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The Body’s Detoxification Pathways

May 8th 2017

Our bodies have connective tissue that also serves as a home for our immune system to hide out and lay wait for invaders.

Our blood follows a route to our liver, our kidneys, and our lungs and back again over and over. This system is designed to capture those invaders and take them to the filtration system of our bodies: the liver, the kidneys, and the lymphatic system. Finally, the colon is like the body’s trashcan.

How does all of this filtration work? The liver and the kidneys work together to filter out toxins, and they do a pretty good job.

The Liver

The liver performs hundreds of functions in your body. At about 3 pounds, it is the second largest organ in the body, and is vital to several functions like digestion, detoxification, and more.

The organ produces bile which aids in digestion. It also metabolizes carbs, lipids, and proteins into material that our bodies can use. In some cases, it also stores the minerals and vitamins found in these foods so that the body has the constant supply of these nutrients it needs.

The liver also serves as a filter, removing potentially toxic substances before they can reach the rest of the body. This includes alcohol and drugs, which it metabolizes into inactive substances. Of course, the liver has limits: an ounce of alcohol can be metabolized every 60 to 90 minutes, so when the liver becomes overwhelmed, the central nervous system is affected, and a person becomes “drunk.”

Any toxic substance absorbed in excess has the potential to damage the liver. Most of the time the liver uses the processes of oxidation, reduction, and hydrolysis. It also uses conjugation — the connection of certain toxins with glucuronic or sulphuric acid, which terminates their interaction with the body and makes them ready for the body to get rid of.

The liver works with the kidneys first because in the process of metabolizing certain substances, it creates a toxic ammonia known as urea. This is transmitted to the kidneys and becomes urine, which we excrete through the bladder.

The kidneys and liver also work together and communicate through the secretion of hormones. This helps keep sodium and water in balance, regulate blood sugars, and regulate calcium absorption and use.

This communication can be disrupted in many ways, and interrupted by kidney failure caused by something as simple as dehydration or toxins in the bloodstream.

The Kidneys

kidney.jpegEssentially what the kidneys do is filter blood to keep the components blood consists of stable throughout the day. They do this by filtering somewhere around 180 quarts of blood a day, and cleaning plasma 60 times a day.

The kidneys prevent the accumulation of waste and the buildup of extra fluids in the body, stabilize electrolytes, and create the hormones that communicate with the liver.

The waste filtered out by the kidneys is sent to the bladder for elimination. The muscles of the bladder are relaxed most of the time, but when the bladder gets full, they contract, letting the person know they need to find a restroom, and soon.

Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system serves as the sewer system for our bodies. It not only absorbs fat-soluble nutrients and carries them to the cells in our bodies, but also gathers excess fluid and waste (much like the water and sewer system in your home) from cells. This fluid is transported upward to the neck, where it meets the subclavian vein, and liquid is returned to the circulatory system.

Lymph nodes serve as filters of this fluid along the way, removing bacteria, cancer, viruses and other harmful substances from the fluid. If the excess fluid cannot be removed via the bloodstream, this results in swelling, known as edema.

There are many causes of edema, from poor nutrition and imbalanced electrolytes to injury. Detoxification removes many toxins that can cause these imbalances. The easiest, most effective access to the lymphatic system is the skin, which is one reason why light therapy can be so effective.

The Colon

The liver and kidneys function as filters, and the lymphatic system functions as the sewer system for our body. The colon acts as the trash can. Typically, a colon should be about 4 inches in diameter, but it can stretch to four times that size.

Besides being our trash can, our colon is also where we absorb most of our water. A baby has perfect digestions: they eat and poop, eat and poop. As adults, our bodies really need to do the same thing. However, because we absorb toxins and waste on a regular basis, our colon can become swollen with the accumulation.

If this is also where your body absorbs most of its water, and that water has to pass through waste that is not being eliminated, then what is being absorbed into your body every hour of every day? More toxins.

Also, consider that before the invention of the transdermal patch, the second fastest way behind an IV injection to deliver a drug to the bloodstream was a rectal suppository. If a shot in the arm can be absorbed by your body nearly as fast as a shot in the arm, what do you think is happening to your body when your bowels are not moving?

Some people only have bowel movements once or twice a month at the extreme end, and those with irritable bowel syndrome sometimes have to go seven to eight times a day. Both extremes can be balanced out through detoxification.

Detoxification is about cleaning and clearing the natural detoxification pathways in your body, so your body can remove contaminants effectively. Detoxification is about more than just toxins absorbed through our diets, but through breathing the air, absorption through our skin, and other toxins we ingest from the environment around us.


If your body’s natural detoxification system is not working properly or you are having other health issues, you may want to start with a detox program. Sometimes just a good house cleaning can set you on a path to much better health. 

Listen to Dr. Nuzum talk about detoxification here: