Detox Tips By Beauty Legend Liz Earle!

Want to feel lighter and brighter with more energy and better skin? Skincare and wellbeing guru, Liz Earle shares her top tips for detoxing the easy way.

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When I was first told that fasting on a fruit only diet would give me more energy, or that giving up some of my favourite foods and cups of coffee would leave my skin glowing, I was skeptical. But the principals of detoxification are based on traditional “cures” practiced by European naturopaths for centuries. Giving up certain foods, or existing on fruit alone for twenty-four hours, is not hard, especially when the benefits are so great. I now give my system a regular detox boost, even if it is only over the weekend. A short detox programme is a great way to feel more energised and refreshed. It is the perfect way to revitalise the body, renew energy levels and restore glowing skin and when you have finished you will feel far fitter and healthier and motivated not to return to bad habits.

Better breakfasts
Starting with a healthy breakfast is not only the best way to boost energy levels for the day ahead, but is an easy, positive and delicious daily start to a new you. Refined sugars, found in most breakfast cereals, are the first thing I give up if I’m embarking on a health spring-clean and cutting them out gives me far more sustained energy throughout the day. On cold winter mornings, I switch to a bowl of porridge made with water and sweetened with honey, complete with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. Or if I’m craving for something fresh, I opt for chopped fruit and berries with a dollop of natural yoghurt. You also can’t beat a protein-packed organic boiled egg that also contains useful vitamins A, B-complex and E, as well as minerals such as zinc, served up with toasted wholemeal soldiers and a glass of orange juice (vitamin C will help increase your uptake of iron from the egg yolk).

Midday meals
Not only is eating soup (of any kind) a good way to get various vitamins and vegetable fibre in a simple, healthy way, it’s also been proven to help shed a few pounds. This is because when food and water are finely mixed to make soup, they enter the stomach together and stay held in a homogenised state as they pass through our intestines. The increased volume of water and semi-solid food then stays in our system for longer than if we were eating food and drinking liquid separately, so we feel fuller for longer. According to researchers at Nottingham University, this means we are much less likely to over-eat. This is especially true of whizzed-up blended soups which reduce hunger-pangs the most due to this homogenisation effect. Never more useful than at this time of year, I’m swapping lunchtime sandwiches for a simple home-made soup and even pop mine into a thermos if I’m out and about, so I don’t miss out on the health and beauty benefits.

Winding down

If a little overindulgence has left you feeling a little ‘liverish’, you might like to try a ‘liver wrap’ – a simple but highly effective way to stimulate the detoxification process in the liver. You will need: A hot water bottle, a flannel and a small fluffy towel. Wearing just a dressing gown, gather everything together and lie down somewhere comfortable. Start by applying the cold damp flannel to the right-hand side of your body just beneath the ribcage to cover the liver area. The coldness felt by the skin briefly lowers the temperature of the tissues beneath and your body’s reflexes respond by increasing circulation in that area. Next, place a really warm hot water bottle on top of the damp flannel to retain moisture and stimulate the autonomic nervous system. This in turn boosts blood flow to the liver and supports its detoxification activity. Cover the hot water bottle with a soft towel and rest on a sofa or go to bed. This is a useful therapeutic treatment to carry out at bedtime and you can even fall asleep with the hot water bottle in place. Otherwise, simply put your feet up and rest for 30 minutes (the longer the better).  Three things to love about the liver wrap – it’s inexpensive, simple and it works.

Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage What It Is And Videos



Self Lymph Drainage Massage – Facial

Lymphatic-drainage massage is considered a staple practice for reducing swelling, relieving fatigue, or helping the body detox (removing waste from our own metabolic processes, not heavy metals or pollutants), which is why it’s included in spa fasting, cleansing, and smoking-cessation programs. Some facialists have seen great improvement of dark under-eye circles with the Vodder method in facials. Lymphatic-drainage massage can also offer some relief for fluid retention brought on by travel, menstruation, or pregnancy.

Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage- Kathy Fleming Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®) Lecture About

This is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body.  Research in Australia, Europe and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies.

Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder MLD has grown to be the most well known manual technique to assist lymph flow and aid in drainage of tissues.

The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow.  If performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, this can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.  It also has profound effects on systems in the body.

Lymph Vessel System

This system of vessels and lymphatic tissue, including lymph nodes is found in most parts of the body, except the brain, nails, hair and joint cavities. It is a very important system and one that has had little attention paid to it until recently. The importance of a well-functioning lymph vessel system in maintaining health, removing wastes and pathogens, as well as fluid balance is of utmost importance.

The lymph vessel system carries excess water, proteins and wastes from the connective tissue back to the blood stream. During the transportation process the lymph is cleaned, filtered and concentrated. Many immune reactions occur in the lymph nodes. If the pathways become congested, blocked, damaged or severed, then fluids can build up in the connective tissue leading to edema and fibrosis. Eventually cell pathology may begin. If there is damage in the connective tissue (e.g. burns, chronic inflammation, ulceration, hematoma), then the lymph vessel system must transport the damaged cells, inflammatory products and toxins away from the area. The quicker this can happen, the faster recovery will be.

Application
Treatment is performed by certified Manual Lymph Drainage therapists who have undergone the four week, post-graduate, training program. Manual Lymph Drainage can be utilized in the treatment of many different conditions including:

  • Primary and Secondary Lymphedema
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Non-infected inflammatory conditions (e.g. sprains and strains)
  • Ulceration
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Circulatory disturbances
  • Sports injuries
  • RSD
  • Pre- and post- plastic surgery
  • Is deeply relaxing
  • Can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions
  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment
  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars
  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks

Stimulate the circulation of lymphatic system for improved health.


What is the lymphatic system?
 
The lymphatic system is the primary system that supports the immune system; which helps us heal, recover and thrive. Surgery, injury, soft tissue hypertension and being sedentary cause a sluggish lymphatic system.
 
Therapeutic massage will boost a sluggish lymphatic system.
Lymphatic massage has different degrees of  speciality. We provide lymphatic massage for general immunity as well as post surgical and injury recovery.

 

The lymphatic vessels

“Within the vascular system, the lymphatic vessels (vasa lymphatica) serve to transport antibody cells and fluid. The lymph in the lymphatic vessels is a watery to milky body fluid transported through the body by the lymphatic system.
 
This fluid is produced when the small capillaries (capillaries) in the blood system emit blood plasma and white corpuscles (leucocytes) to the tissue. Here it is absorbed by the lymph capillaries and transported as lymph to the lymphatic vessels. In contrast to the blood plasma, the lymph contains less protein and oxygen and no red corpuscles (erythrocytes). It consists essentially of water (97 %) and the white blood corpuscles contained in it (3 %), above all lymphocytes (lymphocytus).
 
The lymph vessels transport the lymph and substances, which should not or cannot be in the blood. They do not constitute an enclosed system. The smallest lymphatic vessels, the lymph capillaries, start blind in the tissue. They join up to form the lymphatic vessels. The largest lymphatic vessel is the thoracic duct (ductus thoracicus), which is produced by the joining together of the lymphatic vessels from the lower extremities and the abdomen.

The thoracic duct finally opens out into the left vein angle, where the left jugular vein and the left arm vein come together. The inside of the lymphatic vessels is covered with a thin, non-striated muscle wall. The lymph is moved by contraction of the muscles. Seen from the outside, the lymphatic vessels are constricted at intervals to look like beads on a chain. The constrictions consist of the attachment of semilunar valves, similar to the vein valves. These prevent the reflux of lymph.
 
The lymph tracts are interrupted by lymph nodes (nodi lymohatici). They interrupt the progress of the lymph tracts, with several small lymph vessels entering the nodes but only one large vessel leaving them. They occur in groups at various parts of the body, such as axillae or neck. The task of the lymph nodes is to control the lymph transported to it. Every lymph node is only a few millimeters in diameter. It consists of lymphatic tissue enclosed in a covering of connective tissue. Walls protrude from the connective tissue into the node and divide it into several chambers, called connective tissue septa.
 
