Detoxification

Overview

The dismantling of toxic compounds that enter the body is performed by the liver. As the blood enters the liver, specialized immune cells and enzymes remove and destroy harmful bacteria as well as other other foreign material. The liver cells also break down excessive hormones. When the liver's ability to detoxify becomes impaired due to toxic overload, it becomes more difficult to eliminate toxins. These toxins then circulate in the blood and accumulate in fat and muscle. The ability for the liver to function optimally warrants imbalances such as poor digestion, toxic exposure and elimination, poor assimilation of nutrients, immune dysfunction, inflammatory bowel and liver disease, and constipation. These imbalances need to be avoided, corrected or eliminated.

Once the load on the liver is increased to the point that the liver can no longer perform its function of detoxification completely, oxidation reactions occur that produce free radicals which outstrip the ability of enzymatic reactions to process them. The escape of large numbers of free radicals into the bloodstream puts the body into oxidative stress. Oxidative stress may turn into an autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, headache as well as a host of other conditions.

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Management

Detoxification therapies are employed to reduce or eliminate the body's "toxic load". The proper function of the immune system has to be restored, as well as the optimal functioning of other body systems. By eliminating bad eating habits, ensuring proper digestion, supporting liver function, eliminating toxin exposure, managing drug addictions, and providing a healthy diet with high phytonutrient content we can enable the body to heal and the liver to function optimally. The specialist will also advise you about what high quality antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to take that support well-being, as well as what digestion supplements are necessary to take that will improve digestion, which may be compromised in the aging population, due to reduced production of secretions, enzymes and hormones.

Overall, Dr. Allibone M.D. manages each patient on an extremely individualized plan depending on medical history, test results, body type, and more. Using this specialized approach, the clinic can put each patient on the path to optimal health.

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Learn more about how the Houston Wellness Clinic manages Detoxification.

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