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A Safe Supplement For Allergies: NAC – Podcast Episode 543

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A Safe Supplement For Allergies: NAC – Podcast Episode 543

Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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Jerry Hickey, Ph.: [00:00:40] It’s allergy season with all of those annoying symptoms that can ruin your day. People with allergies can wind up with sinusitis, inflamed sinuses, headaches, sinus headaches, itchy ears, itchy skin, nausea in the intestines, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, phlegm, coughing. That’s due to the where about of the immune cells involved with the allergic reaction. And many people wind up reaching for an antihistamine drug that you could get in pharmacies. But not so fast there. Because antihistamine drugs have an unwanted complication that they also can inhibit acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a very important transmitter in the body. A neurotransmitter is in the brain for your memory and for figuring things out, for learning and for healing the brain and a neurotransmitter for your muscles and your nerves. So you don’t want this anti cholinergic activity, anti acetylcholine activity, because it’s no good for your memory long term. So people are looking for valid replacements for the antihistamines. And one of those is an amino acid called cysteine. But there’s a catch there and I’ll tell you about that in a minute. [00:02:10]

[00:02:11] So welcome to my episode NAC for allergies. My name is Jerry Hickey, I’m a nutritional pharmacist. Um You can find all of our episodes for free, all the InViteⓇ Podcast episodes where ever you listen to podcasts or just go to invitehealth.com/podcast, we have hundreds of them. You can also find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at InViteⓇ Health. And of course, it would be nice if you subscribed and if you left us a review when you listen to these podcast episodes. [00:02:43]

[00:02:44] So let’s get going, cysteine. C.Y.S.T.E.I.N.E is an incredibly important amino acid. Amino acids make up proteins typically, so you break down protein you release amino acids, and cysteine can be used for many, many indications. It’s great for the brain, it’s great for your eyes, it’s great for your lungs, it’s great for allergies, it’s great for blood flow to the heart, it’s it has so many incredible attributes. Including helping the liver get rid of toxins, how about a kidney removed toxins, working as an anti aging nutrient. The problem is you can’t just take cysteine cause it’s not very stable. So it can quickly convert to a free radical that can damage your cells. So how did scientists get around this? They got around it in the um about the 1970s. They created N-Acetyl Cysteine. They took cysteine and they attached an acetyl group to it, on the nitrogen all amino acids have nitrogen. Were made out of nitrogen and carbon and hydrogen in any event all amino acids have a nitrogen molecule they attach an acetyl group to it and that stabilizes it. And now you can take it as a supplement very safely. In fact, it’s a very positive, very preventative, very beneficial supplement. I’ll go into some of its utilities. [00:04:07]

[00:04:10] But an acetyl group is simply a combination of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen that they attach to the cysteine. And acetyl groups are components of many organic compounds in the human body. I mentioned acetylcholine before, acetylcholine is blocked to a degree by antihistamines, and that’s not good for your brain. Well, N-Acetyl Cysteine actually has an acetyl group, so that’s very interesting. In any event, N-Acetyl Cysteine you always take it with food because it can upset the stomach a little bit. A) It really helps protect your lungs. I use it all the time in people with emphysema, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, emphysema, asthma. It’s very helpful for lung inflammation. 2) It can help open up the blood vessels leading to the heart so it can improve blood flow to the heart. Oh 3) Or did I say before A-B-C one, two, three, same thing. Three It has a benefit for many women’s issues, like endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. [00:05:19]

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[00:05:23] Um it’s fantastic for allergies. Oh, and by the way, it’s converted to this wonderful antioxidant. Well, one of my friends, Dr. Alan Pressman, wrote the GSH phenomenon about a molecule in the human body called glutathione. And he called it the mother of all antioxidants, which to a degree is true. Glutathione super powerfully protects the brain, and the eyes, and the kidneys, and the liver, and the heart, tissues throughout the body. It’s wonderful it protects our immune cells and protects our red blood cells. It’s just amazing. But you can’t take glutathione. You’d have to take very large amounts of it to get any benefit that would be very expensive. NAC, N-Acetyl Cysteine is very easily converted into glutathione. So one of the benefits of using NAC is you create glutathione which strongly protects your brain and your eyes and many other organs and tissues. But we’re really talking today about allergies. [00:06:16]

