Boost your immune and detox systems by stepping up your glutathione intake. Include raw eggs, tomatoes, avocados, spinach, meats, cold-pressed whey protein and unpasteurized milk in your diet. Sulfur-rich foods like garlic, onions, broccoli, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage help expel toxins out of the body. Keep stress at bay as it depletes glutathione levels.
If you experience fatigue, irritability, problems concentrating or disturbances in your sleep, you may benefit from a spring cleaning.
Spring is looked upon as a season of renewal and rebirth. Likewise, your low energy, mood swings, sleep disturbances and difficulties concentrating may be indications of a buildup of toxins and need to clean-up your diet and detox.
Instead of making a shopping list and buying several vitamins and/or supplements, focus on avoiding environmental toxins (e.g., second- hand smoke, smoking, chlorine in pools that research shows combines with urine to form dangerous chemicals[What Happens When You Pee In The Pool, Mercola[/ref], fumes). Invest in whole, organic foods that are raised without herbicides, pesticides and other synthetic chemicals that damage your health and animals that are raised humanely and safe to eat.
Not only will you keep your exposure to toxins to a minimum, you will help to build your body’s natural defenses and experience an increase in vitality, clear focus, sound sleep and sense of renewal.
How To Build Your Body’s Defenses Systems
You can build up your body’s defenses, support your immune and detoxification systems by ensuring that you eat adequate amounts of the foods that will give you the building blocks to create glutathione.
Glutathione is an intracellular antioxidant that supports your body’s immune and detoxification systems. It is made from three amino acids: L-cysteine, L-glutamic acid, glycine and sulfur. The sulfur in glutathione makes it act like fly trap paper, stick to toxins and safely remove them from your body.
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Foods That Contain Amino Acids – L-cysteine, L-glutamic acid, Glycine
- Unpasteurized milk (i.e., ideally grass-fed, organic and hormone/antibiotic-free)
- Raw eggs (i.e., from chickens that are pasture-raised)
- Undenatured, cold processed whey protein
- Meats (e.g., beef, lamb, bison, chicken, turkey, wild-caught, pasture-raised, grass-fed)
Exercise also helps you build up glutathione. Aim to get moderate levels of exercise (i.e., 30 minutes several times a week). Stress depletes your body of glutathione so it is important that you learn to manage your levels of stress effectively.
By taking these simple steps, you will reduce your exposure to environmental toxins, help build your body’s natural defenses and experience a renewed sense of vitality.