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Glutathione – The Secret Key to Treating Autoimmune Disease?

If you’re living with any autoimmune disease, the key to balancing your immune system and reducing flare-ups might be in a supplement you’ve never heard of!

Have Dietary Supplements Failed You In the Past?

If you’ve already tried numerous dietary supplements without success, you’re not alone, and I don’t blame you at all for being skeptical. The problem is, there are far too many low-quality dietary supplements on the market that don’t help your situation and may, in fact, make it worse.

Glutathione is different. It’s not an all-in-one supplement, and it’s not a “miracle cure”. In fact, glutathione doesn’t even work when you take it orally, but there IS something you can take orally that will raise your body’s glutathione levels naturally, and THAT could be the secret key to improving your health!

What Is Glutathione?

Glutathione is a molecule crafted from three amino acids. These amino acids are l-cysteine, l-glutamic acid, and glycine. The hidden power of this molecule lies in its high degrees of sulfur. The sulfur acts as a free-radical hunting soldier within your body, drawing free radicals, toxins, mercury, and other heavy metals out, so they can be properly flushed away.

Now, you may see glutathione supplements marketed in numerous oral forms; however, they do not deliver glutathione in your system in a large enough quantity to be effective.

And, if you’re living with an autoimmune disease, you are probably severely deficient in this molecule. That is why, irrespective of what number of antioxidant supplements you’ve tried, you still haven’t been able to get your symptoms under control.

L-cysteine is the amino acid that dictates how much glutathione we can produce in our bodies, and it’s difficult to get as much as we need from diet alone.

There are two primary reasons for this:

  1. Our food just doesn’t have the same nutritional density it once did.

  2. Those with autoimmune disease often have digestive disorders that make it difficult to absorb the nutrients from the food they eat.

In an ideal world, there would be no such thing as “nutritional deficiencies”. We’d all be healthy and the word ‘autoimmune disease’ (or any disorder for that matter) probably wouldn’t exist.

However, if you’re like most modern human beings, a combination of poor diet, stress, insufficient sleep, chemical pollution, infections, and trauma have plummeted your natural vitamin stores to extreme lows.

To fight this, it is essential to eat a healthful, nutritious diet and decrease as much stress and pollution as possible.

Diet

For people with an autoimmune disorder, sulfur-rich foods can be of great benefit.

These foods include:

  • Kale

  • Collard greens

  • Cauliflower

  • Watercress

  • Whey protein

  • Broccoli

  • Garlic

  • Onions

  • Cabbage

However, since we mentioned before that even the healthiest diet can fall short of providing all the nutrients your body needs, it’s important to help your body produce more glutathione.

Whey Protein

You can do this by taking organic, bioactive whey protein. It is an excellent supply of l-cysteine, and, as you’ve learned, l-cysteine is what helps your body produce more glutathione, which, in turn, helps you detoxify your system of the free radicals that can worsen your symptoms and bring about flare-ups.

When choosing a whey protein, be sure that it says “undenatured” on the label, in other words, not broken down. Mix it with organic, whole milk without hormones or antibiotics. (Milk substitute is fine if you’re lactose intolerant, just be sure it’s organic and has as few additives and preservatives as possible.)

L-Cysteine Supplements

Alternatively, adding an l-cysteine supplement to your diet can help raise your glutathione levels. Again, choose a non-GMO supplement that’s free of unnecessary (and potentially flare-triggering) additives and preservatives.

Exercise

Another way to increase glutathione levels naturally is to exercise. However, if you’re living with an autoimmune disease, working out may be the last thing on your mind due to pain and fatigue.

The good news is you don’t have to embark on a strenuous exercise routine to enhance your glutathione levels. You can start slowly by taking a short walk or spend some time in a pool at a nearby fitness center. As your glutathione levels increase, you may be able to also increase the amount of time you’re able to exercise.

Ideally, you should work up to 30 minutes a day, 3 days per week of moderate to vigorous exercise.

Important Notes: Some people with autoimmune disease and other chronic conditions are exercise intolerant. Before starting a new exercise routine, talk with your doctor. Also, talk with your doctor before trying any new supplement as there could be drug contraindications. Furthermore, if you’re allergic to sulfur, don’t take any supplements containing it without the express approval of your doctor.

Autoimmune disease is a lifelong struggle, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be put into remission. Raising your glutathione levels can be one way to accomplish this, so you can live a happier, healthier, more productive life!

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