[00:06:19] So this is a study on people with recurrent acute rhinosinusitis. So what’s that? Oh, they get severe inflammation in their nose um comes frequently, acute means it’s harsh and it comes on quickly. Frequently, this is due to allergies. This is a systematic review and meta analysis, which means that they poured through studies. They picked out the studies that looked valid, that were well performed and well reported, and they lacked bias. So they’re picking out the better studies. And when you do a meta analysis properly, it tells you something works or it doesn’t work. So this is Indiana University Health and also Indiana University School of Medicine over in Indianapolis. University of Kentucky College of Medicine. The University of Louisville, Department of Geology. You know, ear, nose and throat medicine. It’s ten studies in total, 890 patients. And they said, here’s what we use intranasal steroids, normal saline in the nose, NAC, and antibiotics. So let’s go through that. Intranasal steroids is a problem. That means you’re you’re you’re spraying corticosteroids like a hydrocortisone related molecule into the nose. It’s the same as our stress hormones, our cortisol. The problem is it causes, it actually causes allergies to fungi. This can lead to allergies, to fungi and yeast. It can also thin the membranes of the nose. Then they give antibiotics. I mean, I’ve seen so many times as a pharmacist, I owned several pharmacies in Manhattan that the doctors that people would go in with sinusitis, severe sinusitis or rhinosinusitis. And the doctors would give antibiotics and a steroid nasal spray. And they’d feel good for about six weeks. And then they come back again. But I found out the natural means really helped. So I’m really, really big on nasal saline. Nasal saline, saline means it’s sodium chloride, you know, salt, salt water. But it’s the same amount of salt in the mixture that you would get in the human system. Our blood is 0.9% saline, sodium chloride, salt, it’s 0.9% salt. So when you make something the same 0.9%, it never stings you. So they can use their 0.9% sodium chloride in the eyes and a nose that doesn’t sting. So it’s a great wash for the sinuses. And I found that it consistently helps people who have allergies of acute sinusitis rhinosinusitis. And then they in the review they said NAC works, NAC is N-Acetyl Cysteine. That’s what we’re talking about today. The stabilized form of cysteine. [00:09:15]

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[00:09:18] NAC is a mucolytic, it breaks down mucus. It breaks down the bonds of mucus. In fact, in people with cystic fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, these people have a gene or genes that make their mucus really thick. And it’s hard for them to expectorate the mucus. They can’t expel the mucus and it’s very dangerous for them. So they use NAC and a nasal spray to break down the mucus, but um NAC breaks down the bonds of mucus. So it’s anti-mucolytic, but it’s more than that it’s an anti-inflammatory in the entire respiratory tract, in the nose, in the mouth, in the nasal pharynx. You know, that bind at the back of the throat and the lungs and the bronchi. The bronchi are the tubes going into the lungs and the trachea, that’s the tube from your throat. So there’s your nose and your mouth. And then there’s nasal pharynx, which is to bend at the back of the nose and mouth that goes into the trachea, your windpipe, and that goes down to the bronchi, which are two forks that come off the trachea, that go into the lungs. NAC is an anti-inflammatory and all these tissues and the respiratory tract and and also besides that, it’s creating glutathione. And in fact, they found when they gave people NAC or glutathione on people who had severe COVID back during the COVID pandemic days. That NAC and glutathione was really helping these people breathe. So it really does have an impact. So they found that, yes, normal saline and NAC are very helpful and I find in people with allergies NAC is amazing. Because NAC also helps to detoxify the body. It helps the liver and kidneys break down things you’re allergic to that’s called allergens and expel them. So in many ways, it’s helping people with sinusitis, stuffy nose, allergy symptoms. It’s fantastic. [00:11:05]

