Lymphatic Congestion – What to do if you have it!

YOU ARE what you eat and do not eliminate.   Now that can be a troubling thought when you consider all of the chemicals used to process and preserve the typical American diet.  One great hiding place for toxic waste is our lymphatic system, which is the pathway for cellular waste to leave our tissues and to be eliminated from our body.

The LYMPHATIC SYSTEM is a network of nodes, glands and tubes that relies on muscle movement to flow and drain properly.    Unlike our circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump to move the fluid.  So if you are a couch potato, or just live a sedentary life, you probably have a congested lymph system.

The lymphatic system will BLOAT and back up if you eat foods that don’t agree with you. The whole-body bloat that comes from eating foods with too many chemicals or foods that you react to is lymphatic congestion.  The standard American diet tends to do this to people.  Anyone who has dieted knows that when you start eating really healthy with lots of fresh vegetables and no junk, you lose at least 3 to 4 pounds of water.  This is backed up fluid from your lymphatic system.

If this LYMPHATIC CONGESTION is chronic, parasites and other critters will move in because you will have become a great home for them.  Leaky gut also trashes out the lymphatic system.  This is caused by chronic constipation, poor diet and or parasites that cause waste to escape your intestines and move into body tissues where it doesn’t belong: over time, this will result in autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, etc.

Here is a SHORT QUIZ to take to help you decide if your lymph system needs to be cleansed.

Are you overweight?

Do you have cellulite or fatty deposits?

Are you prone to lumps and growths in your body?

Do you feel bloated or have areas in your body that feel heavy?

Do you have aches and pains?

Have you been diagnosed with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or other chronic immune disorders?

Are your eyes puffy?

If you answered yes to any of the above question, your lymphatic system may need a tune up.

There are many ways to do this.  A WHOLE BODY CLEANSE will help – I recommend these at regular intervals.  There are also enzymes that help break down some of the toxins stored in the fluid.

PARASITE CLEANSES will also help.  And, there are specific herbs that help clean and support the lymphatic system – I recommend a combination called Lymph Gland Cleanse.

The best EXERCISE to drain the lymph system is jumping on a trampoline.  Since the lymph system is a series of valves and ducts without a designated pump, the movement of jumping up and down on a trampoline accelerates the flow of the lymph fluid through the system and out of the body.

Tune up your DIET by eating real food with plenty of fresh vegetables – this helps elimination on all levels, lymphatic system included.  Avoid foods that you are allergic or sensitive to.  Going grain free for a short period can really help the lymph system.  Drink plenty of pure water too.

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Reduce Cholesterol by Addressing the Cause!

It seems like everyone wants to REDUCE CHOLESTEROL.  There are some great natural ways to do this, but everyone is unique – so what works for one, may not work for another.  Cholesterol is necessary for many body functions, meaning that you don’t want to reduce it completely, but you don’t want unhealthy levels either.

  DIET is the best place to start.  Eliminate foods full of unhealthy transfatty acids and hydrogenated oils which tend to increase cholesterol.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL and HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES are symptos of either insulin resistance or diabete.   This means you are eating too much sugar or too many refined carbohydrates.  A great way to bring both triglycerides and cholesterol down is to balance your diet and take a multi-vitamin for blood sugar control (I recommend one called Gluco Balance) along with a good quality omega 3 oil.

IMPROVING ELIMINATION is one of the best ways to lower cholesterol.   Constipation or slow transit time through the digestive tract will cause cholesterol to be reabsorbed rather than eliminated.  Adding fiber to the diet will absorb the cholesterol, encourage more regular elimination, and lower cholesterol.  Oat fiber is advertised as being cholesterol lowering, but other forms of fiber such as psyllium will work as well.

Poor LIVER or GALLBLADDER function can lead to high cholesterol levels.   A liver cleanse can be helpful since it helps the liver break down and eliminate cholesterol.  I have seen good results with a product called Beta TCP and also with lecithin.

If you really don’t know why your cholesterol is high, but want to do SOMETHING NATURAL, a good step is to do an herbal cleanse for the whole body.  The one I recommend is a 30 day program that includes herbs, fiber and omega 3 oil.  Customers have brought cholesterol down 20-40 points using this cleanse.

There are many NATURAL PRODUCTS that will help keep cholesterol levels healthy.  Some of the best known are red yeast rice, niacin, lecithin, chlorella and garlic.  But there are others such as policosanol.  Studies show that policosanol can lower total cholesterol 17 to 20 percent with “bad’ LDL cholesterol reductions of 15 to 25 percent and “good” HDL cholesterol increases of 18 to 20 percent.  A companion product to policosanol is phytosterols which has been shown in studies to reduce cholesterol an average of 10 percent in total cholesterol and 13 percent in LDL cholesterol.  Both policosanol and phytosterols are often included in cholesterol lowering programs since they enhance the effect of both prescription and nonprescription treatments for lowering cholesterol.  Our customers report favorable results using a product called CholestRice – a blend of red yeast rice, Co Q-10, policosanol and phytosterols.

Remember that high cholesterol is a response to an imbalance in the body – FIX the IMBALANCE and you will be healthier all over.

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Immune Building – It’s Time!

