Detoxification is the process of eliminating or detoxifying the body of chemicals and toxins. Detoxification has a broad rang that includes: complementary, conventional, scientific, and spiritual. Detoxification is a widely used treatment in alternative medicine that focuses on immediate effects of eliminating the existing toxins in the body and avoiding any new ones as an essential part of ones healing process.

"Detoxification 101"

The human body must constantly clear hormones and toxins from the body. Some toxins are from the environment and are called xenobiotics. There are thousands of chemical exposures we have from gases, food preservatives and dyes put in food, cleaning products, etc.

Poor eating and improper food combinations generate biological toxins in us as well. Often proteins putrefy in our intestines and produce toxins. In other words our food can spoil or rot in our intestinal tract and add to our bio toxic load. This results in destruction of the balance of the friendly bacteria in our large intestine. We call this dysbiosis.

Many people take medications which add to the load of toxins. Our liver struggles to keep up with it all. If the nutrients are not right for it to function in the detoxification process, it will simply recycle it all back.

Our skin and lungs do what they can. The kidneys have a role as well. Some substances can not be excreted by the kidney until the liver is finished with them. More recycling of the load.

Many people have tried to detox themselves with either failure or partial results. Those who failed blame it on the products. The reality is this: They did not know what they were doing.

Sometimes the kidneys are weak or clogged and can not handle the release from the liver and so the person actually feels worse! It is like stirring up the mud on the bottom of a pond. They really needed professional guidance.

Let us take a closer look at the physiology.

The liver is a real chemical powerhouse. It has hundreds of jobs. The detoxification that it does changes fat soluble substances into water soluble ones. When these substances are water soluble the body can get rid of them via the kidneys, gallbladder or skin.

The liver works in two phases. These are Phase I and Phase II detoxification.

Phase I: It uses hydrogen and oxygen in what is called hydroxylation to do this.

In Phase II detoxification, the liver takes what came from Phase I and makes it water soluble. It does this by combining acetate, glutathione, sulfate or glucuronic acid. If it does not do that it will take 3 hydrogen molecules and one carbon and perform methylation. All of this chemistry requires certain essential nutrients or it will not work!

Impaired methylation is associated with cancer and cardiovascular problems. Additionally, depression and dementia have also been associated with dysfunctional methylation!

This is serious business for human health.

To learn more about detoxification and health, call Holistic Health Service at 818 775 1183. Speak with Dr. Lucy Cooper, Doctor of Oriental Medicine. We have the best patient education! Call now!

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