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Liven Up Your Lymph for Health and Longevity
by Barbara Minton
(The Best Years in Life) What is the number one occupation for producing healthy people who live well into their 90’s? Surprisingly it’s symphony conductors, who usually swing a baton in one hand and gesture wildly with the other. What about this behavior makes for spry nonagenarians? All those frantic movements keep their lymphatic system moving so that toxic debris is unable to build up in the body. If you want to add more healthy years to your life, it’s time to do start doing what symphony conductors do.
The lymphatic system is a network of organs that are an essential part of the immune system. It functions to transport a fluid known as lymph, which contains infection-fighting white blood cells.
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system, and it contains vessels similar to veins and capillaries. These vessels are connected to lymph nodes, in which lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are manifestations of the lymphatic system. The human body has hundreds of lymph nodes, located deep inside the body in such areas as the heart and lungs, and also closer to the surface in such places as the arm pit and groin.
The spleen is the largest lymphatic organ. It regulates red blood cell count and also helps fights infection. If it detects dangerous microorganisms in the blood, it works with the lymph nodes to create lymphocytes, specialized white cells that vanquish invaders.
Life is full of toxic debris. Even the production of cellular energy spins off toxins as a byproduct. Pollutants from the environment and the air we breathe, pesticide residues, chemical ingredients in food and personal care products, and even the chemical fragrances used almost everywhere today and even spritzed in shopping malls must be dealt with by the lymphatic system if health is to be maintained.
According to natural health expert Byron Richards:
“Toxin accumulation in the body is a major contributing factor in the development of disease. If allowed to build up and remain in the body, toxins will create inflammation and harm to some degree, from degenerative issues to full out disease processes. However, if the lymphatic system is working properly and toxins are removed from the body on a regular basis, disease processes can be stopped before they ever start.”
What are the signs that your lifestyle may be slowing down your lymphatic system and inviting disease? Richards says pressure or tension build-up in the shoulder area, too much mucous in the morning or after large meals, excessive dairy consumption, and reduced drainage of the sinuses and ears all point to problems in the lymphatic system.
Fully 80 percent of women have a sluggish lymphatic system, says Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, author of The Fat Flush Plan. Getting it to work can spur weight loss and improve energy and zest for life.
Injuries, weight gain, cellulite, and chronic pain from arthritis, bursitis, headache or other sources may indicate a sluggish lymphatic system, according to Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, MD.
10 ways to boost lymph flow
Breathing deeply – Because there is three times more lymph fluid than blood in the body but it has no pump to move it, you must rely on deep breathing to give your lymphatic system the help it needs
Get moving – Increase lymph with exercise, particularly rebounding on a mini trampoline, stretching and aerobic exercises like walking
Drink more water – Without enough water, lymph cannot flow as it should
Forget about soda pop and sports drinks – they only make a sluggish lymphatic system worse
Eat more raw fruits but only on an empty stomach – Enzymes and acids in fruit are terrific at cleaning out the lymphatic system
Eat green vegetables every day – These are great sources of chlorophyll to help purify the blood and lymph
Eat nuts and seeds (preferably spouted) - These are good sources of the fats that speed up metabolism
Dry brushing – Lymph flows toward the heart, so brush toward the heart to help it do its work
Get a message – Stagnant lymph can be put back in service and toxins can be rooted out into the lymph fluid with a gentle massage
How to act like a symphony conductor
Every morning, routinely stand up, hold your arms straight, extend them over your head and then down again in a circular motion. Do 10 repetitions of this, and then reverse it so the circle you are making is going in the other direction. Do 10 repetitions of this too, and work up until you are able to do 25 repetitions of both the forward and backward circle.
This takes less than two minutes to do and can be done almost anywhere. The payback can be a long, disease free life.
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