Just got this email from a colleague, Beth Gillespie (Health Educator and Nutrition Consultant for Designs For Health) that I felt the need to share….
When I first sent out an email several years ago about how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke, I never imagined that I would be sending a revised version out every year. But here we are again, as the Kincaid Fire and others burn and devastate communities and wildlife. My heart goes out to all those that have lost their homes or businesses in these fires and to the firefighters who work tirelessly to contain these fires. And for my colleagues and friends without power, I feel for you as you do your best to navigate your days and nights without electricity. I have been spared in San Francisco so far.
As our air quality in the SF Bay area plummets, I am sending an updated protocol to protect you and your patients from wildfire smoke. My updates are based on an excellent Environmental Health Symposium/National Association of Environmental Medicine webinar series last December on wildfire smoke. Definitely tune in to learn what is in wildfire smoke (it is a long list!) and to learn about the best therapeutic options. Link to free webinar here.
My top supplement picks to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation caused by wildfire smoke:
N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 1 capsule (900 mg) twice daily during exposure to smoke. NAC still remains my top pick for overall lung health and detoxification. NAC protects against most of the compounds found in wildfire smoke! It acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, a mucolytic, and it increases glutathione levels. Increasing glutathione levels is esp. important as small particulates have been associated with a decrease of intracellular glutathione levels in animals and humans.
BroccoProtect: 1 capsule twice daily. BroccoProtect is a synergistic blend of specially cultivated broccoli seed extract and broccoli sprout concentrate, providing sulforaphane glucosinolate and myrosinase enzyme for maximal conversion to broccoli’s beneficial compound, sulforaphane.
I learned in the Wildfire Smoke webinar that sulforaphane has been shown to increase levels of enzymes important in mitigating lung damage from ozone and other air pollutants: glutathione reductase (GR), glutathione S-transferase (GST), and gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase (GSC).
Stellar C: 1 capsule 4x daily OR Liposomal Vitamin C½ tsp 4x daily. Often underappreciated, Vitamin C is critical to immune system health, detoxification and has been found to decrease airway irritation.
I also recommend adding our Liposomal Glutathione to this protocol to ensure optimal glutathione levels, especially if you know that you or your patient has SNPs related to the glutathione pathways. Oxidative stress uses up glutathione!!
Please do not hesitate to call, text or email me with any questions regarding this protocol. I hope it is helpful to you.
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