11 Ways To Reduce Inflammation, Improve Your Immunity and Cleanse Your Lymphatic System – Saturday Strategy

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The lymphatic system contains twice as much liquid as the blood vessels, it lacks a pump, such as the heart, to carry waste from the lymph glands out of the body. Because there is no pump, if we are not regularly cleansing the body to release these toxins, our body begins to slow down, resulting in a weakened immune system, inflammation and often times, illness and disease. Because of this, it depends on muscle contraction and manual manipulation to move fluid. Pretty crazy, right?

What Toxic Chemicals Is Your Body Absorbing?

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/62135669833240117/

I am a huge advocate for colon-hydrotherapy (colonics) and coffee enemas – I do these regularly. But sometimes getting those toxins moving and flushing them out can be an uncomfortable experience. Think about it – we have YEARS of built-up toxins just sitting in our body. It’s like letting the animals out of the zoo and into the wild!

But toxins aren’t fun and they cause imbalance to our system. Because of the extreme amount of toxins being flushed at once, cleansing can have a short-term flu-like effect, with an achy body and nausea. But trust me when I say – it’s very short-term (if at all) and it’s absolutely worth it to clean out your pipes and get things moving properly, keeping your body healthy.

Colon Cleansing Foods

Source: http://asuniser.moxo.cz/art.php?n=221-colon-cleanse-kefir

Interesting (and important) Facts To Know About Your Lymphatic System

 

  • Our cells duplicate every 90 days – that means, if you have “sick” cells, they will continue to duplicate “sick” cells unless you cleanse and detox your body regularly.
  • There are 600 to 700 lymph nodes – in the human body that filter the lymph before it returns to the circulatory system.
  • The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that primarily consists of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
  • Lymphatic comes from the Latin word lymphaticus, meaning “connected to water,” as lymph is clear.
  • The lymphatic system, which is a subset of the circulatory system, has a number of functions, including the removal of interstitial fluid, the extracellular fluid that bathes most tissue. It also acts as a highway, transporting white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones and antigen-presenting cells to the lymph nodes.
  • There are two drainage areas that make up the lymphatic system. The right drainage area handles the right arm and chest. The left drainage area clears all of the other areas of the body, including both legs, the lower trunk, the upper left portion of the chest and the left arm.

Your lymphatic system supports every other system in the body –

including the immune, digestive, detoxification and nervous systems.

Much of the lymph tissue is associated with the gut – often known by the acronym: GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue). Lymphatic tissue is where much of your immunity starts and because the digestive tract is a main path of entry for offensive substances (bacteria, allergens, heavy metals, molds, fungi, chemicals, trans fats), your main lines of defense are in the gut.

Human Digestive System

Source: http://www.advancedphysicalmedicine.org/how-human-digestive-system-works-infographic.php

70-80% of your immune system resides in the gut as well as

95% of your serotonin – the “happy” hormone!

The Digestive Process

Source: http://www.kidsdiscover.com/infographics/digestive-system-for-kids/

Constipation, diarrhea and other GI issues compromise the lymphatic system’s ability to do its job. If your digestive tract is compromised due to food sensitivities, parasites, illness, antibiotics or stress, the flow of lymph and chyle will be diminished. Unfortunately, this can cause further problems, such as toxicity, making your original GI concerns worse. It is thought to possibly play a part in the appearance of cellulite too.

One of the major functions of your lymphatic system is the transportation of fatty acids from the digestive system. Your digestive system breaks down large molecules from macronutrientsprotein, carbs and fat – into smaller nutrients, making them easier to digest and absorb. While most of these nutrients find their way directly into the bloodstream, most fatty acids (which are the building blocks of fats) are actually absorbed by your lymphatic system.

Natural body detoxification has been practiced as far back as the Native Americans. And the use of sweat lodges and the Indian Ayurveda practice goes back even further. Supporting your body’s natural ability to detox effectively every day not only helps maintain wellness, but it also helps prevent illness later in life. Cleansing the lymphatic system is recognized by doctors in Europe and the Far East for its importance in preventive health care. We’re a little behind here in America, but hopefully, by continuing to bring information to the world, we can create further awareness of the benefits.

