Updated May 31 2015
I was talking to a patient last week about her new years resolution to get healthy. She mentioned to me that she was interested in doing a detox, like the one she saw on that popular Dr show. I said "ok, no problem, but my detox plan is different than his though. My plan is longer than just a few days." She paused briefly and looked a bit puzzled. I asked "what's the matter?" She said, "wait a sec, what exactly is a detox?" I said "that's a great question...allow me to explain..." This is what I told her:
Detoxification is any process of decreasing the negative impact of xenobiotics (external foreign toxic molecules) on bodily functions. It includes biotransformation of endogenous (within the body) and exogenous (outside the body) molecules into excretable metabolites and or waste products.
There are SIX main pathways of elimination:
How the Liver detoxifies
The Liver is the primary organ of detoxification. Detoxification occurs in the liver through 3 major pathways: Phase I, Phase II and Phase III.
Always consult with your healthcare provider to have the proper guidance to complete your "detox".
Dr Landon McLean is a Naturopathic doctor accepting new patients in Whistler BC