Friday, April 29, 2011

Glutathion detoxes the Liver

The liver filters everything ingested by the body and converts any toxins into water-soluble chemicals that are expelled in urine, bile, or stool. This generally occurs in a two-phase process.

For example, imagine a clean sponge that represents your body and a bowl of pure, clean water that represent the nutrients and vitamins your body needs. If you first submerge the sponge in a bowl of muddy water (toxins) and then extract the “toxin-filled” sponge and place it into a bowl of pure, clean water, how much of the pure, clean water (nutrients) do you think it will be able to absorb? Not much, right? However, if you first thoroughly wring out the muddy water and clean it completely (detoxification through the liver) then submerge it into the clean water, you will obviously get much better results absorbing the nutrients your body needs.

That is the effect glutathione has on our liver and its ability to act as a detoxifier. With glutathione taking a central role in our daily detoxification program our liver has the means to extract the toxins from our cells. They are then more readily available to absorb nutrients and perform necessary functions that promote better health.

Everywhere in the body where free radicals are found causing you to get old or sick
Gluiathione mops them up and removes them. It is hightly concentrated in the lens of your eyes and protects them from damaging UV rays. Another example is the heart.
The enzyme gluiathion perioxidase detoxes the lipids that accumulate in the veins.
It can also be found detoxing the lungs from inhaled enviormental chemical
such as the ones found from Japan.

1. Koch D., “How to promote phase two liver detoxification.”
2. “Liver Detoxification Phase II Support.”

GLUTATHIONE detox and antioxidant

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Wht is the most important molecule you will ever need to stay healthy and prevent disease ? I bet you've probably never heard of it. It's the secret to prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles written on this -- but your doc doesn't have any pharmacutical drug to help you with this deficiency in your body as you age.

What is it? I'm talking about the daddy of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system: GLUTATHIONE (pronounced "gloota-thigh-own").

The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione.
Without Gluthathione your body becomes susceptible sickness and free radical,infections and cancer. And your liver gets overloaded and damaged, making it unable to do its job of detoxification.

Gluthathion deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients. These include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, cancer, chronic infections, autoimmune disease, diabetes, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, asthma, kidney problems, liver disease and more.
To be healed from these chronic disease you must increase your levels and the authors of those 76,000 medical articles on glutathione I mentioned earlier have found the same thing!

So in today's blog I want to explain what glutathione is, why it's important and give you 9 tips that will help you optimize your glutathione levels, improve your detoxification system and protect help yourself from chronic illness.

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three simple building blocks of protein or amino acids -- cysteine, glycine and glutamine.

The secret of its power is the sulfur (SH) chemical groups it contains. Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule. It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals.

Normally glutathione is used up and then remade right in the body -- except when the toxic load becomes too great. And that explains why you might have a chronic disease... Our DNA was made in a time before the 80,000 toxic industrial chemicals found in our environment today were introduced into our world, before electromagnetic radiation was everywhere and before we polluted our skies, lakes, rivers, oceans and teeth with mercury and lead.

Because most of our grandparents didn't require additional detoxification software, almost of half of the population now has a limited capacity to get rid of toxins. These people are missing GSTM1 function -- one of the most important genes needed in the process of creating and recycling glutathione in the body.

Nearly all my very sick patients are missing this gene. The one-third of our population that suffers from chronic disease is missing this essential gene.

The Importance of Glutathione in Protecting Against Chronic Illness. Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals. After this happens, the body just remakes the glutathione molecule and we youn are back in business.

However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. Then the glutathione becomes depleted and you can no longer protect
yourself against free radicals, infections, or cancer. Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool -- and out of your body.

And lastly, it also helps us reach peak mental and physical function. Research has shown that raised glutathione levels decrease muscle damage, reduce recovery time, increase strength and endurance and shift metabolism from fat production to muscle development.

In fact, the top British medical journal, the Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly. (ii)

Keeping yourself healthy, boosting your performance, preventing disease and aging well depends on keeping your glutathione levels high. I'll say it again ... Glutathione is so important because it is responsible for keeping so many of the keys to UltraWellness optimized.

It is critical for immune function and controlling inflammation. It is the master detoxifier and the body's main antioxidant, protecting our cells and making our energy metabolism run well.

