Maximized Living has a three-step plan that drives detoxification in two important ways, working at the cell and organ level. While many detox plans focus on organs like the colon, many of the most harmful toxins accumulate at the cellular level and must be effectively cleared to avoid long-term damage.
- Minimize exposure
- Detoxify your cells and organs
- Remove toxins permanently and prevent retoxification
Minimizing exposure and clearing the toxins from your body is critical to resetting your system back to normal and maximizing function. It starts by learning where poisons are lurking and getting guidance on the product and lifestyle choices needed to reduce the volume of chemicals entering your system. Just as important are the dietary guidelines, supplements and care needed to boost your body’s own inherent cleansing powers allowing you to detox and thrive in a toxic world.1
Life In A Poisonous Planet
There are many practical ways to make fitness and nutrition fit into your life, but what do you do when you realize that so much disease is caused by your environment?
How do you escape all the toxins around you every day in the air, in the water, as you drive and travel, the pesticides your neighbors use on their lawns, home cleaning solutions, shampoo, sunscreen, and toothpaste? Do you have to move to some cleaner, far away, country and live off the land?
It’s not so easy. The solution isn’t moving; you literally can’t get away from it. There’s nowhere to go to escape. Even if you travel to the most desolate place in Antarctica or deep into the jungles of Peru, you’ll still find cancer-causing chemicals. You’ll find them in the water, the soil, and the air. You’ll find toxins in the breast milk, bloodstreams, and urine samples of the inhabitants there, many of which we know will cause cells to mutate and can develop into cancer.
Toxic exposure by the numbers:
- 2,000 new chemicals produced annually
- 82,000 chemicals in our environment
- 70,000 chemicals are used commercially
- 62,000 chemicals used in our food supply
- 1,250 known carcinogenic chemicals
- 287 chemicals in newborn babies’ cord blood
While you aren’t likely to get cancer from one injection at your pediatrician’s office, one diet cola, one cigarette, one order of fast food, the new car smell, or one application of chemically-based skin lotion, these toxic materials can’t be effectively metabolized by your body. Therefore, these poisons build up in your system and create what is called a “toxic burden.”
This gradual buildup of toxins in your blood, cells, tissues, or organs can be undetectable for years until symptoms start to become obvious. Over time, the burden becomes too great for the body to carry. So while they don’t cause disease or death today, they most certainly can tomorrow.
We are bombarded by toxins wherever we go, each and every day. Unhealthy chemicals are found everywhere.
Fruits and vegetables are healthy, right? Not necessarily—not if they’re wrapped in plastic, as virtually everything is nowadays. Each day we eat so many foods that come in contact with plastics and phthalate (a substance added to plastic to make it more flexible) that the government has actually established an average daily amount that we can safely ingest. We also get phthalate exposure via:
- Drinking water out of plastic bottles
- Microwaving food in plastic containers
Another chemical our foods frequently come in contact with is polystyrene. The Styrofoam trays that many foods sit in contain the toxin, which is made from the chemical styrene. Phthalate and styrene chemicals leach more aggressively into foods and liquids when heated. Think about that as you drink your hot coffee from a Styrofoam cup tomorrow morning.
Unnatural and harmful effects of plastics
Plastics damage hormone receptors, hurt sex drive, cause fatigue, harm brain chemistry, accumulate in organs, and lead to illness. They’ve been specifically linked to cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, and thyroid. Many also contain bisphenol A (BPA), which has become extremely controversial and is illegal in some countries.
Environmental endocrine disruptors (EEDs) are toxins that imitate hormones. By blocking or altering hormone functions, they can lead to an increase in hormone-related cancers, such as those of the breast, testicles and prostate, which are all (not coincidentally) on the rise.
Endocrine disruptors can be found everywhere in chemicals like phthalates, dioxins, pesticides, detergents, polystyrene and trichloroethylene. They are also found and in most household and garage cleaning and maintenance supplies and, worse still, in our tap water.
