If you experience consistent tiredness, unexplained weight gain, headaches, muscle aches, indigestion, bad breath, skin rashes, insomnia, it is likely that your liver is struggling to process the toxins you are pouring into it. It is trying to tell you that it needs detoxification.
Ignoring these red flags can allow an increased accumulation of toxins in your body and potentially set the stage for the development of chronic diseases down the road.
Where do toxins come from?
In today’s chemical-laden environment, you are constantly being exposed to all sorts of toxins – in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and also in the products you use each day.
These include auto exhaust, air pollutants, tobacco, pesticides, food additives, alcohol, etc. High levels of toxins may exceed your liver’s capacity to process, posing great challenges to our health.
Why do you need to detox?
Getting rid of these pesky toxins can help restore your internal systems to their optimal working state.
It boosts your energy, makes the skin glow, boosts the immune system, improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, promotes mental clarity, as well as helps in weight loss.
How does your liver detoxify toxins?
The majority of toxins that enter your body are fat soluble, which is difficult to excrete. Your liver detoxifies these harmful substances in a two-step process. Phase-I converts the toxins to activated intermediates that are more reactive than the original substances.
Phase-II involves a conjugation step to render the intermediates less reactive, making them more water soluble, and easier to be excreted via bile or urine.
Why is phase-II detoxification important?
Excessive exposure to alcohol, tobacco and drugs may cause overactivity of phase-I enzymes. If the toxins are broken down quickly in phase-I, but phase-II is not able to keep up, the activated intermediates may build up in your body, generating free radicals and additional toxicity which, if excessive, can cause cellular damage.
Efficient functioning of phase-II is of paramount to neutralise the phase-I intermediates as they are being produced. Otherwise, they will be expelled into bloodstream and deposit into fat cells where they are stored for years, if not for a lifetime. It may result in substantial health conditions, including increased susceptibility to toxin-induced diseases, such as cancer.
How to improve phase-II detoxification?
Sulforaphane is one of the most well-researched phytochemicals for detoxification and cancer prevention. It is reputed as a potent natural inducer to elevate the activity of phase-II enzymes to detoxify carcinogens and facilitate their excretion from your body, thereby reducing the risk of cancer formation.
It also helps protect your cellular DNA against oxidative stress.
How to get more sulforaphane?
Cruciferous vegetables, particularly broccoli, are an excellent source of sulforaphane. Freshly germinated broccoli sprouts contain 10-100 times more sulforaphane than fully grown broccoli. While cooking can destroy the sulforaphane content, a more convenient and effective way to reap the benefits of this wholesome phytochemical is by supplementing with standardised extracts of sulforaphane.
Keep your detoxification process in balance to efficiently eliminate toxins from your body, so you can feel fresh, revitalised and more energised. Embark to a healthier you and get ready to face the day!