[00:11:08] So in the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, that’s a pharmacy journal, laryngologists at the University of, in Serbia and the Hospital of IRCCS, both in Italy. And they said normally treating rhinosinusitis requires antibiotics, corticosteroids and mucolytic. Look, I didn’t even mention the problem with antibiotics, antibiotics kill off the good bacteria that causes all kinds of health issues that can even make allergies worse. There’s a lot of data that people use, a lot of antibiotics. They wind up with lung problems, they wind up with sinusitis, but especially they wind up with allergies. So they found that in these people NAC worked very well for helping with allergies and sinusitis. [00:11:57][49.0]

[00:12:00] Now, here’s the thing. I found that combining before and after really helps people with allergies. You do not have to take an antihistamine. I found out certain things slow down the allergic reaction in the first place and in NAC like a sponge kind of mops it up. So any of the following are very helpful, Quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid you find in really good foods. Like it’s a little bit in tea, its a little bit in broccoli and spinach, it’s a little bit oranges and apples, but even a good diet, you only get about 25 to 50 milligrams of Quercetin every day. If you do 300 to 500 milligrams of Quercetin three times a day, it’s very good for allergies. It helps stabilize the cells that are involved with allergies. So you don’t, you have less of an allergic reaction to begin with. Stinging nettle also helps, which is interesting because stinging nettle can make your your your skin itchy on contact. Yet stinging nettle as a tea or in a capsule is very good for allergies. Vitamin C, Black cumin seed. Black cumin seed is very good for the lungs, breathing and allergies. Lots of studies on that. I’ve done podcast episodes on black cumin seed before. [00:13:12]

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[00:13:13] Cordyceps with Mushroom is very helpful for inflammation and breathing and allergies and probiotic bacteria, but this is very interesting. An allergy is like obviously an incorrect incorrect reaction to something that’s innocuous, meaning harmless by your immune system, like being allergic to an apple, being allergic to shrimp. I mean, this should not happen. Being allergic to pollen or grass or dogs and cats, it should not happen. It turns out that if you destroy the rich complex of bacteria in your intestines, you’re much more likely to develop allergies. And there’s been many studies in children and adults where you can truly help their allergies by giving certain strains of probiotic bacteria, certain species and strains. It gets to the heart of the issue. It kind of realigns the immune system and re-educates the immune system to ignore ideologies. It worked for me, I I used to have dog and cat allergies. I used to have allergies to red wines. I used to have allergies to pollens, all kinds of pollen. Zero. I would say my allergies were severe, I would say at this point, I really don’t have allergies. They’re so minor. It doesn’t even, I don’t even notice them. [00:14:39]

[00:14:41] So the strains that have a lot of data behind them for getting rid of allergies, literally curing them. Probiotic strains, lactobacillus, plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus. And to a degree bifidobacterium animalis sub-species, lactis. So but it takes time for the probiotic bacteria to re-educate your immune system to help with the allergies. So in the meantime, use something such as NAC 600 milligrams three times a day with meals to help out with the allergies. It’s rather dramatic. So right now, you can help treat your allergies with an NAC 600 milligrams three times a day. And also, some black cumin seed maybe 500 milligrams three times a day. But on the long term. So that’s the treatment that’s helping you with the symptoms right now. Black cumin seeds stabilizes the cells, so you have less of an allergic reaction to begin with and then the NAC kind of mops it all up. Whatever is released from your immune cells the NAC kind of mops it up like a sponge gets rid of the allergic reaction. So that’s a really good one, two for treating allergies. And then everyday do a good probiotic and you’ll see that the probiotic literally helps cure your allergies. [00:15:52]

[00:15:54] So thanks for listening to today’s InViteⓇ Podcast episode. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or just go to invitehealth.com/podcast And of course, if you could leave us a review and if you could subscribe, it’s very helpful. You can also find InViteⓇ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at InViteⓇ Health. I want to thank you for listening. Hope to see you next time on the next episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Jerry Hickey signing off. [00:15:54][0.0]

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Nonprescription Drugs That Deplete Important Nutrients, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 482

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Nonprescription Drugs That Deplete Important Nutrients, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 482

Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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InVite Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InVite Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InVite Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!