Dioxins are an example of these EEDs. They’re indigestible and therefore accumulate in the body. Dioxins are created through the manufacturing of plastics, pesticides, and other chemicals that end up in our foods and beverages, and are a potent cause of cancer. Through breast milk, infants can consume up to eighteen times more carcinogenic dioxin in one year than the maximum “safe” lifetime dose as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.2
You have to watch what you drink, bathe in, and what you use to clean and prepare foods. Tap water is full of chlorine, heavy metals, contaminants, and other toxins. Chlorine is a big one — if it’s strong enough to kill bacteria and other dangerous stuff in our water, do you really think it’s a good idea to drink it?
It doesn’t end at chlorine and heavy metals. Many studies have found prescription drugs, including beta blockers, estrogen, antidepressants, and pain killers in tap water. Not surprisingly, a 2006 article in the International Journal of Cancer concluded that drinking tap water left men, in particular, as much as 50% more vulnerable to bladder cancer. With this knowledge in hand, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to drink it and in what quantity.3
House, Building, and Home Furnishings
One of most dangerous toxins often found in our bodies is benzene, which is frequently linked with leukemia. It’s found in auto exhaust, gasoline, plastics, rubbers, dyes, detergents, carpets, pesticides, and some drugs. Building materials and home furnishings are loaded with hazardous materials that, particularly when new, expel harmful gases into the environment and end up stuck in people’s bodies.
There are too many chemicals in carpets and carpet cleaners to list, starting with:
- Toluene in paints, phthalates in wallpaper, dishes, tablecloths, and shower curtains
- Formaldehyde in pressed wood kitchen cabinets, preservatives, and furniture
- Xylene in towels and blankets
Heavy Metal Poisons
Cadmium, aluminum, mercury, antimony, lead, and arsenic are all heavy metals we get from manufactured products, industry run-off, dentistry (amalgam fillings), medications, vaccinations, pesticides, manufacturing, aviation, the auto industry, and auto and industrial exhaust. They’re also present in personal hygiene products, appliances, and aluminum-lined boxes and cans. Food additives also contain heavy metals.
Stay away from foods containing food additives, dyes, colorings, flavorings, stabilizers, fake fats, artificial sugars, and preservatives. The average person ingests 140 to150 pounds of additives every year.
The overuse and improper disposal care of prescription and OTC drugs are putting powerful chemicals into our vitamin, and they eventually find their way into our cells and organs.
Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, molluscicides, fungicides, and fertilizers.
Car exhaust contains hydrocarbons, formaldehyde, and benzene.
Your Toxic Burden
Of course, the companies that make these products and the governmental agencies that approve them claim that they’re present in such minuscule amounts that they aren’t harmful. The problem, once again, is that these so-called minuscule amounts accumulate until they become toxic time bombs.
Maximized Living and The 5 Essentials can help give your body what it needs to remove toxins from the cells and better defend itself.
It doesn’t take long to realize that we are under constant, relentless assault from a long list of toxins. The Maximized Living approach helps you reduce exposure, gives your body what it needs to detox at a cellular level, and then arms your systems to avoid retoxification going forward.
Take this problem seriously and reduce your exposure, and work to eliminate as many as you can from your system. The point is to think about what you choose to consume and use. Read the labels and opt for products that offer the lowest exposure to these harmful elements.
- Henner, Marilu and Laura Morton, The 30-Day Total Health Makeover (New York: HarperCollins, 1999). ↩
- Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948. ↩
- Villanueva, Cristina M. and Kenneth P. Cantor, Will D. King, Jouni J.K. Jaakkola, Sylvaine Cordier, Charles F. Lynch, Stefano Porru, Manolis Kogevinas, “Total and Specific Fluid Consumption As Determinants Of Bladder Cancer Risk,” International Journal of Cancer, April 15, 2006, 118(8):2040-47, DOI: 10.1002/ijc.21587. ↩