The Lymphatic System
Air Travel Tips
Long air travel trips (more than 4 hours) can lead to tissue swelling and lymph flow stagnation. Four years ago, I traveled to Australia. After 25 hours of traveling, and standing around in connecting airports, as I arrived in Sydney, I could not believe it: my ankles were swollen!
Unfortunately or fortunately, going to Australia for me is a treat that does not happen often. However, it’s important to know that consistent long distance air travel can lead to damage of the Lymphatic System. These are some of the reasons air travel can impair your lymph flow:
- Cabin pressure is lower than regular atmospheric pressure. The natural muscle pump caused by atmospheric pressure is reduced and fluid intake by the lymph capillaries diminishes. So, lymph fluid accumulates in the tissues.
- Immobility during air travel slows down blood and lymph circulation. It adds to the low cabin pressure and increases the problem.
- Cabin air is dry. It may lead to dehydration. Reduced fluid levels in the body changes blood capillary pressure which also contributes to tissues swelling.
But there is good news, too! You can enjoy your Summer travel with a bit of information. Here are some tips for you to prevent the problem:
- drink plenty of water before and during air travel.
- get up and walk around as many times you can.
- wear loose, non restricting clothing to avoid compressing the lymph nodes.
- change position when seated.
- get enough sleep before traveling.
- try to avoid alcohol which increases dehydration.
- practice some Lymphatic Yoga motions. Flex and point feet, rotate ankles and wrists often. Massage your neck gently and move it slowly up and down, side to side, and turn to the right and to the left. Breathe. With your finger tips gently tap bellow the collar bones.
Last year, again I traveled to Sydney and this time I didn’t have swollen ankles! It was amazing! But this time I used all the tips I just shared with you. Have a bright and happy Summer!
Let me know if these tips helped you! I’d love to hear from you!
Love, peace and light to all!
Are your ankles swollen when air traveling?
Summer is almost here! A joyful time for the entire family! Now vacation time is being sought, thought and selected by almost everybody. Well, in case air travel is in your plans, be aware of your lymph flow.
Summer, vacation, and air travel can be a lethal combination for your Lymphatic System. An indicator of the problem is if your ankles or calves swell after your air travel.
As the ankles swell, the lymph fluid, rather than returning to the heart is accumulating in the lower legs, feet and ankles. So, the lymph flow becomes sluggish. Sluggish lymph becomes stagnant. Its protein content hardens, tissues are not well nourished, and toxins are retained in the tissues.
When the lymph has problems flowing, it will gradually affect all the other systems of the body. Regular air travel magnifies this problem because of the accumulative factor. Over time, you may have liver, kidney, and/or stomach problems without knowing that the original source of the problem is simply sluggish lymph!
For example: a highway is blocked by a car wreck and nobody cleaned up the vehicles to reestablish the normal traffic flow in the area. The results of this wreck will slowly and surely show up at the other end of the road. No car will be able to move from as far out as 50 or 100 miles away. But at this far point from the wreck, nobody knows the origin of the problem. If those in charge try to divert the cars to other roads, it won’t work! The other roads will become clogged as well. When the real source is not addressed, the problem just increases exponentially.
The same is true with your Lymphatic System! If there is lymph stagnation, which is not properly addressed, gradually, other body areas will suffer, as well. New problems, far from the original lymph stagnation, will show up. Unfortunately these new problems appear unrelated to the original cause. And the problem just increases with weird and hard to detect diseases.
The longer the air travel, the bigger the risk for the lymph fluid to become stagnant.
In my next post, I”ll be talking about the reasons air travel affects your Lymphatic System and what to do about it. See you then!!!
To be continued…
Have you noticed that every morning when you wake up your body is stiffer than the night before sleeping? Guess what? The daily
morning stiffness, so many of us experience, can be caused by the lymph fluid which gets sluggish as we sleep!
Unlike the Cardiovascular System which relies on the heart to pump the blood, the Lymphatic System does not have a central pump to assist its flow! So, the lymph is a slow system by nature, one that mainly moves because of muscle activity and deep breathing.
When we are sleeping, because the body barely moves and the breathing is almost unnoticeable, the lymph fluid cannot move properly. It gets sluggish and it begins to harden. A sluggish lymph stiffens the tissues. As you wake up and begin to move, everything appears to improve. However, over the years, the morning stiffness gradually increases. It becomes an accumulative process.
