Lymphatic System Health
September -- time to get
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The Lymphatic System
What is the Lymphatic System and how does it work? The lymphatic system is the network of various organs, tissues and vessels that help keep your body clean. It removes waste and toxins so you can stay healthy.
In addition to the waste disposal service, the lymph is also responsible for absorbing fatty acid and fats for nutrients. Pretty important for good health.
Check Your Lymphatic System
Want to check the condition of your Lymphatic System? Here are a few questions you can answer to discover how well your lymph system works for you.
Place your right hand on your chest and your left hand over your belly button.
Now, take a normal breath.
Which hand went the higher?
If it was your left hand give yourself 10 points.
If it was your right hand you get 0 points.
Don’t panic! There are more questions.
How would you rate your metabolism compared to most people you know?
If your metabolism allows you to eat a lot anytime and not gain weight, consider yourself in the HIGH range. Give yourself 10 points.
If your metabolism seems about average. Give yourself 5 points.
If your metabolism is lower than most people you know (you gain weight by walking past a bakery), you get 0 points.
How are you with stairs?
If you can easily walk up two flights of stairs without feeling winded, give yourself 10 points.
If you can easily make it up the stairs, but your breathing harder than normal, give yourself 5 points.
If you feel like lying down and taking a nap after two flights of stairs give yourself 0 points.
Take a timer and count how many breaths you take in 1 minute.
If it’s between 4-7 give yourself 10 points.
If it’s between 8-13 give yourself 5 points.
If it’s 14 or more, give yourself a 0 points.
Which statement best describes your energy level?
I have so much energy it’s hard for me to sit down to do this research. Give yourself a 10 points.
I wish I had more energy but I’d hardly call myself a sloth. Give yourself 5 points.
My energy level is depleted when I think about my day. Give yourself 0 points.
If you have 35-50 points, congratulate yourself. Your lymph system is moving more than most people.
15-34 points -- you are half way there and can easily improve and support from our office will give you the boost you are looking for.
0-14 points? You might consider some support from our office that will give your lymphatic system the boost it needs.
WHAT BACKS UP THE LYMPH SYSTEM?
Lack of Movement: Proper lymphatic flow requires deep breathing and body movement because there is no pump to the lymph system. The contraction of skeletal muscles force tiny one-way valves of the lymph system to open and close and push the fluid to the subclavian veins.
Dehydration: Dehydration can contribute to poor lymphatic drainage and cause lymphatic stagnation.
Stress: Stress-fighting hormones are acidic and an acidic body leads to lymph congestion.
Chronic Digestive Imbalance: Chronic constipation or diarrhea due to damaged intestinal villi promotes lymph congestion.
Processed Foods: An unhealthy diet, particularly one containing processed foods may lead to a sluggish lymphatic system.
Chemical Exposures: Harmful chemicals in skin and body care products, cleaning products or pesticides, can compromise your lymphatic system. Our bodies can’t always unload or detoxify these chemicals quickly.
We have solutions for lymphatic health at Texas Biological Medicine. Call 972-233-8339 to schedule a session today
Boost Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is considered a pump-less system. Unlike the heart that aids in moving the blood through the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has two ways of moving the toxins through you system. Deep diaphragmatic breaths and physical movement create lymph health.
Just Breathe. We’ve talked about breathing in many of our blogs. In August we gave you four ways to decrease stress and allow you to get your system moving in the right direction. Click here for the August blog.
Lymphatic Breathing Exercise
Place both hands on the stomach.
Inhale through the nose, expanding the stomach and keeping the shoulders still.
Slowly exhale through the mouth.
Repeat the exercise 3 to 6 times.
Dr. Jack Shields, lymphatic system specialist from Santa Barbara, California, put cameras inside people’s bodies to see what stimulated the removal of toxins. He found that deep belly breathing can multiply the pace at which your body eliminates toxins fifteen times more than chest breathing.
Movement stimulates the lymph nodes and lymph vessels that directly supports the removal of toxins while enhancing the immune system. It doesn't have to be big movement. Gentle movement on a re-bounder is adequate.
Swimming/water aerobics – with the body weight reduced by about 90% in chest-deep water, the pressure exerted by the water on the body surface contributes to lymphatic and venous return.
Walking – Take your time and enjoy a 20-minute walk outdoors, or on a treadmill (10-15 minutes, slow walking speed).
Easy Biking – 25-20 minutes either outdoors or at the gym, using a comfortable and wide saddle. Legs are placed in a higher position on recumbent bikes, which makes them a better choice for individuals affected by lower extremity lymphedema.
Yoga – the combination of stretching, deep breathing, relaxation and the positive impact on the venous and lymphatic return, makes yoga a perfect choice of exercise.
Trampoline/Re-Bounder -- Jumping on a trampoline or gentle movement on a re-bounder cleanses your lymphatic system which helps remove toxins from the body. Because lymphatic fluid flows in an upward direction, the vertical movements of jumping on the trampoline are more effective in pumping lymph fluid, than horizontal motion exercises such as walking and running.
Our office offers LET sessions, which moves the lymphatic fluids if you are looking for quick, effective, long-term results.
ARE YOU DEHYDRATED?
The color of your urine determines you level of hydration. You need to be hydrated to keep your lymph system moving.
Why not take a look at this chart so you can determine whether you need Potassium, Magnesium, or Bioplasma with your bottle of water with NADH. Additionally with the September heat adding Trace Elements Ionic Minerals to your water will keep leg cramps away.
The chart is in PDF format so you can track your hydration level.
What is an LET Session?
