Environmental toxins are a growing problem in our world. However, the largest amounts of toxins we ingest may not come from the outside at all, but are created every day in our gut and metabolism.
Among many other toxins, the bacterial metabolism of protein in the colon produces the highly alkaline, gaseous ammonia toxin. We know ammonia from factory farming and the resulting slurry – the ammonia contained there is a massive air pollutant and responsible for many deaths. But it is also produced in the human intestine and for the organism the detoxification of ammonia has the highest priority. This is a central task of the liver and also of the kidney.