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Detoxification for better health

TOXIC substances are everywhere, in the air we breathe, the food we cat and the water we drink. Even our body and the bacteria in the intestines produce toxins. Types of toxic substances include heavy metals ( lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel and aluminum ), chemicals, drugs. alcohol, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, food additives and microbial compounds.

Impaired liver detoxification pathways cause chronic symptoms and diseases. The process of detoxification by the liver occurs in two phases; Phase I and Phase II. Phase I is controlled by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. It is responsible for the degradation of toxic molecules ( drugs, hormones, chemicals ) into smaller but highly reactive metabolites. These molecules are then bound to water-soluble carrier molecules during Phase II detoxification for transport to the kidneys, where they will be excreted in the urine.

Liver detoxification is impaired by the taking of many prescription medicines as they interfere with the cytochrome P450 enzyme system and excessive consumption of alcohol. The process is also slowed by eating grapefruit or drinking its juice because the 'naringenin' in this fruit inhibits the passage of chemicals through the detoxification pathways.

There are certain 'helpers' which need to be present in the liver for these detoxification systems to work well. They are:

Phase I: Vitamins B2, B3. B6, B12, folic acid

Phase II: Cysteine, N-acetyl cysteine. methionine, taurine, inorganic sulphates, glycine, glutamine, glucoronic acid, glutathione These nutrients are found in whole-grains, meats and sulphur-containing vegetables such as garlic, onions, beans, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Alternatively, you may want to supplement your diet with these nutrients if you suspect nutritional deficiencies.

Other factors which weaken the detoxification capacity are allergies and food intolerances. candidiasis, genetic disorders, a 'leaky gut', microbial and chemical toxins.

Herbs for liver support

Milk thistle is traditionally used for liver disorders. This herb contains silymarin, which is an anti-oxidant to help prevent free radical damage on the liver due to toxins. Silymarin also increases the glutathione content of the liver by 35 per cent in healthy subjects and by over 50 per cent in experimental rats. It increases the level of the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase in cell cultures. Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying a wide range of chemicals. Increasing the glutathione content of the liver means the liver has an increased capacity for detoxification reactions.

Perhaps the most interesting effect of milk thistle components on the liver is its ability to stimulate protein synthesis. This results in an increase in the production of new liver cells to replace the damaged old ones.

Dandelion is a type of bitter herb which may aid digestion by stimulating the release of bile by the liver and gallbladder.

Its gentle effects on the liver, particularly its lipotropic effects, may be put to good use in the treatment of PMS. Decreased clearance of oestrogen and other hormones by the liver is believed to be responsible for these symptoms in some women. If dandelion can improve the liver's ability to detoxify these hormones, PMS symptoms may be improved.

To reduce the absorption of toxic substances, it is recommended that the diet be rich in fibre, particularly water-soluble fibre such as that found in vegetables, guar gum, pectin and oat bran. Fibre has an ability to bind toxins within the gut and promote their excretion.


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