Red alert!

2019-06-25T17:18:27+01:00 By |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 [...]

Anatomy of the Lymphatic System

2019-01-29T02:55:57+00:00 By |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 [...]

Simple stretches to improve lymphatic health

2018-09-22T08:49:15+01:00 By |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 [...]

The lymphatic system and immunity

2018-05-11T06:57:15+01:00 By |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 [...]

Hydration and the lymphatic system

2018-04-12T15:49:44+01:00 By |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 [...]

The lymphatic system and fat digestion

2018-04-06T06:22:54+01:00 By |The Lymphatic System|

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 – [...]

The lymphatic system and the brain

2018-03-20T05:56:14+00:00 By |The Lymphatic System|

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, [...]

Dry skin brushing for lymphatic health

2018-03-09T16:58:40+00:00 By |The Lymphatic System|

Dry skin brushing for lymphatic health Many of us have heard about dry skin brushing and its ability to: remove dead skin cells unblock the pores and facilitate the removal of toxins soften, smooth and brighten the skin boost circulation As well as the other main detoxing organs of the liver, kidneys, colon and lungs, our skin is also responsible for the removal of waste from the body. In fact it is estimated that almost a quarter of the waste we excrete every day is eliminated by the skin in the form of dead skin cells and sweat. [...]

10 Fast facts about the lymphatic system

2018-02-27T08:54:26+00:00 By |The Lymphatic System|

10 Fast facts about the lymphatic system It is the least understood and most undervalued of all the body systems, yet if it stopped working we would die within 24-48 hours It is approximately twice the size of the blood circulation system and manages almost double the volume of fluid daily Lymph starts its life as plasma, the watery component that makes up over half our blood volume There are between 400-800 lymph nodes in the body that constantly monitor and filter the lymph to remove toxins, waste and pathogens Swelling of the lymph nodes (or ‘glands’) in [...]