Never before in human history have we been exposed to such high levels of toxins. There has been an explosion in the number of studies showing the effects of these environmental chemicals on human health. There are estimated to be approximately 100,000 chemicals now in commerce, 30,000 of which are in common use and only 3,500 of which have been safely tested. Throughout our daily life we are in constant contact with environmental toxins. It isn’t hard to believe they are playing a role in modern illness like birth defects, nervous system disorders, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, and cancer.
Where are these toxins coming from?
We absorb toxins through our skin, from the air we breathe, the chemicals in our foods, and from the chemicals released in our homes and workplaces. They all add to our body’s toxic load. Ideally, on a daily basis, our bodies break down these toxins and clear them away. Detoxification is simply normalizing the body’s ability to process and excrete toxins.
To support the detoxification process, the body requires a variety of nutrients. If these nutrients are in low supply, the toxins re-circulate. These unneutralized, fat-soluble toxins can be stored in body tissues such as fat, brain and nervous system causing systemic symptoms and future disease processes.
When you hear the word testosterone, you probably think of masculinity, working out in the gym, and how efficiently someone can put on muscle and lose fat. Turns out, that’s only half the story.
As science dives deeper and deeper into these biomarkers, we’re finding that nothing is as cut and dry as we might have once thought. The body is a huge, complex, integrated system.
WebMD recently did an informative article on the correlations between low testosterone levels in men and a number of metabolic disorders, from diabetes and obesity to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Have you ever delighted at the idea of working out in a hot gym or on a sunny, sweltering day because of all the extra calories you can imagine sweating through your pores? Or maybe you’ve sat for long periods of time in a sauna after a workout? Soaked in a hot bath to loosen up the muscles?
We aren’t knocking these methods, as heat exposure promotes blood flow to your skin, which can help with muscle repair and relaxation. But what if we told you cold showers, working out in the snow, and ice baths could be just as useful, if not more-so?
Do we have your attention? Good. Self-experimenter Tim Ferriss and popular personal trainer Ben Greenfield have both delved deep into cold thermogenesis over the past couple year. Each has incorporated various techniques into their regimens. An interesting trivia fact first led Tim Ferriss down the road of cold exposure: at a time, Michael Phelps was known to eat 12,000 calories per day. How was that possible, considering he’d have to swim continuously for 10 hours every single day to burn off that kind of intake? Then it hit him: Michael Phelps spent 3-4 hours a day in the water, which is 24 times more thermally conductive than air. His body was burning all those calories just to stay warm.