In addition, whether you are a couch potato, stressed, had surgery or have any flu symptoms, chances are your lymph fluid is sluggish. In any case, sluggish lymph fluid retains toxins, cannot nourish the cells properly, and decreases the body’s immune response. So, you feel tired, irritable and powerless!
Sorry, but it’s time to move your body before you really get sick! Otherwise, the lymph fluid progressively hardens, generating fibrotic tissues and calcification. In a short period of time it negatively affects other tissues, organs and functions.
The lymph fluid is the source of both healing and sickness. A healthy body depends on the fluidity of this amazing fluid – the water of life.
Stay tuned for future posts about how Lymphatic Yoga keeps your lymph fluid moving freely!
Love to all!
Understanding the Lymphatic System
When we burn ourselves and a blister appears, we may wonder about the clear liquid that collects so quickly under the skin. Where is this coming from? Is this water or something else? It’s not water; it’s the lymph fluid which is part of the Lymphatic System.
We know that the body is mainly water. Fewer people know that only 20% of this water is in the bloodstream. Would you be surprised to know that there is another bodily system that holds at least twice the water and has twice as many vessels as the bloodstream? This is the humble and almost unknown Lymphatic System, which is two times bigger than the circulatory system.
The Lymphatic System is the fundamental water reservoir which basically bathes all cells, tissues and organs of the body, cleansing and nourishing them. This neglected system can rightly be called the Cinderella System of the Body.
It humbly cleans the mess and trash of all other systems while it feeds them. It carefully filters and destroys bacteria, debris and toxins; deliberately carries cell wastes and trash away from the cells to the bloodstream; efficiently collects and returns water and protein to the heart. Finally the Lymphatic System feeds the cells of the body with nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and proteins. It is not only the septic system of the body, it is also the nourisher.
What is the main composition of the lymphatic system? Lymph, lymphatic vessels and lymphatic nodes. The lymph is a transparent or whitish protein-rich fluid that flows inside the lymphatic vessels. Some of these vessels are as thin as silk threads. The lymphatic vessels move the lymph through the body in one single direction: towards the heart. In its trajectory the lymph also passes through lymph nodes which are strung along the lymph vessels like pearls in a necklace. The nodes occur in groups and filter, clean and immunologically boost the lymph that passes through them. Because of their cleansing function, the lymph nodes become a crucial part of this system for the regeneration of tissues. For practical application it is important to know that the three main groups or clusters of the lymph nodes are located in the neck, armpits and groin.
Unlike the cardiovascular system which relies on the heart to pump the blood, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump to assist its flow. The lymph mainly moves because of muscle activity and deep breathing. The lymph also moves slowly when compared to the bloodstream.
The Lymphatic System is now being considered one of the most important vital systems of men and animals. When disease, infection, cold, flu, surgeries, accidents or simply stress occur, the lymph gets sluggish. Sluggish lymph cannot work efficiently and gradually becomes stagnant as it retains deposits of dead bacteria, metabolic toxins and dead cells. The lymphatic nodes become overloaded with the buildup of debris which further slows down the lymph. The lymph rich-protein content is unable to move, and it hardens, generating fibrotic tissues and over time calcification in the tissues around it.
Help! The body is in chaos! All trash normally filtered out and destroyed by the lymph are now thrown onto other organs. The jammed lymph reduces the ability of the brain and other organs to do their work. Cellular activity slows down and leads to cellular degeneration and aging. This bodily chaos and systematic degeneration of cells, tissues and functions can lead to serious, weird and virtually preventable conditions.
Some of the symptoms of chronic sluggish lymph can include worsened allergies and food sensitivities, frequent cold and flu infections, arthritis, headaches fibrocystic breasts, sinusitis, loss of appetite and gastrointestinal issues, muscle cramping, fluid retention, tissue swelling, fatigue, mental fuzziness, depression, acne and cellulite.
However, the good news is that if the reservoir of water — the ocean of lymph we are bathed in — is kept continually moving, cellular activity is enhanced or reestablished. Life returns to the tissues and regeneration, a vital transformation, flourishes. Indeed, the rejuvenation of cells, tissues and functions of the body depend mainly on healthy moving lymph.
To be continued….