So it is very important to prepare the body for detoxification properly and then control the level of detoxification so that damage isn’t done. Therefore, it is important to know which of the body’s organs plays the biggest role in detoxification, then focus on those organs.
The main internal organ of elimination in the human body is the liver. But it is important to remember that the liver also has hundreds of different functions in addition to the role of detoxification. So it’s critical to be careful with the liver and go easy on it. The goal is to set up a program where the liver can handle the detox, not get overburdened yet heal at the same time.
So, what is the main burden on the liver? It is the fact that all nutrition, ie, the food you eat, that is absorbed by the small intestine goes directly through the liver. In addition to all the food you eat, the liver must then deal with all the harmful chemicals from bad, additive packed foods, drinks, sugar, etc.
So what is the first step towards taking all this stress off the liver? It is cleansing the gastrointestinal tract. And not just cleaning it out. The main goal is to remove a very common feature that is believed to be present in most people with compromised health. That’s mucoid plaque.
Here’s a description of what mucoid plaque is and how it is formed. Mucoid plaque is composed of glycoproteins that are secreted by intestinal glands. These glycoproteins form a gel like mucus layer on hollow organs in the body, including the intestinal tract.
The photo to the right is of the colon. The pale areas are the mucoid plaque. Notice how you can't see any blood vessels. The plaque is covering them.
But the formation of mucoid plaque isn’t just limited to the intestines. It can line the entire alimentary canal, from the tip of the tongue all the way to the anus. This layer can be a very thin coating all the way up to several inches thick. In most areas of the gut however, it is less than one quarter of an inch thick.
The development of mucoid plaque can have many causes but is generally associated with acid bile, meaning bile that has an acid pH. Normal bile, that comes from the liver and is stored in the gallbladder, should have a pH of 8.0.
Unfortunately, the incredibly acid diet that most people in western culture eat creates an enormous deficit in alkaline reserves in the body. So the body, in order to neutralize the acids needs buffers of some kind. And where does the body go first for alkaline buffers? It goes to the bile and takes the buffers from there. This results in acid bile… which in turn sets in motion the creation of mucoid plaque.
Now think about this. If you have a coating, even a very thin one, covering your intestinal tract, what kind of effect is that going to have on the absorption of your foods? It’s going to dramatically reduce the absorption, isn’t it.
This is one of the reasons that people who always seem to be hungry have much less of an appetite and need far less food after they have done a number of effective intestinal cleanses. This is because they have eliminated the mucoid plaque and dramatically increased the absorption of their nutrition.
And with this layer of mucoid plaque coating everything, what about all the digestive enzymes and other compounds that the body secrets from the mouth to the stomach to the small and large intestines that are supposed to be part of the normal digestion and assimilation process? Those enzymes and compounds never reach those areas of the body. So digestion and assimilation suffers again.
This brief discussion doesn’t even cover all the fungus, molds, yeasts, worms and other parasites that thrive in this foul, acid, mucoid plaque environment.
Some people who have completed Dr. Richard Anderson’s well known cleanse report expelling foot after foot of hard, black, tar like material from their bodies. Mucoid plaque that was so hard they had to use a knife to cut through it. Think of how something like this would affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrition.
So what does an effective intestinal cleanse consist of? Some of the key elements are described for you on the next page.
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