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...