow’s milk contains growth promoters, hormones, antibiotics and other toxins.
– Water, fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and grain coffees are the best drinks during cleansing.
– A complete range of micronutrients is needed to complete the healthy cycle.

Health

The result of reversing the toxic spiral is to move towards health. Health is not simply the absence of disease, it is a process with stages and levels. When a whole territory of disease and health is mapped, the potential for healing is enormously increased.

 

If Healing is Possible Consider in to be Within Your Reach,

John Lieurance, DC, ND

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cystein and Glutathione Production #3

Sick people have lower levels of glutathione than the general public. Foods that boost glutathione levels can help sick people purge toxic substances from their body and quench inflamation.

Glutathione plays a major role in inactivating toxic substances. How?

Your body “handcuffs” toxins to a glutathione chaperone through a process called conjugation. Several glutathione containing enzymes are involved.

Your body then excretes the toxin handcuffed to glutathione out of the body—usually via the kidneys and urine.

Not only do sick people have low levels of Glutathione they also need a constant supply of glutathione.

Asparagus, avocados, raw milk and walnuts are rich sources of glutathione. Eating these raw foods that boost glutathione may help. RAW is the key here and undenatured.

Remember, taking glutathione supplements orally do not boost glutathione levels in the blood so don’t waste money buying pills. Read why GlutaGenics products work so well.

Supplying the building blocks of Glutathione

Glutathione contains the following 3 amino acids linked together: Glutamate—cysteine–glycine.

Cysteine is the scarcest of these 3 amino acids. So, by eating foods that are rich in cysteine, a sulphur-containing amino acid, you help boost your levels of glutathione.

Foods containing high levels of sulfur-containing amino acids include raw eggs, garlic, onions and fresh unprocessed meats.

 

ROLE OF UNDENATURED WHEY PROTEIN

Undenatured whey protein aids in glutathione production because it contains cysteine, an amino acid that builds the antioxidant in your body. The importance of undenatured versions are best because their protein content has not been altered. A disruption to the protein in whey decreases the glutathione increasing benefits. Undenatured whey protein is a better choice than cysteine supplementation because dietary forms of the amino acid are more efficient at increasing glutathione than the amino acids themselves, according to the journal “Clinical and Investigative Medicine.” This is because cysteine supplements may break down in your digestive tract before your cells are able to use them to make glutathione.

Read more on Whey Protein and Glutathione

 Unfortunately, glutathione supplements taken orally are very poorly absorbed and have not raised glutathione levels in the blood. That is why GlutaGenic only utilizes delivery systems that will absorb. Our products are also shipped cold which is important as well as this molecule is sensitive to heat.

 

In contrast, the glutathione precursor, N-acetyl-cystine provides sufficient sulphur containing amino acid (a duo or dimer of cysteine) to boost glutathione levels. NAC is readily absorbed and has helped AIDS patients boost their glutathione levels (DeRosa et al., 2000). I’ve taken NAC personally and felt it helped.

READ MORE ON NAC HERE

Foods that boost glutathione levels.

Several foods boost glutathione levels. For example, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower all contain cyanohydroxybutene which increases glutathione levels.

Avocados, peaches, and watermelon are also reported to raise glutathione levels.

A study of Air Force pilots in England after WWII revealed that bilberry jam improves night vision. Further studies indicate that bilberry extracts boost glutathione production and support higher glutathione levels in the eyes. Glutathione is an essential nutrient for optimal vision. Thus, bilberry preserves or jam is another food that boosts glutathione levels.

Several spices including cinnamon, cardamom and curcumin found in turmeric raise glutathione levels.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) promotes the synthesis of glutathione in the body. Food sources of ALA include spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, Brussels sprouts, and rice bran. Real Hellman’s Mayonnaise also provides 660 mg of ALA per 1 tablespoon.

Selenium forms part of critical enzymes in detox pathways

Selenium is required for several glutathione-based enzymes during detoxification. That is, these enzymes link or “handcuff” the toxin with glutathione.

If you’re low in selenium, then your body can’t produce optimal levels of detoxifying glutathione-based enzymes.

One of the richest sources of selenium is brazil nuts (from brazil). You can easily snack on 2-4 nuts daily to get your 150-200 mcg of selenium. Brazil nuts can be purchased from many health food stores.

Other sources of selenium are foods grown on selenium-rich soil, including other nuts, grains, meats, as well as most seafood.

Boosting glutathione levels can provided you with a much needed break from pain. Many physicians  recommend an iv infusion of glutathione and vitamin C, however this is costly and makes less sense when you look at suppositories. An IV gives you a peak plasma over an hour to an hour and a half. Suppositories can be taken daily and peak plasma is over 3-5 hours which gives your body (cells) a chance to absorb them. Improving Glutathione can make pain  from arthritis decreased dramatically.

I suggest that you include all of these foods that boost glutathione levels into your diet as well as supplement with Glutathione.

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Until next week!

Yours in Health,

John Lieurance, DC, ND

Secret Number 4: Detoxify

Why Our Health Depends on Methylation and Glutathione.

In the simplest terms, maintaining life can be viewed as the ability to resist oxidation. Oxygen is essential to life, but oxygen is like fire. It can be very damaging and needs to be controlled by antioxidants, known as “reducing” molecules. Balancing reduction and oxidation—or redoxis the fundamental challenge of life. What’s great about that word, redox, is that it shows that they are profoundly linked and we need both. Once you understand this relationship, it leads to all kinds of new insights.

Aging is essentially a process of gradual oxidation, and our health as we age depends on successfully quenching that oxidation. Finally, many diseases are linked to high levels of oxidation and low levels of glutathione—from schizophrenia to major depression, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and most chronic autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases.

There are essentially 6 ways your liver clears toxins from your body.

