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ith Spring around the corner and many of us cleaning the clutter and winter dustiness from our homes, let us not forget about cleansing our bodies too. It is al-

ways a good idea for the body and mind to undergo an annual detox, like our homes. The Spring season is great time to con- template, and of course put into practice, how we can detoxify our bodies, endogenously,

at the cellular level, because it is a

time of renewal and growth. I want to be specific here about what I know to be the most

significant thing we can do to help us clean out the cellular trash that accumulates with each passing year. I am not talking about lifestyle modification or actively doing what you can to avoid toxicants in the environment, although both of those are very important. But, they do not compare to aiding and optimizing your own internal detoxification mechanisms. So, what is the number one way, and easiest way to do this? It is via supple- mentation with nutraceuticals that support your innate detoxifi- cation pathways, specifically by making sure that you always


have your body’s #1 antioxidant around and ready to quell the constant bombardment of free radicals. Without getting into the biochemistry of what free radicals are just think of them as nasty chemicals that cause the body to work less efficiently, and insidiously speed up the aging the process. They basically cause internal rusting of the body. In fact, rustiness is caused by free radicals. And what is the one antioxidant in the body that rules them

all? It is called Glutathione.

What is Glutathione? Glutathione is a tripeptide (a string of three amino acids) of

cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. Without glutathione you and I could not live. With low levels of it people cannot thrive. After all, it is not only your body’s most powerful antioxidant, it is also necessary for cell signaling, cell division, immune defense, DNA repair, protein synthesis, and most notably, detoxification. It’s main functions in the body are to help maintain cellular homeostasis, keep cellular antioxidant levels sufficient, maintain mitochondrial function so that plenty of ATP is around, and to help rid you of environmental toxicants safely. By the way, mitochondria are the cellular power plants of

the body that produce ATP, the chemical that gives your body cellular energy so that all your biochemistry runs smoothly and efficiently.

What Happens When Glutathione Levels Are Low? A body with low glutathione levels cannot rid itself of de-

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structive chemicals in the body optimally. Trying to detox your body when it has low glutathione levels is a losing battle that will eventually show itself as disease. Low glutathione levels increase oxidative damage throughout all systems of the body, most notable the neurological and respiratory systems. Low levels also mean reduced mitochondrial function, hence lower ATP levels, and disrupt your body’s ability to mount a proper immune response when needed. Think about the possible consequences of not being able to

mount a proper immune response to the flu virus, because glu- tathione levels are low. To put this in prospective the main diseases associated with low glutathione levels are as follows:

• Diabetes • Cardiovascular Disease • Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases • Cancer • Asthma and Allergies (Reactive Airway Problems)

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