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Modern living tends to open the body up to many health threats. Lack of exercise can increase chronic health issues; a poor ‘fast-paced’ diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies; and the build-up of toxins through the air you breathe and other sources can make it hard to keep overall health on track.
A detox is a process many people go through to help cleanse and purify their bodies from the build-up of toxins. When the body begins to experience certain ailments, many people opt for a detox program to help rebalance the system and restore natural health. The liver’s main job is to perform detoxification, but there are some things a person can do to offer a little assistance when things get too hard to manage.
Does detoxing help the immune system function?
The immune system is the body’s first line of defence against pathogens and toxins. When a toxin enters the body, it’s up to the immune system to decide if it’s an immediate threat to one’s health. It sifts through the foreign substances and rids the body of those that could cause health problems. Sometimes, though, these toxins don’t pose immediate threats, and thus the immune system doesn’t attack them with an immune response as it would with a virus or bacteria.
This is where the liver comes in, clearing the less-threatening toxins out of the body. When the build-up becomes too much to deal with, however, health problems can arise and the immune system can weaken. When detoxification is done properly, it can lead to the restoration of immune function following a weakened state.
How do detoxes boost your immune system?
Detoxification is said to have many health benefits, and improving the immune response is just one of them. Detoxing can aid in digestion, balance hormones, improve metabolism and restore the balance between antioxidants and free radicals.
Digestion is a vital component of how well an immune system functions. This is because it is needed to help absorb and deploy certain nutrients throughout the body. When the digestive process works properly, it sends the appropriate nutrients where they need to go to help aid in enzymatic reactions.
Digestion also has a direct role in how immune function works. For example, if there is an overgrowth of bacteria within the gut, the immune system may become confused and trigger an immune response against the gut’s own cells. When the immune system is responding to healthy cells it causes health problems like auto-reactions.
Like digestion, metabolism is another crucial part of overall health. The metabolic process takes food and turns it into energy; the immune system relies heavily on this process because it needs a good amount of energy to fight against pathogens.
If the body’s metabolism is underperforming, the immune system won’t have the energy it needs to fight off infections or other pathogens. This weakening of the system can be restored by detoxing to improve metabolism.
The body’s hormones help to stimulate a variety of different processes such as fertility, growth and metabolic function. When hormone levels are in check, the body operates as it should. When they become imbalanced, many ailments can result, including depression, anxiety, cognitive decline and weight gain. Imbalanced hormones can also lead to weakened immune function.
Doing a detox can contribute to restoring levels to a healthy balance. During a detox, you avoid eating too many bad foods or ingesting any other ‘toxic’ substances; thus the body has time to re-regulate itself. When hormones are rebalanced, the immune system can then function as it should.
Does glutathione help detox processes?
Glutathione is a tripeptide that helps balance antioxidants and free radicals to avoid oxidative stress. It is made up of three amino acids and can help to impose the detoxification process naturally. It is found in the body in high amounts, and has been proven crucial to the body’s ability to naturally rid itself of toxins.
Glutathione can become depleted when poor lifestyle, diet and other health factors are present. When that happens, it can be taken as a supplement, known as S-acetyl-glutathione, to help improve the overall detoxification process within the liver and boost immune function.
Though it is not meant to replace healthy living, a detox for immune system function can be a great step towards reaching optimal health when the body needs a little boost.