Last year, The Guardian released an article entitled, “You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?“
In the article, author Dara Mohammadi claimed that:
“…detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.”
If you read that article, you will see that it is a well-established, well-researched fact that – despite it getting an raised eyebrow in the white-lab-coat-wearing, Pubmed skimming, popular news media – detoxification is not a myth.
In fact, there are many nutritional and herbal products that help the body to support its innate detoxification pathways. For example, spirulina and dandelion reduce lead-related oxidation and mercury accumulation. Spirulina, ginseng, onion and garlic in combination decrease lipid peroxidation and increase endogenous antioxidant levels. Chlorella can be useful for inhibiting the absorption of dioxins from food and the reabsorption of dioxins stored in the intestinal tract. Curcumin, resveratrol, Vitamin C, E, selenium, zinc, and quercetin can all effectively protect against cadmium-induced lipid peroxidation and reduce the adverse effect of cadmium on antioxidant status. Milk thistle extract reduces oxidative damage and may reduce entry of toxins into cells.
Sure, these compounds aren't exactly some sexy lemon juice and cayenne pepper cleanse, but they're certainly evidence that oxidative damage and other damage from toxins can occur in tissue, and compounds we find in nature can assist with detoxification and mitigation of this damage.
But I didn't stop with that article in the Huffington Post.
Next, I interviewed Dr. Dan Pompa in the podcast episode “The Most Effective Detox You’ve Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It).“
In that episode, Dan described a serious issue called “cellular toxicity” and explained why it is an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more.
Once again, these are not woo-woo toxins but measurable physical compounds: plastics, phytoestrogens, metals, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and all manner of other chemicals that can overwhelm our liver, kidneys and built-in detoxification system.
And what's especially unfair is that you and me (even when we're living a clean lifestyle) have to get exposed to these toxins on a constant daily basis, whether from brake dust on car roads, or mercury from electronic equipment, or herbicides on the apples at our friend's house, or estrogens in the shampoo in the hotel, or mold on the carpeting at the gym…you get the idea.
Even if your waistline and fat cell storage survived the holidays, the same might not be said for your brain, your lungs and the rest of your insides.
How Your Body Becomes Toxic
For example, ever heard of Crohns, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Any of these can make you feel sluggish, run-down, frequently sick and unable to feel like working out, unable to resist appetite cravings, and unable to have the energy you want, lose weight, gain muscle or even gain fitness adaptations from your exercise sessions.
Wait a second! Surely you can’t have any of those fringe issues, right?
But let me ask you a question: over the past year, was your body ever exposed to over-processed and refined foods, chemical additives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated water, artificial sweeteners or anything else that might remotely be consider “unnatural”?
Did you drink many diet sodas?
Eat much non-organic or farm-raised meat?
Chomp on fruits and vegetables without washing them?
Get sick and have to get on a drug protocol?
Engage in a few excessive nights of drinking?
Get exposed to second-hand smoke?
Spend much time around cleaning supplies?
I know that I can personally check off at least a couple of these that I've experienced over 2016.
See, no matter how “clean” you live your life, just about everybody shows some evidence of a buildup of toxins, and it's important to understand what toxins actually are. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the “Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals“, they found some pretty shocking results.
On average, the CDC’s report found 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. The chemicals included:
- Acrylamide (formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, and as a byproduct of cigarette smoke)
- Arsenic, found in many home-building products
- Environmental phenols, including bisphenol A (found in plastics, food packaging and epoxy resins) and triclosan (used as an antibacterial agent in personal care products such as toothpaste and hand soap)
- Perchlorate, used in airplane fuel, explosives and fireworks
- Perfluorinated chemicals, used to create non-stick cookware
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, used in fire retardants found in consumer products such as mattresses
- Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, carpets, dry-cleaned clothing, wood preservatives, and paint strippers
When you put all these together, these chemicals represent can potentially present a toxic burden to the human body, and (as the CDC has found) can accumulate in your body’s blood, urine and tissue. While your body does actually have detoxification organs (your liver and kidney) that can process many of these chemicals and toxins, these toxins can cause medical problems if your liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened the host of toxins we get exposed to on a daily basis in our post-industrial era.
To make matters even worse, the world's largest study on air pollution, just published October 25 in the European Heart Journal, found that when you breathe the average air in the average city (with all other variables held constant, such as eating healthy and exercising) you develop a huge risk for high blood pressure.
How? In the study, the biological mechanisms for the adverse effect of air pollution on the functioning of the heart and blood vessels included:
-local and systemic inflammation…
-oxidative stress (a build-up of damaging molecules in the body)…
-an imbalance in correct functioning of the nervous system…
This also means that no matter how healthy you eat, how much you workout, how clean your water is, etc…you're still getting blasted with toxins from air pollutant every time you step into a city, or airport, or public gym, or just about anywhere else they aren't using giant HEPA filters.
How I'm Going To Detox This Year
So why am I telling you all this? Frankly, this air pollution issue is just one of the many reasons that I'm going to detox my entire body and brain this January, and I'm asking you to join me.
And I'm not going to do just any ol' detox like putting cayenne pepper into a nasty concoction or pushing giant grocery shopping carts full of random herbs through the supermarket. These popular detoxes can actually release toxins from tissues such as fat cells and shove them into the brain, causing even more damage. Oops.
That's a bad thing.
Instead, I'm partnering up with one of the most brilliant detox minds on the face of the planet: the guy I mentioned earlier named Dr. Dan Pompa, and Dr. Dan is going to walk me through his entire brain and body detox program that he's studied and perfected for years.
I'm then going to combine his proven detox formula with my own exercise and biohacking protocols so that I can completely clean up my body without losing fitness by doing only, say, hot yoga and trampolining for weeks and weeks.
See, I don't want to come out of my detox having lost my muscle or having to huff and puff whenever I climb a flight of stairs, so I'm pulling out all my fitness tricks that allow me to sculpt my body while I detox, without actually causing adrenal fatigue issues or ruining the detox protocol.
And I'm inviting YOU to join me.
The True Cellular Detox Challenge
My “True Cellular Detox” Challenge begins on Monday, January 9 (yep, right after the holiday feasting, alcohol, cookies and candy) and you can click here to join me. When you join, this means Dr. Pompa and I will walk you through every step of the detox, and you'll get things like:
-Insider access to the exact detoxification protocol I'll be following as I go through the program along with you…
-Monthly live interactive sessions with Dr. Pompa and I so that there is zero guesswork and you have all your questions answered…
-Full instruction on how to do my own personal exercises and biohacks I'll be implementing as I go through the detox with you…
-A full 90 day meal plan…
-Team accountability as hundreds of people around the globe join us in the True Cellular Detox Challenge…
-And much more!
Whether you can’t seem to decimate a single fat cell and you’re experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy or you want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it…
…this challenge will completely reboot your body.
You can click here to read all the nitty-gritty details, but please be sure to get in on this detox soon because it will fill up fast and Dr. Dan and I want to be able to fit everybody in.
The same way you need instructions on how to detox the right way without harming your body, I need your help and your accountability to get me through this detox. Goodness knows that even though I'm a pretty healthy guy, I'm going to need a proper detox after both the holidays and an entire year of hard-charging, fast-living, daily post-industrialized world exposure.
And you do too.
So let's do this together.
Also published on Medium.