The great thing about our bodies is that they are so cleverly designed that they usually know how to help themselves. Whether it’s the self-healing powers, the immune system or the body’s own glutathione production, our organism usually has an intelligent survival strategy up its sleeve. The problem is, however, that our own actions and modern lifestyles are often diametrically opposed to these strategies, rendering the body’s thousands of years of ingenious processes ad absurdum.
In the case of the body’s own glutathione production, this can be seen wonderfully. The body’s own glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that is primarily formed in the liver from the three amino acids glutamine, glycine and cysteine and ensures that:
1. supports the body’s detoxification process.
2. protects cells and DNA.
3. transports oxygen throughout the body.
4. more cysteine can be made.
Many people suffer from glutathione deficiency without knowing it. As a result, they often tire more quickly, feel unwell, are more susceptible to infections, and often have a weakened immune system. Especially people who eat an unbalanced and unhealthy diet, have a lot of stress or even smoke are likely to be affected by a low glutathione level!
However, there are also natural factors, because from the age of 45, the glutathione status gradually decreases on its own, and from the age of 60, it experiences a further strong loss: the liver and the cells simply produce less of the precious antioxidant from this time on. What happens when there are fewer antioxidants in the body? Exactly, the free radicals can act more and more freely and resist the so-called oxidative stress less. Pale, wrinkled skin is just one visible sign, but the health effects are far worse. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle – regardless of age – only increases this effect. The consumption of alcohol, nicotine, medications, stress, highly processed and industrially manufactured foods, mental and physical stress and, of course, being constantly surrounded by smartphones & co. all contribute to putting our bodies under maximum stress.
The resulting oxidative stress has to be dealt with by the body and it is no wonder that extremely high levels of stress can lead to serious and chronic diseases such as diabetes or respiratory diseases.