By now you know that antioxidants are beneficial compounds that combat oxidative stress and scavenge free radicals that accelerate aging and chronic dis-ease. Although there are many important antioxidants, the most important one is glutathione.
Glutathione amplifies the body’s own ability to ward off illness and protect against aging. Research has correlated low glutathione levels with the onset of many health conditions, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and immune disorders.
Glutathione has also been recommended for hangovers! Alcohol leaves toxic metabolites in the liver and this has been shown to significantly deplete glutathione levels. Alcohol is toxic to our bodies and glutathione is used up to help detoxify the body. When your body is able to quickly detoxify itself, you feel less of the hangover effects.
The byproducts of alcohol breakdown are known as acetaldehydes and are the culprits behind the hangover symptoms you may experience such as nausea, sweating, and vomiting. A study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found that glutathione helps neutralize acetaldehydes and other liver toxins, and that low glutathione levels in the liver can lead to oxidative stress induced liver dysfunction.
Do you ever wonder what actually happens in your body after a lot of alcohol consumption? An inflammatory cascade is triggered to protect itself from toxins. Those who consume alcohol on a regular basis increase oxidative stress and inflammation in their bodies. Glutathione helps to control inflammation and quenches these free radicals.
Unfortunately, glutathione can’t fix everything like dehydration so drinking plenty of water is a must. If you have more than a couple of drinks, drink a full liter of water before going to bed. Yes you may have to wake up and use the restroom but at least you won’t wake up dehydrated with a massive headache, so replenish your electrolytes. Because raising your glutathione levels through oral consumption is difficult consider stopping by for a Myers and glutathione infusion and always have some liposomal glutathione on standby.
Interested in knowing how much glutathione you have in your body? This Micronutrient Testing is for you.