The tissue inside the lymph node accommodates the so-called phagocytes (macrophagi) and lymphocytes (lymphocytus). When lymph is transported from the lymphatic vessel into the lymph node and its tissue, any foreign bodies found in the fluid, e.g. bacteria or undissolved substances, are destroyed by the phagocytes. The phagocytes also stimulate the lymphocates to produce antibodies against the substances found in the fluid. These are then emitted through the excretory duct into the lymphatic vessels and thus in turn to the other lymph nodes.”
Text Taken From3dAnatomical Atlas

A Definitive Guide to Healthy Bowels! Detox from the Bottom Up!

Why is cleaning up your bowel important? Your intestines play a significant role in overall health. Along with your lungs, skin, and kidneys, your bowels eliminate bodily toxins. At the same time, once the food you eat reaches your intestines, villi (small, fingerlike projections on intestinal walls) absorb nutrients and deliver them to the rest of your body.

Gut flora is important, too. Your intestines contain more than 100 trillion bacteria and microorganisms. The friendly bacteria in your gut stimulate blood antibodies, allow your body to deal with toxins and allergens, produce vital nutrients, protect you from harmful bacteria and parasites, aid in digestion, and fight foreign invaders that could lead to infection.

With all of that on its plate, plenty can go wrong in your bowel if you don’t look out for its health. When your bowel gets gunked up with toxins and goo, it is unable to foster efficient elimination. The result is toxic buildup that affects your health and beauty on all levels. If the villi also become clogged, it can lead to poor or absent nutrient absorption, resulting in lack of energy and malnutrition, as well as skin issues like dull skin. In the absence of healthy gut flora, parasites and “bad” bacteria can flourish, leading to gas, bloating, and infection and skin issues like acne. Clearly, for all of these reasons, a healthy colon is necessary.

Signs It’s Time to Clean it Out

So how do you know when it is time to clean your bowels? Your body will show numerous signs of toxic overload, including:

  • Lack of energy
  • Allergies
  • Poor immune function
  • Skin breakouts
  • Brain fog
  • Limp, lifeless hair
  • Dull skin
  • Weak fingernails
  • Chronic congestion
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or both
  • Emotional changes
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Headaches

These are just a few of the hundreds of symptoms that can manifest if you aren’t maintaining a healthy bowel. Fortunately, it’s well within your abilities to completely reverse these symptoms by taking charge of your bowel health.

Steps to a Healthy Bowel

A healthy bowel = a healthy you! To generate vibrant, beautiful health, you need to pay attention to your bowel health on multiple levels.

  1. Clean out the sludge.
  2. Build beneficial gut flora.
  3. Support ongoing bowel health.

Step 1: Clean out the sludge.

There’s a good chance your bowel is full of sludge. What puts it there?

  • Highly processed foods
  • Gluten grains including wheat, rye, and barley
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Large amounts of animal protein
  • Medications
  • Caffeine
  • Improper food pairing
  • Dairy
  • Acidic foods
  • Pesticides from inorganic foods

You can begin to clean out the sludge by changing the way you eat. Removing processed foods, sugar, chemicals and pesticides, gluten grains, dairy, and many of the foods listed above will begin the process of cleansing. As you transition to a diet containing organic, raw fruits and vegetables packed with plant enzymes and follow the diet principles outlined in The Beauty Detox Solution, you will begin removing years of the toxic sludge that fills up your bowels. Some extremely detoxifying foods you can include in your diet:

Taking magnesium oxide supplements also promotes cleansing. Magnesium has a natural laxative effect on the body. It also breaks down old sludge and toxic waste, allowing you to safely eliminate it. At the same time, the oxygen in the magnesium oxide oxygenates and energizes the body.

I also recommend using gravity-style colonics to continue the process of cleansing and remove year’s worth of sludge that has built up in your intestines. These gentle colonics, which should be done by a professional, generally cost between $50 and $120. Talk to your Doctor First there are many contraindication to colonics!

Step 2: Build Beneficial Gut Flora

The best way to replace harmful bacteria in your gut is by crowding it out with the good stuff. Here are some terrific ways to build good intestinal bacteria.

