What Is Perfect Liver Detox Support?
Have Toxins in Your Body? Spoiler Alert: YES!
We have just created a very advanced, self-diagnostic test that you can personally administer to see if you have toxins in your body. You ready?:
- Do You Eat?
- Do You Drink?
- Do You Breathe?
If you answered, ‘YES’ to any of those questions, sorry, but you have toxins in your body. If you answered, ‘NO’ to any of the above questions… well, you are a robot and that poses a whole set of other problems. But let’s deal with our human audience for now…
Toxins Are All Around Us – In The Air, In Our Food, and In Our Water
The really bad news is that of the 85,000 new chemicals developed in the last 60 years, a whopping 90% of them have never been tested for their effects on human health. More than 9,000 of these chemicals are food additives!
Scientists currently estimate that humans carry at least 700 toxic chemicals in our bodies that have not been studied. Most of these toxins are persistent organic pesticides, such as PCBs and dioxins. Even though they’ve been banned from the US since the 1970s, they are still prevalent in our food supply (persistent!). Many new chemicals, such as BPA, phthalates, and flame retardants (PBDE) have entered our food supply and are also contributing to our bodies’ chemical burden.
I Eat a Clean, Organic Diet… I Should Be Toxin Free, Right?
By eating an organic diet you are feeding your body the nutrients it needs and avoiding many of the harmful chemicals in conventional food. Well done.
Now for the bad news… yeah, you have toxins in your body. A whole lot less than a person who smokes and eats highly processed artificial foods, but unfortunately toxins are everywhere. They are not only in our food, but also in our water, body care products, packaging, air, oceans, streams, river, and wildlife. And, sadly, they are in us – all of us. Toxins enter our bodies from our environment, including our food supply, and are stored in our fat and muscles. Some sea mammals at the top of their food chain have levels so high that they are actually qualified as toxic waste under US law!
What Are These Toxins Doing to Me?
Not helping you in any way, that is for sure! Toxins in the body can lead to:
- Headaches and Neurologic Dysfunction
- Joint Pain
- Sinus Congestion
- Digestive Disturbances
- Environmental and Food Allergies/Sensitivities
- Elevated Cholesterol
- Skin Disorders and Acne
- Anxiety or Depression
Wow, just reading that list can lead to depression! Does everyone who has toxins in their body experience all these problems? No. However, just experiencing any of the problems can be very disturbing.
Doesn’t My Body Have a Way to Eliminate Toxins?
Yes… but talk about a system that is overworked! The liver is our body’s major detoxification organ, and its healthy function is vital to our wellbeing. It has the most varied and vast job of any organ in the body. With lots of work to do daily, it can become burdened and congested.
A healthy liver will neutralize and transform toxins through two phases of detoxification. It will metabolize carbohydrates, help regulate blood sugar, store and transport nutrients, and synthesize amino acids, fats, and cholesterol. It’s busy also cleaning house 24 hours a day!
We are Taking in More Toxins than Our Liver Can Eliminate
Stick with us, it is not all doom and gloom – this story can have a happy ending! To better understand how we can help our body detoxify, we need to learn a little more about how the liver works.
There are five main detoxification organs:
The liver is the most important of these five organs and does the majority of the work.
Hug Your Liver!
While it may actually be anatomically impossible to hug your own liver… it really deserves your love! Your liver is working 24/7/365 to keep you healthy, but it is no easy job, and even your awesome liver needs some help.
How the Liver Works Its Detoxification Magic
When most people think of their liver, they think of the negative effects alcohol has on it. The liver is damaged from exposure to too much alcohol and is responsible for clearing alcohol from our system – but that’s just one of its many jobs.
Understanding the Phases of Detoxification
The ‘phases of the moon’… that has such a gentle and romantic feel to it. The ‘phases of detoxification’ … doesn’t really roll off the tongue the same way, but is still important!
The liver has two primary detoxification pathways called, simply: Phase 1 and Phase 2. The purpose of these two detoxification pathways is to transform toxins from fat-soluble components (chemicals that prefer to dissolve in fat) to water-soluble components (chemicals that prefer to dissolve in water). Most of the toxic chemicals that enter the body are fat-soluble. Since they cannot dissolve in water, they are difficult for the body to mobilize and excrete. The liver must transform these toxins into water-soluble chemicals in order for them to be excreted through the kidneys (in urine) and the intestines (in bile/stool).
Phase 1: Dissolving Fat-Soluble Toxins
As toxins meet the liver for clearing, most must first enter Phase 1 of detoxification. Phase 1 is driven by oxidation, reduction, and hydrolysis. This first line of defense protects the body from a wide variety of toxic substances. Think of Phase 1 as dissolving the fat-soluble toxins to be water-soluble and readying them for elimination.
When Phase 1 is finished, the toxins have been transformed into an intermediate chemical ready for Phase 2.
Phase 2: Absorb and Eliminate
Phase 2 liver detoxification involves the liver cells adding another substance to the intermediate chemical to make it even more water-soluble. Think of Phase 2 as wiping up the dissolved toxins. Once bound or wiped up, the toxin is water-soluble and can be excreted from the body in watery body fluids such as urine and bile. If it is a large molecule, it is excreted into the bile and released into the stool for elimination. If it is a smaller molecule, it is excreted through the kidneys into the urine for elimination.
Read our next article in the series to learn more about Phase 1 and 2 Detox pathways and how to support each Phase for optimal toxin elimination.
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