So as you can see, keeping your lymphatic system healthy is really important for many reasons.

Here are 11 ways YOU can support your lymphatic system on a regular basis.

 

1. Start each day with warm lemon water.

If you are like most people in America – you could be waking up and having a cup of coffee or some other stimulant that damages your endocrine system and inhibits your fat burning potential. Caffeine raises your cortisol levels – which can cause you to store fat, age prematurely, give you wrinkles and much more. I’m sure you wouldn’t like to have those aging lines in your face.

So what do we have to prevent that? What do we have as an alternative to boost our energy up and alkalize our body healthily?

The answer to that is LEMON.

7 reasons to drink lemon and water

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2. Clean up your diet.

Focus on whole foods with plenty of veggies, quality protein, healthy fat and minimal fruit.

Veggies are great detoxifiers and help you push toxins out of the body, leaving a clean slate for your body to thrive.

5 colors of phytonutrients

Source: http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2013/04/16/5-colors-of-phytonutrients-you-should-eat-every-day-infographic/

3. Regular nutritional detoxing and colon cleanses

Are a great way to keep your digestive tract in tip-top shape, thus contributing to optimal health and well-being.

Why You Should Cleanse and Detox Your Body Infographic

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/why-you-should-cleanse-and-detox-your-body.html

4. Investigate any food sensitivities or allergies

And remove them from your diet. The primary markers for food sensitivities are IgE and IgG, although IgG is not always utilized so be sure to request it.

IgE are immediate (I remember this by E-mediate), meaning your body release a histamine reaction, such as anaphylactic shock.  

IgG are often delayed and can show up even 72 hours later, which is a big reason it’s so important to pay close attention to your body’s signals. These are intolerances, more so.

Digestive issues play a HUGE role in the presence of IgG allergies. When you heal your gut, food intolerances often clear up (those that are not IgE related).

Food allergy vs Food Intolerance

Source: http://visual.ly/food-allergy-vs-food-intolerance

5. Don’t be afraid to sweat!

Exercise and infrared saunas are great options! If you’re new to exercise, that’s okay! Start with where you’re at. Try walking for 10-20 minutes each day and increase time and intensity as you get more comfortable.

Many holistic centers are now offering infrared sauna sessions in their clinics. Find one near you and give it a try! I have one at home, which I use regularly. It helps me relax and detoxify. I am a huge fan!

50 reasons to exercise

Source: http://www.lifetropolis.com/health-fitness/50-good-reasons-to-exercise/

6. Examine your emotional issues

And deal with them head on.

Any stuckness you have going on within your emotional state permeates into other areas of your life AND your body.

It’s time to dig in and allow yourself permission to release what is not serving your highest self.

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7. Breathe deeply

Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, yet no organ to pump it. Your lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver. So breathe in that sweet smell of healing oxygen. Breathe out toxins.

Mindful Breathing

Source: http://stresspanda.com/2014/11/25/infographic-mindful-breathing/

8. Get a gentle massage

Studies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation.

Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body.

Benefits of Massage Therapy An Infographic

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/clarisarosado11/rehab-phizio/

9. Spicy Food

One of my favorite spices is cayenne pepper! It’s great for detoxification and also stimulates your metabolism.

16 benefits of cayenne

Source: http://www.superherbalfoods.com/herbal-remedies/benefits-of-cayenne-pepper.php

10. Hot and cold showers

Alternate temps for a couple of minutes. The heat dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract.

Cold Shower Benefits

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/271060471297548558/

11. Dry skin brushing

This is great before showers. Use a soft bristle brush (you can find these on amazon or at your local health food store in the vitamin section).

Lightly brush your skin in a circular motion, moving from your feet towards your heart – this is the same direction your lymph flows.

Dry Skin Brushing Detox

Source: http://theageofgrace.com/2014/01/06/brush-brush-ash/

BONUS: Gargle with salt water

Keep things moving efficiently by consuming ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day, more if you’re active.

Dehydration is a common issue – often undetected – causing premature aging, constipation, fatigue and foggy thinking.

Water is necessary to flush out toxins each day and keep you feeling energized.

Epsom salt baths are also a great tool for detoxification! 🙂

Gargling with Salt Water

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