The Clean-up crew

The Clean-up crew

By Kimberley Casteneda

By Dr. Kimberley Casteneda

Naturopathic Doctor

The lymph system is a system of organs that includes the spleen, tonsils, and thymus along with lymph nodes, lymph fluid and lymph vessels. This system is one of our major cleansing systems in our body, and having it functioning at peak performance is very important to our maintaining good health and healing capabilities.

The function of the lymph system is to drain waste products, toxins and other debris from the tissues to the elimination organs, where they are then filtered out of the body. It also produces disease-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes and antibodies. The lymph nodes are special filters along with the lymph ducts that work in removing infective organisms.

In order to have a healthy lymph system, we must also have a healthy liver, since the liver is the organ that produces the majority of lymph fluid. This fluid is the major route for nutrients to pass from the liver and intestines.

The spleen is the largest mass of lymph tissue. It filters and destroys old, worn-out red blood cells that need to be replaced, not to mention that it is a very important part of the immune system’s functions. Those who have had their spleen, thymus or tonsils removed tend to be more prone to illness due to the loss of these very important organs, causing a weakened immune response.

Quite often, when the lymph is stagnated, the nodes will swell and become inflamed and tender. Lymph runs throughout the entire system, but the areas that are most noticeable are the neck, along the sides, behind the ears and the back of the neck and head, over the thymus and chest-breast area, between the shoulder blades, armpits, midway between the sternum and navel in the abdomen area and the groin area.

In order to stimulate lymph flow, we must depend solely on physical exercise and deep breathing, as there is no internal pump to keep it moving, flushing and filtering. The system relies on our own muscle movement and diaphragmatic breathing. Bouncing on a trampoline is an excellent exercise to keep the lymph flowing, but if one is unable to do this type of exercise, then there are other alternatives. Gua Sha treatments or lymphatic massages preformed by a natural healthcare practitioner are very effective and can help obtain results quite quickly. Colon and liver cleansing will aid greatly in the flow, as will hydrotherapy, dry brush massage, acupressure, dietary changes, herbal supplementation and drinking one-half your body weight in ounces of purified water daily.

Is your lymph stagnated or congested? Are you under chronic stress? Battle with chronic fatigue? Do you have quite pale skin? Are you extremely thin? Is your memory failing? Is your immune system sluggish? Do you have frequent colds, fevers, etc…? Is your body soft, pudgy or have puffiness in areas? Seem to be noticing new cellulite manifesting? Tender spots? Lumps or bumps appearing and disappearing at times?

If you identify with any of the above symptoms, then you may be experiencing lymphatic sludge, and you may be feeling awful because, frankly, the garbage in your system is not moving, and this can be very devastating to your health over time. The lymphatic system is such an integral part of our body, although most are unaware of it or its functions. Many people find out what it is and what it does only after being diagnosed with either lymphoma or other forms of cancer after metastasizing to the lymph and on to other organs.

If you suspect that your lymph or other eliminatory organs are not working to their maximum potential, then it would be wise for you to consult with your practitioner so that you may bring your path to Discovering Wellness.

In closing, I would like to say, thank you to my clients, readers, friends and The Rock River Times for your thoughtfulness and prayers offered for myself, my mother and my family during her illness and passing. The flowers, food, cards, phone calls and words of kindness were all very much appreciated, and to TRRT, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share with everyone just how special and loving my Mom is and was and for taking part in honoring her beautiful memory. Peace, love and light to all of you.

Dr. Kimberly Kaye Castaneda is a Naturopathic Doctor who researches and teaches about the benefits of natural, non-invasive healing techniques and therapies. Her Washington, D.C. registration and ANMA and ABH board certification along with her degree and certifications states that she is qualified in the use of all natural forms of healing including: acupressure, aromatherapy, Bach flower remedies, chronic diseases, clinical microscopy, color therapy, emotional release therapy, Gua Sha treatments, herbology, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, live blood and dry-layer cell analysis, massage, nutrition, raindrop therapy, reflexology, Reiki healing and vibrational or polarity healing. Dr. Castaneda has a private practice in Rockford located at 521 N. Longwood Street. To schedule a private consultation or for Reiki classes and attunements, call (815) 963-1585. DISCOVERING WELLNESS.

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