Liver has over 500 known functions, only one of which is related to digestion. Bile, yellow to green in color, is produced by the hepatic cells from cholesterol. It is composed of bile salts, bile acids, lipids, and the pigments. The pigments are products of red blood cell degradation and must be removed from the circulatory system. If they cannot be removed, the body will develop a pale yellowish tinge to its skin, a condition known as jaundice. Besides its excretory properties, bile is responsible for the emulsification of fats and the partial neutralization of chime. Fatty acids and glycerol can only be absorbed in the presence of bile salts. Attached to the underside of the liver is the gallbladder, which store excess bile.
The liver is the main detoxification organ of the body. The hepatic portal vain?drains the gastrointestinal tract, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. The blood retrieved from the stomach and intestines is not returned to the heart but shunted to the liver where portal blood is discharged into sinusoids of the liver which are surrounded by liver cells (hepatocytes). In addition to removing, altering, and delivering to the body digested fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, hepatocytes will attempt to detoxify any toxins (poisons) present and remove them from the system.
The problem arises when toxins are present in too great a number to be adequately handled by the liver. (Phenol and skatol normally escape liver action). As with any organ or system in the body, the liver has a certain capacity for performing these functions of metabolism. When an unseal burden is placed on any one system, a breakdown occurs that affects the body as a whole. This breakdown results in an increased absorption of toxic substances and if left uncorrected, the body will poison itself (Autointoxification).
Intestinal cleansing is a therapeutic measure which addresses the cause or source of the problem. Other measures which treat only the symptoms will provide only temporary relief of this problem. Colon hydrotherapy will clean and dilute the toxic load in the large intestine resulting in a reduced burden on the liver, allowing the various eliminative organs of the body in conjunction with a rejuvenated immunological system to restore internal balance and improve the overall health of the individual.