  1. Take a probiotic supplement. I especially like Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics, which contains 12 strains of beneficial bacteria as well as prebiotics for intestinal health.
  2. Eat Probiotic and Enzyme salad regularly. It is rich in probiotics and minerals and supports intestinal health.
  3. Include raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in your diet. It promotes healthy bacterial growth and supports elimination.

Step 3: Support Ongoing Bowel Health

Once you have begun the process of cleansing and building good flora, your ongoing health habits will determine how well you maintain what you have gained. Continuing to eat a primarily plant-based diet, taking probiotics, and eating the probiotic and enzyme salad are steps you must continue to take in order to maintain bowel health. The order in which you eat your foods will also support a healthy colon. Some general rules include:

  1. Eat fruits on an empty stomach.
  2. Eat a Glowing Green Smoothie throughout the morning for breakfast.
  3. Avoid drinking significant quantities of liquids within 30 minutes of eating a meal, or for at least 45 minutes afterward.
  4. If you eat animal proteins, eat them once a day. Dinner is the best time in our modern society, so you don’t get slowed down in the middle of the day.
  5. Don’t graze constantly. Instead, eat meals when you are hungry and allow time for full digestion before eating something else. Keep snacking to a minimum.

Stick with it!

Sometimes, people notice symptoms associated with cleansing as the toxins make their way out of your body. Many people quit because of these symptoms, but they generally only last a week or two. Many others never experience any symptoms at all.

Some symptoms you may notice when you cleanse include:

  • Headaches
  • Sore throats
  • Aches and pains
  • Skin rashes or acne
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog or light-headedness
  • Boating
  • Fatigue

These symptoms tell you your body is cleaning itself out. Ride them out, and within a few weeks, you will feel better than you ever have before!

Remember that detoxing is an ongoing process, and you need to keep up with these modalities on an ongoing basis, to keep your healthiest and most beautiful.

Via Kimberly Snyder

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What Your Stool Is Telling You

When trying to figure out the significance of a symptom you may be having, it’s helpful to think in terms of what’s the most likely diagnosis and what’s the most lethal. Hopefully they are not the same. For example, the most likely cause of red blood in the stool is hemorrhoids, but the most lethal is colon cancer.

Taking a close look at your stool can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your intestines and can lead you to make the right changes to improve your digestive and overall health. If you know what to look for, it’s like reading tea leaves! I tell my patients that if they pay close attention to what’s going on in the bowl, they might not need my services.

Here’s a guide to some of the most likely – and most lethal – conditions that can lead to changes in the shape, size, smell and shade of your stool.

Shape

Insufficient fiber in the diet, diverticulosis, bowel spasm or excessive straining are common causes of a change in stool shape. Diverticulosis causes pothole-like craters in the lining of the colon, as well as a narrowing of the internal diameter of the colon due to wall thickening. The result is narrow, pellet-like stools that often fall apart in the bowl and can be difficult to expel. Other associated symptoms of diverticulosis include a dull ache in the lower abdomen, a feeling of incomplete evacuation even though you may be having multiple bowel movements, and lots of gas and bloating. Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, masses in the abdomen or tumors in other organs, like the ovaries or bladder, can cause thin stools due to external compression of the colon. Colon cancer definitely needs to be excluded by a colonoscopy in anyone experiencing new onset of pencil-thin stools, which can occur as a tumor gets larger and grows inward, reducing the colonic diameter.

Size

Size matters. Small, hard stools are typical in people eating a low-fiber Western diet, and are associated with a higher risk for ultimately developing diverticulosis and colon cancer. Constipation is often associated with small, difficult-to-pass stools, and people suffering from constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are particularly prone to having small stools. A high-fiber diet or regular use of a bulking agent like psyllium husk will lead to larger, softer stools in most people, making defecation easier. Even though a fiber-deficient diet is the most likely culprit, colon cancer is again on the list as most lethal.

