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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

The Core Systems of Function - Detoxification


A toxin is any substance that causes harm in the body.

Never before in human history have we been exposed to as many toxins as we are now.

If your body’s ability to process these toxins—detoxification—is compromised, the dominoes will fall on your core functional systems and your health will suffer, with the quiet stirrings of chronic illness taking hold.

Fortunately there are actions you can take to purge toxins, strengthen detoxification and prevent toxic overload.

The health of your detoxification system must be considered in any diagnostic workup. It is comprised of the liver, kidneys, skin, and the circulatory, lymphatic, digestive, and respiratory systems. The body has an amazing capacity to process and dispose of toxins. However, like any waste disposal system, it has limitations; the consequences can be disastrous when its capacity to process toxins is hindered. Impaired detoxification deprives the entire body of clean blood supply and, consequently, every cell suffers. Toxins build up in tissues and slow us down, zapping our zest for our life and handicapping basic metabolic functions.


FDM providers always assess the health of the liver, the primary organ of detoxification, to determine its ability to process waste products naturally generated in the body, as well as those generated by toxic exposures.

One of the liver’s primary functions is filtering blood. Almost two quarts of blood pass through the liver every minute for detoxification. Filtration of toxins is absolutely critical, as the blood from the intestines contains high levels of toxic substances. When working properly, the liver clears 99 percent of the toxins during the first pass. However, when the liver is damaged—especially in hepatitis sufferers and alcoholics—toxin processing is dramatically reduced, increasing chronic stress on all functional systems.

The phases of liver detoxification appear graphic below:


Many of the toxic substances that enter the body are fat-soluble, which means they dissolve only in fatty or oily solutions and not in water. This makes them difficult for the body to excrete. Toxins may be stored for years in fatty tissues, and are released during times of exercise, stress, or fasting. During the release of these toxins, symptoms such as headaches, poor memory, stomach pain, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and heart palpitations can occur.

Functional lab testing for liver function and toxic exposures is available from experience health care providers. Plus there are excellent products to help support its health. Do not postpone your assessment.