Despite popular health fad beliefs, it cannot be “cleansed” with a juice fast or a calorie restriction diet.
So forget the Oz Liver Cleanse and the Lemonade Master Cleanse. They will not detoxify the liver naturally and may in fact be the opposite of what is needed.
Detoxifying and cleaning the liver is a two phase process.
The #toxins that one hopes to rid from the body are typically assaulting us on a daily basis.
What is needed is a daily plan for managing the battery of fat soluble and water soluble toxins. Fat soluble toxins include pesticides, plastic and cosmetic containing phthalates, food pesticides, chlorine in household cleaners, PCBs in farmed fish and heavy metals in the food and the air we breathe. And of course there’s antibiotics we are given by doctors and dioxins in processed animal products. The liver also breaks down microbes from the digestive tract.
Food that enters the body gets to the liver via the small intestine. The liver modifies the harmful elements
Most food substances that enter the human body go to the liver from the small intestine for sorting via the portal venous system. The liver sorts out what to keep and what to get rid of.
The blood passes through the liver, which takes out harmful chemicals before, one hopes, they reach toxic levels. They are then made water-soluble so that they can be sent out of the body via sweat or urine.
Because many toxins are fat-soluble, large quantities of such toxins that enter the body can be stored in fat.
STAGE ONE: OXIDATION
Special enzymes, referred to as cytochrome P450 modify the toxin that is stored in the fat cell.This results in a release of free radicals. This then requires antioxidants to neutralize. Fat soluble vitamins work here, including vitamins D, E and A. The product of stage one is reactive and still toxic. Stage two utilizes enzymes to complete the removal process.
STAGE TWO: CONJUGATION
The second stage conjugates the toxin, which makes it more water soluble in order to be excreted in the bile or urine. Sulfur is the compound added that makes this stage of detoxification possible. They are derived from proteins, which break down to amino acids. Having a leaky gut or skipping meals which leads to reduced levels of amino’s impairs the liver function because of a lack of sulfur. There are other significantly important nutrients for both phase one and phase two liver detoxification.
Supplements and proper diet are your best bet to a health liver.