About The Lymphamaniac

Bonkers about all things lymphatic.

Red alert!

By | 2019-06-25T17:18:27+01:00 June 25th, 2019|The Lymphatic System|

Why seeing red is great for lymphatic health Did you know that red-staining foods are excellent for lymphatic health? Plants, fruit and vegetables traditionally used to produce red dyes (cherries, berries, pomegranates, beetroot and cranberries) were frequently used in Ayurvedic and other Eastern medicines to boost lymphatic flow when signs of stagnation occurred. This is because the compounds responsible for their intense colour (such as anthocyanins, lycopene and betalain) are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Research has shown that anthocyanins in particular are effective against cancer, ageing, neurological disease, chronic inflammation and diabetes. Deserving of particular attention are [...]

The Lymphatic System in Ayurvedic Medicine

By | 2019-03-13T14:08:20+01:00 March 13th, 2019|Health and wellbeing|

The Water of Life What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the 5,000 year-old traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing to achieve this equilibrium. More than just a system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realising their full human potential. Ayurveda and the lymphatic system Ayurveda considers the lymphatic system to be the most important system [...]

Anatomy of the Lymphatic System

By | 2019-01-29T02:55:57+01:00 January 29th, 2019|The Lymphatic System|

Anatomy of the lymphatic system There is much more to the lymphatic system than the network of vessels and nodes with which it is most commonly associated. Indeed there are several organs of the body that connect the lymphatic and immune systems together. Let’s start with one that many would not associate with the lymphatic system - Bone Marrow. Bone Marrow Red bone marrow is an extremely important part of the lymphatic system, as it produces lymphocytes - white blood cells that are responsible for identifying and destroying viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. B LYMPHOCYTES are responsible for [...]

Three things that will enhance your fat-freezing results

By | 2018-10-30T15:32:15+01:00 October 30th, 2018|Body Contouring|

Better, faster results! Since its approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2010, cryolipolysis - or fat freezing – has taken the aesthetic market by storm, allowing people to rid themselves of unwanted pockets of fat using a method that does not involve needles, cutting of the skin or other invasive procedures and without the risks posed by general anaesthetics. Initially designed to treat areas such as the abdomen, thighs and upper arms, the newer, smaller applicators can be used to target previously inaccessible areas of the body such as the knees, jawline and even armpit! [...]

Simple stretches to improve lymphatic health

By | 2018-09-22T08:49:15+01:00 September 21st, 2018|The Lymphatic System|

Stretch yourself! Whilst we would just love it if everyone could have a Body Ballancer® session two or three times a week, we realise that right now this is something we can only dream of! So, to help keep the lymph flowing until we reach this Nirvana, here are a number of simple stretches that will promote muscle contraction and movement, thus stimulating lymphatic flow. The first four exercises are the most important, as they focus on the neck and shoulder area, a part of the body that is especially significant, being the location of the upper thoracic [...]

Body Ballancer and Pregnancy

By | 2018-08-15T14:17:24+01:00 July 29th, 2018|Health and wellbeing|

Can the Body Ballancer® be used during pregnancy? Absolutely! A course of treatments - particularly during the third trimester - will not only relieve the discomfort of heaviness and tightness caused by water retention, it will also lessen or even prevent the formation of spider and varicose veins and reduce the appearance of cellulite – another unlovely side-effect of the hormonal changes that are part and parcel of  the pregnancy journey. Why is it recommended? Significant hormonal changes occur during pregnancy which often leads to excessive water retention and fat accumulation – the latter particularly around the buttocks, [...]

Bounce your way to lymphatic health

By | 2018-05-31T11:38:19+01:00 May 31st, 2018|Health and wellbeing|

Jumping for joy: Rebounding – or ‘trampolining’ as it was known in my day – is an easy way to boost your lymphatic system and have a huge amount of fun at the same time. In fact, rebounding has so many benefits  - from weight loss to improved joint and bone health to increased cardio fitness – that classes are now springing up (no pun intended) everywhere you care to look. And here’s why… Enhanced  lymphatic function By now you will know that the lymphatic system relies on movement to keep flowing because – unlike the cardio-vascular system [...]

The lymphatic system and immunity

By | 2018-05-11T06:57:15+01:00 May 10th, 2018|The Lymphatic System|

How the lymphatic and immune systems work together: One of the many benefits of a healthy, well-functioning lymphatic system is an improved immune system, but why is this so? What is Immunity? Immunity is the ability to resist illness and damage from undesirables such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and moulds. The body has a number of protective methods for preventing these nasties from entering the body in the first place, or preventing them from taking hold if they do. This is called non-specific immunity. Specific immunity on the other hand gives us the ability to identify, destroy and [...]