And the good news is that consuming sulfur -rich food will boost glutathion naturally. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.)
All of these food are found in my liquid light smoothies. So starting you
day with a Liquid Light smoothie will optimize your wellness.

2. Try bioactive whey protein as a protein in you Liquid Light Smoothies. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. As you know, I am not a big fan of dairy. But this is an exception -- with a few warnings. The whey protein MUST be bioactive and made from non-denatured proteins ("denaturing" refers to the breakdown of the normal protein structure). Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics.

Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body's own antioxidant defenses. Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports. Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.

Take Glutathione Supporting Supplements

One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein -- so you wouldn't get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients and you CAN take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione. Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting my glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing I do every day for my personal health.

4. N-acetyl-cysteine. This has been used for years to help treat asthma and lung disease and to treat people with life-threatening liver failure from Tylenol overdose. In fact, I first learned about it in medical school while working in the emergency room. It is even given to prevent kidney damage from dyes used during x-ray studies.

5. Alpha lipoic acid. This is a close second to glutathione in importance in our cells and is involved in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. The body usually makes it, but given all the stresses we are under, we often become depleted.

6. Methylation nutrients (folate and vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione. Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body. Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P) and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin).

7. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione.

8. A family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to recycle glutathione.

9. Milk thistle (silymarin) has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels.

So use these nine tips and see how they work to help you optimzie your glutathione levels. When you do, you will take one more step to lifelong vibrant health.

Now I'd like to hear from you...

Radiation from Japan -- should we fear?

Many of you over the last few weeks have asked me for an update on radiation levels in Colorado.There is radiation all around us now. It’s in the air, the water, and our food. The only thing we can do about it is be smart, eat mineral rich foods, and take supplements that can help cleanse and detoxify the body.

The Berkeley Nuclear Physics department measures alpha, beta and gamma rays. You can look at all these food readings here:]. Another place to confirm these readings, is have been almost exactly the same as well. The good news is that it’s dispersed. The bad is that there was a massive nuclear disaster and it’s still leaking radiation that shouldn’t be in the environment at all. The increase was 18,000%.

Now, if there was an 18,000% increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, this would be a massive problem (I actually don’t think it’s mathematically possible.)But, an 18,000% increase of radiation in rainwater, as awful as it sounds, isn’t really that much. It very tiny. When put that way, we don’t necessarily need to panic. [You can look at all these food readings here:]

We do know that radioactive iodine can interfere with the thyroid. We also know other heavy metals – radioactive or not – can interfere with the body’s processes as well. Add lots of cilantro to your Mexican food. These are simple and easy to do. We need to eat lots of seaweeds (just not from Japan), foods that contain antioxidants, and metal chelating foods or supplements (chlorella and zeolites.)
Remember to pray and ask God to bless the water when you take a bath and also
for God's blessing on your food and water that you drink.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Veggies make me gag !!

One of the main culprits is sugar. You ask what does that have to do with yucky veggies? Today there is some sort of sweetener in absolutely every food that is commercially prepared. It’s not just cane sugar, since we all know to avoid that, it is all the sweeteners – some with innocuous names you don’t even know mean “sugar”! There is some kind of sweetener in things that don’t even taste sweet like mustard,ketchup and toothpaste.

What’s that about? It is all about creating an addiction…because addicts are the best customers of all. And now that your taste for sweets has been properly programmed, the natural taste of nutrient dense organic vegetables won’t satisfy your sweet tooth. In fact, because they are very “alkaline forming,” vegetables may taste bitter or nasty to you. They’re not bitter, but without all the sugar that you are used to you may think they are. The healthier the veggie the worse it tastes! So what are you to do?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75% of Americans don't eat the recommended five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. So when you get to a buffet do you choose the chocolate cake over the carrot sticks even though you know carrot sticks are healthier? Do you skip the salad at the restaurant? Does the idea of eating something green make you gag?

Are you addicted to processes sugar food and gag with veggies. Big business has work
to help you get to right where they want you. Most Americans are addicted to artificial preservatives, sweeteners, genetically modified foods and more to such an extent that the delicious natural taste of vegetables. Big business has evolved a new breed of human being, one that with the help of modern pharmaceuticals can manage to survive to a ripe old age without ever eating anything that is truly healthy.

