Liver Detoxification

The liver is an essential organ. It plays a role in metabolism, digestion, energy storage, and hormone production. The liver can also be thought of as the body’s main detoxifying organ– it breaks down toxins into substances that are more easily excreted by our bodies through urination or perspiration. Most importantly for your well-being though – if you want to live longer–you should know about two phases of this process: Phase I and II Liver Detoxification pathways.

What is phase 1 liver detoxification

Phase I liver detoxification consists of a group of enzymes known as the cytochrome P450 family which serve to defend the liver from toxins. The enzymes help neutralize substances like alcohol and caffeine, converting them into less harmful ones that are then eliminated from your body by way of urine or sweat glands on days when you go for an intense workout in order to combat toxin buildup which can damage DNA if left unchecked!

What is phase 2 liver detoxification

Phase II liver detoxification is a vital process responsible for neutralizing the byproducts of the first phase  as well as other toxins left behind. This is done through conjugation, making them water-soluble to be excreted from your body. Under normal conditions, this happens with low levels of glutathione, but in times when toxic stress occurs the body produces more glutathione enzymes than usual.


Glutathione has been called  the “master antioxidant” because of how important it is to humans. It has a reputation for being among the most abundant antioxidants in our bodies and can regenerate itself in liver cells. 

However glutathione is poorly absorbed, therefore diet plays an important part in the body’s levels. The body needs key building blocks to manufacture glutathione. Certain foods and nutrients are known to provide them. Eating these can increase the production of this important antioxidant that protects against some environmental toxins as well as cellular damage caused by oxidative stress inside our bodies from exposure to sunlight or toxic chemicals like cigarette smoke for example which also damages cells causing cancer!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important factor in the detoxification of our liver. It helps protect enzymes that are crucial to removing toxins from your body, and it also protects against oxidative damage by providing support for antioxidant systems. Some research has found a correlation between phytochemicals which increase vitamin C levels even when you haven’t consumed any yet.


Scientists found some phytochemicals can increase plasma levels of Vitamin C and Glutathione in the body. Scientists are finding new ways for us to consume more healthful ingredients without having any dietary r

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