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Jerry Hickey, Ph.You could walk into a grocery store and buy drugs without a prescription. There’s a lot of drugs like that: drugs for pain, drugs for an upset stomach, drugs for… laxatives, constipation treatment. And what you’re not told is these drugs can really deplete you of common nutrients.†

So welcome to the fifth installment in my series of drug-induced nutrient depletions. This time we’re talking about nonprescription medication, which is also called over-the-counter medication, medication you can sometimes buy at a gas station store, and the important nutrients they deplete. Thanks for tuning in today to the InVite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen or visit invitehealth.com/podcast. Please subscribe and leave us a review. You can also follow us on Metaverse, Twitter and Instagram @invitehealth and the information on this episode is linked at the episode description, so let’s get going.†

We already did a podcast episode on NSAID drugs. I did that about a month ago. NSAID drugs include Advil and Aleve and how there are problems with nutrients such as folate and iron and Vitamin C, so I’m not going to discuss that today. We did an entire podcast on it.†

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But let’s talk about acetaminophen, which is also called Tylenol. If you’re in Europe, they have a cousin of Tylenol that’s called Panadol, a very commonly used prescription drug in Europe. Acetaminophen is commonly used for pain, even arthritis pain. It works pretty well. It’s used for fevers. It depletes two very important nutrients. One of them is glutathione. Glutathione is an enzyme system antioxidant that works for about 24 hours, so it’s a very important nutrient in the body. It protects your brain. It’s a very powerful antioxidant. It protects your brain. It protects your eyes. It protects your heart. It protects your kidneys and liver. It protects your muscles. I mean, it’s just really important all over the body and the amount of glutathione can vary from person to person. And glutathione protects you from energy utilization. When you eat food and breathe in oxygen, a byproduct of that is peroxides. Peroxides are solvents, they’re toxins. They’re free radical generators and they can kill your cells. So glutathione is there to break down peroxides. That’s one of the free radicals it neutralizes. And there’s evidence that people who lack glutathione in the eye, they have a higher risk of eye diseases such as cataracts. People who lack glutathione in general, pollution is more dangerous to them. Cigarette smoke is more dangerous to them. Glutathione is incredibly important for protecting the liver and there’s been studies showing that drugs that can hurt the liver, sometimes it’s simply because they deplete the body of glutathione. You could take glutathione, but you need to take a lot of it because it’s very poorly absorbed. It’s a big molecule. It’s a tripeptide. It’s made out of three amino acids. But it’s… you’re probably better off taking NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), the stabilized version of the amino acid cysteine. N-acetyl cysteine is very easily converted into glutathione and it’s not expensive, it’s readily available and it works. So if you’re taking acetaminophen, you should be taking something to promote glutathione production, otherwise you could have issues. You’ll age at a more rapid rate.†

Now, the other thing that acetaminophen lowers is your level of ubiquinol, which is the active version of coenzyme Q10. That’s very bad for your muscles. It’s not as big a depletion as you would see with some statin drugs like atorvastatin or simvastatin, but it is a depletion. And without ubiquinol, your muscles have less endurance. You might even have less strength. But think of your most important muscle, your heart. Your heart really depends on ubiquinol so it can beat like 80 times a minute or 120 times a minute when you’re exercising, for most people. As you grow older, you have less and less ubiquinol and also diabetics are very poor at converting regular CoQ10 into ubiquinol. So if you’re on Tylenol consistently, not if you take it once in a while, but if you’re on it consistently, if you’re on acetaminophen consistently, you really need to take some ubiquinol and you really need to pay attention to your glutathione. And like I said, it’s simple, just take NAC.†

What about antacids? There’s a whole bunch of them: Maalox, Mylanta, Gaviscon, Amphojel, Basojel. They use them for heartburn, upset stomach, gassiness and bloating. They deplete your beta carotene. Now, beta carotene is found in vegetables and the body uses beta carotene to make skin and the lining of your intestines and the lining of your blood vessels, etc. But beta carotene is also needed by the immune system and beta carotene is also needed for your vision. You can get natural beta carotene in supplements. Don’t get the synthetic, it doesn’t seem to work as well.†