Smell

The odor of your stool is highly dependent on a number of factors, including how long it’s been sitting in your colon, your diet, medications you may be taking and, in some cases, the presence of infection. Bacterial imbalance (dysbiosis) in the GI tract and undigested fat can also lead to a change in odor.

The most common cause of smelly stool is bacterial fermentation of the food in your intestines that produces foul-smelling sulfide compounds. Antibiotics can also change the smell of stool and give it a medicinal odor. More lethal causes of malodorous stool, and fortunately much less common, include inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) and pancreatic cancer. Both these conditions can result in floating, foul-smelling stool with an oily sheen.

Diseases that cause malabsorption of nutrients like Crohn’s, celiac disease and cystic fibrosis can also lead to foul-smelling stool. Infection with parasites such as giardia lamblia can cause stool to have a very unpleasant odor.

New onset of diarrhea associated with a foul odor should prompt an evaluation for infection, whereas fat in the stool associated with a foul odor should raise concerns about malabsorption or pancreatic disorders. For most people, smelly stool is simply a byproduct of the beans they had for dinner the night before.

Shade

The color of stool can vary dramatically and can also be a clue as to whether various disease states are present.

Normal stool is brown due to its composition: bacteria, water, bile, bilirubin, broken-down red blood celIs and indigestible plant matter like cellulose, along with small amounts of protein and fat.

Red stool is most worrisome as it indicates bleeding in the lower GI tract from conditions like hemorrhoids or diverticulosis, or more serious conditions like rectal cancer. Red stool can also be caused by ingesting red food coloring or beets. While it should always be reported, it’s not always an ominous sign.

Green stool can occur with rapid transit through the intestines where bile doesn’t have a chance to be broken down to its final brown color. Green can also be a sign of Crohn’s disease, antibiotic use, ingestion of leafy greens or iron therapy.

Yellow stool can be the result of gallbladder dysfunction which causes improper handling of bile. Infection with giardia lamblia produces a characteristic yellow diarrhea. In addition to causing diarrhea, different types of infection in the GI tract, whether viral, bacterial or parasitic, may cause changes in stool color.

White stool can be a sign of fat malabsorption, as with pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, but barium used for X-rays can also give the same appearance. Mucus in the stool can give it a whitish appearance and may be due to inflammation or benign conditions like IBS.

Black stool should trigger a search for bleeding from the upper part of the GI tract (esophagus, stomach or small intestine), but can also be seen with iron therapy, heavy meat consumption, and bismuth-containing compounds.

Light-appearing clay-colored stools are characteristic of liver disease and decreased bile output, but can also be caused by antacids containing aluminum hydroxide. Vitamins and supplements commonly cause changes in urine color but may also change stool color.

Via Dr. Oz

Need a little help when pooping, try the Squatty Potty it helps give you the leverage you need.

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Delicious and Beautifying Summer Drink Recipes!

 

summer drinks

Via Kimberly Synder

During the summer, it’s especially important to stay hydrated for optimal health and beauty. Your body will crave more fluids as you are naturally perspiring more. Sometimes I feel like a camel in the summer, and just guzzle away many times more the amount of fluids than I do in the winter.

While pure water is always best, sometimes you want a little flavor in your refreshment. Unfortunately, many popular summer drinks are filled with sugar and chemicals that do you no favors in terms of your health or hydration. But there are many other good choices, and you can enjoy a refreshing summer beverage without all of the chemicals and sugar. Here are five of my favorites.

Cucumber Water

cucumber waterIf you follow the Beauty Detox program, you religiously start each morning with hot water with lemon, and perhaps drink more lemon water throughout the day. This is a different twist on our daily citrus-flavored water. Cucumber is a powerful beauty food, and this refreshing beverage infuses water with the flavor of cucumber. Cucumbers are high in vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as folic acid. Best, the drink is super easy to make and really delicious!

  • 1 medium cucumber, cleaned and cut into ½ inch slices
  • 2 quarts of pure water

Combine cucumber and water in a large pitcher and allow to sit for one hour or longer. Serve cool.

Aqua Fresca

Aqua FrescaThis popular Mexican drink infuses water with your favorite fresh fruit.

