The Single MOST Critical Piece of Your Natural Detox System - and Why You Are Probably Deficient

by Dr. David Minkoff December 06, 2017 4 min read 0 Comments

The Single MOST Critical Piece of Your Natural Detox System - and Why You Are Probably Deficient

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

 

What is 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:

  • Neutralizes free radicals, preventing cellular damage that can manifest as “aging,” lethargy, or even cancer [1,2]
  • Acts as a cofactor for some of your most important enzymes [1]
  • It helps proteins fold properly and make disulfide bonds [1]
  • Helps maintain a robust immune system [2]
  • Fights cancer [2]

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.

 

Glutathione’s Secret: Cysteine

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.”

 

Defending Your Body From Dentistry

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.

 

The Biochemical Drain of a Toxic Environment

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.

 

What You Can Do About It

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

  • eating organic food
  • filtering your water (do you really think those miles and miles of metal pipes aren’t leaching into our tap water?)
  • Using environmentally friendly household cleaners and detergents
  • Potentially moving away from high-smog areas.

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.

 

References:

  1. Pubchem: glutathione
  2. Traverso, et al. Role of Glutathione in Cancer Progression and Chemoresistance, Oxidative Medicne and Cellular Longevity, 2013
  3. Droge, w. Breitkreutz. Glutathione and Immune Function, Proc Nutr Soc., 2000
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.



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