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Phase 1 And 2 Liver Detoxification Pathways

Phase 1 2 detox

Inside the liver cells there are sophisticated mechanisms that have evolved over millions of years to break down toxic substances. Every drug, artificial chemical, pesticide and hormone, is broken down (metabolised) by enzyme pathways inside the liver cells. Many of the toxic chemicals that enter the body are fat-soluble, which means they dissolve only in fatty or oily solutions and not in water. This makes them difficult for the body to excrete. Fat soluble chemicals have a high affinity for fat tissues and cell membranes, which are made of fatty substances. In these fatty parts of the body, toxins may be stored for years, being released during times of exercise, stress or fasting. During the release of these toxins, symptoms such as headaches, poor memory, stomach pain, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and palpitations may occur. The body's primary defence against metabolic poisoning is carried out by the liver. The liver has two mechanisms designed to convert fat-soluble chemicals into water soluble chemicals so that they may then be easily excreted from the body via watery fluids such as bile and urine.

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Liver Flush

Liver flush

Removal of toxins from the body is an integral part of Ayurvedic, yogic, and naturopathic medicine. Symptoms of poor health in people free from diagnosed disease may be related to toxin build-up. Improved liver detoxification capacity contributes to overall health and well-being. Detoxification programmes may produce improvements in subjective health reports. (MacIntosh A1, Ball K. The effects of a short program of detoxification in disease-free individuals.Altern Ther Health Med. 2000 Jul;6(4):70-6). Spring is traditionally time to detox. Here are instructions for a detox including a Liver Flush, originally used by a Dr. Schulze. Dr. Richard Schulze, N.D., M.H . is one of the foremost authorities on natural medicine and herbalism in the World. He operated Natural Cure Clinics in New York, Southern California and Europe for almost 20 years up until 1994. The following method for a Liver Flush formed part of his programme for treatment of so-called “incurable” diseases. After both his parents unfortunately dying of heart attacks at an early age and he himself being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Dr Schulze changed his lifestyle and got better. 

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Getting Over a Hangover Naturally


A hangover is caused by a combination of the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism (acetaldehyde), hypoglycemia dehydration, & Vitamin A, B (particularly B6) and C depletion. The symptoms are usually a dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and headache and are caused by a combination of these factors. Excess alcohol irritates the stomach lining. It also shuts down the production of anti-diuretic hormone, which in turn causes the excessive urination that leads to dehydration. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is water weight. In fact our brain is 74% water. The symptoms of a hangover are due to dehydration of the brain and an irritated stomach lining, causing nausea and headache. As alcohol is a diuretic, it also causes us to wee out our water-soluble nutrients, the main ones being vitamin B complex, zinc, chromium and vitamin C which leaves us with very low blood sugar, hence fatigue.

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Chinese Medicine and the Liver

TCM Liver

Qi is energy. Qi flows in our body much like water flows from the springs to the seas. In Chinese medicine, the liver dominates the free flow of Qi throughout the body. The liver is like General of the Army of our body. When there is free flow of Qi there is health, energy and vitality and happiness. When the Qi is blocked the liver becomes angry. The liver works in harmony with the spleen in Chinese medicine. The liver controls Qi. It doesn’t make Qi but assists the other organs that do make Qi.

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The Sluggish Liver Explained

sluggish liver

Do you live in the 21st century? Do You suffer from chronic fatigue, headaches, constipation, gall bladder disease/gall stones, aversion to fats, terrible hangovers etc? These are some common symptoms of what is known in naturopathic terms as a sluggish liver, or in other words a sign that your liver is overburdened by too many toxins. Herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary and lifestyle approaches can treat this condition naturally, without the use of pharmacological drugs.

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