Do you really need to detox your liver?
A popular argument against performing a liver detox is that the body has a natural inbuilt detoxification system that is able to handle any toxins that enter the body, and excrete them accordingly. Some opponents of detox regimes claim that a glass of water and a good night’s sleep is all one needs to counteract the effects of overindulgence in food and alcohol.
The problem with this theory is it assumes we live in a perfect world, where the water is clean and the air is fresh. We all know this is far from the truth! In today’s times, our body must cope with an ever increasing burden of new chemicals. Since the end of the Second World War, the planet has been experiencing a chemical revolution, so that now our day to day life depends on chemicals that are foreign to our body and some of those do not break down.
The human body has inbuilt detoxification mechanisms; toxins are broken down in the liver and then removed from the body via the bowels, urine, breath and perspiration. This would function very well in a stress-free and unpolluted world. However, today’s generations are subjected to foods that are full of artificial additives, irradiated, genetically modified and cooked in a microwave oven.
Also, those who are against liver detoxification regimes assume that the average person has a healthy liver; this is often not the case. Fatty liver disease, intestinal inflammation, autoimmune disease, medication use and an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria in the intestines all compromise healthy liver function. Approximately one in four Australians has a fatty liver and this promotes the accumulation of toxins within the liver and fatty deposits around the body.