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11 Ways to Boost Your Lymphatic System for Great HealthPositiveMed | Stay Healthy. Live Happy

11 Ways to Boost Your Lymphatic System for Great HealthPositiveMed | Stay Healthy. Live Happy

Glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils create the lymphatic system, which cleans our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular sewage away from tissues to the blood where it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys.

The main symptoms of lymphatic problems are felt in your shoulder and neck area. If you have been suffering from injuries, excess weight, cellulite, or pain disorders like arthritis, bursitis, headaches, or any other chronic pain, a sluggish lymphatic system may be playing a role.

1. Breathe deeply-
Breathe in the sweet smell of healing oxygen, breathe out toxins. Our lymph system relies on the action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by the liver.

2. Get moving-
Exercise daily to ensure the lymph system flows properly.

3. Drink plenty of water
To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by your cells add some fresh lemon, or oxygen or pH drops.

4. Forget the soda, trash the neon-colored sports drinks, and drop the fruit juices-
These sugar, color, and preservative-laden beverages add to the already overburdened workload your lymph system must handle.

5. Eat more raw fruit on an empty stomach-
The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers

6. Eat plenty of green vegetables-
Green vegetables give you adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph system.

7. Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds-
They are packed with fatty acids that power up your lymph nodes.

8. Add lymph-boosting herbal tea-
Astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, pokeroot, or wild indigo root tea are beneficial to your lymph system.

9. Dry brush your skin before showering-
Brush your skin in a circular motion upward from feet to torso and from fingers to chest. The lymph flows towards the heart, you should work in the same direction.

10. Alternate hot and cold water in the shower-
Heat dilates blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract.

11. Get a gentle massage
There are few things more relaxing than a good massage, and it can be healing as well, studies show a gentle massage can push up to 78% of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Try a lymph drainage massage, it’s a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-ways-to-boost-your-lymphatic-system-for-great-health.html?page=2

Edited 7/1/14

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Healthy Sips

 

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Milk Does A Body Good

Milk Does A Body Good

Recently my doctor told me that I need to lower my cholesterol within 6 months or I will be placed on a maintenance pill to assist me. After only 30+ years on this Earth, I do not intend to be placed on any type of maintenance medication. I thought when I stopped eating beef and pork almost 15 years ago that I could avoid the heart disease that plagues both sides of my family. Now, I’m not light as a feather and have indulged in my share of fried foods and sweets. I love sour cream and salted butter. Over the past 15 years and 2 pregnancies since I gave up beef and pork, I’ve fluctuated in gaining between 30-50 pounds. Whoa! Writing those numbers down is a little devastating, but I can only blame me for allowing myself to gain that much weight. Because of this I have decided to change my lifestyle.

I’ve been on several fad diets over the years such as shakes, 3 day military diet, lemonade diet, detox diets, etc. I’m pretty good following the different rules short-term, but after awhile I would lose sight of the goal. I have a vision board with positive affirmations, weight goal, and how much I’ve loss. Before I gave up on that, I’d lost 10 lbs. Since I’ve gained back 8.5. Sometimes I’ve wondered what is it going to take for me to get healthy and maintain a healthy weight? Most of the time, I have varied answers, but that typically ends with an excuse for the day.

Until now. My motivation is completely restored. I am absolutely horrible with taking pills daily. Birth control pills? Yeah right. I even had a daily timer and still couldn’t stay on track. Cholesterol pills would be detrimental to my life, so for a permanent failsafe I will eliminate the need. Another motivation was watching this video of 77 year old Ernestine Shepherd. She is a bodybuilder and fitness instructor.

Now, after seeing this video what excuse can I use now? Keeping it all the way real, I have consistency issues and a vein disease that causes chronic pain. But again, she’s 77 and I’m 32. If she ran in my 5k in April she would smoke me and I would be embarrassed. After dealing with the leg thing for over 15 years, I know certain exercises will cause more pain. Really, I just need to think of the greater good and not be so selfish to the better me.

I have a toddler who can have a mother adventurous and capable enough to do whatever she wants me to do. I can feel amazing in my clothes without the aid of shapers or waist trainers. I told my semi-conservative husband that when l reach my goal I’ll be prancing around butter ball naked every moment I can. He won’t stand a chance. I don’t wear footie pj’s or anything remotely close to that now, but when he comes downstairs and I’m cooking his breakfast naked…. I’m just saying. Lol.

Anywho, I’ve now been on this journey for a few weeks and I’ve lost 8 lbs. Everyday I eat breakfast, drink a green smoothie at least once a day, eat smaller portions, eat healthy snacks like the fruit cup I posted previously, exercise via youtube and various apps including the 30 day challenge app, drink lots of water and green tea, follow healthy and fitness posts on various social media sites, etc. I’ve eliminated some bad habits and replaced bad fats with good ones. As you can see, I’m not following one thing. And you know what, that works for me. This is about changing my life and the various elements are aiding me in becoming consistent. I should’ve recognized this year’s ago, but I don’t like routines. I surprise myself by cooking different healthy recipes from various cooks or cookbooks. I make up my own green smoothies and use others recipes. As I work out, I found out my daughter loves it too. Check her out!

Last year, my friends and I participated in the Dirty Girl 5k Mud Run Atlanta. We had so much fun and got so dirty. I didn’t run much because my shins were hurting and they say you don’t have to train in preparation for this day.Thankfully, I had already taken pain meds, so my vein issue didn’t bother me so much. I was late so I had to run to catch up with my group. I was out of breath and wished every hill we encountered would die. This year, I intend for my experience to be completely different. I will begin a 5k training program on March 1st that is laid out in the Nike+ Running app. I’m super stoked about it. Here are a couple pics from last year.

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Have you too found yourself wanting to make a change, but can’t stick with it? In your process, what did you find successful and what was challenging? Did you go back to it? Any fitness pros out there that would like to share any tips? Feel free to comment.

💪🍓🍏🍉🍑🍌👟👍 KT

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Healthy Sips

 

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