Folate… antacids inhibit folate. We just spoke about folate recently. I was doing a podcast episode recently on metformin, a diabetes drug, that also depletes folate. So folate is needed to lower homocysteine. Homocysteine is an intermediary in protein metabolism. It’s not what the body is trying to make, but its level can increase if you lack folate. Homocysteine could be toxic to your bones. It could hollow out your bones a little bit and contribute to bone loss with aging. Homocysteine is toxic to the heart if you have other issues to the heart, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and also, if your homocysteine goes up, it could be pretty dangerous for the heart. It could be involved with developing hardening of the arteries, where your blood vessels in your heart, which are already smaller than other blood vessels, are thickening and stiffening, and of course, this can lead to really scary circumstances, like a heart attack or a stroke. But homocysteine in the brain is really toxic. It can contribute to depression. It can contribute to brain shrinkage, which occurs with aging anyway, but it can strongly contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. So if you’re on an antacid consistently, once again, it’s not using it once in a while, but if you’re consistently using an antacid like Maalox or Mylanta, you need to get some natural beta carotene. You need to get folate and the best form of folate, cause some people have trouble getting the synthetic folic acid and converting it into the active form of folate, would be methyltetrahydrofolate.†

Antacids also deplete you of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed just for muscle strength, the health of your teeth, the health of your bones, the health of your brain, lowering your risk of cancer, helping you survive cancer, immune system function, protecting your lungs from your own immune system and from infections. So lacking Vitamin D is a terrible thing, so if you’re consistently using an antacid, you need Vitamin D.†

But also bone minerals: calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium are both intimately involved with creating energy out of food. There’s little powerplants that create energy in your body. They’re called mitochondria. They will not work if you lack calcium. It’s at the core of triggering these mitochondria to convert sugar from food into energy. But the other thing is, that energy that’s produced is something called ATP, it’s a nucleotide. The ATP is very unstable. You need magnesium attached to it so you have a stable source of energy. So depleting calcium and magnesium with an antacid is bad for your energy, which is bad for everything else in your body, of course, because everything follows suit from that. But it’s bad for your bones. Calcium makes the collagen in your bones harden to bone and magnesium seals the calcium to the bone, so lacking magnesium or calcium is terrible for your bones. But you also need both of them for the rhythm of your heart and for blood pressure control. So, if you’re on an antacid, you need calcium and magnesium more than likely.†

You need chromium. Chromium is one of the nutrients that interact with glutathione and Vitamin B3 to hold insulin onto the cell so you don’t have diabetes or prediabetes. So if you lack chromium, you have problems with your blood sugar. And, in fact, they’ve shown that diabetics need a lot more chromium than the general public. Someone else who needs more chromium than the general public are elite athletes. The general public, 200mcg of chromium every day is sufficient for their blood sugar needs. Athletes lose chromium in their urine and they need about 400mcg a day, where diabetics need about 1000mcg a day to get any benefit out of it.†

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With antacids, you lose iron, because the iron gets bound into the antacid. You need iron for everything. I mean, you need iron for the brain to work. You need iron to protect the brain cause iron is converted into neuroglobin in the brain that protects the brain. We need iron for muscle energy. Iron is converted into myoglobin in the muscles, so you can’t use oxygen in the muscles without iron. In the body, it’s hemoglobin. That’s the red stuff in your blood cells that carries oxygen, so without iron, obviously you’re gonna be fatigued. And women, if they’re just a little lacking in iron, we’re not talking about anemia, they can have a real drop in their strength, their endurance and they can’t work out or anything. So you need a little bit of iron if you’re on an antacid.†

Iron is also core to antioxidant production. There’s a powerful antioxidant called catalase. When you use sugar and oxygen for energy, a byproduct is peroxide. Catalase breaks peroxides down into oxygen and water, which, of course, the body needs. And one molecule of catalase is said to convert a million molecules of peroxide into oxygen and water. So if you’re low in catalase, one of the places it’s really bad for is the liver, cause catalase is super high energy in the liver, cause the liver does so many jobs. So, if you lack iron, you don’t have catalase. Also, if you don’t have iron, your immune system won’t work. You’ll get every infection in the world. Every cold that comes by, you’ll get, cause the immune system uses iron to kill viruses. How do you know you’re lacking in iron? Well, I mean, you can look at your palm. In your palm, you see the red stuff. That’s your blood, that’s your hemoglobin. You can look at your lips, if they’re pale, but also if you get sick really easily with a cold. That’s a sign you lack iron. So if you’re on antacids consistently, you probably need some iron.†

