A week ago we published a brief summary of why toxins matter to your health and weight. It is available on our website at www.vitopiahealth.com under the Health Articles tab. This article is the second part of a four-part series
Part II – How Your Organs Clear Toxins
You are probably aware that the body naturally removes toxins. The problem arises when we take in more toxins than our organs can eliminate. A basic understanding of toxin removal can help you take action to support that process. This overview attempts to avoid a great deal of specialized medical terminology.
The organs of detoxification include:
- Lymphatic system
- Respiratory system
The phases of detoxification include:
This phase involves unlocking or neutralizing certain chemical toxins. For instance, fat-soluble toxins are transformed into a more water-soluble form. Unfortunately, in many cases, the new form is more toxic than its original form.
This Phase I process consumes a great deal of certain nutrients and the process itself frequently contributes to free radical formation and oxidative stress. The greater the toxin load, the greater the need for these key nutrients in order to avoid free radical formation.
Ideally the toxic substances produced in Phase I are converted into non-toxic molecules in Phase II by the liver and become even more water-soluble. Phase II enzymes require key nutrients for activation. Deficiencies or low intake of key nutrients will cause Phase II enzyme systems to function poorly or not at all. If this happens, the toxic by-products of detoxification can accumulate and cause harmful side effects.
Once your liver has processed these toxins, they can be eliminated from your cells and your overall body. The water-soluble toxins are generally eliminated by the kidneys. Bile acts on the remaining fat-soluble toxins to eliminate them through the intestines.
Next stepsVitopia practitioners have worked with countless patients who wish to improve their health. We have repeatedly seen the importance and effectiveness of lowering the body’s toxic burden. Over the next few weeks, we will share more information about toxins and the role they play in our health including:
Part III - Toxins’ effect on metabolism
Part IV - How to safely remove toxins
Guided group detoxification event
We will also wrap up January with a guided group detoxification event which covers many aspects of detoxification and provides a step-by-step approach, along with an opportunity to ask questions and gain in-depth knowledge. This event is held approximately four times per year. If you are interested in learning more about the Guided Group Detoxification event, including dates and times, please contact us for details.
NOTE: If you are interested in the event, I encourage you to contact us right away.
Wishing You a Healthy & Happy New Year!
Mike Woodley, R.Ph., FAAMFM, ABAAHP