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Detoxification

Symptoms of Toxic Overload
Toxins are substances that will interrupt or completely block the normal metabolic functions of the body. Metabolic functions include moving nutrients into our cells, processing and eliminating wastes, producing energy, making repairs, and growing replacement cells. Detoxification is the processing and elimination of toxins from the body, and it is an essential part of regaining and maintaining good health.

Your Tired, Toxic Liver Your liver is by far the most versatile organ in your body and one of the most important. Weighing between 2.5 and 4 pounds in adults, the liver is the largest internal organ as well. Between 3 and 4 pints of blood flow through it every minute. Researchers now estimate that the liver performs nearly 400 different jobs. It is a fat-burning machine, a metabolizer of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and a potent detoxifier.

When Your Liver is Overloaded Whe your liver lacks essential nutrients or when it is overwhelmed by toxins, it no longer performs as it should. Among the signs of "toxic liver" are:
  • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
  • Cellulite
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Indigestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Skin rashes/acne


Liver Stressors
Probably nothing you do is as important as keeping your liver healthy. This means avoiding as many of the damaging elements (like alcohol) as possible. Among the lesser-known compromisers of liver function are caffeine, sugar, trans-fats, medications, and inadequate fiber.

The Importance of Water
It's ironic, but consuming too little water can cause your body to retain water. Your kidneys must have adequate water to flush waste from your body. When your fluid intake is low, the kidneys hoard water. Adequate water intake may be calculated by dividing your body weight in pounds, by two, to give you the number of ounces per day. Suitable fluids include herbal teas, fruit and vegetable juices, and water.

The preceding article excerpted from:
  • Detoxification - Symptoms of Toxic Overload - by Dr. David Wilkenheiser, Flora Health 03/03.
  • The Fat Flush Plan - by Ann Louise Gittleman, McGraw-Hill 2002.