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28 February 2011

Nutritional support of detoxification

Targeted nutrition may optimise balanced detoxification and promote optimal health throughout life, says dietician Kim Hoffmann.

Even the healthiest of people can suffer from toxicity due to the amount of exposure we all have to toxic substances.  We are exposed to toxins through the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink as well as through our skins.

How does the body remove toxins? Water soluble toxins are removed in the urine, but fat soluble ones attached themselves to the lipids in the cell membranes, where they can carry out their toxic effects.  To remove these toxins the body has a system that converts the fat soluble toxins to water soluble molecules, so that they can be directly excreted through the renal or biliary routes – this is called the detoxification system and includes two steps, Phase I bioactivation and Phase II conjugation. 

 
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