The lymphatic system is an often overlooked and infinitely important part of the human body. Below you will find the most frequently asked questions I receive from my clients. When you understand how the lymph system works you will understand how to take responsibility for your health.
Q: What are my body's two main fluids?
A: In addition to 100 trillion cells, the body has two main fluids - blood and lymph. Blood is 25% of the body's fluids and lymph is 75% of the body's fluids. Pop a juicy pimple and you will see both fluids.
Always remember: The cells in your body can only be as healthy as the fluids that they are bathed in.
When we improve our diet and lifestyle our health improves naturally.
Q: What is the lymphatic system?
A: The lymphatic system is your body's sewer system and main part of the immune system. It contains miles of its own capillaries and vascular system that are separate from the blood system. In very general terms, the blood would be considered the "kitchen" and the lymph would be considered the "bathroom". The blood feeds the cells and the lymph cleans the cells.
Q: How are wastes moved out of the body?
A: The lymph fluids (which collect cellular wastes) flow to the lymph vessels, and then on to the septic tanks (called lymph nodes) and then on to the body's eliminative organs (kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) for the elimination of wastes.
Q: What are lymph nodes?
A: The body has 600-700 lymph nodes located throughout the body. Some known examples of lymph node are the tonsils, adenoids and the appendix. If you have ever had swollen lymph nodes in your neck you can understand this concept. All wastes, including cellular wastes and damaged cells, from the body must go into the lymph nodes to be broken down and neutralized before they are eliminated. If you do not have these lymph nodes it is harder for your body to eliminate these wastes.
Q: What are some physical results of accumulated cellular acid wastes?
A: Some physical results of a backed up lymphatic system include but are not limited to: acne, boils, cysts, tumors, polyps, dandruff, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, fibrocystic breasts, polycystic ovaries, polycystic kidneys and enlarged prostates. You will see skin issues if the kidneys are not adequately eliminating cellular wastes because the skin is the body's third kidney.
*Remember: What you do not eliminate you will accumulate so you must move your lymph!
Q: What does it mean to move my lymph?
A: Moving lymph unclogs the body and allows for better lymphatic flow to tissues. This process allows the body to dissolve stones, calcifications, cysts and plaqued lipids. By increasing the efficiency of the lymph flow, more nutrients are delivered to the cells thereby increasing the regenerative and healing ability of the body.
Q: How do I improve my body's channels of elimination and move my lymph?
A: The best way to improve the body's eliminative channels is to alkalize the body by eating lots of ripe, organic, uncooked fruits and vegetables, specifically cleansing fruits such as grapes, citrus and melons. Specific herbal formulas also help to speed up this process.
Q: How do I know if I am moving my lymph?
A: You must look at your urine in a clear glass. You want to see sediment (tiny specks and mucus strands). These are signs that the cellular acid wastes are moving out of the body. This process can take a few weeks to over a year depending on each individual situation. You will see a direct correlation with the improvement of skin issues once you see sediment because the kidneys are filtering better.
Q: What factors contribute to a backed up lymph system?
A: Living an acidic lifestyle is the biggest contributor to a stagnant, dehydrated lymphatic system. An acidic lifestyle includes eating too many acidic foods such as processed foods, cooked foods, dairy, animal proteins, fried foods as well as drinking acidic beverages such as coffee, alcohol, soda, energy and sports drinks. Other acidic lifestyle contributors are smoking, drugs and work and relationship stresses. Living this way creates inflammation and inflammation always leads to poor health.
Q: I am constantly battling colds. You told me that if I want to improve my immune system that I will have to change my culturing medium. What does that mean exactly?
A: When I refer to your body's culturing medium, I am referring to your body's internal environment a.k.a. your internal terrain.
If you have ever had a doctor culture a sample of mucus that you have coughed up when you have had an infection you can understand this concept. The doctor will send the sample to the lab to identify the microorganism involved.
When you stop eating acidic, mucus-forming foods and start cleaning your body out with alkaline, living foods you will have a more robust internal environment which will improve your immune system so you will not be susceptible to as many microbial infections.
"Microbes are just nature's janitors who work to clean up a poorly kept culturing medium. Trying to keep microbes off of and out of your body is like trying to keep the wind out of the trees." ~ Robert Morse, ND