YOUR TASTE BUDS ARE NOT BROKEN THEY JUST NEED TO BE RETRAINED. By weaning yourself off of the things that confuse your taste buds, like artificial flavors and sweeteners, they can begin to return to normal – and eventually actually develop the ability to taste – and enjoy - the natural nutrition in the foods you put in your mouth!

To start out you have to make a decision, a commitment, to change, accepting that it will be difficult at first. And the first thing you have to change is you’re the way you think about vegetables before you eat them. If you look at a veggie and think, “this is awful,” before it even gets in your mouth, you are not going to like it no matter what you do. You need to discard that initial reaction to your veggies.

When I was a kid I thought I hated vegetables. I didn’t really hate vegetables, I hated the mushy nasty things Mom pulled out of the freezer or dumped from a can. Cooked veggies are not the real thing, a shadow of their former selves. When you cook a veggie forever it becomes plastic mush that requires a sauce and lots of salt. On the other hand, fresh organic nutrient-liquid light vegetables taste wonderful, even with nothing on them!

Stick with your program. Liquid light veggies can’t possibly have the appeal of a chemically-processed burger that's been field-tested by marketing and psychology experts who know all your buttons. Making a transition to real, organic, whole food isn’t going to happen overnight. So once you get past your initial disappointment in your vegetables, keep eating them anyway. Eventually, you’ll begin to appreciate them, and then even really desire them. Don't get upset at yourself for having
processed food now and again... just toss in the raw veggies and enjoy both without guilt or condemnation. Inch by Inch changes in life are a cinch.

When you get started, try masking the initial taste of vegetables. One of my most favorite foods are veggie tacos. Tons of lettuce, avocado, and tomatoes with a tiny bit of meat and beans. mmmmmmmmm...A salad dressing you like will make your salad go down easier. I used to get “salad pizza” at my favorite pizza place – a big delicious fresh salad right on top of a slice! Mix toasted almonds or sesame seeds in with your vegetable dish. If you are used to salty things, get some dulse flakes at your local health food store and sprinkle those on instead – or mix in any sea vegetables with your fresh veggies.

Ever morning start with a smoothie. I recommend the Champion juicer and a Vita mix blender. If your on the run stop at a Juice bars, they are all over, providing a fresh, tasty alternative to eating vegetables. Keep in mind that even fresh juices are more powerful than commercial juice bars. They have additives like sugar, flavorings.

Tomato sauce, some salad dressings, and salsas are just a few of the recipes you can find for making vegetables more palatable. You can even make delicious raw soups. My books have plenty of recipes. Mix vegetables with ginger, Braggs Amino’s (used sparingly), apple cider vinegar, and sesame oil to make a healthy salad dressing. Half a cup equals one whole vegetable serving. Hate Vegetables? If not 100% raw yet, you can add your veggies to other dishes. Top a pizza with fresh broccoli and nut cheese – don’t knock it till you try it! My speciality is veggie desserts. I have thousands of recipes to finish up your meal that are GGGGGGGG to be the best ever.

Many people don't eat vegetables because they’ve never tried anything other than cooked peas, carrots and iceberg lettuce. . Try something new--you never know what you may discover. Sure, you’re bored with tomatoes--so give eggplant or arugula a try! All have very different textures and flavors and are full of nutrients. Ask your local grocer for recommendations or check out the recipes in one of my e-books.

Many raw veggies make great snacks just by adding a dip, salad dressings and salsa. Keep them ready for quick easy access by cleaning them when you get back from the store. Cut them into bite size bits and store in the green bags you can get at health food stores. I keep them at eye level in my refrigerator so I see them first whenever I get the munchies. Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots go well with just about anything, and organic baby tomatoes can be eaten just by themselves.

Fresh, in-season, locally grown vegetables offer the most flavor and Liquid light nutrition. For example, asparagus is ideal in the spring. Vine ripe tomatoes are best in the summer. Broccoli, eggplant and pumpkins reach their peak in the fall, Many green veggies are best in the winter.

Try growing some vegetables in your own backyard. It's very hard not to like vegetables that you grew yourself. In the end, you may find out that you actually don’t hate vegetables, you just hate them prepared in the ways you’ve always tried them. So give some of my recipes a try and eat them raw! I suspect you will surprise yourself and even get favorites that are special to you and your family.