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Detox time, part II

 

Last updated 1/31/2008 at Noon



Of the primary detoxification organs (intestines, kidneys, liver and, to a lesser degree, skin, mucous membranes and lungs), the liver is our worker.

The liver plays several roles in detoxification: it filters the blood to remove large toxins, synthesizes and secretes bile full of cholesterol and other fat-soluble toxins and enzymatically disassembles unwanted chemicals. This enzymatic process usually occurs in two steps referred to as phase I and phase II.

Phase I either directly neutralizes a toxin or modifies the toxic chemical to form activated intermediates which are then neutralized...



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