Whether it’s summer, spring or fall, looking young and healthy year-round will always have benefits for your body and self esteem. Healthy skin boosts our confidence while at the same time protecting us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Yet, every day, our bodies are bombarded with toxins thanks to poor eating habits, the environment (with various factors such as pesticides and pollution) and even products we use at home (for example, household cleaning). Not only can toxins weaken our immune systems, they also can make us sick and accelerate aging.
Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center offers a great solution to the anti-aging dilemma without the headaches involved in pushing ourselves to look a decade or two younger. Say hello to glutathione injections, a service we offer in our clinic.
Looking younger isn’t easy and maintaining that appearance can sometimes be impossible. Visit our clinic in McAllen for glutathione injections, Botox and several other cosmetic services!
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is an antioxidant made up of three amino acids: glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. It is the body’s master antioxidant and considered one of the most valuable detoxifying agents. Glutathione is mainly produced in the liver and helps with balancing the immune system, supporting the removal of pollutants from the body and works with keeping cells young, which produces an anti-aging effect.
Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s production of glutathione decreases (for most people, production drops after age 40), thus, making us more susceptible to diseases and damaging free radicals.
With almost any environment we find ourselves in, there’s bound to be toxic chemicals in the food we eat, water we drink and air we breathe. We are most likely to find ourselves in situations that can lead to damaging results for our skin.
Unlike health problems and smoking cigarettes, most people used to be quite oblivious to physical woes and air pollution. Yet, the truth of the matter is that your skin provides the perfect visual evidence of the damage caused by air pollution. For example, toxins in the air can lead to eczema and allergies. That’s right, even the air we breathe now can affect how our skin looks down the line.
According to a study by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, epidemiological and toxicological research has suggested a direct link between asthma and other allergic disorders, such as nitrogen dioxide produced by cars and industrial activities like factories. The report further delves into other issues that can cause your skin to prematurely wrinkle, form sunspots and develop cancer.
Not to scare you away from stepping outside and becoming some kind of South Texas hermit, but air can also carry dirt and soot that sticks to the outermost layer of our skin. This can lead to skin-related issues like acne formation and clogged pores. In turn, it can result in your skin having a dull appearance.
We know you’re thinking, “And how do glutathione injections help?” Well, all of these toxins can cause oxidative stress, which itself is caused when free radicals infiltrate the body’s natural defenses. This is where antioxidants such as glutathione help out.
Glutathione works to counterbalance the damage caused when your skin comes into contact with free radicals in the environment. It also helps flush out these harmful materials from our bodies and also supercharges the immune system while increasing the skin’s radiance, resulting in a decrease of age spots.
It’s no surprise that celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Rihanna and Jennifer Aniston have adopted the procedure, and it shows! The bottom line is, even though this sounds stressful on top of the other things we have to worry about, air pollution is harmful.
A Few Benefits to Consider
While the anti-age community mostly attributes the use of glutathione injections to the lightening of skin tones, which helps in eliminating damaged cells (usually causes skin to darken) and giving your skin a luminescent glow, it can also be used for a variety of health issues and conditions such as:
- Heart Disease – Glutathione is one of the most important molecules known to help in the prevention of heart diseases by protecting the lining of your arteries.
- A Weak Immune System – Glutathione promotes the duplication of white blood cells that can help strengthen weak immune systems.
- Memory Loss – A high presence of glutathione has been known to reduce the symptoms of memory loss.
- Male Infertility – Studies have shown that antioxidant supplementation, especially glutathione in particular, improves the sperm quality count in men, which increases the chances of conceiving.
- Alzheimer’s Disease – The powerful antioxidant helps slow or prevent mild cognitive impairment, which can lead to Alzheimer’s according to ScienceDirect.
- Parkinson’s Disease – High doses of glutathione are known to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s by protecting the brain against free radical cells.
- Osteoarthritis – Glutathione helps manage osteoarthritis by targeting affected body parts.
- Low Energy – Our bodies use glutathione to neutralize free radicals that cause muscle fatigue.
- Acne – The amount of glutathione in acne-prone patients was “lower” than other acne patients according to this study.
Which Foods Contain Glutathione?
Glad you asked! If you have adopted healthy eating habits, there’s a good chance you regularly consume glutathione. The powerful antioxidant can be found in some of the healthiest foods, such as avocados, tomatoes and walnuts. However, while these nutritious snacks can improve glutathione levels (and give you a dose of essential fatty acids), they don’t directly contribute to healthy-looking skin. Either way, you’re still on the right path by eating healthy.
You Have Questions and We Have Answers
Learning about new skin treatments can be daunting and time-consuming, especially when information can be scarce. At Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center, we pride ourselves in providing answers to all of your beauty and skin treatment-related questions. If you’re interested in achieving a healthy skin glow or are curious about our glutathione injections, stop by our McAllen location or give us a call at 956.672.4056.