Sluggish Lymphatic System Symptoms

Sluggish Lymphatic System Symptoms

Sluggish Lymphatic System Symptoms: Why It Matters & 8 Ways To Eliminate It

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Sluggish Lymphatic System Symptoms – The lymphatic system is a network of nodes and vessels and valves that lie just under the skin and transport lymph — a clear fluid containing white blood cells and waste products — throughout the body. Lymph is one important method of body detoxification.

It’s a fairly complex system, but to simplify, I like to think of the lymphatic system as a garbage truck that pulls junk away from your organs and the spaces between your cells and into the lymphatic channels, or highways, so your cells aren’t bombarded by waste.

Because it is a bit of a lone-wolf system, not pumped by the heart nor moved automatically through smooth muscle action as in the digestive tract, lymph easily becomes sluggish and backed up.

If this happens, it can’t relieve the digestive system of some of its toxic load, which can cause digestion to back up too, as your body becomes less and less able to remove waste from your GI tract.

Sluggish Lymphatic System Symptoms also builds up as fluid accumulation throughout your body, making you puffy and chubby looking, although not from fat. You may think it’s from fat, which is why I call lymphatic backup Fake Fat.

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Green Smoothies – First Step To Start Turning Your Health Around

Green Smoothies – First Step To Start Turning Your Health Around

Fresh organic green smoothie with salad apple cucumber pineapple and lemon as healthy drink

Well it’s that time of year when there is a tendency to get overwhelmed, time poor and celebrate more than usual……and our healthy alkalising vegetable intake can waiver.

Instead we are consuming more acidic foods like wine, beer, chocolates, cakes and more….

Daily green smoothies or juices can do amazing things to turn this around by getting you more alkaline and feeling ……..more energised, less bloated, thinking clearer, brighter skin, and losing weight.

I also include juices in this because there are some people that really dislike the thick texture of smoothies, porridge and the like. So I say opt for green juices and salads to have the same effect as a smoothie.

Fresh beetroot green apple and orange juice.

Here are three smoothie and juice recipes to help your energy soar, reduce the bloat, have more clarity of thought and help you clear out the rubbish.

Get You Going Green Smoothie

Serves 2

It is creamy, delicious and gives you real energy while flooding you with loads of nutrients.

Ingredients:
1 large handful baby spinach or kale (de-stalked)
½ cup cashew nuts, rinsed
1 avocado
1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
Pinch ground cinnamon
500mL almond, rice or coconut milk
2 tablespoon maple syrup

Method:
Place all the ingredients into a blender and whiz until silky smooth. Add extra milk if you would like it a little thinner.

Green Business

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 large handful of chopped kale or spinach
3 stalks celery
1 lebanese cucumber
1 cup (60g) roughly chopped broccoli
1 lime
2cm piece fresh ginger

Method:
Juice all ingredients, leaving the cucumber until last to push everything through.

 

Go Green with a kick

Serves 2

This will appeal to the savoury lovers out there. Great for a quick top up before dinner or a quick lunch when cooking a meal is the last thing on your mind. It will really fill you up and tastes surprisingly good.

Ingredients:
1 avocado, peeled and seeded
1 large handful spinach
1 large handful kale
1 lebanese cucumber
Juice and zest of 1 lime
½ small chilli
2cm piece fresh ginger
Handful coriander leaves
1 cup water, and extra if necessary
Pinch of chilli flakes, to serve (optional)

Method:
Whizz everything together until smooth.
Pour into a glass and top with lime zest a few chilli flakes

Here for more smoothie ideas –  wheatgrass smoothie recipe. Variety is the spice of life!

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Have you got any great green smoothie recipes to share? Would love to hear your favourite.

The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie

The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie

alkaline anti-reflux smoothie

Smoothies are a great, simple way to get in the extra nutrition you need. – Livestrong

Acid reflux (or GERD) affects 60% of the adult population within any given year.

That’s huge.

And here’s the thing: you can absolutely treat both the symptoms AND the cause with dietary choices.

Living alkaline, without question, prevents and reverses reflux.

And if you suffer from reflux, or if you want to prevent it… or if you just want to get more alkaline, this smoothie is just the thing you need!

 

The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie!

I LOVE this smoothie because it is alkaline, easy to make, delicious and tastes quite different from the normal alkaline green smoothies.

Containing loads of spices, it’s smooth, creamy and a real treat.

It’s optional whether you want to keep this as a ‘milky/creamy’ tasting drink, or add the kale/greens for extra alkalinity and reflux-busting calcium. Maybe try both and see which you like the best!

