Why Clean Air Is So Important

Just imagine yourself sitting on a beach …. maybe a more isolated beach where there's not so many people. Or, maybe you're walking or hiking on a snow-covered mountain. Or maybe you're just in your local area and you are enjoying one of the many hiking trails throughout the parks in your area. What is it about these experiences that you really, really appreciate? For me, personally, I can tell you …. besides being away from all the people and all the cars, away from the city.... besides all that, it is the fresh air that I am able to enjoy and breathe in. Because I know that air is clean.

But did you know 90% of the air you breathe is NOT from the "great outdoors"?

The Powerful Effects of Doing This One Thing Every Day

Children do this an average of 400 times per day. The average happy adult does it 40-50 times per day and the typical adult only 20 times per day.  Its value is immense, but nobody is so poor that he cannot share it or so rich that he does not need it.  

Ways To Keep Your Lymphatic System Moving

Unlike the cardiovascular circulatory system, the lymphatic circulatory system does not have a heart or "pump" to keep the fluid moving.  The lymphatic system is a huge part of the immune system helping to keep it strong and to prevent various cancers.  Therefore, movement is crucial for the waste in the fluid, or lymph, to be filtered out and then returned to the bloodstream. 

There are many different factors that can contribute to a stagnant lymph system.  Many of them have to do with "lifestyle".  Sometimes, for medical reasons, lymph nodes may be removed.  So, how can someone improve the function of their lymphatic system?

  • Find a lymphatic massage specialist
    • decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT) massage moves smooth muscles to help transport fluid through the lymph vessels 
  • Do a lymphatic massage yourself using this great resource.
  • Drink, Drink, Drink WATER!!!
  • Do hydrotherapy
    • switch between hot and cold water and steam to open capillaries to release toxins and to stimulate your circulation
  • Detox using apple cider vinegar (ACV)
    • being acidic the ACV binds to toxins to remove them from the body.  ACV also promotes circulation and liver detox
  • Cardio and Strength-training workouts
    • cardio keeps the cardiac system moving
    • sweat helps drain the lymphatic system
    • trampoline > jumping helps move lymph from sinus to throat and vice-versa
    • strength-training aerobic exercises push lymph through the muscles to drain 
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Deep breathing serves as a "pump" for the lymphatic system
    • nutrient-rich and cleansing for the body
  • Berries, seeds, citrus and greens are healthy fibers that scrape toxins from the digestive system
  • Dry skin brushing
Certain essential oils, because of their lymphatic-stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties, are often used in lymphatic massage promoting free lymph circulation and reducing tissue swelling. Citrus oils such as lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine are, not only, known to have cleansing properties but can stimulate the lymph and are diuretics as well.  Cypress and Geranium are also excellent oils for lymphatic massage.  The important thing when using essential oils is to be sure to use oils that are organic or guaranteed to be free of pesticides and adulteration. You are trying to stimulate the lymph to move toxins out .... not add any.  So, be sure to do your homework or check out the ones I use here.  Try this Lymphatic System Blend recipe:

Cholesterol: Where it comes from, Why we need it, Natural ways to reduce it

  • Nearly 94 million U.S. adults age 20 or older have total cholesterol levels higher than 200 mg/dL.
  • Twenty-eight million adults in the United States have total cholesterol levels higher than 240 mg/dL.
  • 7% of U.S. children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 have high total cholesterol.
What are some natural ways to manage cholesterol levelsl?

Root Causes of Histamine Intolerance and How To Manage Them

Histamine is normally produced by your body.  In normal amounts it helps with circulation, focus, digestion.  It serves as a warning sign when something "not normal" happens to your body such as redness and swelling when stung by a bee.  Or, when your eyes are itchy and watery and your nose is running because there is pollen in the air.  In fact, it is actually involved in most functions of your body from breathing, to hormones, to your brain and even anxiety.  These are all "normal" histamine responses.  So, what causes an "overabundance" of histamine to be produced causing "histamine intolerance"?

Read Older Updates