What are some substances that my body must detoxify?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Your body needs to detoxify substances from outside the body (exogenous) and those made inside the body (endogenous).

Common external sources that need to be detoxified are:
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Air pollutants
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, bisphenol-A
Common internal sources that need to be detoxified are:
  • Toxins produced by intestinal microbes
  • Hormones
  • Bile acids
  • Metabolic intermediates

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