I was recently asked what my thoughts were on detoxing. I believe they were speaking about a healthy cleanse and not rehab. I assume this because I was asked to post an article about it here on our site.
Detoxing is often used to remove toxins out of your body. This can be done through cleansing the liver, the bowel, the blood, and other organs. It is sometimes used in conjunction with fasting. The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile, which helps to break down fats, preparing them for further digestion and absorption. All of the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down the nutrients and drugs in the blood into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body. More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver.When the liver has broken down harmful substances, they are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and ultimately leave the body in the feces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys and leave the body in the form of urine. When the liver is filled up with toxins, blood from the portal vein cannot enter, and it becomes swollen and enlarged, resulting in congestion of all glands, muscles, joints and body structures. This is due to the portal hypertension that blocks the return of blood on time, from the veins. Arteries carry blood away from the heart; veins carry blood back to the heart. Continue reading »