Lymph - Helping Your Body Fight A Good Fight
Let's take one more swing through lymph. I know, I know. I'm kinda like a mother insisting her 10-year-old son needs to take a bath, but some things just have to be done.
Why? Because nobody knows squat about lymph, and with no razzle-dazzle drug to offer, docs don't even think about it. But while everybody sits around ignoring it, lymph has a big say in how long you live and how well.
If your lymph slows down and drags along at a crawl, life won't go well. In fact, you'll spend your so-called Golden Years dealing with diseases that take advantage of your diminished immunity, and you'll invest a lot of time and money popping prescription drugs at a great rate.
Lymph worth talking about
Well, now, see, that makes lymph worth talking about. Especially since taking care of business takes only a little effort.
First, let's talk about why lymph is important, then about risk factors, and finish with suggestions from Too Pooped to Participate readers.
I previously talked about lymphedema, in which an arm, leg or some other body part swells up like an overfilled water balloon, usually accompanied by enough pain to get your full attention. Doctors have no solution. Ideas, yes. Solutions, no.
But at least you know you have a problem. Most lymph problems are silent, and you have no idea of the kind of trouble you're in.
Medical schools teach that the thymus, home of the immune system, peaks at about puberty, then inevitably starts a downhill slide leading to disease and death as your thymus becomes a useless blob of fat. Nothing, sayeth the Poobahs, can be done about it.
Fortunately, this decline isn't inevitable, and you can avoid the useless blob of fat fate with some simple adjustments.
- Today's typical diet creates severe lymph woes. Polyunsaturated fats, such as corn oil, soy oil, etc., hydrogenated fats such as in margarine, high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, even mushrooms, create inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is murder on lymph.
- Fluoride and chlorine cause all sorts of health chaos. Besides whacking the endocrine system a big one, they can destroy the lining of the small intestine, causing digestive problems like you can't believe--and slowing lymph movement. The remedy is in nutrition.
- Endocrine problems, thyroid, etc., slow lymph movement. And the entire endocrine system, including the immune system, gobbles nutrition by the bucketful, so build yourself a solid vitamin/mineral program to perk up the old endo system--and give lymph a break.
I explain what nutritional supplement does what, and when you probably need it, in my vitamin/mineral book, Pep For The Pooped, which is sold separately or as part of the Moving To Health program, which covers a whole lot more. I don't know of anybody else writing about how to match supplements to symptoms to create a custom solution for what ails you.
Now, some comments from Too Pooped to Participate readers.
First reader recommends using a rebounder (a mini-trampoline), specifically a ReboundAir rebounder, to tame swelling.
Her friend left the hospital with a hugely swollen leg and no suggested remedy, so she started her friend out with gentle, one-minute rebounding sessions and slowly built from there. In three weeks the swelling was gone.
Rebounding moves muscles, always a good thing. And not only do legs, ankles and other body parts get trimmer, but bones get stronger with rebounding.
Amazon.com lists all sorts of rebounders, and you can read about a gazillion reviews from customers. She also recommends the ReboundAir, with a "security bar" to hang on to for balance.
Second a reader e-mailed a testimonial for cabbage. She dipped cabbage leaves in boiling water to make them more 'bendable', shaped them around a very painful breast and covered the whole thing with a towel. When the cabbage cooled, she repeated the process. After several repetitions, all pain and discomfort was gone.
She had no diagnosis for her pain, but cabbage is known to tame estrogen, so maybe that was it.
Finally, a reader wrote about a concentration camp survivor whose entire body was swollen, possibly from kidney failure, a problem that killed many in the camp. Taking action on a suggestion to drink Stinging Nettle tea, the survivor got rid of the swelling and survived.
Stinging Nettle plant
The leaves of the Stinging Nettle plant, used for centuries to create nettle tea, do lots of good things. Besides cheering up our lymph, they help with allergies that fill your nose and make you a slave to tissues. And they work as a general health tonic, help with food sensitivities, etc., etc., etc. (I talk about Nettle in Moving to Health.)
Bottom line: Your body wants to heal. If you help by providing the nutrition it needs, your body will fight like a tiger for you.
Until next time then.
P.S. I'm not a doctor or other medical poobah. Luckily for both you and me, I've been studying this stuff for many years. Knowledge is power.
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