The liver is one of the most vital organs of the body which mainly regulates the body metabolism, synthesis and secretion of enzymes which facilitate the digestion and absorption of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, storage of hemoglobin precursor, fat-soluble vitamins, which include vitamin A, D, E, and K, controlling the endocrine system, and detoxification of ingested toxin. There are 2 primary blood vessels that feed the liver: hepatic artery which comes from the heart and hepatic portal vein which comes from the intestine. The hepatic portal vein brings all kind of nutrients and toxins from the alimentary canal at all time through the liver before passing on to other parts of the body.
These toxins that are accumulated daily are from ingestion, such as food preservative, flavoring agent, coloring agent, herbicide, fungicide, and pesticide, and are partially produced from the body itself. These toxins must be delivered to the liver in order to be eliminated. If the liver could not function fast enough, the remaining toxins would be released into the bloodstream. The liver is capable of repairing and healing itself much better than any other organs can. Aiding the liver in detoxification is one of the methods that can facilitate the self-healing process of the liver.
Who is liver detoxification suitable for?
Liver detoxification is highly recommended for individuals with risky health behavior, such as smoking, regular drinking, or even those who do not have a balanced diet. Bad diet includes food that is overcooked, grilled, or seasoned or flavored too much. Occupations that induce a high level of stress, such as businessman, are also suitable candidates.
These professions may suffer from sleep deprivation, which weakens the immune system and subsequently cause toxin accumulation, and this can lead to pathogenesis of several disorders, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatic abscess, and diabetes.
Benefits of Liver Detoxification
- Regulate synthesis of enzymes responsible for detoxification and excretion of its metabolites
- Protect the liver from being damaged by toxins, chemicals, drugs, and alcohols
- Shorten the recovery period of the liver and accelerate the excretion of accumulated toxin
- Reduction of liver damage inflicted from chemotherapy in cancer patient
- Increase the antioxidant level of the body, which prevent cellular destruction, particularly preventing the hepatic cells from being damaged by oxidative stress
- Boost the immune system of the body, helping the body to fight against pathogens and disease causing agents
- Alleviate the symptoms of allergy and common cold
- Aid the recycling process of the natural antioxidants, including vitamin C
- Decrease the accumulation of fat in the liver as well as in the endothelium
- Help the body of cancer patients to fight against malignant tissues, especially the skin, which consists of collagen, elastin, and fibers that accommodate blood vessel’s elasticity
The Process of Liver Detoxification
Initially, a cocktail of parenteral nutrition is prepared, consisting of a special combination of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which are responsible for the synthesis of several enzymes in the body, especially glutathione, a key compound that helps the detoxification process. Glutathione detoxification is done through conjugation, the conversion of substances insoluble in water to become more soluble and thus can be excreted. These substances include heavy metal, pesticide, certain drugs, and alcohol. A portion of the toxin would be excreted through the intestine together with feces while the other portion would be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream and excreted through the kidney. Therefore, during the detoxification process, the kidney may have to work more heavily. The person who receives liver detoxification thus must have a proper kidney function as well.