When you detoxify your body, there are two unique processes that happen: Phase I and Phase II. These two processes happen simultaneously, although they have specific nutrient requirements in order to complete the task.
Phase I Body Detoxification
In Phase I liver detox, every cell requires oxygen to work and this cellular process produces molecules called unstable free radicals. Similar to the reaction of air on metal that causes rusting, the body also uses oxygen to produce energy, known as oxidation, which generates ‘free radicals’ as metabolic waste. They are known to be unstable molecules because they have one unpaired and they circulate around the body taking up electrons from healthy cells. Because of these, free radicals destroy healthy cells and tissues.
To reduce the damaging effect of free radicals, the body produces antioxidants to protect tissues and cells from further damage. There are different kinds of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, bioflavonoids, carotenoids and other phytonutrients. Further, we source antioxidants from the fruits and vegetables we eat.
Aside from free radicals, another end product of metabolic and energy production process is lipid-soluble toxins. This type of toxin is stored in the fat cells and tissues. Elimination of toxins falls under the scope of the liver, which is the primary body organ for body detoxification. To neutralize toxins, the liver produces a unique enzyme to convert lipid-soluble compounds into water-soluble in preparation for removal from the body.
In this process, the byproduct of Phase I is more toxic to the body than the previous form. These unsuitable intermediates should be processed efficiently and promptly by the Phase II liver detox to avoid further harm to the cells and tissues. The Phase II liver detox pathway is known as conjugation since the liver secretes another enzyme to the reactive intermediates to make it less toxic and more water-soluble, ready for excretion through breath, perspiration, feces and urine.
Phase II Body Detoxification
The Phase II liver detox process demands several co-factors such as magnesium, Vitamin B6, B12 and folate to perform these reactions. If the needed nutrient co-factors are not present, the metabolic wastes won’t be successfully excreted from the body.
Just think about a five lane freeway in peak hours. This is the picture of your organs and tissues starting to release toxins that has been kept for some time. Toxins begin to build up and need to be eliminated. Unless your body is keeping lots of extra nutrient, more than enough to perform Phase II liver detox, this heavy traffic will quickly be channeled in one lane.
Unfortunately, an average person does not have ample supply of necessary nutrients to perform the Phase II process successfully. This is the reason why a lot of cleanses fail and that many health experts believe that cleansing is dangerous. Many body detoxification programs can cause ‘toxin dumping’ if the body isn’t prepared adequately. What’s worse, if you are toxic enough to call for a cleanse, there’s a possibility to be deficient in the nutrients needed. Fasting can also halt Phase II activity.
As such, it is very important to prepare the body for body detoxification by nourishing it with plenty of amino acids and antioxidants before you detoxify your body. The Alchemy of Nutritional Detox allots one week to detoxify your body and deeply nourish it using suitable methods to ensure Phase I and II liver detox is carried out optimally.