Key Number 4: Healthy Detoxification and Elimination
The liver is the site of more metabolic processes than anywhere else in the body. The liver functions both as a digestive organ and as the primary organ of detoxification. Detoxification is the process of cleaning the blood of all the leftover debris that needs to be eliminated from the body. This leftover debris can be waste products from metabolic processes, environmental toxins and excess hormones. If detoxification and elimination pathways are not efficient, toxicity can build up inside the body and cause a whole host of problems including impaired brain function, menopausal symptoms, thyroid problems, fatigue, bloating, inability to lose weight and autoimmune disorders just to name a few.
Liver detoxification happens in two steps, phase I and phase II. The products of phase I detoxification are highly toxic and need to rapidly undergo the phase II process so they can be eliminated before they cause harm in the body. Many nutrients are required in order for both phase I and phase II detoxification to occur both efficiently and healthfully.
If any of these nutrients are missing detoxification will be sluggish, free radicals will damage your tissues and toxic byproducts will start to build up. After the liver has done its job the products of detoxification are ready to be eliminated in the feces urine or sweat. This requires optimal function of the gall bladder, kidneys and digestive system.
A detoxification program can be one of the best things you do for your health, but it must be done right in order to reap any of the benefits. A properly managed detoxification program will ensure you are receiving all of the nutrients needed for phase I and II detoxification, as well as ensuring proper kidney, gall bladder and digestive function for proper elimination. If a detox program takes all of these things into consideration, within a few weeks you could be looking and feeling better than you have in years!