Zinc. Zinc does so many things. You need zinc to see. You need zinc for protecting your brain. Zinc interacts with an antioxidant called superoxide dismutase to shield the brain. You need zinc for the immune system. Immune cells are not made and they don’t work without zinc, including your antibodies against specific infections. But you also need zinc to protect your organs from your own immune system during an infection. Zinc is also needed to keep your arteries in your heart clean. Zinc is needed by the pancreas to control your blood sugar. It interacts with Vitamin D and magnesium to control your blood sugar. Zinc is needed by the pancreas to release enzymes to digest your food. Zinc is needed for your thyroid to function for metabolism. Zinc is needed for healing, so if you lack zinc, you’re in trouble. So if you’re constantly on an antacid, you need some zinc. And phosphorous, but phosphorous is all over your food, so we don’t worry about that. If you’re on an antacid, you need beta carotene, folic acid, Vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, chromium, iron and zinc.†

Aspirin. I mean, you know what you use aspirin for. They use a low-dose aspirin to help prevent a second heart attack. They use aspirin for fevers, some pain and inflammation, but only in adults. If you give aspirin to an infant or a young child and they have certain viruses, it’s incredibly dangerous. They could develop something called Reye’s syndrome, so you never give aspirin to a kid. But for adults, even low-dose aspirin… they used to call it baby aspirin, but you can’t give aspirin to a baby. Low-dose aspirin, that daily dose of aspirin, even that can cause intestinal bleeding. That can cause a loss of nutrients like iron, but it’s not unusual, if you use aspirin on a daily basis, to lack folate. We already discussed that twice now. Without folate, it’s bad for your bones, it’s bad for your heart, it’s bad for your brain. You have an increased risk of depression and Alzheimer’s.†

You lack Vitamin C. You need Vitamin C for your immune system. Vitamin C is needed for respiratory burst, where your body releases its weapons to kill infections. And you also need Vitamin C for your immune system to travel to the site of an infection. That’s called chemotaxis. So, without Vitamin C, your immune system isn’t working, but without Vitamin C, you literally melt. Look up scurvy. So if you take aspirin all the time, you probably lack Vitamin C, you probably lack iron, you probably lack folate.†

Potassium. Without potassium, you lose muscle. Now, that’s a problem for older people cause they’re already losing muscle. It’s a process called sarcopenia. So lacking potassium leads to metabolic low-grade acidosis, so you lose more muscle at an accelerated rate than you normally would with aging. You need muscle for survival. Without potassium, you’re much more likely to lose bone and there’s a reason for that. Your blood is supposed to be slightly alkaline. Alkaline is the opposite of acid, so the blood’s supposed to be slightly alkaline. Potassium from your food is one of the major ways that you maintain alkalinity in your blood. If the blood is going towards acid, you can go into a state called ketoacidosis, where you can literally go into a coma and your organs like your lungs, your heart and your kidneys can shut down and then what do you have? But also without potassium, you have a much higher risk of a kidney stone, a stroke, high blood pressure. So if you’re on low-dose aspirin, you probably need some potassium, but you can get that very easily from fresh vegetables and fruits.†

And the last thing is zinc. The last thing is zinc. I think we’re going to stop there. There’s a couple other nonprescription drugs that cause depletions, but today… We didn’t discuss NSAIDs cause I already did a whole podcast on NSAIDs alone, you know, like Advil and Aleve, you know, Naproxin and Ibuprofen. But today we discussed acetaminophen, antacids and aspirin, so I’m gonna end it at that point. So thanks for tuning in today to the InVite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Please subscribe and leave us a review. You can also find us on Metaverse, Twitter and Instagram @invitehealth. Hope to see you next time on another episode of the InVite Health Podcast, which will be dealing with other nonprescription drugs that you can buy in any supermarket and the important nutrients that they deplete. So thanks for listening, Jerry Hickey signing off.†

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