A toxin is any compound that can cause damage to the body. Detoxification, then, is the process of eliminating or reducing toxins or poisons in the body. Toxins include:

  • heavy metals
  • environmental substances
  • toxins produced by bacteria and yeast . . .

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Heavy Metals

Heavy metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum. These metals accumulate in the brain, kidneys, and other tissues where they cause damage to the tissues and severely interfere with normal function. It has been estimated that up to 25% of people in US suffer to some extent from heavy metal poisoning.¹ These metals are present in the food, air, and water supplies. Exposure to heavy metals comes from pesticide sprays, cigarette smoke, coatings on cookware, dental fillings, contaminated fish, cosmetics, and antacids. Heavy metal poisoning is insidious in that symptoms may be vague or they may be attributed to other health issues. Symptoms may include difficulty with concentration, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, tremors, indigestion, constipation, anemia, poor coordination, pale complexion, and dizziness.

Other Environmental Toxins

In addition to heavy metals, there are a number of other environmental substances that cause serious health issues. Those substances include medications, drugs, toxic chemicals, alcohol, formaldehyde, solvents (benzene, toluene, etc.), pesticides, herbicides, and food chemicals. These substances place a tremendous burden on the liver. Symptoms that may occur as a result of these substances include psychological and neurological problems, mental fogginess, headaches, nervous system issues, respiratory tract allergies, and various cancers. ²

Toxins Produced by Yeast and Bacteria

Bacteria and yeast in the intestines produce toxins that can be absorbed back into the body. When that happens, a number of health issues can occur – everything from allergies and psoriasis to Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders.

How the Body Handles Toxins

The body handles toxins in three ways:

  • neutralization. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body.
  • transformation. The liver transforms toxic substances into harmless agents.
  • elimination. The blood carries wastes to the kidneys or liver, eliminating them through the bladder or intestines.

Detailed Information on Detoxification

  • The Liver: Gateway to the Body
  • Toxins and the Immune System
  • Detoxification Pathways
  • Importance of Bile
  • Determining Toxicity


At Bevko Vitamins, we have specifically designed products that support healthy liver function and help combat the effects of toxins and free radicals:

  • Detox Complete: Aids the liver in removing toxins more efficiently. Detox Complete contains amino acids, lipotropic factors, and Kreb’s cycle energizers that are important in the removal of toxins from the body. Phase II detoxification relies heavily on certain amino acids and other factors to bind and remove toxins.
  • Liva Health: A combination of nutrients that support liver detoxification and antioxidants that combat free radicals created by chemicals and metals in the body. This antioxidant formula contains vitamin E, carotenes with lutein, the herb milk thistle (silymarin), and some amino acids. Milk thistle helps protect the liver and repairs damage caused by hepatitis, chemicals, medications, and alcohol.
  • Buffered C: Contains magnesium, vitamin C, and zinc
  • Choline Citrate (phosphatidylcholine)
  • SAM-e (methionine)
  • B-Complex 50 (all of the B vitamins, including B6, B12, and folic acid)
  • Bone & Minerals Complete
  • Multivitamin Forte: Contains copper, vitamin B12, folic acid.


Diet is significant in maintaining or improving overall health.

Specifically, it can help to:

  • eat foods that help protect the liver from damage and that support liver function:
    • foods with water-soluble fiber (pears, oat bran, apples, legumes)
    • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower)
    • foods with high sulfur content (garlic, legumes, onions, eggs)
    • artichokes, beets, carrots, and many herbs and spices (especially turmeric, cinnamon, and licorice). These and other healthy foods are part of an alkaline diet, which is rich in plant foods. An alkaline diet is important because our bodies are supposed to be slightly alkaline, but the modern diet creates a state in which most people have an acidic environment. An acidic environment develops when we eat mostly acidic foods: too much animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. These foods can deplete the body of vitamins and minerals that are important to overall health.
  • avoid refined sugar.
  • avoid hydrogenated fats.
  • avoid processed foods.
  • avoid alcohol.


Regular exercise helps remove toxins from the body. If you have been sedentary, be sure to consult your physician before starting an exercise program.


¹ Murray, Michael (N.D.) and Pizzorno, Joseph (N.D.), Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition. Prima Publishing, 1998; p.106.

² Ibid.