328 – Nutrition for Lung and Respiratory Health

The most important nutrients for lung support

Lung Support
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Jolie Root

In this interview Jolie Root discusses the epidemic of lung and respiratory issues that affect millions of Americans. Respiratory issues range from coughs due to colds, to seasonal allergies, to asthma and then chronic and debilitating illness. The contributing factors can be multi-faceted and complex. Many people struggle trying to understand their challenges, looking to find healing and relief.

We do not make medical claims for nutritional products*. We may discuss scientific and clinical studies that look at nutrients and their effects on human health. Such studies do not make nutrients drugs. Rather they reveal the valuable benefits for health provided by nutrients.

Jolie also outlines some of the most important nutrients that support lung health and what are reasonable dosages. This is an excellent example of how interested consumers can support their body’s nutritional needs for a specific health issue, in this case lung health.

Please consider the following as you develop your nutritional program. Context is critical to understanding.

  • Nutrition is not medical treatment. Doctors treat disease often prescribing drugs. Drugs are not nutrients and nutrients are not drugs. Do not confuse them. Drugs treat disease, nutrients nourish the body. For all medical treatments see your health care provider. Medical treatment does not negate the need to be well-nourished; rather it intensifies the importance.
Mediterranean Diet
  • A good nutritional foundation is required. Supplements do not replace the need for good food. A nutritious well-balanced diet is what sets the stage for good health. A poorly nourished person does not have a good foundation for long term good health. Additionally you need to reduce and avoid poor quality food in favor of better food choices. Think the Mediterranean diet as a good example. Jolie and I discussed the Mediterranean diet in this past interview.
Omega-3
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  • You must correct the omega-3/omega-6 imbalance. This is of primary importance because this is a foundational nutritional need for everyone. You cannot have a healthy inflammatory system when these essential fats are out of balance. Too little omega-3 and way too much omega-6 is involved with inflammation. You must correct this or you will be less successful in your search for health. Nothing else can solve this nutritional problem. You must adopt a healthy fat strategy. Do not underestimate the importance, the right fats are critical.. Listen to our interview on omega-3. It was the first interview I did with Jolie for a reason.
  • Think long term. These are the habits of a lifetime for long term better health. No matter your results in the short term. You must persist in your pursuit of better health.
  • Target your nutrients to support your specific needs.

For lungs health Jolie recommends the following nutrients: NOTE: Carlson Cod Liver Oil is a great tasting way to get these first three nutrients.

  • Vitamin A – 10,000 to 25,000 iu. Sometimes more is used by nutritional doctors. This is retinol form of vitamin A, not beta-carotene.
  • Vitamin D – 5000 iu per day. Get a Vitamin D test and determine your optimal dose by knowing what your levels are. Seek a blood level of 40 to 60 Nano grams per milliliter. This is reveal by the blood test.
  • Omega-3 – See above. Get an omega-3 blood test to help assess your fatty acid status. Highly recommended.
  • NAC – N Acetylcysteine. This is a powerful antioxidant that supports liver and lung health and aids in the production of glutathione.

There are many additional vitamins, minerals, nutraceuticals, and herbs to consider. The more you know, the better choices you make. Better choices lead to better outcomes.

The concept for these and other nutrients is simple but profound. It is the body that does the healing, maintenance, and repair of the body. Your body uses many nutrients in 1000’s of ways to maintain life. A body that is deficient in essential nutrients cannot function optimally. Supplementation is how we provide concentrated nutritional compounds that the body can use to repair.

Here are the links to the previous interviews sponsored by Carlson Laboratories as of this interview.

About Jolie Root: Jolie is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought which is heard in New York, Florida and online.

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