There are over 10 trillion living cells in the human body. Suffice to say that the human body is a pack of intertwined and interrelated cells. The human cell engineering is complex enough to understand. As complex as they are, nature has it all cared for, through deliberately designed antioxidants – glutathione (produced by the body itself) and RiboCeine (a unique molecule that combines ribose and cysteine, nutrients that occur naturally in our bodies).
The sad reality is as essential as these two components are to the human cell, our bodies becomes short in supply of them or stops producing them entirely. Why does our bodies stop producing these components vital to our cells? Does the lack of it impact on our bodies? Can the body be helped to start producing these cell lubricants.
What Depletes Glutathione?
What depletes glutathione (GSH) levels in our bodies can be put into two categories – internal and external factors.
Internal factors include the increasing need for glutathione as an important part of various processes in our bodies, such as, food for our immune system, recycling of vitamin C, vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid, repairing our DNA, and protecting our cells from oxidative stress to mention a few.
Many external factors is what depletes glutathione the most.
Many toxic and harmful substances that we are exposed to on a daily basis require considerable amounts of glutathione for detoxification.
Some of these substances are listed below:
• acetaminophen (Tylenol) and other pharmaceuticals;
• acetone, solvents, paint removers;
• fuels and fuel by-products;
• heavy metals (mercury (dental amalgams, vaccines, tattoes), lead, cadmium, copper, etc.);
• pesticides, herbicides;
• nitrates and other food preservatives of chemical origin (in salami,hot dogs, hams, bologna, smoked foods, etc.);
• artificial sweetener aspartame;
• synthetic food dyes;
• benzopyrenes (tobacco smoke, barbequed foods, fuel exhaust, etc.);
• household chemicals (synthetically scented and colored detergents and fabric softeners, air fresheners, mothballs, mildew removers, cleaners and bleach, lawn and plant fertilizers, etc.);
• housewares chemicals (non-stick coating of pans and skillets, plastic containers and linings of tin cans and other food packaging);
• formaldehyde and styrene (photocopiers and toner printers);
• chlorine in treated water;
• medical X-rays;
• UV radiation;
• electromagnetic fields (EMF);
• industrial pollutants.
Other external factors that deplete glutathione:
• poor diet – in this case glutathione has to work hard to cover for missing or insufficient antioxidants, and the lack of glutathione cofactor vitamins and minerals impairs glutathione synthesis and proper functioning;
• strenuous exercise – though not a toxic substance but produces a lot of free radicals within the body;
• chronic stress;
• light pollution which lowers glutathione levels by suppressing melatonin production at night (bedside night lights, street lights);
• age – after the age of 20 natural glutathione production decreases at the rate of 10% per decade on average in healthy adults.
This list of what depletes glutathione in your body, though incomplete, is quite remarkable.
We cannot completely avoid all of these substances. But we can minimize our exposure in most instances by making simple changes to our daily habits.
Does the lack of it impact on our bodies?
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Can the body be helped to start producing these cell antioxidants?
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