Why Boosting Your Glutathione Levels Helps You Lose Weight and Protects You From Pesticides and Other Toxins
Glutathione, or GSH, is crucial for your health. It's central to your liver's ability to neutralize everyday toxins. It's also vital for your immune system. Although it's naturally produced by your body, experts advise you to boost your GSH levels by taking in this set level of nutrients everyday.
Glutathione (GSH) is primarily made in your liver, where it's also stored. It's one of your body's most powerful antioxidants, protecting all your cells from dangerous peroxide byproducts produced when your cells use the oxygen you breathe. It's also a major fighter of environmental toxins and crucial for your immune system's pathogen-fighting capabilities. In fact, if you have a chronic liver infection, your immune system gradually uses up all of your GSH stores. GSH is so vital to your immune system that scientists believe the key for HIV infection to convert to full blown AIDS is when the liver's GSH levels finally fall below a fatal threshold.
Your liver is your body's main detox organ. It neutralizes harmful toxins, pollutants, drugs, free radicals, and other bad chemicals. GSH plays a central role in your liver's ability to neutralize these scary compounds. Researchers say that modern society is exposed to so many man-made pollutants (even pesticides in food) that it's actually possible your liver can become overwhelmed. Your liver becomes overwhelmed when its GSH stores are depleted and it can't process these toxins. When that happens, all of these disease-causing, age-increasing chemicals start to build up and even cause you to gain weight!
Your immune system relies heavily on GSH. GSH keeps your immune cell levels balanced, and scientists found this is a major reason why GSH levels are significantly depleted within the first three weeks of HIV infection. HIV attacks immune T cells, and GSH levels drop even before the patient experiences any physical symptoms of HIV. In fact, researchers found that GSH actually inhibits HIV from progressing (GSH has also been found to directly inhibit the HIV virus from replicating). But a 40 percent depletion of GSH can render T cells nonfunctional, which is what HIV is notorious for.
How You're Unintentionally Dangerously Depleting Your Glutathione Levels
Just because you don't have HIV or a chronic liver infection doesn't mean you're not devastating your GSH stores in other ways.
If you're taking long-term medications for non-serious chronic conditions, like sleep meds and anti-allergy meds, your liver has to neutralize those drugs and their toxic byproducts everyday. Taking multiple drugs at the same time (polypharmacy) can cause your liver to use up a significant amount of its stores, which then lowers your immunity and toxin-fighting ability. These effects of GSH deficiency then make you more dependent on these pharmaceuticals to keep your body's defenses up against your chronic conditions. The result can be a vicious cycle of drug dependency.
This also applies to taking acetaminophen (Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer Plus) daily, which can cause liver damage in the long term. If you often suffer from headaches and muscle soreness, you should try these natural alternatives instead.
How to Naturally Boost Your Glutathione Levels
Experts suggest boosting your glutathione levels as an important complement to the management of HIV infection and chronic liver conditions (or if you have a damaged liver) -- and generally to help your body fight pollutants and everyday carcinogens. They also stress focusing on GSH level boosting if you're over 50, because your body starts to lose its ability to detox.
They found that taking these specific nutrient levels everyday boosts your GSH levels even if you're suffering from HIV or other GSH-devastating conditions:
- 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C. Despite what you might think, a cup of oranges only has 25.3 mg. Eat a cup of acerolas (Barbados cherries) instead – it has 1,644 milligrams of vitamin C. Other fruits that may also satisfy the requirement are camu camu and rosehip.
- 400 IU of Vitamin E. You can't avoid taking a supplement for this requirement. One serving of the largest sources of vitamin E, like sunflower seeds, only give you about 30 to 40 IU.
- 200 micrograms of Selenium. Two Brazil nuts satisfies this requirement.
- 20,000 IU of beta-carotene. One 3.5-ounce serving of spinach and other cruciferous vegetables has about 348 IU. Doctors recommend eating 13 servings of vegetables per day, but that's still only about 4,500 IU of beta-carotene. You'll have to take the supplement for this requirement too.
- 2,500 IU of Vitamin A. Two sweet potatoes or four servings of spinach satisfies this requirement. If you're eating the recommended servings of vegetables per day, you're most likely satisfying this requirement.
Experts also say that taking milk thistle and L-glutamine supplements have been found to boost your GSH stores.
Mark Nowak, owner of eLiquid, has spent years researching vaping and nicotine products. He says that he found that nicotine purity depends on the manufacturer and type of product, but warns you not to vape or use nicotine products if you're pregnant. He says that he's come across evidence that nicotine can harm the fetus – researchers found that fetal nicotine exposure lowers vitamin C levels in both the mother and fetus because it's used to protect the fetus from nicotine's blood volume-lowering effects. This may also mean that the mother and fetus's GSH levels are depleted as well since vitamin C and glutathione are linked.
Boosting your GSH levels means you're boosting your immunity and liver's ability to protect you from harmful toxins. If your liver is able to detox toxins better, you'll lessen fat-causing pollutants and help prevent weight gain. Follow these specific nutrient guidelines and you'll make it easier for your body to defend itself.