DETOXIFYING ROLE OF THE LIVER
Did you know your liver is the largest internal organ and one of the hardest working organs in your body? Overburden your liver with a toxic lifestyle, environment and diet and this can result in weight gain, feeling heavy, bloated and sluggish.free DISCOVERY call
If toxins are not expelled from your body, they recirculate through the blood and affect many organ functions. Toxins will affect your nervous system and mental function, leading to fatigue, depression or anxiety. Chemicals are stored in fatty tissues, the largest collection of fatty tissue in the body is the brain leading to neurological damage. The build-up of toxins and chemicals may cause allergies and skin reactions. Inadequate detoxification causes accelerated aging and promotes the onset of many degenerative diseases. Chronic diseases such as cancer, autoimmune disease, heart disease, neurological disease, diabetes and obesity can also be linked to a toxin overload. Genetic factors also determine how well you handle exposure to toxins. Our lab testing can pinpoint genetic factors that are affecting your capacity to effectively metabolize certain toxins.
The 3rd body system is based on both anti-oxidant protection and liver detoxification. When this system beaks down you are at risk of damage from free radicals and chemical toxicity. It is estimated that each of us is carrying at least 700 different types of toxins, most of which have never been studied. One large scale US based scientific study identified 287 industrial chemicals in newborn babies.
SIGNS THAT YOU ARE NEEDING DETOXIFICATION SUPPORT
If you say yes to any of these, you need to introduce liver support.
JUST HOW CAN YOU AVOID THESE DAMAGING TOXINS?
The definition of toxic is “containing or being a poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation”. It is impossible to completely avoid exposure to environmental pollutants (car exhaust, cigarette smoke and industrial chemicals) that accumulate in our air, water, food and soil.
Genetic factors can make some people highly vulnerable to environmental toxins. The Organix Comprehensive Profile from Genova can identify genetic factors and overall detoxification abilities. Exogenous toxins are:
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- Tap water
- Smog & petrochemicals
- Car exhaust
- Industrial chemicals & solvents
- Coffee, tobacco, alcohol, and sugar
- Food preservatives
- Heavy metals
- Viruses, Bacteria & parasites
- Prescription and over the counter drugs
“The accumulation of toxins in the body/mind system accelerates aging”
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IS YOUR HOME POSIONOUS?
People rarely think of their own home as being toxic. Findings by the Environmental Protection Agency found that toxic chemicals in common household cleaners, often in the form of fumes, are three times more likely to cause cancer than other air pollutants. The quality of indoor air is being constantly degraded by products we are using to clean our homes. The obsession with cleanliness is sometimes to our detriment.Schedule my free call
Additionally, to toxic household chemicals, mould in the form of mycotoxins is another potentially dangerous toxin. By inhaling mould spores, mycotoxins are capable of producing gastro intestinal problems including vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding. Chronic mould exposure can lead to candida infections and also increased estrogen levels.
HORMONE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS
These chemicals can interfere with your endocrine (hormonal) system and cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects. Pharmaceuticals, pesticides and plasticizers such as bisphenol A are common endocrine disruptors.free DISCOVERY call
Endocrine disrupting chemicals with estrogenic activity can cause a large range of health effects. They have even been implicated in diabetes and obesity.
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH MISINFORMATION AROUND DETOXIFICATION?
THE SCIENCE OF DETOXIFICATION
Supporting your detoxification pathways is crucial for people overloaded with chemicals and heavy metal toxicity. Increased toxicant exposure is a modern fact of life, the damaging impact these toxins can have depends on your ability to process and remove them.
Phase I Detoxification
There are two distinct pathways of detoxification within liver cells. During phase I a toxic chemical is converted into a less harmful chemical via multiple chemical reactions. These reactions are known as oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, hydration and dehalogenation. Phase I is initiated through the Cytochrome P450 enzyme system which essentially reduces toxins to smaller fragments.
Phase II Detoxification
After the toxin has been broken down to smaller yet still dangerous fragments, phase II known as the Addition or Conjugation phase consists of the addition of another substance to render the toxin less harmful. This results in the toxin or drug becoming water-soluble, so it can then be excreted from the body in the bile or urine. If your gut health is compromised and you have increased intestinal permeability, commonly called leaky gut then you will reabsorb the toxins as they are excreted in the bile through the digestive system.
WHY EVERYONE NEEDS TO SUPPORT HEALTHY DETOXIFICATION
Supporting detoxification pathways is a crucial part of healing in our functional medicine programs. These programs are carried out after extensive lab testing and after the hormonal and digestive systems have been addressed. Exercise, sweating and saunas are also important components that are often used in our programs.T
he initial assessment for the detoxification system is the Organic Acids test. Further testing may also be required to determine heavy metal burden from lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and other toxic metals together with chemical sensitivities.
Dr. Adrian Clegg
When I began practicing eighteen years ago, people suffering from multiple debilitating conditions had few places to turn to receive the care they needed to get better. As the years have gone by, I began to realise that more and more people were suffering with chronic health problems—feeling tired, depressed, gaining weight, experiencing digestive problems, allergies and a host of hormone issues. FIND OUT MORE
Over the years I have worked with 1000’s of people to help them overcome chronic health conditions using Functional Medicine and AO.
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