Preparation Time: varies
Serves: 2

The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie Ingredients

1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 Inch ginger root (or 1tsp ground)
1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 bag or 10g loose leaf rooibos tea
1 small handful almonds
1 small handful walnuts
1 tbsp chia seeds
250ml coconut cream
250ml almond milk (unsweetened)
½ avocado

Optional:
1 handful of kale/bok choi/watercress
1 vanilla pod

[Note: if you don’t have a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix, Nutribullet you will need to soak the nuts overnight, or for at least 4 hours beforehand]

Instructions:

First, start by infusing the milks with the chai flavours. On the stove, with a very, very gentle heat, combine the coconut milk, almond milk, turmeric root, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and the teabag (or leaves).

Bring to a gentle simmer and turn to the lowest heat for 5 minutes.

Once the flavours have infused, and it smells amazing, strain into a blender to remove the tea leaves/bag. Add the ginger to the blender too.

Add the avocado, chia seeds, coconut oil, almonds, walnuts and greens (if using) and blend until absolutely smooth.

This can be served warm or chilled and to serve, sprinkle with cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Why This WORKS for Reflux (GERD)

This is a fantastic smoothie for reflux because it contains everything you need to combat this condition:

  • Calcium: Calcium makes the lower oesophagal sphincter tighten. This helps keep stomach acid where it belongs. To boost your intake of calcium (a highly alkaline mineral), this smoothie contains heaps of kale (or other greens), chia seeds, almonds and almond milk which are all super-high in calcium, and delicious!
  • Coconut Oil: A tablespoon of coconut oil each day is a great way to prevent acid reflux from acting up. It is antimicrobial and helps to clean the bacteria out of your oesophagus. It heals the damage caused by acid reflux and kills the harmful bacteria in your gut that cause inflammation.This fat will also help your body produce chloride.You need this for your body to make stomach acid. Surprisingly, not having enough stomach acid can actually be a cause acid reflux. Without enough of it, you won’t be able to fight off bacteria…or properly digest the foods you eat.
  • Ginger: Ginger is scientifically proven to help combat reflux. In a 2008 study ginger was found to be up to eight times more effective at killing bacteria that can cause acid reflux than a lot of OTC drugs.Ginger doesn’t stop your body from making stomach acid. It simply helps keep it under control and because of its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, ginger can make the lining of your stomach stronger.The benefit of this is that when reflux starts to rear it’s ugly head, the ginger will stop it from causing anywhere near as much pain as it normally would.
  • Alkalinity: All of these ingredients are incredibly alkaline-forming and feature high on the list of alkaline foods.

Try, enjoy and let me know the results it gives you!

References:

Inhibition of gastric H+, K+-ATPase and Helicobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale.; Siddaraju MN, Dharmesh SM.; Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Mar;51(3):324-32.

[link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17295419]

Potential Benefits of pH 8.8 Alkaline Drinking Water as an Adjunct in the Treatment of Reflux Disease; Koufman, JA; Johnston, N; Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2012; 121;

[link: http://evamor.com/static/pdf/koufman_1242.pdf]

Low Acid Diet for Recalcitrant Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: Therapeutic Benefits and Their Implications; Koufman, A; Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2011; 120(5):281-287;

[link: http://www.voiceinstituteofnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Koufman-Low-Acid-Diet.pdf]

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Butternut Pumpkin & Tahini Dip

Butternut Pumpkin & Tahini Dip

Dips, sauces & dressings are one of the keys to easily living alkaline.

Not only do they help you to easily flavour simple vegetables and salads to make them exciting and delicious, but they also give you a hit of an extra serve (or three!) of alkalizing veggies!

This is one of my newest creations, and I love it’s simplicity, and I love serving it warm (although it’s delicious cold too, of course).

Containing lots of pumpkin, turmeric, sesame, paprika, garlic and flax, it can boast that it gives you a boost of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, fibre, vitamin A, C, B6, B1.

All in all giving you a huge alkaline, cardio-supporting, cancer-fighting, immune-system-boosting, antioxidant hit!

Serves 4
Preparation & Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

500g (18oz) of butternut pumpkin
1tbsp of flax or olive oil (preferably flax)
2tbsp of coconut oil
3 large garlic cloves
2 tbsp of tahini
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
Small handful of fresh parsley (any variety)
Himalayan salt & black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (180 if using a fan), and then set to work on halving, then deseeding, peeling and chunking the pumpkin. No precise size is needed for the squash so just cut it into rough chunks.
  2. Put a roasting tin into the oven, lined with the coconut oil and once the oven is hot enough, tip in the pumpkin chunks and season with salt and pepper. Make sure the pumpkin is coated with the coconut oil.
  3. Now peel and smash the garlic, and give it a rough chop
  4. After 20 minutes of the roasting the pumpkin, throw in the garlic and give it all a mix, and put back in the oven for 10 minutes
  5. Once the pumpkin and garlic are looking well cooked, remove from the oven and tip it all into a food processor/blender, add the herbs, spices, tahini and blend until smooth.
  6. Spoon into a serving bowl and drizzle with the flax oil for an extra omega 3 hit and serve with flax crackers, veggie sticks or something else alkaline and delicious!

Enjoy and let me know if you like it by sharing it!