Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant
Our bodies are strong advocates of working smarter, not harder. The fact that Glutathione requires so much energy to produce speaks volumes about the significant role it plays in our health. Glutathione neutralizes xenobiotic and endogenous toxins and facilitates their excretion from the cells and body by recycling Vitamin C and E to protect cells from oxidants. Consider it your cellular Peter Pan! Studies show that it has definitive connections with health and longevity. In other words, it is an anti-aging, detoxification agent!
Unless you somehow manage to eat completely local, organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, grain-free, non-GMO meats and produce, abstain from drugs and alcohol, use completely natural plant-based soaps, detergents, and cleaning products, and live in a bubble with pollution-free air, chances are you have some sort of radical toxins floating around in your body. Truth be told, even if you did live under the perfect circumstances, there are still endogenous toxins in our bodies that are naturally occurring. If left to their own devices, these radical toxins build up and wreak havoc on your natural processes. So, to counteract the effects of living a normal life, you need to boost your glutathione levels.
There are several ways to boost glutathione, both intrinsically and supplemental.
Option A: The Natural Route
Lifestyle changes that decrease your exposure to toxins are a step in the right direction. These simple changes to your daily life include eating organically grown foods and increasing the levels of antioxidants in your system to support glutathione production/function and reducing your drug/alcohol intake. To all my crunchy granola mama’s out there who eat clean and live off the earth but “mama needs her wine…” you can either put the wine down after a glass or you can choose the second option.
Option B: Glutathione Supplementation
Supplemental glutathione can be administered in several different ways including intravenous, injectable, oral, topical, inhalant, or intranasal ingestion.
OnePeak Medical offers both injectable and IV glutathione with patients feeling significant improvements in their lab results after a few short months of regular supplementation.
The benefits of boosting your glutathione levels/production are clear. Let’s talk about what happens when you’re levels are depleted. Depletion has been directly linked to the following issues:
- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome
- Autoimmune disease
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Chronic age-related diseases like cataracts
- Macular degeneration
- Hearing impairment and glaucoma
- Liver disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Aging process itself
It’s almost as if you lose your vital life force when you don’t take care of yourself! Stop feeling guilty for living your life to the fullest. While prevention is the best medicine, no one can be perfect all of the time, that’s why there’s supplemental glutathione!