We live in a toxic world filled with chemicals that are known to harm health. Just as an example, there are 86,000 different chemicals on the Environmental Protection Agency's Chemical Substances Control Inventory and that doesn't even include the various pesticides, food additives, prescription drugs, tobacco products, or cosmetics. And, of course, as we age the more stress these chemicals can have on our internal detoxification system increases.
The fact is, chemicals are toxic and can accelerate the aging process and even contribute to many of the age related illnesses. According to a 2014 review, exposure to toxins impact aging on a deep cellular level.
Toxins have associated mechanisms that negatively impact aging, these include:
Increasing oxidative stress
Causing imbalanced gut bacteria
Disrupting endocrine function
Inhibiting key enzymes
Altering genetic expression
Fortunately, there are many ways to support optimal detoxification through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation. From a dietary perspective, a 2020 clinical trial demonstrated that people who ate a primarily organic, plant-based diet featuring lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and phytonutrients had lower levels of toxic chemicals than people who ate the standard American diet. From a lifestyle perspective, getting enough sleep, exercise and managing stress will also help support more efficient detoxification.
Two nutrients to focus on are vitamin C and glutathione, which are both potent antioxidants and help contribute to healthy detoxification. Some amino acids and herbs can also help support effective detoxification.
Supporting the body and its ability to detoxify can help protect cells and tissues from the negative effects toxins can have on the aging process. By using a comprehensive approach, you can help protect your youthful vitality.