Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Maximized Living-The Five Essentials

So what is Maximized Living? Is it just another diet? I know I said this before, but it is not just a diet. ML is made up of five essentials. These are not just good ideas or something you may want to do, but they are essential. You cannot have one without the other. Without wasting anymore time, let's look at them.

1. Minimize the use of drugs, other toxins, and surgery.
-Toxicity - Toxins and chemicals found, for example, in medications and refined foods affect hormone balance and glandular function.

2. Maximize nerve supply.
-Damage or misalignment of the spine and nervous system-Correcting vertebral alignment and posture has a marked effect on the central nervous system and how well it functions and produces well-balanced body chemistry.

3. Maximize quality nutrition.
-Poor Nutrition. Diets high in carbohydrates leave a constant level of insulin in the system, which lowers serotonin levels and causes inflammation.
-Imbalances in omega-3 and omega-6 ratios have been found to be the first factor to address regarding depression, according to professors at Harvard and Oxford universities.
-pH balance that is off can lead to inflammation. Stimulants, sugars, and artificial additives negatively affect brain function.
-Nutrient deficiency can be solved by the right food and supplementation.

4. Maximize oxygen and lean muscle.
-Sedentary lifestyle-Inactivity and a lack of intentional exercise has many damaging effects to body function and mental health. That's why exercise consistently matches or exceeds the benefits of antidepressants.

5. Maximize peace and strong relationships.
-Lack of sleep, poor time management, and stress-Identifying and resolving the effects of inadequate sleep, abundant stress, and negative attitude will slow down the neurotransmitter burnout that these issues cause.

Of course, this is just a synopsis of what ML is all about. In the following posts, we'll discuss each one in detail and find out why they are so important to living the best quality of life that you can.

Maximized Living Makeover by Lerner, Loman, and Majors. pp. 28-30

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