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“The liver has five pathways that it detoxifies. One of those pathways is the glucuronidation pathway. That’s actually very specific for estrogen detoxification,” says Dr. Patrick Vickers from Gersontreatment.com, in Mexico where he runs the Northern Baja Gerson Center.

The breakdown of this function can lead to a struggling liver, decline in health and others such as fatty liver disease, which is currently one of the fastest growing diseases. 

Glutathione is the body’s primary antioxidant. It is made by the body itself.

One natural food product that assists with this process is kombucha.

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“If you look on a kombucha bottle in the store you’ll see it has high amounts of glycosidase. That shuttles estrogens through the liver pathway for estrogen detoxification,” Vickers says. (2:24).

There are several reasons seen for estrogen to be in an overloaded state including soy based foods as well as illness. Getting this overflow out of the system taxes the body. If they can not escape an imbalance creates other imbalances. This can create a downward trend. Opening up the detox pathways, specific to each person, assists the body with normal functions. 

Vickers works in alternative therapy through The Gerson Treatment. Kombucha, and other fermented vegetables are not part of the Gerson plan. When referring to kombucha, estrogen overflow and cancer, he does not recommend it. For the average person, however, it is highly supportive to glutathione function which helps the liver process fat prior to the release of bile. As an antioxidant, glutathione which assists in the prevention of oxidative damage.  

The Gerson protocol uses vast amounts of vegetables, 20 pounds a day, to support the liver for detoxification along with coffee enemas. This flushes the body of toxins. 

“Your liver produces an enzyme,” Vickers says. “It’s called glutathione transferase. Glutathione transferase is the most potent detoxifying enzyme in the human body. The liver produces it. What the liver uses is palmitic acid to produce glutathione transferase. Properly roasted organic coffee is loaded with palmitic acid.” (3:09).

This coffee has been roasted for a very small time, allowing the properties to function supporting the liver. Drinking coffee is roasted longer. 

This powerful tool is known to support the liver for many reasons.

Vickers says, “When you do one coffee enema, the production of the glutathione transferase by the body goes up 6-700 percent greater than normal.” (3:55).

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says, “Rooibos and honeybush teas significantly enhanced the activity of cytosolic glutathione S-transferase alpha.” They report test rats were treated with the two herbal teas showing the change in glutathione levels as significant. 

Rooibos herbal tea is harvested from a South African leguminous shrub. Due to high beneficial phenolic antioxidants it is considered a health drink.

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The Dictionary Of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods says, “Rooibos tea contains a unique compound, aspalathin, that mimics superoxide dismutase. Aqueous extracts of rooibos tea enhanced phase II detoxifying enzymes, glutathione S-transferase, and UDP-glucuronyl transferase in rat liver stabilizing glutathione.” (page 393).

This means a collective use of Kombucha (click here to learn more about the benefits of Kombucha), coffee enemas and rooibos tea can support the liver and production of glutathione. 

To read more on coffee enemas, click here and here

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”. 
“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.

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