The medical communities have ignored the care of the immune system from a preventive view since the 1950's. People are taught to care for the cardiovascular system, but generally, not the lymphatic system or the immune system overall. LET (Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy) fills a gap in the integrative communities for substantial treatments that assist with detoxification at a deep cellular level.
LET is a system of electronic instrumentation that uses subtle, EEF, sonic and acoustic waves and harmonic rich energy fields that aid in improving micro-circulation, general circulation, and helps with fluid management at the tissue level.
The LET provides many layers of dynamic pulse sound waves and other modalities that can assist with the release of interstitial toxins. This boosts the immune system.
Lymphatic Flow is blocked by surgeries, injuries, radiation therapy, removal of lymph structures creates scar tissues that block lymph flow. Any scar tissue blocks lymph flow too. Modern lifestyles substantially add to impaired lymph function. These include tight clothing, lack of exercise, unhealthy food, electronic and chemical pollution, chronic stress, poor sleep, and hormone mimics called endocrine disruptors from plastics, air pollution, drugs, herbicides, and pesticides.
In our office Tricia Wade, LMT uses manual therapy in conjunction with the application of LET instruments. She is a certified, trained lymphatic therapist, myofascial release therapist, massage therapist and Trager Practitioner. Tricia may apply some palpation and light skin touch release techniques in conjunction with LET instruments.
The L.E.T. is by far our choice for eliminating toxins, and is eight times more effective than manual lymphatic drainage techniques.
LET Decongests and detoxifies for: breast health, pain conditions, immunity, hormones/women's health, post operative, injury rehab, aging skin, edema, lymphedema, men's issues, digestion, stress states, fatigue, esthetic procedures, and sinuses/colds/flu.
LET enhances the transportation of waste, or toxins, out of the boy by increasing fluid volume and fluid exchange at the site of lymphatic vessels, as well as in the interstitial spaces between cells. Thus, it also facilitates the transport of immune functions into the cells and organs.
Texas Biological Medicine is here to help and your family stay healthy. Call our office at 972-233-8339 to schedule your LET session today.
Let’s Talk Trager®
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What will create more ease?
Benefits of Trager®
The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental stress patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased mobility, and mental clarity. Connection to the body and relaxation are at the heart of the Trager Approach.
Many people seek Trager sessions for personal growth or increased feelings of joy and wellness. Others look to experience physical changes in the lymphatic system, posture and greater ease in movement and flexibility with this method.
This is a gentle hands on experience on the massage table and uses a gentle rhythmic movement therapy. While it also influences the lymphatic system, it invites the fascia system to change by releasing old patterns allowing for more freedom of movement. It is a relaxing, refreshing, and easy way to let go of muscle tension. The rhythm of the movement allows both mind and body to release old patterns.
The Trager Approach brings the body back into a state of balance. This is a kind, nurturing way to support detoxification and bring aliveness back to the body.
Some people say Tricia Wade has magic hands. Whether you are looking for ease and relaxation, building a plan for your health care program, or need a maintenance program, Trager Sessions may be right for you.
Call our office today at 972-233-8339 to schedule your Trager Session with Tricia Wade.
Trager and/or L.E.T. (Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy) will relax the body while releasing toxicity and allow for changes in the nervous system.
Both approaches are gentle and kind to the nervous system allowing for deeper relaxation and healing within the body.
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This Office Reads
Fat for Fuel by Dr. Joseph Mercola. For over a century, we've accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm? What if cancer isn't a disease of damaged DNA, but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth show us a radical new path to optimal health?
Jump Start Your Metabolism by Pam Grout. If you've tried every conceivable combination of diet and exercise and still can't shed those extra pounds, then perhaps you haven't discovered the hidden key to weight loss -- proper breathing.
A Women of Strength and Purpose by Cynthia Tobias. As a strong-willed woman, you meet the world head-on, undeterred by those who say something can’t be done. When applied in the right ways, a bold spirit can change the world. But sometimes your determination leads to misunderstandings and fractured relationships.
I used to be a trampoline tester but my job had a lot of ups and downs. The economy was difficult but we always seemed to bounce back. People jumped when I offered them the equipment at half price.
I finally got to meet the inventor. He asked me, “Do you know the sound a plane makes when it hits a trampoline?”
I replied, “Boeing.”
Food For Thought
Nuts and Seeds – Essential fatty acids, the healthy fats found in seeds like chia, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut, and avocado, play a role in fighting inflammation. They also strengthen vascular tissue, help in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and minerals, and aid in the removal of fat soluble wastes.
Seedy Oat Cracker recipe here.
Six healthy nut snack recipes here.
Forty nine delicious and healthy Avocado recipes here.
Leafy Greens - Chlorophyll, the green nutrient that captures sunlight, has powerful cleansing properties and beneficial effects on the blood and thus on lymph fluid as well. Look for dark greens for chlorophyll like kale, spinach, wheat grass, barley grass, turnip greens, dandelion leaves, broccoli, and mustard greens.
Forty flavor-packed ways to use fresh Spinach. Recipes here.
Healthy Broccoli side dishes here.
Garlic – Garlic boosts immune function and combats harmful microbes. It improves circulation and aids in the cleansing of toxins.
Thirty recipes for Garlic lovers here.
Ginger – Ginger has beneficial effects on digestion and circulation, two systems that are tied directly to the lymphatic system.
Healthy Ginger recipes here.
Turmeric – Turmeric is related to ginger. It helps reduce inflammation, thins blood, and improves circulation.
Turmeric Ginger Tonic With Chia Seeds recipe here.
Eleven healthy and delicious Turmeric recipes to help with inflammation here.
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