Have You Poked Your Lymph System Today?
Our bodies are a wonder. Leading the parade of wonder is our endocrine system, a model of intricate cooperation that controls our health, but has yet to be understood.
Part of the endocrine system, the immune system, is a complex mystery all on its own.
And the lymphatic system, a part of the immune system, boggles the mind even more. So you’ll probably be happy to hear that I’m not going to try to march you through the swamp of how it all works.
But we need to know at least a few things. Medicine has been claiming for years that death and destruction were the normal path of the immune system as we age. Well, no. Studies show we can keep our immune system battle-ready throughout life if, as I said, we know a few things.
Lymph, a semi-clear liquid, circulates through the lymphatic system, passes through nodes to get any gunk cleaned out, then continues its journey of health.
The heart pumps our blood along, but the poor lymphatic system has no pump to keep things moving. And if lymph slows down, it drags the entire immune system down a notch, clean-up doesn’t happen and we send an open invitation to aging, also known as disease.
What gets the immune system in trouble?
Diet is huge. Or I should say HUGE! And everything we read about diet in magazines, see on TV, etc. is wrong.
Also, having anything to do with fluoride makes your lymphatic system available for whacking.
And swamping the liver with, say, high fructose corn syrup for one example, can slow lymph movement to a crawl. HFCS causes fatty liver disease, which is epidemic nowadays, and it means your lymph is dragging.
You can bump along to rack and ruin without a clue that all is not well in lymph-land. One attention-getting sign of sluggish lymph movement is cellulite; dimples in all the wrong places. Yikes!
So, what to do?
For one thing, pump up your endocrine system. Its success in managing your health depends on good nutrition, including supplements. (And I don’t even want to hear about how you don’t like to take pills. For crying out loud, it’s your life; do whatever it takes.)
And also deal with the toxins that surround you-in the water, in the air you breathe, in government-mandates such as fire retardant fabrics, rugs, etc.; in antibacterial soaps; in bogus estrogen that’s just about everywhere, such as in grocery store meats, packaged foods, etc. You can’t eliminate all toxins, but lowering your toxic load makes it possible for good nutrition to win the war.
And muscles in motion keep the lymph flowing, so move them every day. Stretching. 3-minute bursts of exercise multiple times a day. Walking. Dancing. Playing catch. Etc.
Much of the lymph circulates in the torso, and breathing correctly, by expanding your diaphragm rather than your belly or chest, moves some very helpful muscles to cheer lymph on its way.
Massage is good, too. (Lymph or not, as a matter of fact.) If you can find a massage therapist who focuses on the lymph system, even better.
Sweating helps reduce our load of toxins. An electric, infrared sauna does great things. But if a sauna isn’t in the cards, even wearing extra clothing or piling on extra blankets to force a sweat can help.
Staying healthy shouldn’t require this much attention, but it does. And dealing with it sure gives better results than just letting toxins have their way.
Go forth and prosper.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.