Our Health and Our Lymph System

By Paleo
In Paleo Tips
Oct 19th, 2010


What determines how healthy your cells are has to do with one primary source of your body – your blood stream. Your blood stream is the environment for every cell in your body to grow and live in, if you maintain that then you will have health, if you don’t and you pollute it, then the cells in your body are going to be weak, which means your energy is going to be weak and you will probably end up dying prematurely, possibly painfully.

Your breath and the good nutrition you provide your body are the control buttons to the mechanisms that cleanse your circulatory system.

Breath is not only the foundation of all life in that it gives oxygen to the cells; things they must have to live, but it also controls the flow of lymph fluid in your body. Good nutrition will provide the materials to prevent extra chemicals and bacteria forming in the blood stream, as well as materials which will support cellular function, digestion and waist elimination.

Our lymph fluid also contains white blood cells called lymphocytes which help protect your entire body and cleanse the system.

So what exactly is the lymph system? The lymph system can be described as the body’s sewerage system. Every cell in your body is literally surrounded by lymph – in fact, you have four times more lymph fluid in your body as you do blood.

The lymph system is extremely important, so much so that if it was to totally shut down for only 24hrs, you would be dead as a result of trapped blood proteins and excess fluid throughout your cells.

Our blood carries oxygen and nutrients to capillaries where they are then passed onto the fluid around the cells which are called lymph. The body’s cells depend on the lymph system as the only way to drain off the large toxic materials and the excess fluid in our bodies which restricts the amount of oxygen our cells can get.

So now that you understand the importance of the lymph system and its function, I will delve into the two things I mentioned above which we need to do to keep our lymph system nice and healthy; deep breathing and nutrition.

Deep Breathing

For those of us who exercise regularly at a level which requires us to take big deep breaths, we have an added advantage, because the lymph system is activated by deep breathing!

If you want to have a healthy blood stream with an effective lymph and immune system, you need to breathe deeply and produce movements that will stimulate that lymph. Unlike the blood stream which has a pump (the heart), the lymph system doesn’t, so the only way lymph can move around is by deep breathing and muscular movement.

Deep breathing multiplies the pace of which the body eliminates toxins. Deep breathing and exercise can accelerate this cleansing process by as much as 15 times the normal pace. Lack of oxygen seems to play a major roll in causing cells to become malignant or cancerous.

To cleanse your body through effective breathing, remember: 1-4-2. 1 = Number of counts while breathing in. 4 = Number of counts to hold your breath. 2 = Number of counts while exhaling.

As you become better in being able to hold your breath, add extra seconds by using the 1-4-2 system. Examples; 4-16-8, 6-24-12, 8-32-16.

Make sure to breathe deep into the abdomen, like a vacuum. This helps the lymph system, as when you hold your breath your body can fully oxygenate the blood and activate your lymphatic system, and as you slowly exhale your body eliminates the toxins through your lymphatic system.

Good Nutrition

If you look up how to cleanse and/or detoxify your lymph system, you will notice one main characteristic in all the recommendations; they are high in vegetables, or even consist of solely vegetables. Why? Because our body needs to be able to get rid of toxins with foods which contain high levels of nutrients, these nutrients assist in moving toxins out of the body, as well as keeping your body healthy and functioning properly. Jam on toast, does not fall under this category.

The best thing you can do to keep your cells healthy, is to have a diet rich in foods that are from nature; meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. These are the foods our body recognises and has been developed to consume. The foods you want to avoid in order to keep your cells healthy are foods which are no longer close to nature, or foods which have been processed and have added chemicals in the form of flavoring, preserving and colouring; Lollies, cereals, cakes, processed meats (salami, devin, berlina, etc) and tofu, for example.

If we eat the foods which are good for us and consist of good nutrients; good solid protein sources (meat, fish, eggs), good low GI carbohydrate sources (vegetables, fruit), good fat sources (Fish oil, nuts, egg yolks, olive oil, coconut oil) and good micronutrient sources (vegetables, fruits, plants), it will leave our cells thriving, and your lymphatic system clean day after day!

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