Understanding Detox Pathways
Other things that are found with autoimmune processes are decreased hepatic (liver) and biliary (gallbladder and bile ducts) clearance. When we look at the detoxification pathways of the body we understand there exists Phase I and Phase II pathway. Both these phases are highly nutrient dependant and the Gastro-Intestinal disturbances, decreased gut motility, and decreased absorption rates in the autoimmune patient decreases the ability for them to do the very thing they NEED to get better – Detoxify!
What to Expect When You Start DETOXING
Detoxification or cleansing is very misunderstood. Cleansing allows the body to eliminate used wastes and toxins and helps improve our health as it removes harmful substances we inhale, ingest and are exposed to every day.
Most people think of a cleansing program or detox as a way to purge their system of the poor food they have eaten and think of this as a way to lose weight. While it certainly helps with weight loss, cleansing or detoxing is also a valuable and healthy process for those who have undergone heavy pharmaceutical intravenous drugs, or who have been hospitalized. It’s also a must for anyone who has (or suspects they have) any food intolerance’s and always essential if you’ve been diagnosed with yeast overgrowth (Candida).
What actually happens when you detox:
Remember that the liver is not only the body’s main detoxifying organ it also has a dual role in proper digestion of food. This is why so many people find it very difficult to lose unwanted weight – there livers are overloaded and fat loves to hold on to toxins! When we detoxify our body’s liver must convert fat soluble substances to water-soluble (Phase I and Phase II) before they can be eliminated. It’s a complicated process to convert these fat soluble toxins to water-soluble ones and involves a number of steps in the metabolic process. Frequently, when people move too quickly, or have problems with some part of this conversion process they end up with toxic metabolites that are far worse than those they were trying to eliminate in the first place. In effect they re-toxify themselves. This is why the Doctor wants you to understand that while SOME symptoms may be expected as NORMAL, having too many is undesirable and you must contact us immediately if this is the case.
More Resources on Detoxification
Read the dozens of articles on detox that Dr Conners has written over the years on our blog.