A healthy intestine provides a barrier against many toxins. A healthy gut via detoxification helps to eliminate toxins before they can be transported to the liver. Unfortunately, unhealthy intestinal function prevents effective detoxification. As shown in this 3 phases of detox infographic, ingested toxins and toxins formed as metabolic by-products of an unhealthy microbiota can leak through a weakened intestine and are transported to the liver. This can result in systemic accumulation and re-circulation of metabolic toxins and contribute to chronic adverse health conditions.
The three phases of healthy detoxification are the generation of water-soluble intermediaries, the neutralization of toxic water-soluble intermediaries, and the excretion of the neutralized intermediaries.
Preventing unhealthy detoxification function begins with reducing our exposure to toxins. Keep a clean work and home environment, wear protective gear when using toxic and/or chemical substances, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods whenever possible.