Every day, millions of molecules from different compounds enter our bodies through voluntary or involuntary ingestion. These chemicals come from foods, beverages, medicines, food additives, personal care, and numerous other sources
Whenever a system (whether living or mechanical) becomes polluted, normal function is affected. Excessive pollution in a system may result in serious degeneration of the system or system malfunction. You might have experienced this with the mechanics of your car.
Every so often you need to change the oil, air filter, etc. in order to keep the system clean so the car will run more efficiently and last longer. That is why, when your car’s engine needs repair, the mechanic first cleans the engine before any attempt to fix it. It is always easier to repair a clean system than a polluted one. If you are not successful in fixing a polluted system, you are never sure if it is the system that has not been fixed, or if the pollution is causing the problem.
Every working system produces pollution as the result of normal functioning. Some of the pollutants that are produced within the living systems are eliminated through naturally built in processes. But no living system has the ability to rid itself totally from all the naturally produced or foreign pollutants. As a result, the system can slowly produce and accumulate pollutants to a point of self-destruction.
The human body is no different than any other system. It has excellent built-in mechanisms to cleanse itself from all kinds of pollutants, but the system is not perfect.
Advancements in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, etc. have made substantial contributions to the health and well being of mankind. However, with the advancement of science and industrialization, numerous foreign and toxic chemicals are produced and released into the environment every day.
These chemical are foreign to the human system and are known as “xenobiotics”. Xenobiotics also include over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Numerous research scientists have demonstrated that xenobiotics are among the major causes of many acute and chronic health problems which have become widespread within Western Society in recent decades. These compounds can interfere with normal biological processes and become hazardous to one’s health, if they are not cleared from the system. The accumulation of these toxic substances in the body may produce a variety of distressful symptoms or medical conditions.
Poor nutritional habits in the Western world has increased the number of allergy problems tenfold within recent decades. Most of the symptoms produced by the accumulation of toxins are very similar to allergies. Mild toxicities and food allergies will produce very discomforting symptoms such as poor digestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, chronic mild infections, hormone imbalances, etc.
Cleansing the body from the accumulated xenobiotics and the excess biological compounds and metabolites is known as “detoxification”. Most of these toxins are subjected to numerous chemical changes (detoxification) in order to be prepared for elimination from the body. The major detoxification reactions take place in the liver.
The goal of detoxification reactions is to transform chemicals that are fat-soluble into water-soluble compounds. Water-soluble compounds can then be eliminated through kidneys, skin, or gallbladder, in urine, sweat, or bile, respectively. Secretion of bile is one of the major pathways of body’s detoxification.
Once the liver has detoxified xenobiotics and other toxins, the resulting compounds are delivered to the gallbladder to be excreted with bile into the digestive system in order to be eliminated in feces. Detoxification has shown to be extremely beneficial as a preventative measure for different health problems, or as a means to enhance therapeutic procedures for a variety of medical conditions.
The removal of these toxins from the system enhances the organs’ ability to better absorb nutrients and improves biological functions, which, in turn, accelerates the healing processes. A healthy detoxification is of utmost importance in a variety of medical conditions and therapeutic procedures.