Cellular Detoxification: The cell is the life force of our body and the basic unit of life Our body is made up of about 75 trillion cells: skin cells, brain cells, muscle cells, bone cells, organ cells, toenail cells, etc. These cells make up systems that perform the thousands of functions that control our body: the digestive system that nourishes our body, the neurological system that manages our brain which thinks and feels, the musculoskeletal system that holds up and moves our body, the lymphatic system that cleanses our body and the immune system that fights off illnesses and rescues us when we are sick.
Everything our body is and everything our body does is done by cells. Healthy cells will obey the laws and the regulations that make each body system work smoothly. When we feed our cells with food that harms them or when the food we are eating does not nourish our cells, they cannot obey the laws and regulations of a healthy body. When a cell system loses the ability to function normally it affects other systems (cellular communication), cells suffer and the body breaks down into what we call illness or disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, arthritis, cancer and obesity.
Weight gain occurs when the cells underneath our skin become bloated fatty tissue cells loaded with stored chemicals and toxins. Many of our cells (such as our liver cells) have the ability to repair and regenerate, other cells (skin cells) die off and are replaced by new cells. In all cases we want our cells to be healthy and well nourished. Cell require nutrients to survive and thrive, so in order to keep our whole body healthy we need to feed it with foods rich in antioxidants (glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase), vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids (proteins), oxygen, polysaccharide peptides and water charged with electrolytes.
We have natural killer (NK) cells that hunt down and destroy virus-infected cells and cancer cells, as well as cells infected with bacteria and protozoa. Also, there are a variety of phagocytes, call "cell-eaters,': including the macrophages that filter and remove debris from the blood and make up an important part of the first line of defense for the immune system in eliminating bacteria and parasites.
Recent research has found that small bursts of nitric oxide, a free radical gas that is a powerful regulator of circulation (vasodilator) and a neurotransmitter (processing nerve signals as they cross synapses), fired by macrophage combatour "enemies" in two distinctive ways. First, nitric oxide interferes with iron-containing molecules, crucial to cellular respiration.
This kills the "enemy" by poisoning it. Secondly, nitric oxide provides a mechanism to neutralize infectious invaders and possible tumor cells. Nitric oxide can therefore keep infectious agents and cancer cells from reproducing. Nitric oxide also has a wide variety of other effects, including killing bacteria and viruses and promoting healing of wounds and ulcers. Stress, aging, injjuries, intense exercise, and fightingdisease-causing organisms can all deplete the body of nitric oxide.
For example, depletion of nitric oxide can cause reduced blood flow to the stomach, causing stomach ulcers and in another case in-sufficient nitric oxide allows blood pressure to rise excessively in the lungs, causing bleeding. For others, insufficient production of nitric oxide can reduce blood flow to the sexual organs, causing infertility.