Acylation, Glucuronidation, Methylation, Sulfation, Acetylation, & Glutathione Conjugation.

I’m not going to bore you with all of them but focus on some important points.

Lets first look at Glutathione Conjugation. Glutathione Conjugation attaches toxins to glutathione and eliminate poisons in the liver, lungs, intestines and kidneys. Glutathione is made of a sulfur helix compound which acts like fly paper and sticking to toxins then carrying them out of the body.

Glutathione helps the body get rid of a wide variety of chemical compounds including aromatic disulphides, paththalene and anthracene. By the way heavy metals like mercury and lead seriously deplete levels of glutathione. The next major process is methylation.

Methylation: Attaches toxins to the amino acid methionine. This process occurs in every cell of the body and helps the body get rid of excess hormones and neurotransmitters, including steroidal hormones like estrogen, adrenaline, dopamine, melatonin, histamine and serotonin. It also helps eliminate homecysteine, a compound associated with increased risk of heart disease. A variety of chemicals (amines, phenols, etc.) are also eliminated through methylation.

Methylation and glutathione are very tightly intertwined. There is a critical metabolic intersection—a fork in the road—where cells must decide to either make more glutathione, or support more methylationThe overall balance between these two options is crucial to health.

 Your body can take homocysteine and convert it back to cysteine. Homocysteine is a metabolite of the essential amino acid methionine, and elevated levels have been associated with vascular disease. Homocysteine is created when methionine donates its methyl group to another molecule in a process known as methylation.

Methylation can regulate gene expression, protein function, even RNA metabolismIt can suppress viruses, even latent viruses.  In the liver in particular, methylating a toxin helps change it to a form of the compound that can be more easily processed and excreted.

 Methylation is an extremely broad and fundamental action that nature uses to regulate all kinds of processes. It regulates GENETIC changes—changes to gene expression that occur because of environmental factors—by affecting how DNA unravels during development. Some changes can be permanent for the whole lifespan and can even be passed down as many as three generations. That shows that the environment, through the process of methylation, can be quite a profound influence. Glutathione regulates Methylation! 

Too little glutathione and we will end up with free radical, oxidative damage. Not enough methylation, and many genes and viruses will not be properly regulated. Excess homocysteine, and the risk of vascular disease goes up.

 It’s important to understand that multiple factors impinge on the same system. What’s so important here is that the glutathione antioxidant system is a common target for so many different environmental toxins and infections. Every single one of them impinges on the glutathione system. It’s not that each molecule of mercury or lead picks off one glutathione molecule. No. It’s that in general, environmental assaults inhibit the enzymes that are responsible for keeping the glutathione in its reduced antioxidant state, where it can do its job. This is why I stress the importance of using Glutathione as a supplement. It’s one of the few substances when taken right you will feel the difference.

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Some people sail through these toxic stressors and remain healthy, while others stumble and fall.  Much of it revolves around detoxification and Glutathione.

Nature allows, and even encourages, genetic variation, and the bottom line is that some people are genetically more venerable with less Glutathione.

So now we have some facts about how your body or liver detoxify and how Glutathione works lets look at some basic applications you can use in your life to detoxify. Using Glutathione product like GlutaMax Suppositories can be a great way to detoxify. I recommend that they be taken before bed each night. The benefit of this is that they slowly dissolve over a 5 hour period which allows your cells and most importantly your liver to soak it up. Unlike Glutathione IV’s which have a peak blood level over 1 hour then you will urinate the rest out. The Glutathione suppositories are also being absorbed while you are in the regenerative phase of sleep.  Besides taking GlutaMax there is also nebulizing GlutaGenesis. This is a liquid and when nebulized you absorb the glutathione through the lungs. See Nebulizing Glutathione for more on this. I’ve found that nebulizing can be more effective for detoxifying the lungs, sinus’ and the brain. Nebulizing for 5 minutes once a day for 30 days is usually a great program to clear toxins from these area’s.

Coffee and Glutathione enemas. 

From these researches and studies, more data and proof of the health benefits of the coffee enemas liver detox treatment was discovered. The procedure is considered as a low volume enema. This means that the coffee beans and its nutrients are not capable of travelling beyond the sogmoid colon, which a part of the large intestine. In turn, this means that this type of enema is perfect safe for use at home, and many people are starting to administer their coffee enemas in the comfort of their own home.

Now, you might already be wondering how it is that coffee enemas are being used for liver detoxification? Well, I will tell you how.

While the coffee enema is being retained in the bowel (for an optimum period ranging from 12-15 minutes), all of the body’s blood passes through the liver every 3 minutes. The hemorrhoidal blood vessels dilate from exposure to the caffeine, in turn the liver’s portal veins dilate too. Simultaneously, the bile ducts expand with the blood, the bile flow increases, and the smooth muscles of these internal organs relax. The blood serum and its many components get detoxified as this vital fluid passes through the individual’s caffeinated liver. The quart of water being retained in the bowel stimulates the visceral nervous system promoting peristalsis. So much water delivered through the bowel dilutes the bile, and causes an even greater increase in bile flow. There is a flushing of toxic bile which is further improved by the body’s glutathione.

Using High Potency Glutathione in your Coffee enema is a great way of making a standard Coffee enema super charged. GlutaGeneic offers a 10 ml bottle of L-Glutathione for this very purpose. 4-5 ml is sufficient for adding to your prepared enema. Keep in mind that the glutathione will break down in heat so you will want to add it to your enema last and don’t let it sit for longer than 10 minutes.
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I hope you see the importance of Glutathione in detoxification of our body. In today’s age when theres 10,000 man made chemicals and counting we really need a good way to get them out of our body as we are exposed to them every day.
Until next week, Beleive in your body’s ability to detoxify, I do!
John Lieurance, DC, ND

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