The liver has three main detoxification pathways:
Filtering the blood to remove large toxins.
Enzymatically breaking down unwanted chemicals. This usually occurs in two steps, with Phase I modifying the chemicals to make them an easier target for the Phase II enzyme systems.
Synthesizing and secreting bile for excretion of fat-soluble toxins and cholesterol.
Filtering the blood is an essential detoxifying function of the liver. As noted earlier, our total blood supply passes through the liver several times a day and at any given time, about a pint of blood is in the liver undergoing detoxification. Blood detoxification is critical because the blood is loaded with bacteria, endotoxins, antigen-antibody complexes, and other toxic substances from the intestines. A healthy liver clears almost 100% of bacteria and toxins from the blood before the blood enters the general circulation. Read more...