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Digestive Health

How does the liver detoxify the body?

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  • ABryce Wylde, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    The liver detoxifies in two chemical phases, the first a collection phase. If your liver is functioning well, it takes those collected toxins and in phase two transforms them into water-soluble compounds that can be excreted through stool, urine or bile. We pee them out, poop them out, sweat them out and breathe them out. If the liver isn't functioning well and removing toxins effectively, the body will store them in your nervous system and fat tissue causing disease. Antioxidants, which are crucial in the process of ditching toxins, need to be replenished through dietary and supplementary sources. So, the very purpose behind "detoxing" is the optimization of these liver functions. New studies of the liver's detoxification system suggest that even if you're battling something as serious as cancer, you may decide with a professional's help that a detoxification program is a prudent auxiliary strategy for your recovery.

    The addition of a detoxification routine gets your body doing the things it does best to heal itself. Our bodies signal an overload of toxic substances in many ways: headache; muscle and joint pain; fatigue; irritability; depression; mental confusion; gastrointestinal tract irregularities; cardiovascular irregularities; flu-like symptoms; or allergic reactions, including hives, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and coughing. The liver, the central toxic-waste site of the body, works hard every second of the day and night to sieve these toxins. It is also a metabolic factory where everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat to the medicines we take is transformed. It's responsible for breaking down and packaging up proteins, carbohydrates and fats and, as if that isn't enough, it synthesizes bile and glycogen (the principal form in which sugar is stored) and the blood proteins that the body uses for energy and metabolism. In the process, the liver is guilty of accumulating these toxins. Often, it stores a surplus of toxin in the fat of our body so as to get it safely out of general circulation. We can hardly expect a busy factory not to produce some waste. The liver is capable of healing and regenerating itself, but an overloaded liver leaks poisons into the bloodstream that can injure organs and diminish our health. We need to help it along with a routine, health-optimizing cleansing.
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