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Weight Loss and the Lymph System

Could you be carring extra weight due to a sluggish lymphatic system? Below is a great article explaining the lymph system and the extra waste that you are carring that could be adding extra LBS to your waistline. Learn simple ways to eliminate those wastes and relieve your waistline :)

The Lymph Link

Understanding the lymphatic system

The lymph system cleanses every cell, carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products out of the cell. Without adequate physical activity, the cells are left to stew in their own waste products and are starved of nutrition. Vigorous exercise such as walking or rebounding is beneficial to help the lymph system remove that waste. Rebounding is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why rebounding's vertical movement is so beneficial for stimulating the lymph.Did you know that many people carry an extra 10 to 15 pounds of water trapped in their tissues. The result is abdominal bloating, cellulite, and face and eye puffiness. Waterlogged tissues act just like “false fat.” Actually, consuming too little water can cause your body to retain water. When your water intake is low, the kidneys hoard water.Insufficient water slows the lymphatic system. Women with cellulite have lymphatic deficiencies. Proteins play an important role in helping the lymphatic system. Protein controls water between and within cells and within arteries and veins by attracting the water molecules. When water accumulates, we call this the Bloat.

If you have these symptoms you may have sluggish lymphatic system:

Arms and legs appearance puffy or swollenFat layers are thicker than normal

Have struggled with excess weight since childhoodSlow metabolic rate or gain weight very easily

More prone to fluid retention and swelling in the arms and feetCellulite is common

Mood swings and hormone sensitivity

Crave dairy products, especially those that are fatty and rich

Cleansing the Lymph System

What to do:

Besides following all the dietary suggestions that have been covered, there are a few extra things you can do to keep the lymphatic system functioning optimally.

-Increase metabolism by moving more. A walk a day is an excellent and low impact way to get your metabolism going without risk of injury. Walking increases circulation of both the blood and lymph.

-Deep breathing insures an adequate amount of oxygen gets to the tissues. It also stimulates lymphatic drainage.

-Eliminate or greatly reduce caffeine and alcohol which act as mild diuretics and cause the kidneys to excrete more urine.Avoid dairy products. Dairy products overload their lymphatic system and thus cause weight gain and fluid retention.

-Eat food high in fatty acids, and consider taking an EFA supplement.

-Stay hydrated by drinking sufficient amounts of pure, ionized, alkaline water to flush out impurities.

-Flush out the bloat by bouncing on a mini-trampoline or exercise ball and dry brushing regularly.

-Take a good nutritional supplement that assures you are getting sufficient essential nutrients. A sluggish lymph means the nutrients aren't being delivered as efficiently to your tissues and stress depletes the body of needed nutrients, as well.

-Supplement with L-Carnitine – vital to keeping normal liver enzymes in the blood. L-Carnitine carries fat to the mitochondria in the cells, where the fat is converted to energy. L-Carnitine also helps clear waste products from the mitochondria to avoid free-radical accumulation. L-Carnitine protects the liver from powerful toxins.

-Hot-water with lemon, pure water with ½ lemon squeeze into it (2 or 3 times a day), promotes peristalsis and helps empty stubborn fat stores.