To understand the importance of liver detox, we must first understand how the liver works. The liver’s specific function is to cleanse the blood of various toxins such as metabolic end products, microbes, pesticides, insecticides, environmental pollutants, alcohol, food additives, and illegal drugs.
Once these harmful agents are neutralized, the liver can then pass them out of the body through water or bile. Water is passed through urine, and bile passes out through the feces. This process of detoxification and cleansing occurs in a two part process within the various cells and structures of the liver itself.
Enzymes are the weapon that the liver uses to fight against and neutralize toxins that enter the body from the surrounding environment. Phase I detoxification occurs when liver enzymes successfully break down the chemical composition of various toxins. If Phase I proves insufficient, the liver then implements Phase II detoxification, which involves enzymes altering the chemical composition of more resilient toxins into chemical variants that can be neutralized.
Liver detox is something we all need to proactively address because we cannot afford for the liver not to do its job incompletely. If either Phase I or Phase II processes are suppressed, then the liver cannot neutralize all of the toxins that pass through it. These toxins then pass back into the blood, where they travel to all the organs of the body and eventually accumulate in fatty tissue.
There are a number of diets that have been recommended online that claim to be able to cleanse the liver itself to restore better implementation of both Phase I and Phase II detoxification. Much debate surrounds just how effective diet alone can be in helping cleanse the liver. One thing everyone does appear to agree on, however, is that eliminating things like caffeine, alcohol, and processed sugar certainly helps reduce the amount of toxins the liver has to neutralize.
In our philosophy, liver detox requires something more than diet changes alone. Eating the wrong foods is only one thing that can affect liver functionality. Certain prescription drugs can affect it, bacteria in the intestines can have an impact, and aging itself can inhibit liver functions. While eating a balanced diet of organic and natural foods will certainly provide the liver with more of what it needs, and less of what it does not need, we still have to do something about toxic substances that have already affected the liver and continue to suppress its operation.
Since detoxification is something the liver evolved to do in the first place, our philosophy maintains that the best approach to liver detox should focus on enhancing the liver’s ability to perform its own function. We recommend using an all-natural supplement that will work together to help support both Phase I and Phase II detoxification processes within the liver.
A product such as Livatrex® is an excellent choice to accomplish this end. It contains only organically cultivated herbs and liquid trace minerals that help the liver do its best work on all levels. It is also Vegan safe and is developed without any animal testing through completely environmentally friendly, proprietary methods.