Chasing Optimal Health Pt. 1 – Toxins, Relationships & Mindset

I don’t think I’ve been this excited to write a series of posts in a while. Not sure how many parts we’re going to break this down into. But get comfortable, grab your favorite snack, make sure you subscribe and most importantly … Enjoy!

Last week, Kettlebell Kitchen reposted a picture via Amanda Montalvo (gotta give credit where credit is do) that really resonated with me and got me interested & excited. For your reference, here is the picture;

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Interesting, right? So often we associate health with nutrition and working out. As long as we’re nailing our diet and crushing our workouts … we’re healthy. Those are definitely integral components to your overall health but they are not the only contributors. Yes you need to feed the beast. And picking things up and putting them down has its benefits.  But there’s definitely more to the equation. So lets dive into that equation, why don’t we? Great!

First up to the plate … Toxins/Environment 

Our liver, gut, skin, kidneys and lungs. They are integral parts to keeping us running optimally. But day in and day out, they are tasked with fighting toxins. From our food, to our water to the air we breathe, we are constantly under attack by toxins. That is where those premier organs come into play to fend them off.

We will never be 100% safe. That’s just not going to happen. But there are certainly things we can do to help our chances.

Smoking and over indulging in alcohol. Smoking provides literally zero benefit to our body and our health – not to mention it’s one of the leading causes of cancer. Our lungs take on the grunt of trying to filter the smoke out of our body. Alcohol, as written about previously, provides the body with close to zero nutritional benefits. There is something to be said about the occasional drink to unwind, plus some slight benefits to drinking a glass of wine or beer. However, over consumption of alcohol can lead to liver damage.

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Cleaning your house this weekend? Have you considered what cleaning products you’re using? Synthetic cleaning chemicals produce a byproduct called dioxin, which causes havoc on the body in more ways than one. Focus on using natural cleaning products

Don’t like fruits or vegetables? Well, you gunna learn today! This probably the easiest thing you can do in your life. Get your veggie and fruit servings up to at least 2x per day. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, beets and artichokes (not fried) contain powerful detoxifying enzymes. strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, blueberries are powerful antioxidants that aid in maintaining liver health (if you out drinking constantly, your liver will thank you). Oranges and tangerines contain high amounts of vitamin C, one of many antioxidants that helps clear up toxins and free radicals in the body.

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Stop making yourself bland ass food. Herbs and spices like rosemary, cilantro, and garlic to your diet can help raise your body’s detoxification defenses. Allicin (garlic), apigenin (cilantro), and carnosol (rosemary) are compounds that induce detoxification enzymes. Bell peppers and jalapenos contain capsaicin, which can stimulate blood circulation and metabolism, help the body to flush out toxins.

Next Up … Relationships & Mindset 

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Growing up, having tons of friends was all about popularity and being the cool kid in grade school/high school (I was not, womp womp). However, as we all get into adulthood (yayyy adulting), friendships & relationships are more important than many of us realize. Sure they’re great for the nights you need a drink because work fcking sucked. But they are an integral pillar in your quest to optimal health.

Long story short, those of us that cultivate strong social friendships are less likely to die prematurely. One study found that socially isolated individuals had a 30 percent higher risk of dying in the next seven years, and that this effect was largest in middle age.

Friends & relationships can help you grow. Surround yourself with people that push you and you admire, and you’ll find yourself reaching new levels of personal growth. You’ll also find that they’ll help keep your mind sharp and your wits about you. Another study found that study found that older people’s dementia risk increased with their feelings of loneliness.

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(my friends straight flexing)

Lastly, getting older can be tough. Life happens and adulting can present us with many difficult & stressful situations. Cultivating strong relationships gives us an outlet and a shoulder to cry on. No study needed to know that our body doesn’t like stress so we need to let that shit out sometimes. Go out there a cultivate yourself some strong relationships!

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As the saying goes … “Mindset is everything.” We have but one life to live and how we approach everyday can really determine where we end up. I have personally been around some incredibly negative people and let me tell you, that is a workout in itself. Negativity is like an unseen laser beam radiating 360 degrees trying to pull anyone and everyone into a negativity black hole.

Believe in yourself. Believe that you’re destined for great things. Find the positive in every day life … and watch as your health will follow. Negativity literally zaps you of your energy, brings unneeded stress to your life and will only lead you down a path of feeling down.

We sometimes forget that our mind/brain is our strongest muscle. Make it as strong as your body and you’ll be one step closer to your quest for Optimal Health.

Come back next week for Pt. 2. We’ll tackle Stress Management & Habits and Sleep (again! woo!). Until then, hope you all have a powerful week, filled with delicious vegetables and the mindset of a winner!

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