From wildfire smoke to a pandemic virus….our lungs are under attack from all angles. Whether or not you’ve been feeling the eﬀects on your breathing and your chest, there’s still a chance that you might in the near future. I have a friend that is currently watching fires encroach upon her town in Colorado. She is not under evacuation yet, but without rain or snow in the forecast, that is a definite possibility for her. Add that to the risk of Covid-19 and there can be some issues to worry about. Especially with your lungs.
So listen up. Airborne irritants (like cigarette smoke or pollution or wildfires) create free radicals and oxidative stress in your lungs that cause inflammation and damage.
Infections do a similar thing. Your body’s best defense?
Antioxidants….and especially glutathione!
Glutathione is called the “master antioxidant” because it not only fights free radicals directly but also recycles other antioxidants—like vitamins C and E, alpha-lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10. You have read or heard me talk about oxidative stress and it’s association with chronic inflammation and disease. Glutathione may be one of the easiest and most cost eﬀective ways of fighting oﬀ oxygen reactive species that create free radicals. The class I gave on Glutathione can be found here:
Our cells can make glutathione, but individuals diﬀer in their ability to do so. Some people have genetic variations that compromise glutathione production. Others may just be under so much toxic stress that they can’t keep up. Alcohol depletes glutathione, so if you’re a drinker, you may be at a disadvantage here.
What does inadequate glutathione feel like? How about fatigue, the number one complaint I hear from almost every client involved in my health coaching. You get brain fog, lack of focus, muscle fatigue, muscle aches, body aches and pain, chronic inflammation and chronic disease formation.
That’s when supplementation can help.
But don’t just grab any glutathione oﬀ the shelf. Glutathione is not easily absorbed when taken orally, so be sure to look for liposomal glutathione if taking a pill. Here is an option for you to consider for taking an oral liposomal glutathione supplement.
Another option is to load up on glutathione’s precursor—n-acetylcysteine (NAC). It’s not as direct as taking glutathione, but it’s a more economic option. Here is an oral supplement for NAC:
However, if you’ve watched my videos or read my blog posts, I am a believer in injectable supplements that get into the blood stream to bypass liver metabolism and interact directly with your receptors. L-Glutathione can be injected and comes in a 10 dose and 30 dose vial for injection. If that speaks to you, get in touch with me and I’ll make it happen for you.
In short, glutathione is the most powerful of the antioxidants and helps protect the mitochondria in your cells. Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of cells and direct cells that are damaged to “commit suicide” through apoptosis. Protecting your mitochondria is key to reduce the eﬀects of aging for your overall health. Gluathione does just that.
In addition to consideration of glutathione, incorporate these 5 things into your daily routine to improve your lung health:
- Don’t smoke or stop smoking if you You know the risks of lung cancer, but even worse is the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
- Exercise aerobically to increase your breathing rate and improve lung
- Avoid air pollutants. Clean your home, use essential oils with diﬀusers instead of synthetic air fresheners/candles and use natural cleaning
- Stay away from In other words, wash your hands. Frequently.
- Do deep breathing exercises to increase your lung vital Take deep breaths to a count of 4-6 and then take twice as long to exhale those breaths.
If you have questions about supporting your lung health, drop them in the comments below! If you need health coaching, send me a message through
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