The 5 Organs of Elimination
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The 5 main organs that are responsible for elimination and keeping our bodies healthy are the kidneys, liver, lungs, skin and intestines. Here is a summary of what they do and how to keep them functioning optimally!
The liver is one of the main organs of elimination that cleanses the blood from the chemicals we ingest from food, drugs and excess hormones. There are 2 phases of detoxification, Phase 1 and Phase 2. The first phase of detoxification is to convert toxins into less toxic molecules while they wait to enter into phase 2, where they are altered into a water soluble compound making it easier to excrete by the intestines and kidneys. In order to do this, there are many nutrients that are required for these metabolic reactions to occur, such as antioxidants and amino acids and B vitamins which can be found in CanPrev’s Detox Pro.
Small and Large Intestines:
Food leaving the stomach enters into the small intestine where absorption occurs. But all too often toxins and nutrients leak out of a very inflamed and permeable gut into the bloodstream to cause unwanted symptoms like joint pain, skin conditions and digestive concerns.
This can occur for a variety of reasons, but food quality and quantity, eating too fast, stress, antibiotics, anti-acid medication and many other factors can all decrease optimal digestion.
This leaves the intestines working extremely hard at jobs they are not really capable of doing thus, inflammation is created and the gut loses it integrity, releasing food and nutrients back into the bloodstream.
Constipation whether it be from lack of fiber, medications or improper microflora can allow toxins to be re- absorbed by the bloodstream to cause more health issues. So using a good fiber supplement like Fiber Flow by CanPrev and improving bacterial cultures with CanPrev’s Probiotik 15B is a great start to help support the bowels.
The kidneys are responsible for removing waste products, drugs and excess fluid from the body. Blood enters the kidney and goes into millions of a functional units to filter the blood. These units are called nephrons. A nephron consists of a glomerulus and tubule. Blood is filtered in the glomerulus and the remaining fluid goes into the tubule and has water or chemicals either added or removed depending on requirement.
It requires about 500ml to 1000 ml of water a day as a minimum to support these elimination processes. You can jazz up your water with Electro Mag by CanPrev which is a powdered form of electrolytes and vitamin C which is a great addition to aid kidney health for hydration and nutrients the body and kidney require.
Skin: It is easy to forget that what we put on our skin or what comes into contact with our skin is literally being absorbed into our bodies. And our body has to process all of those toxins.
Many chemicals from perfumes, lotions, soaps, detergents, deodorants and other personal care products can wreak havoc on the endocrine system. So take a look at what you are using in your environment and try to stop or reduce what you are using, or switch to a natural less toxic version.
Also, if the other organs of elimination are not functioning well, then the skin is the organ that takes on the elimination burden. This can be seen as acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives and other skin afflictions.
Keep the skin healthy by drinking lots of water, use a humidifier for dryer/colder temperatures, switch to natural lotions with less chemical ingredients, dry brush the skin to help get rid of excess skin, provide the skin with antioxidants to support and protect healthy skin such as vitamins E, selenium and zinc which can be found in CanPrev’s Antioxidant Network
Probably the lesser known organ of elimination, the lungs help rid the body of chemicals that have been metabolized by the liver into a gaseous form. A great example of this is with alcohol ingestion and having the smell of alcohol on the breath, the next day. Toxins can also be expelled through phlegm.
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With spring just around the corner, you may feel inspired to clean and organize your house inside and out, but this is also a very good time to clean up your body on the inside with a cleanse or detox.
Your body is continually undergoing natural detoxification methods as part of general maintenance. But many times, the detox organs (ie. liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and intestines), need nutritional and herbal power to ensure that they are working effectively and efficiently. An overloaded and unsupported system can respond in the following ways: digestive complaints, fatigue, hives, skin conditions, low grade infections, achy joints, brain fog, and frequent headaches.
The liver is one of the main organs of elimination that cleanses the blood. Blood detoxification is one of the most important functions of the liver, but it needs to be provided with the nutrients it requires in order to do its job effectively.
There are 2 phases to this very important job and both require certain nutrients to complement these phases. The first phase of detoxification is to convert toxins into less toxic versions while waiting for the second step of detoxification to occur. This is where the liver will chemically alter the toxic by-product making it water soluble and easier to excrete by the intestines.
Can Prev’s Detox Pro is a 15 day cleanse that is jammed packed with the healthful blend of antioxidants, herbs and other nutrients to provide the liver with the tools to allow phase 1 and 2 of detoxification happen and get those toxins out of the body.
Powerful antioxidants such as n-acetylcysteine (NAC) which is a precursor to a powerful antioxidant called glutathione and vitamins A, C and E all help to neutralize the free radicals from phase 1 waiting to enter phase 2.
The vitamin B family such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and B12, provide energy productions and helping in phase 2 detoxification. Choline helps to metabolize fat, copper and zinc help make an antioxidant called superoxide dimutase work, but also supports a healthy metabolism. Trace minerals such as molybdenum, manganese, and selenium enable other vitamins or enzymes in the detoxification process to function.
Some pretty amazing herbal medicines are also in this formula. Artichoke extract has a strong antioxidant property, protects the liver and prevents depletion of glutathione. Turmeric is an amazing antioxidant that works in both fat and water soluble tissues and helps to protect the liver. Dandelion extract helps to stimulate the digestive glands in the liver. Green tea extract contains compounds called polyphenols that help to support Phase 1 and 2. Milk thistle extract’s active ingredient is silymarin, which has the amazing capacity to regenerate liver tissue. Rosemary extract is an antioxidant and inhibits some cancer causing effects from carcinogens. Lastly, slippery elm forms a gel like substance when mixed with water to protect the mucous membranes.
Fiber and probiotics are important additions to any detox. Can Prev's Fiber Flow is a combination of 3 herbal components that provide soluble fiber. Unique to this formula is the glucomannan that helps both constipation and diarrhea. A unique form of fiber extracted from New Zealand kiwi fruit, but also provides enzymes, prebiotics and antioxidants. Lastly the pectin from apples is another soluble source of fiber the helps with satiation, binds cholesterol helps maintain healthy glucose levels. The fiber allows binding of certain metabolic by products and directs it to the bowels to be eliminated and the probiotics helps to ensure the elimination occurs.
Can Prev’s Pro-Biotik 15B has five strains that ensure proper colonization of bacteria occur in the correct places. Three different lactobacillis strains colonize the small intestine and vaginal tissue and two strains of Bifidobacterium bacteria colonize the large intestine to help prevent and control constipation and diarrhea.
Hi I am Dr. Laura: mum of 2, Naturopathic Doctor, Health and Wellness Expert, Educator, Speaker, & Entreprenuer