Low Glutathione May Impact Your Energy
Another Monday rolls around, and you’re wondering how you are going to get through the week. Remember when you felt like you had all the energy in the world? Where did that go?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there, and we feel like there are not enough hours in the day. Or maybe, we’re trying to pack too much into our day?
The truth is that when your body is nutritionally balanced without the burden of free radicals, you DO have that energy again. It isn’t about how old we get, or how much we do in our day or week that defines our energy levels. But if you are feeling like that energy is missing, that’s a message from your body that it needs a little bit of help.
And that’s where glutathione comes in.
The Cellular War in Your Body
Everything about your health, energy and appearance starts at the cellular level. Healthy cells throughout the body have a variety of roles; from cognition to carrying nutrients and messaging through the nervous system. They also control production and repair of skin tissues, digestion and your immune system.
When we are young, our cells have not had too much exposure to free radicals. Plus, the younger we are, the better equipped our bodies are to produce the right amount of glutathione and other natural antioxidants.
We start absorbing free radicals from the air we breath, the food and water we consume, and from lifestyle choices like consuming alcohol or tobacco products. It is these free radicals that cause the damage that impedes the production of glutathione in the liver.
That’s where it’s made and recycled, so that your body has a natural defense against cellular oxidation and the health risks associated with a high free radical load in your body.
Many of us are not even aware of the ongoing cycle. Free radicals enter the body and attach themselves to healthy cells. They damage those cells and impair their functioning. Next, they leave the dying and damaged cell to find another healthy one to consume energy from. And this battle is exponential; it goes on and on throughout every cell in your body.
But the worst part is, free radicals also damage the liver, and impede its ability to produce the very antioxidant our bodies need to prevent free radical damage!
What Does It Feel Like to Have Low Glutathione?
You can’t immediately feel the impact of free radicals. In fact, you might not even notice for decades, until you start to see changes in your normal energy level. What is the number one way our bodies communicate to us that there is an important deficiency? We feel tired (even after a good night of sleep), and periods in our day where we struggle to stay alert, and focused.
Your physician can talk to you about testing for glutathione deficiency, if you are concerned about your energy levels. It’s the best place to start when you get tired of ‘being tired’ all the time.
How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh well, I guess I am getting older”. But your energy level has very little to do with your age, and everything to do with your cellular health. When you take steps to optimize your glutathione production, you strengthen your cells against free radical damage.
And the over all benefits? Optimized glutathione and antioxidant levels reduce the risk of many chronic diseases and Cancer. Glutathione helps to improve digestion and immune system functioning, mental acuity and memory, restore collagen and lipids for healthier skin and much more.
But how does this improve energy levels? In order to stay alert and feel that surge of healthy energy throughout the day, your cells need to efficiently carry oxygen, proteins, hydration, nutrients, electrolytes, minerals and important antioxidants.
When that cellular superhighway is working correctly, every cell in your body is nourished. And that means more energy in your day.
Clinical Research and References
- Glutathione! (2014). Joseph Pizzorno, ND, Editor in Chief. Retrieved from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
- Glutathione metabolism and its implications for health. (2004). Retrieved from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
- The Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Fatigue during Exercise: Potential Role for NAD+(H). (2010).John Mach, Adrian W. Midgley, Steve Dank, Ross S. Grant,and David J. Bentley. Retrieved from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
- Glutathione synthetase deficiency. (2018). Retrieved from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.