- The Liver
- An oversimplification of how the liver detoxifies
- How do we support detoxification?
Detoxification is a process that the body does continue without us knowing it. Our bodies have their built-in filtration system that removes toxins from our bloodstream and tissues. Our bodies have a certain capacity for detoxification but if we continue to overload our system with toxins, there will come a point where we are overloaded and the immune will not be able to handle the insults and become overwhelmed. When the system is overwhelmed, the toxins and microbes will start to have an influence on the body’s normal functioning metabolic pathways and begin to negatively affect them.
Toxins come from two sources:
- External sources of toxins: chemical pollution, heavy metals, electricity, radiation, infectious organisms, pesticides, food additives, tobacco, drugs, asbestos, carbon monoxide, electromagnetic fields, carpets, wall paint and alcohol, to name a few.
- Internal sources of toxins: metabolic waste products produced by bacteria, parasites or fungi living in our digestive tracts, breakdown products of hormones, neurotransmitters and antibodies, poorly functioning digestive systems cause fermentation and rotting of poorly digested foods in the digestive tract these compounds need to be detoxified.
While your liver may be your main blood filtration system, you have several other filtering organs:
- Your lungs filter harmful substances in the air, such as toxins from cigarette smoke.
- Your intestines destroy parasites and other unwanted organisms.
- Your kidneys filter excess toxins and waste from your blood and release them in your urine.