This TRIAD contains the drainage organs of the liver, lymph, and kidneys. These bodies form a functional unit for detoxification and elimination, metabolic processing and removal, and enzymatic activities. They allow the patient to thrive in a toxic world.
When Triad 4 is in harmony, there is a smooth flow of substrates and emotions, and when out of balance inflammation, stagnation, and retention ensues.
The liver is the largest internal organ in the body located in the abdominal cavity. The liver is responsible for thousands of chemical functions within the body and for detoxifying our blood from bacteria, food contaminants, chemicals, alcohol and hormones. This detoxification process has two phases
When the liver is operating optimally, phase one and phase two work efficiently at protecting the body against foreign substances. The system breaks down, however, when the rate of exposure to toxins is greater than it can handle.
Many health factors can cause imbalances in liver function leading to an unhealthy liver.
These factors include:
The liver is the body’s largest internal organ. An adult liver weighs approximately three pounds. It is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdominal cavity and extends beyond the midline. Anatomically, the liver consists of four lobes: a large right lobe, a smaller left lobe, and two inferior (bottom) lobes. The portal vein supplies the liver with blood from the gastrointestinal tract (including the stomach, and small and large intestines), spleen, and pancreas, while the hepatic artery supplies the liver with blood from the heart. Arteries take blood that has received oxygen to the organs, while veins take the “used” blood back to the lungs to get more oxygen. Together, the portal vein and hepatic artery pump about 1,400 ml (about 1.5 quarts) per minute into the liver. Because blood enters the liver faster than it is removed, the liver is able to store about 300 ml (a little less than one pint) of blood at any given time.
The liver contains cells called “Kupffer cells,” which are capable of removing dead cells, bacteria, and foreign substances from the blood. While the Kupffer cells are responsible for filtering about 99 percent of the bacterial and food contaminants from the blood, other important cells in the liver, termed hepatocytes, are active in the detoxification of drugs, heavy metals, chemicals, alcohol, and hormones. These processes of detoxification require two important steps, known as phase one (oxidation-reduction) and phase two (conjugation-elimination). The antioxidant glutathione is one of the most prevalent detoxifying chemicals in the liver.
The liver removes toxic and metabolic waste products from the body by converting them to water-soluble compounds that can be excreted in the urine. Those substances that are not water-soluble are transformed by the liver and excreted in the bile, a substance used for this purpose and for the digestion of fats. The bile is then transported into the intestines where it is eliminated in the feces. Toxins not completely removed by either one of these processes may be eliminated through the skin (fat-soluble compounds are excreted in sweat), or lungs. Toxins that remain in the body accumulate in the adipose (fat) tissue and nerve cells, contributing to a wide range of degenerative conditions.
In addition to filtering and detoxifying the blood, the liver contributes to the body’s anabolic and catabolic functions—that is, the reformation or building of new cells, tissues, and organs, and its opposite, the breakdown of cellular structure. The liver also functions as storage for glycogen, the stored form of glucose.
Detoxifies chemicals from the environment via phase I and phase II detoxification Converts ammonia to urea Converts carbohydrates and proteins to fat Breaks down proteins Eliminates bilirubin (a substance secreted in the bile) Filters and detoxifies blood Forms ketones (waste products of partially metabolized fat) and phospholipids (fat molecules) from fatty acids Forms lipoproteins Metabolizes drugs Metabolizes hormones Produces bile salts Produces lymphatic fluid (lymph nourishes and cleanses tissue cells) Stores glycogen and converts it to glucose for fuel Stores vitamins A, D, B12, and the mineral iron Synthesizes cholesterol and enzymes Synthesizes blood-clotting factors Synthesizes plasma proteins (including globulin needed for antibody formation)
PHASE ONE DETOXIFICATION in the liver may be inhibited by a lack of nutrients, vitamins, or minerals.
SOME INHIBITORS OF PHASE-ONE DETOXIFICATION
SOME INDUCERS THAT ACCELERATE PHASE-ONE DETOXIFICATION INCLUDE:
KEY NUTRIENTS REQUIRED IN PHASE-ONE DETOXIFICATION
SOME INHIBITORS OF PHASE-TWO DETOXIFICATION
SOME INDUCERS THAT ENHANCE PHASE-TWO DETOXIFICATION INCLUDE:
KEY NUTRIENTS REQUIRED IN PHASE-TWO DETOXIFICATION
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