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Our modern environment is full of hundreds of thousands of different toxins. They are everywhere and in virtually everything. Glue off-gassing in cars and buildings, plastic leaching from bottles and containers, pesticides in food, mercury in dental fillings….
The list goes on and on and on for a disturbingly long time.
It makes you wonder, how does your body cope with all of this?
The answer is simpler than you think.
A tiny little molecule made of just 3 amino acids: Glutathione
It is made in every single one of your cells and known as the “mother of all antioxidants.” This little molecule performs a huge array of functions for your body:
But most importantly, it is your body’s primary means of detoxifying itself. Heavy metals, carcinogens, paraquats – glutathione detoxifies all of them. [1,2]
With all the complexity of your body’s systems and multiple enzyme systems and complex transportation pathways and filters, how can one molecule be the means for detoxifying so many different kinds of toxins.
As mentioned above, it is made of three simple amino acids. These are glutamine, glycine, and, cysteine. Cysteine is important here because it contains a sulfur atom.
And sulfur is sticky.
It’s a little strange to think of atoms as sticky, but that’s exactly what it does. Sulfur creates strong bonds with other toxic molecules and atoms. In molecular terms, these bonds are “sticky.”
So, for example, you had a dentist you gave you mercury amalgam fillings. These fillings flooded your system with toxic mercury vapors for about a half hour and then continues to slowly break down over time, gradually leaching mercury into your bloodstream.
The mercury atoms then bond very strongly to different proteins, completely deforming them and disrupting your natural processes. Especially in your brain.
(Although, doesn’t it seem a little odd that mercury is considered dangerously toxic in every situation in every environment except your mouth?)
The only way to get the mercury off the proteins is to give it something with an even strongerbond. Something that can make a strong sulfur bond. Something like glutathione.
Glutathione actually pries mercury off the cellular membranes and proteins and keeps it bound to itself, freeing your cells to get back to business as usual.
Once this bond with glutathione’s sulfur atom is made, your body recognizes that the glutathione is now carrying around something it shouldn’t – biochemists call this “conjugation.”
Now all your complex filtering processes kick in and shunt the mercury-conjugated glutathione out of your body and your system is just a little bit healthier and happier.
Did you notice something slightly problematic in that little example?
You see, when glutathione performs all of its other biological functions, it gets recycled. Even when it neutralizes free radicals, there is a special biochemical pathway that “recharges” it so it can go back and keep neutralizing them over and over and over again.
But when it helps you detox?
It’s effectively destroyed. It goes through your elimination pathways and then it’s gone.
In “normal” situations (i.e. pre-industrial), this isn’t so bad and it works quite well. Toxic load is generally not so high and your body can regenerate it’s glutathione reserves. But in an environment hyper-saturated in them?
It depletes you.
Your body ends up burning through your glutathione stores just to manage the never-ending barrage of toxicity confronting it.
And because glutathione has so many important roles, this has serious consequences for your health.
There are a number of ways to combat this problem.
First of all, attempting to limit your exposure to toxins is critical. Here are a few ways to do that
A second method is to make sure you get enough protein. Glutathione is based on 3 amino acids, so if you have enough amino acids, your body will be able to keep making enough of it. Our Perfect Amino product is ideal for this, as it covers all your essential amino acid requirements and has a 99% efficiency.
And finally, use products to help facilitate your body’s natural detox process and take some of the load of your glutathione reserves. Our Body Detox product is one of the most comprehensive ones on the market today.
It is based on an advanced nanoparticle formula of glycoproteins that binds heavy metals and other toxins more effectively than even glutathione. And on top of this includes, chlorella, powerful antioxidants, protease inhibitors, and fulvic acid.
As well as glutathione, helping you to rebuilt your own reserves of this critical compound.
One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.