By Rachel Schwartzman, ND, L.Ac, Birth Doula
Our liver works very hard to keep us healthy. Poor food choices, alcoholic beverages, medications, and environmental toxin exposure are just a few examples of what our liver has to detoxify for us.
The liver uses a two-step detox sequence known as, Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification. Phase 1 is when the liver makes toxins soluble by processing them into a water soluble form. This crucial step is what allows these toxins to be excreted from the body. Problems arise, when Phase 1 is complete, at this point toxins can be 60 times more harmful to our bodies then before they entered our body. This is where Phase 2 comes in, and finishes up the dirty job of Phase 1. Phase 2 neutralizes the toxins. If Phase 2 is not working well, we will store those toxins in our fat cells, and this can make us sick. This toxic burden has been connected to headaches, migraines, acne, mood disturbances as well as women’s health concerns such as fibroids, endometriosis, breast cysts, and cancer. Below are some simple things you can do to help your body move these toxins out!
About Rachel Schwartzman, ND, L.Ac, Birth Doula
I am a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist and am passionate about helping people get healthy. In our fast paced world I truly believe a healthy body and mind starts with a healthy diet. My goal is to inspire healthy choices, be it from one person to whole families, in simple and easy to incorporate ways.
I am so excited about being part of the Cookin’ Greens community, as we truly are promoting health and wellness through food. Greens are the most important colour we can add to our diet. They are a powerhouse of nutrition loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber and are connected with so many health benefits, so make sure you eat your greens everyday!