Inflammation and your lymphatic system.
Inflammation is the body’s innate way of providing acute healing to an area of the body. When inflammation persists on a low level throughout the body, it can do much more harm than good. Chronic inflammation can create many symptoms such as – allergies, skin rashes, pain, insomnia, migraines, food allergies. Chronic inflammation also sets the stage for many serious age-related diseases, such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
Stress and Inflammation
When a person is exposed to prolonged stress, the sympathetic nervous system produces cortisol to meet the demand. This creates an inflammatory response and elevated cortisol levels spark inflammatory reactions that diminish immune system function.
A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflamation can promote the development and progression of the disease.
Cohen found that experiencing a prolonged stressful event was associated with the inability of immune cells to respond to hormonal signals that normally regulate inflamation.
It has also been found that neuropeptides in the Immune system that mediate stress also mediate inflamation. Immuno-neuropeptides may be involved in underlying processes in the development of, and the responses to, acute and chronic inflamation. Neuropeptides in the Immune System: Mediators of Stress and Inflammation. (2018) see links.
Lymphatic System and Inflammation
When the lymphatic system is compromised, chronic inflamation occurs. The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating wastes and can be described as the garbage system of the body. When the lymphatic system does not function effectively inflamation and stagnation occur. Lymph stagnation is the result of a poor diet, poor elimination, stress, fatigue and overwork
6 tips to help Lymphatic Flow
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gently rhythmical massage performed by a trained lymph therapist to detoxify and cleanse the connective tissue. This therapy flushes toxins and inflammatory wastes from the tissues. MLD can help to reduce inflammation by reducing inflammatory cytokines.
- Whole Body Vibration exercises are a proven way to combat lymphatic congestion. By stepping on to a Hypervibe whole body vibration machine you enhance the circulation of lymph throughout your body and help with detox and lymphatic flow.
- Aromatherapy oils of palmarosa, ginger, copaiba and geranium skillfully blended and applied to the skin can reduce inflammation.
- An Anti-inflammatory Eating Plan -along with exercise and good sleep, can decrease inflammation and thus lower the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer, and other diseases.
- Daily meditation will calm the mind, reduce stress and soothe the soul.
- Forest bathing – visits to the forest has been proven to low cortisol levels and boost immunity.
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Linda-Anne Kahn CIDESCO HHP CLT-LANA NCTMB, CMT CCN is an Internationally trained Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Lymphedema Therapist. She is a Nationally Certified Massage therapist, State certified Esthetician and Certified Clinical Nutritionist.