Lymph System

Image result for Single CellDid you know that the body is one big Cell composed of many smaller cells, all working together to create your healthy body. Does it make sense that if even one of the smaller cells is not functioning properly, or is out of whack, that the body system’s will be in trouble and begin to develop health issues? We recognize cells by names such as adrenal, lymph, endocrine, kidneys, bladder, etc. When the body breaks down it goes through different stages of breakdown – which I will talk about in a future blog.

The system or cell to be discussed today is the Lymph or drainage system of the body.

The Lymph System along with the Kidneys are considered to be the sewage system of the body. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to the body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissueImage result for free pics of lymph fluid filter out toxins and keep up a healthy immune system. Along with working with the Lymph Nodes, this task is accomplished.

Lymph is an alkaline fluid found in the lymphatic vessels. It is usually a clear, transparent, colorless fluid; however, in vessels draining the intestines it may seem milky due to the presence of absorbed fats. Lymph may vary in composition in different parts of the body. Lymph contains proteins, salts, organic substances and water. Cells present are principally lymphocytes, formed in the lymph nodes and other lymphatic organs. The lymph is formed in tissue spaces all over the body and is gathered into small vessels which carry it centrally. It eventually enters the many ducts that have encompassing vessels throughout the entire body which plays a role in the health of the blood, lower limbs, pelvis, intestines and digestive organs, internal jugular trunk – to include head and neck. Lymph in passing from any region of the body to the main lymph ducts, must pass through lymph vessels which pass through regional lymph nodes. These filter the lymph, freeing it of foreign particulate matter, esp. bacteria.

The absorption of fatty matter chiefly takes place through the epithelial cells of the intestines, and those of the villi. These cells carry it to the lacteals when the particles break up into fat and protein matter.
(Ref. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)

“When lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is compromised” (Adair, Guyton, 1982). This opens the way to many physical ailments and hastens the aging process.

How do you keep the Lymph System clean, healthy, drained. My usual stock answer again is through the diet, what you eat. However, there is a technique of massage therapy called Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT). It is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage.

The LDT process involves the use of gentle manual manipulations which aImage result for Free Massage Graphicsid in the re-circulation of body fluids. A trained massage therapist is able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of lymph flow anywhere in the body, assess the overall direction of lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and then with their hand maneuvers find the alternate pathways for draining  lymph  and other toxic fluids from the body. LDT can prove beneficial in preventive health maintenance to include helping the recirculation of body fluids, stimulating the way the immune system functions, and balancing the autonomic nervous system.

Some of the benefits of this type of therapy include: reduction in ademas (swelling), relief of chronic and subacute inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies, immune system stimulation, regeneration of tissues (e.g. burns, scarring), relief of chronic pain, deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of memory, relief from involuntary muscle hypertonus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and etc.

I go to a greatImage result for Free Massage Graphics neuromuscular massage practitioner who is skilled in this type of therapy. I recommend massage therapy as a must to help repair the body, mind and soul along with, as mentioned before, a lifestyle change beginning with the food you eat…to include fruits, fruits, fruits and veggies as needed.

As you can see, there is more to the body healing and repairing process than just food and exercise.


Atrial Fibrillation…

…also called AF or Afib is one of the most common and under-treated heart rhythm disorders in America and the world. However, I don’t know how they treat it in other countries.

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Just what is Atrial Fibrillation?
(information is from Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)

ATRIAL…pertains to the atrium.
FIBRILLATION…pertains to irregular and rapid contractions of the atria working independently of the ventricles. Continue reading “Atrial Fibrillation…”

Probiotics – Fitness Tip of the Month


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PROBIOTICS…A new and not so new word being used today in regards to good health. What are “Probiotics”? Probiotics are the beneficial microorganisms that inhabit a healthy digestive tract. They, basically, are responsible for promoting healthy digestion, nutrient absorption and a healthy immune system. Our digestive system cannot function at its best without an abundance of beneficial microbes in it. Probiotics are the good guys. They balance the natural flora creating an environment in which bad bacteria, yeasts and viruses cannot thrive. They support the health and integrity of the intestinal lining. Unfortunately, our digestive systems do not always contain enough probiotics. One reason for this is that the modern diet is largely devoid of probiotic-rich fermented foods – food where microorganisms grow on and break down the food making the food item rich with probiotics. The toxins in the air we breathe, and the chlorine in the water we drink and bathe in, also affect the lack of probiotics in the digestive system.

As there are Pro’s and Con’s on everything, there are also Pro’s and Con’s in regards to Probiotics.

PRO: Names associated with ‘probiotics’  include Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacterium. Research shows these to treat IBS (inflammatory bowel disease), infectious diarrhea, antibiotic-related diarrhea, skin conditions such as eczema, urinary/vaginal health, oral health and etc.

Probiotics – overnight, became newly famous, and research into probiotics tells us they can be found in everything from yogurt to chocolate, sauerkraut, pickled foods, Kefir and even olives.

CON: Wikipedia – tells us benefits have been claimed – such as the probiotics ability to cut gastrointestinal discomfort, improve immune health, and constipation, but, that none of these claims are backed by scientific evidence. It is also important that you know that ‘probiotics’, like many health related supplements, whether natural or prescription, may have adverse effects such as; cause bacteria-host interactions and/or unwanted side effects in rare cases.

Probiotics as supplements can be purchased, in most health food stores, OR you can make your own. Try this great recipe – hope you like Coconut!

Thank you Joy! I am sold. I am going to make my own PROBIOTICS!


Understanding Herbal Medicine


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In my last blog I talked about the specifics of a few herbs – in general. However, I doubt that many readers really understand what ‘Herbal Medicine’ is. Here, I hope to help you all to understand ‘Herbal Medicine’ better. All cultures throughout history have used the healing effects of herbs to help treat health problems. Written documentation of ancient herbal practices in India, China, Egypt and even the American Indian, etc. go back 5000 years. The Greek physician Hippocrates and Galen, a Roman doctor gave us the principles for using herbal health treatments for centuries that became the basis of botanical medicine. Some of these healing principles are still being used today. Here in our culture, we are experiencing a revolution in herbal healing, better known as “Alternative Medicine” or “Alternative Therapies”. Unlike modern medications, which isolate chemical compounds, herbs contain properties that each nourish and heal, as well as work together for a wonderful healing experience. As I have mentioned before in my blogs, Herbal medicine aims to treat the cause of illness, not just the symptoms. The result is the body healing itself – not just part – but the whole person. You will experience a strong and NEW YOU!

What are the forms of Herbal Medicine? Continue reading “Understanding Herbal Medicine”