Now is a good time to start building your IMMUNE SYSTEM for flu season. Whether you are concerned about colds or flu, there are some great natural strategies for you to use to build your immune system.
Let’s review a bit about viruses and immune function.  VIRUSES are opportunistic and function like scavengers. If the host is healthy and there is nothing to scavenge, the virus will not be successful.
An average body is somewhat easy to bring into balance and KEEP WELL. You want to make sure you are eating well balanced meals, getting plenty of sleep, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. If you are concerned about decreased immunity due to stress and what I call fast living (which we all do from time to time), my typical immune recommendations will work well for you.
I love a product called ELDERBERRY Defense. It is a combination of Elderberry, Vitamin D, Echinacea and Olive Leaf. This is what I give my son. He doesn’t get sick enough to miss school unless he doesn’t take it. This comes in a chewable gummy form for kids and in capsule form for those who can swallow. Both work well and are a repeat favorite among mothers.
I am also a big fan of OLIVE LEAF Extract and Grapefruit Seed Extract. One of our bestsellers is a product called Defense Plus. It is a blend of Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin C, Echinacea and several Mushrooms. Defense Plus is my “go to” remedy for almost anything infectious if you can swallow big pills. Some people take one per day of either Defense Plus or high quality Olive Leaf to stay well.
I personally take d-LENOLATE, a patented olive leaf extract – I have for years. The last time I got really sick was when I ran out of my favorite brand of olive leaf and took another one that I no longer sell.
There are other PRODUCTS worth mentioning that work. Colostrum, Thymus Extract, Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea, Astragalus, Oregano Oil and Probiotics are all good immune builders. On the average body, any of these, or any combination will work.
It’s the “not” average bodies that will have immune issues.  They are hard to balance as they tend to be a disease waiting to happen.  The 2 KEY PROBLEMS I see are yeast/fungus and eating too many refined foods – mainly white flour and white sugar. Balancing the diet and getting rid of yeast /fungus will give a virus less to scavenge. With some balance restored, this kind of body will respond well to typical immune builders, but may have to double or triple the average dose to get results.
The FIRST OUTBREAK of a cold or flu virus in the school is usually after our first bout of cold rainy weather, and it is usually after Thanksgiving. It seems to be the combination of rich food, virus exchange with cousins, and cold weather that keeps us inside (Vitamin D deficiency) that yields the first wave.
Cold and flus outbreaks also come from “FAST LIVING”. This is when we really need to be prepared. This is when we get run down from things like following the football team to all of their games while continuing all of our “normal” activities.
Watch for times of DECREASED IMMUNITY and boost yours naturally so you can stay well and enjoy life.

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SEROTONIN – Have Plenty and Be Happy and Content!

HAPPY and CONTENT is how we feel when we have plenty of serotonin.  When we eat a wholesome meal, the body is notified through the release of serotonin that we are well fed, helping us feel content and satisfied.

DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, IRRITABILITY, and FOOD CRAVINGS are the symptoms of lack of serotonin.  From a nutritional standpoint, a lack of serotonin is frequently a result of bad diet and food reactions.

We CRAVE SUGAR and other refined carbohydrates when our serotonin levels decrease due to reactions to foods that we eat.  When we have food sensitivities or food reactions, the picture of contentment is upset and the well orchestrated symphony of chemical reactions in our bodies begins to break down.

REACTIVE FOODS trigger an inflammatory response which results in swelling and bloating.  Then the body releases endorphins which give a feeling of relief along with a “high”.  When the endorphins wear off, we crash and feel the need to eat this reactive food again so that you can get the endorphin release again.

The CRASH CYCLE becomes bigger as our adrenal hormones rush to the rescue to help the body cope with the allergic reaction – contributing to the initial high and the ultimate crash.  Eventually, the levels of serotonin become depleted because the white blood cells that help to transport serotonin are busy with the inflammatory reactions in the body.

If you are a “CARBOHYDRATE CRAVER”, it will seem virtually impossible to break the cycle.  One easy step to break the cycle is to get outdoors.  The natural sunlight increases serotonin levels as will moderate exercise such as brisk walking.

Next, begin to IDENTIFY FOOD ALLERGENS in your diet and eliminate them.  The most reactive seven foods are wheat, milk, sugar, soy, peanuts, corn, and eggs.  But consider food chemicals such as MSG and aspartame.

Using PULSE RATE is an easy way to identify food reactions.  Compare pulse rate before  and after you eat.  Adrenal hormones cause your heart rate to increase.  If your pulse is elevated after you eat, chances are that you ate a reactive food.

Food reactions SLOW METABOLISM more than any other single dietary factor.  They increase the hormones that cause weight gain.  They create hypoglycemia.  They depress energy.  They also contribute to illness.

Cleaning up the diet to contain WHOLE FOODS and plenty of PROTEIN will also help you feel better.  It’s important to eliminate processed foods and foods that are high in refined carbohydrates and/or sugar.

SUPPLEMENTS that will help increase your serotonin levels along with your mood and your energy levels are a good balanced whole foods multi-vitamin and a basic omega 3 oil to fill in nutritional gaps.

Another helpful supplement that INCREASES SEROTONIN levels is 5-HTP.  It is a metabolite of the amino acid tryptophan and the precursor to serotonin.  5-HTP is best taken in small doses throughout the day as it is not stored in the body.  I like one called Neuro-5-HTP that contains not only 5-HTP, but B vitamins and theanine as well.  Theanine helps balance the 5-HTP with properties that reduce stress and increase focus and memory.

My favorite serotonin enhancing herb is ST. JOHN’S WORT – but it has to be fairly high quality to get good results.  Also, be sure to get plenty of sunlight to increase your natural levels of vitamin D and remember to walk outside at least 20 minutes per day.

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