June: Lymph Health
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues
and organs that help rid the body of toxins,
waste and other unwanted materials,
as well as delivers much needed nutrients to the cells.
This month, let's look at a few holistic approaches to
moving our lymph.
You use your eyes to see, your ears to hear and your muscles to do the heavy lifting. The lymphatic system helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of this amazing system.
Here are some helpful You Tube Videos that explain how important our Lymphatic System is in creating wellness in the body.
Lymphathic System: Crash Course. It’s easy to follow and has a cool graphic that shows you exactly where all your lymph nodes reside. click here
The Lymphatic System explained in 5 minutes – Lymph Vessels – Lymph Ducts – Lymph Nodes. click here
Do Antiperspirants and Deodorants
Affect the Lymphatic System?
Yes. They do.
Most of us apply deodorant and antiperspirants to highly concentrated areas of our lymphatic system. On our armpits and, for woman who sweat, under their breasts. Both places have clusters of lymph nodes or lymph vessels.
When lymph nodes and vessels become blocked or compromised due to the processing of chemicals, metals and other toxins, the workload of our lymphatic system takes a hit.
The body moves toxins out through breath, sweat, skin, urine, and bowels. Bumps and ulcerations can appear and weep lymphatic fluid as it removes waste from the body. If these avenues are blocked or not accessible by the lymphatic system, then the body could choose to encapsulate the toxins in the tissue, organ or gland as a way to not recirculate the waste. Choosing to encapsulate waste is actually a wisdom of the body.
Would it surprise you to know that some underarms are sunken, some are puffed out and some are as hard as rocks? Depending on the state of your armpits (which could change throughout the day), your lymph may be circulating, congested or blocked.
Many of the most common antiperspirants and deodorants have toxins in them. That may surprise you. I know it surprised me.
Would you ever apply Butane or Propane directly to your skin, much less use those products on your arm pits on a daily basis? If I knew I had a choice, or knew I was applying that to my armpits, I wouldn't chose it. Those products are great fire starters for the grill but not great products in my deodorant.
Hopefully most people know that ingesting aluminum is not good for the body. Some studies have shown to link Aluminum in the brain to Alzheimer's Disease. The body does not need Aluminum to survive. Aluminum Chlorohydrate and Aluminum Zirconium are two very popular ingredients in underarm products. Aluminum is known to stop sweating. However, Sweating is one very important avenue of detoxification for the body and helps you maintain a healthy immune system.
The internet is a wealth of information and can be overwhelming. I did a little research on the websites of Dove, Armor & Hammer, Degree, Ban, and Secret. On several of the websites you can find ingredient lists for your favorite underarm product. Some of the ingredients are confusing and with a little research you can become more informed.
Most of us wear deodorant. Finding a safe and natural alternative can be challenging. Currently there are several available. Additionally there are websites that will give you a list of ingredients in your deodorant. One such website is Skin Deep where you can look up 75,406 products. Click here.
We are individually unique and products do not always work in the same way with every person. Lona can test products and compatibility of personal items for clients. She does this to help individuals figure out what is most compatible for their body.
Our target at Texas Biological Medicine and Transformational Massage Therapy is to always empower our clients. We hope to provide you with a basis of information so you can research further and take control of your own health. We hope to provide you with new information that can stimulate you to consider different possibilities. Please do not hesitate to bring in your deodorant to the office to have it tested.
Trager practitioner, Tricia Wade, LMT, CFMW.
Call our office at 972-233-8339 to schedule your session today!
Time To Get Your Lymph Moving
Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy is an extremely relaxing treatment which involves the use of the Lymphstar Pro Fusion. This machine uses vibrational energy technology, and a hands-on technique. Both Lona and Trish give sessions.
This type of therapy works more efficiently and deeper than Manual Lymph Drainage techniques alone. The below photos show what just one session can do. Notice the difference in the toes:
Lona decided to purchase this machine after she saw the results of the blood that had been drawn before and after her initial treatment. She felt more energized once her session was complete. But the blood work astounded her. In the first picture you will notice her blood is clumped together. In the second picture you can see the increase in the flow of blood cells. Take a look for yourself:
After Lona's Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy session.
The Lymphatic Enhancement Treatment made a difference in how she felt and it also made a difference in how her blood lymph processed her blood.
Here are some areas where it has been successfully:
Sinus Congestion and Pain
Chronic Bladder Symptoms
Lymphedema / Swelling
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Muscle and Joint pain
Relief after injury/post surgery
Hormone imbalances, low collagen formation, rapid aging
Call our office at 972-233-8339 to schedule your session today!
Key supplements when having Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy or when you want to get your flow on.
Lymph 1 Homeopathic
This is recommended for anyone working on moving the fluids in your body.
Homeopathic medicine is a medical philosophy dating back to 1700s.
The practice is based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself.
This antioxidant moves to the molecule and borrows extra hydrogen molecules. It sends the original molecule off to be generative while it cleans up the waste molecules.
It’s the antioxidant trash collector that cleans up waste cells.
This Office Reads. Everyone reads more than one book but here are the June recommendations.
The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage by Rob Bell and Kristen Bell. This isn’t just for married people. Anyone who is in a relationship with another person or wants great relationships can learn from this book. Zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish.
Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. A must read for anyone hoping to create a joyful life. We are encouraged to discover those ‘jewels’ that reside within. Many people who have read this book report a turning point in their careers, relationships, and become more mindful.
The Game of Life and How to Play It (Prosperity Classic) by Florence Scovel Shinn. First published in 1925, this ‘success’ book talks about how to ‘win’ in life using positive attitudes and affirmations.
Name a lymphoid movie star? Charlie Spleen
Looking for the foods that improve lymphatic flow so you can keep body balanced click here for recipe.
Looking for something nutritious to eat?
Summer is the time for all things green. Leafy lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, and zucchini. Raw or cooked.
Cooked Summer Greens
Barely cooked greens stay bright in color and flavor.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/4 pound assorted greens (kale and Swiss chard or Spinach)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt or your choice of seasoning to taste
Heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes; stir 1 minute. Add greens and cook, tossing often, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in apple cider vinegar. Add butter; toss until melted. Season to taste.