The liver is the gateway to the body and, with all the chemicals it is subjected to, its detoxification systems are easily overloaded. Thousands of chemicals are added to food, plants are sprayed with pesticides, animals are injected with hormones & antibiotics – over 700 chemicals have been identified in drinking water alone! Today we will explore in a little more detail how the liver detoxifies.
While the liver has a variety of functions in the body, its role as the cleanser and filter of the bloodstream is of vital importance. This is known as detoxification where the liver breaks down and transforms substances like metabolic waste, drugs, alcohol and chemicals, so that they can be excreted.
There are 2 distinct phases in the detoxification process which are important for the processing and elimination of toxins from the body. Phase one is where the liver uses oxygen and enzymes to burn toxins. This process is called oxidation, and makes the toxins more soluble in water. Making them more water soluble is necessary so they can be more easily excreted from the body by the kidneys, bowel or the liver.
To rid itself of toxins produced by Phase One detoxification, the liver performs a second phase, called conjugation. In this phase, oxidized chemicals are combined with sulphur and glutathione (which is an antioxidant made by our body) so they can be excreted in bile, urine or faeces.
Both phases of liver detoxification can be compromised by nutritional deficiency, high exposure to toxins and certain medications (e.g. Tylenol), alcohol consumption and low protein intake.
At The Natural Way, we understand how crucial the liver is for successful weight loss and have our own formulation De-Xtra to support its optimum function. De-Xtra is essential for boosting the function of the liver to ensure an enhanced detox and subsequent weight loss result: both ginseng & gotu-kola (the herbs in De-Xtra) work on making sure the liver and other vital organs are working at peak function so detox occurs at an accelerated rate, so there is less chance of residual damage occurring in the body as a result of the process. Not only that, the nutrients in our formulations B+ Zinc & Passiflora, CC and C-1000 are also important for supporting optimal liver function.
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