  • 4 cups pure, cold water
  • 2 cups of your favorite fresh fruit (I like berries or papaya)
  • Stevia to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedges
  1. Place fruit and water in a blender and puree.
  2. Place a small sieve over a pitcher and pour mixture into it, straining the liquid into the pitcher. Discard solids.
  3. Add lime juice and stevia.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges.

Iced Rooibos Mint Tea

iced mint teaRooibos tea is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, so it promotes youthfulness and great skin. Over a little ice with mint and lemon, it’s a refreshing and detoxifying summer beverage.

  • 6 Rooibos tea bags
  • One lemon, sliced
  • Several leaves of fresh mint
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 gallon of boiling water

Pour water over lemon, teabags and mint leaves and steep, stirring occasionally, until liquid cools. Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, and refrigerate. Serve cool or over a little bit of ice.

Basil Lemonade

 Basil LemonadeLemons are high in vitamin C and promote alkalinity and cleansing in the body. The basil adds a refreshing flavor to this sugar-free lemonade.

  • ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • Stevia to taste

Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water and pour over basil leaves. Add stevia to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.

Cilantro and Jalapeno Limeade

Cilantro and Jalapeno LimeadeCilantro is loaded with antioxidants and aids in detoxification, while jalapeno can help rev up your metabolism. Lime is high in Vitamin C.

  • 4-1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup organic cilantro, washed and chopped
  • 2 large jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups of fresh lime juice
  • Stevia to taste
  • Lime slices for garnish

Pour water over cilantro and jalapenos. Steep for 30 minutes at room temperature, and then cover and chill for 3-4 hours. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and stir in lime juice. Add stevia to taste. Serve over ice garnished with lime slices.

Summer Hydration Tips

Staying hydrated is essential, especially in the summer. Water helps flush toxins out of your body. Your best bet is to drink pure water at room temperature, especially after periods of activity. Other tips:

  • Drink 30 minutes before or 60 minutes after you eat so you don’t dilute your gastric juices necessary for food digestion.
  • Avoid electrolyte replacement beverages, soft drinks, and other sugary drinks filled with chemicals. Just avoid them all.
  • When you are active, be sure to take plenty of pure water with you.
  • Drink mostly water, and have special drinks like those listed above occasionally when you feel that you need something with some flavor. Coconut water is also a good option.
  • The Institute of Medicine suggests letting thirst be your guide to summer hydration. There’s no need to force beverages.
  • How can you tell if you are dehydrated? Along with thirst, urine color may be a good indicator you need more water. If your pee is amber colored, you get thy water glass to thine lips!
  • Alcoholic, sugary, and caffeinated beverages dehydrate you, which is another reason water is best.

 

Top 10 Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Massage!

  1. Relaxes you!
  2. Detoxifies your body!
  3. Stimulates your circulation enabling your immune system!
  4. Decongests your lympatic system.  A congested lympatic system (due to surgery, illness, injury, et cetera),  can cause soreness, puffiness, allergies, headaches, low energy, increased susceptibility to infection, aches, pains, and flu-like symptoms.
  5. Reduction in edema (an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin or in one or more cavities of the body that produces swelling.)  Clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles, puffy eyes and swollen legs.  Treatment of lymphedema and other conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
  6. Regeneration of tissue
  7. Relief of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, some forms of constipation and insomnia.
  8. Help reduce cellulite
  9. Increases the metabolism
  10. Swelling relief following plastic surgery, promotion of scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains.

    The lymphatic system, lymph vessels and lymph ...

    The lymphatic system, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lymphatic system (lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs) has a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system, which protects the body against infection. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.  It transports nutrients to cells and eliminates metabolic wastes, toxins and excess fluids from the body.  Stimulating the lymphatic system through manual lymphatic drainage will activate all of the above functions as well as encourage fluid circulation and cell regeneration. Both actions promote detoxification, facilitate healing and support the immune system.  . Manual lymphatic drainage is also a very effective way of detoxing the body plus stimulating vital immune defenses. This is a powerful, deep cleansing treatment!

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