Healthy Liver - Healthy Body Let’s get right to Liver and Gut!
Most of your body’s toxic waste goes through two phases in your liver-gut and liver-kidney detox systems. When thinking about “detoxing”, think about it more as “drainage”. Drainage it the better and more accurate term to what detoxing actually is. It describes the process of moving nutrients and toxins through the body, rather than simply detoxing the body, which is what the liver should naturally do every day. Having little to no bowel movement every day can cause a back up in the liver bile system, preventing the lymphatic system from draining properly. As a whole it is important to support the drainage system and detox the liver properly. The best way to do that is through a whole foods diet rich in antioxidants, getting adequate sleep, maintaining a low-stress environment, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs, reducing environmental toxins, and adding in quality herbal supplements. BUT - If we are eating processed foods or drinks, taking antibiotics, birth control, steroids, drinking tap water, taking drugs or alcohol, this can create a statement liver. Everyday we are bombarding it with harmful toxins which makes it harder for the liver to break down these substances. There are two Phases in the liver detoxification system. Phase 1: This is your first line of defence against toxins and uses a group of enzymes known as the CP450 family. These enzymes protect your cells from damage by: - Converting volatile toxins into smaller substances meant for further detox
- Making toxins water-soluble in order to enter Phase 2
Phase 2 is all about conjugation, which uses different pathways to take water-soluble. Through conjugation, the liver is able to turn drugs, hormones and various toxins into water soluble excretable substances.
If the phase 1 and 2 detoxification pathways become overloaded, there will be a build up of toxins in the body. Many of these toxins are fat soluble and incorporate themselves into fatty parts of the body where they may stay for years, if not for a lifetime. The brain and the endocrine (hormonal) glands are fatty organs, and are common sites for fat-soluble toxins to accumulate. This can result in symptoms of brain dysfunction and hormonal imbalances, such as infertility, breast pain, menstrual disturbances, adrenal gland exhaustion and early menopause.
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