Where have I been? I’ve been busy pumpin’

Posted by Carole on May 18, 2011

Don’t deny it, you were wondering where I went.

Two days and no post. WTF!

When I read Sassy Blonde Bitch’s opening post on Monday, it resonated. Where have I been? Not just two days but over a week and no post, that is so unlike Carole.  W…T…F indeed.

Well I’ll tell ya, last week was one of those vortex weeks. In SBB’s case, she went to the mall, ate ice cream sundaes and made fun of skunk girl with her daughter. In my case, I was caught organizing the baking and delivery of one hundred cupcakes to Heroes for the Homeless. Then I rounded out the week and weekend with an unintentional detox resulting from a myofascial massage session with my physical therapist.  

This was not exactly the “full release” one might enjoy à la Jerri Blank. Instead, this was a four day ride into Hell involving nauseating headaches, dizziness, body aches, chills, fatigue and digestive upset. If you’ve never detoxed you might think it was a flu bug or food poisoning. If you’ve ever had either of those, this was worse.

Within thirty minutes of the completion of my appointment I fell asleep. Several hours later I awoke with a screaming headache and the feeling that someone had beaten me with a bag of nickels.  From there I declined, unable to stand for more than 30 seconds without wanting to collapse.

We haven’t spoken much about detoxification or lymphatic drainage as it’s not the sexiest topic a lady could discuss. Certainly it wasn’t in the finishing school handbook. In fact, I think there may have been a passage which read “steer clear of discussions on politics and functions of the human body.” Ah well, so much for that.

The lymphatic system in my opinion is one of the most important and yet under discussed systems in the body. The lymphatic system is a key part of your body’s immune function. Simply put, a network of organs, including the tonsils, thymus and spleen, lymph vessels, ducts and nodes, transport lymph. Lymph is a clear to milky, white fluid consisting of white blood cells (mostly lymphocytes) and intestinal fluid (proteins and fats). Bacteria and other contaminants, even cancer causing cells, are carried through the lymph to the lymph nodes for ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION! That is, if your lymphatic system is not already overloaded. As the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, the only way to move the lymph is with activity – walking, bouncing, etc.  Proper hydration and activity combined keep things moving. Sinus and chest congestion, swollen lymph nodes and extremities are examples of potential lymphatic drainage compromise.

So now, imagine you’re cleaning out your refrigerator and you dump it into a garbage can without first removing the lid. That’s sort of what happens if you drain too much lymph and your system is not prepared. That was me last week, garbage spilling out all over the ground or in my case all throughout my body. Good times. A healthy body, like a healthy home, is maintained by regular cleaning.  If we don’t take the garbage to the curb, we cannot blame the trash bag for not doing its job. Just so, we cannot rely solely on daily bowel elimination to get the whole job done.  So get those limbs moving.  

5 Tips for a Healthy Lymph System

  1. Bounce gently on a mini trampoline for up to 20 minutes
  2. Take a brisk walk, pumping your arms with each stride
  3. Swim laps
  4. Air conduct a symphony
  5. Before bed and rise, lay on your back with arms and legs up in the air at 90 degrees and pump your limbs out and in, in a V-shaped motion as many times as you are able

What have you done for your lymph system today?

2 Responses to Where have I been? I’ve been busy pumpin’

  1. Tina

    It sounds like you had an icky recovery. Having seen my gma go through cancer treatment and subsequent lymphadema, I understand how important lymphatic health is. Never thought about the effects of a deep massage…until I had one. I felt sick for a day afterward. I just tell my husband that it means I have to go more often.

    And thanks for the quote!

    • Carole

      I recently learned that lymph vessels can shutdown in response to food allergies. Makes sense as I have been eating gluten intermittently and should not.

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