Detoxification is defined as “the removal of toxic substances from the body,” or a “cleansing of the body.” The primary organ involved in detoxification is our liver. Our liver filters the toxins that pass through from the GI. If the liver is able to keep up with the pace of toxins being formed, they will be filtered out fast enough and never reach the rest of the body.
The liver is the largest organ in the body that assimilates and packages nutrients for use while detoxifying hundreds of chemicals in two phases. This process is called biotransformation. If the liver fails to function properly, every other system of the body is compromised.
Most of the toxins are fat-soluble molecules. These toxins include but are not limited to Environmental Toxins such as polluted air from factories, auto exhaust, paint and cleaning products, heavy metals, pesticides and insecticides, radiation, inhalants. Internal toxins include bacterial, yeast, or fungal overgrowth; by-products of metabolic reactions such as Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia and Hormones; undigested food; stress; unresolved trauma or abuse; and unhappy relationships. Furthermore, Lifestyle Toxins include fast foods, fried foods, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, recreational drugs, prescription and OTC drugs, artificial food additives, preservatives.
These substances are deposited into our body’s fat stores, as fat cells are less metabolically active than the rest of the body. This reduces the amount of toxins that are circulating freely throughout the bloodstream. The fat protects us, and the body will tend to form more fat in which to store the toxins, making weight management difficult.
The body will also deposit toxic compounds into other tissues, preventing proper organ function. This can negatively affect the heart, liver, colon, brain, kidney, lungs, skin, and hormone systems. The liver changes fat soluble toxins into a water soluble form, to be eliminated by the kidneys and colon. A good detoxification program will assist the liver by providing nutrients to enhance biotransformation process. Healthy biotransformation support will reduce the burden of incoming toxins on the body and promote liver’s ability to process and eliminate stored toxins from tissues.
Eating organic foods, drinking filtered water, and eliminating problem foods helps reduce toxin exposure. However, toxins can be still stored in the body from decades of living. It is paramount that we support the process of biotransformation. This aids the liver in both phases of detoxification, and ensures incoming toxins are removed.
If the liver is not functioning properly, toxins will enter our circulation and accumulate in various parts of our body, causing damage over time. These toxins stay in our systems permanently and start to negatively affect our organs, such as liver, colon, kidney, heart, brain, lungs, skin, and endocrine system.
A proper detoxification program will help restore healthy digestive system function by removing harmful toxins, and by promoting nutrient absorption from food which will help you feel more energized! At NLM Dr. Samara strives to help you identify your toxic load and how to detoxify your body so that you can attain the best health possible.
A true detoxification program should accomplish three main goals:
1.REMOVE – This is accomplished by eliminating the toxins from your diet and lifestyle.
2.RESTORE – This is achieved by supporting the processing and elimination of toxins. Drinking purified water, eating foods that help with detoxification, and taking nutraceutical support will all assist in the removal of toxins that have been trapped in your body.
3.REVITALIZE – Continued drinking purified water, eating foods that help with detoxification, and supplementing with specific natural products will help to enhance Phase I and II detoxification pathways in your liver, as well as support healthy functioning of your digestive system during the detoxification process.