Simple stretches to improve lymphatic health

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 [...]

By | 2018-09-22T08:49:15+00:00 September 21st, 2018|The Lymphatic System|0 Comments

Body Ballancer and Pregnancy

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, [...]

By | 2018-08-15T14:17:24+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Health and wellbeing|0 Comments

How to balance your microbiome

Guest blog by Ruth Flett of Nutrition Mind Body Balance Your microbiome supports your body to function well and be healthy. However, there are many things that influence it. You may not be nurturing yours as well as you could be. Read on to find out ways to balance your microbiome and encourage it to be body friendly. What exactly is the microbiome? The microbiome includes the microorganisms that live on your skin and inside your body cavities. Each of us has a unique microbiome inherited at birth and impacted by environmental exposure. Our gut makes up a huge [...]

By | 2018-06-12T12:28:39+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Guest Blog|3 Comments

Bounce your way to lymphatic health

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 [...]

By | 2018-05-31T11:38:19+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Health and wellbeing|2 Comments

The lymphatic system and immunity

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 [...]

By | 2018-05-11T06:57:15+00:00 May 10th, 2018|The Lymphatic System|0 Comments

Hydration and the lymphatic system

Water, water everywhere: The cynics amongst us may like to think that it is the bottled water companies of the world that are keen on making sure that our intake of water stays high - to the level of a small reservoir per person per day at the very least.  Indeed a number of articles in the press in recent years have indicated that the eight glasses or two litres a day we have been encouraged to drink is a guideline only and not based on any firm scientific study. But before you ditch the water habit, consider [...]

By | 2018-04-12T15:49:44+00:00 April 12th, 2018|The Lymphatic System|0 Comments

A little Lymph reading

The Lymphatic Friendly Diet: A first hand account of how lymphatic therapist and lipoedema sufferer Kristin Osborn turned her life around by discovering what foods worked best with the lymphatic system to help digestion, boost immunity and increase the removal of toxins. With over 100 pages of recipes, there is something for everyone - from beetroot salad to chicken curry to date and walnut cake. A particularly helpful aspect of these recipes is that every ingredient is identified as being of a particular food type that contain properties that are helpful to the lymphatic system: Anti-inflammatory foods that [...]

By | 2018-04-06T09:53:11+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Something for the wekend...|0 Comments

The lymphatic system and fat digestion

Why the quality of the fats we consume is vital: Whether it comes from the finest extra virgin olive oil or the 3 a.m. burger van raid, all the fat we eat is absorbed by the lymphatic system before onward transmission into the bloodstream where it can be used as fuel. Unlike other nutrients, fat cannot be absorbed directly into the blood from the gut because fat molecules are simply too large to be taken up by the tiny capillaries that line it; it would simply clog them up. Instead, it must be absorbed by another route – [...]

By | 2018-04-06T06:22:54+00:00 March 28th, 2018|The Lymphatic System|2 Comments

The good oil on… Ginger

Ginger: Essential oils can play a part in helping the lymphatic system in a number of ways to support it in its detoxing and microbe-fighting mission. Depending on the oils used, they can detoxify, boost blood circulation and improve lymphatic flow. Let’s look at ginger… Ginger essential oil is derived from the ginger root, a powerful spice that contains more than a hundred chemicals that support and enhance overall well-being. Used for centuries, it is prized in Chinese medicine where it is regarded as a warming herb with particular benefits for the lymph nodes, spleen, heart and digestive [...]

By | 2018-03-23T11:59:18+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Something for the wekend...|0 Comments

The lymphatic system and the brain

How does the brain clean itself and why is it so important?: Every organ of the body produces waste as part of the metabolic process, and the brain is no exception. However, the way in which it rids itself of waste has been something of a mystery as it was thought that there were no lymphatic vessels in the cranial cavity. Indeed, in any representation of the lymphatic system, there is a huge space where the brain is located. This omission has always been problematic as the brain is both very active and extremely sensitive to waste build-up, [...]

By | 2018-03-20T05:56:14+00:00 March 20th, 2018|The Lymphatic System|0 Comments