Care for your lymphatic system

Lymphatic System

Ever wondered why your body is feeling sluggish? It could be linked to your lymphatic system not functioning at its best. Its simple to care for and can even lead to weight loss and reduction in cellulite!!! Yes that pesky dimpled skin of fatty deposits in the adipose tissue below the skin surface. As this is naturally lumpy, excessive fat, sluggish lymphatic system or sedentary lifestyle enhance the lumps and produce the dimpled effect.

So what is the lymphatic system… in basic terms it is our body’s waste and debris removal system to rid toxins and clean the circulatory system.

How do I care for it?

Easy … no need to buy expensive creams, pay for high priced salon treatment, just use natural methods and you will save ££££££ and be working towards a more healthier fitter you…

Body Brushing
No need to buy a body brush… you can use a face cloth scrunched up!! On dry skin, using firm but flowing strokes work from toes up towards your heart, fingers up towards heart. The strokes must go towards the heart to aid natural system flow. Do this every day.

Soak in the tub
Run a warm bath and dissolve two generous handfuls of Dead Sea Salt into the warm water. Allow your body to relax and visualise the magnesium properties clearing toxin and residue from your skin.

Drink  Water
It is essential to maintain optimum health and drinking less than 6 glasses a day will hinder your body’s functioning. ( Drinking filtered/natural spring water is recommended). Adding a slice or two of fresh lemon aids the digestive system.

Yoga
Don’t forget the amazing power of Yoga! Even performing the Sun Salutation poses once a day will aid the lymphatic system.

Reflexology

An ancient therapy that is used to align the energy flow through manipulation of specific zones on the feet that correlate to the bodies zones/systems/organs. Manipulation of the lymphatic systems and associated organs can remove/clear blockages to enable to energy and flow of waste be managed efficiently by the body. Nutrition Body and Soul offer Reflexology sessions in the Southport area for £40. Interested, then click here to book your session.

How to Spice up your Celery

Here is a super dip to spice up your celery

How to spice up your celery. Celery can be a little disappointing on the eye, yet as its a powerful ‘negative’ food it is in our interest to eat it. This simple dip can transform and support the nutritional value ensuring it supports the ‘pro active’ eating methods.

Ingredients

  • 25g Bulgur Wheat
  • 150g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Half teaspoon ground cumin
  • Half small chilli chopped and seeded
  • Half tablespoon of shredded mint leaves
  • Half tablespoon of turmeric
  • Half tablespoon of toasted pine nuts (optional for topping)
  • Soak Bulgur Wheat for 10 minutes in freshly boiled water.
  • Blanch tomatoes for 10 seconds in boiling water.
  • Place all ingredients in a blender (minus the pine nuts)
  • Blend to preferred consistency.
  • Place in bowl add pine nuts to top and enjoy with crisp fresh celery.

Did you know that Bulgur Wheat is lower in calories and fat than brown rice and packs in twice the value of fibre! Super to aid weight loss and help maintain a healthy gut.

Bridge Pose great for releasing stress

Unfortunately no matter how good our intentions are, at some time in our lives we experience bouts of anxiety, episodes of fatigue, headaches & backaches and often insomnia.

The Bridge Pose is a great way to release stress an can help to decrease all the above symptoms.

Taking time to allow your body to focus on breathing and hold the Bridge Pose between 5 – 15 breaths will help to reduce the above symptoms.

If you suffer with asthma, elevated blood pressure, bone disorders like osteoporosis the bridge pose should not be practiced.

How to do the Bridge Pose

Lie flat on your back, arms at your side, knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

Feet should be hip width apart. Raise your hips to the sky pressing your upper arms and feet into the ground.

Hold your pose for 5-15 breaths.

As with all forms of exercise please consult a registered practitioner prior to attempting any of the exercise recommended by Nutrition Body and Soul. 

Lemon water

lemon water

Lemon water a tasty way to provide the body its required hydration.

Adequate hydration is necessary to achieve optimum functioning of the body systems.

Drinking lemon water can boost the digestive system by stimulating the natural movement of the gut.

Living within the UK finding fresh water to drink is simple, we just turn on the cold tap. Yet, surprisingly many of us don’t drink the recommended daily intake by the British Nutrition Foundation of 1.6 litres approximately 8 glasses (200mls) a day.

What we must consider is the water content of the food we consume, as this can be up to 20% of our intake.

The amount we drink will vary depending on our age, level of activity, health status, geographical location and climate.​

A refreshing start to the day is achieved by drinking 200 mls of cooled freshly boiled water with fresh lemon slices. Drink this before eating breakfast and your potentially improve your digestive system functions.

Why does water and lemon help the digestive system?

Warm water is thought to increase the tightening of the intestines, which improves bowel function.

Other benefits are:

  • Aid digestion of food
  • Reduce weight as it increases the bodies temperature and therefore increases the metabolic rate
  • Decrease muscle pain as the warm water relaxes the muscles
  • Can delay skin aging as warm water flushes toxins from the body

Lemon has many nourishing elements:

vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein.

It is used to aid digestion, relieve constipation, ease tooth ache, and reduce weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Power of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is such an amazing product I have to dedicate a whole page to it. I read several years ago how apple cider vinegar was used to remove a skin tag.  So I tried it on a small skin tag and after 7 days the tag had vanished. I had a hunger to learn more and find out what else this apple cider vinegar could do.

I haven’t tried them all but what I have tried I shall share.

Every morning I drink a small glass of warm water with lemon slices. I have done this for the past 11 years. Now I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and have noticed I now have a regular bowel movement and I have lost weight.

I also use it as a toner for my face and neck. I have used this for the past 3 months and friends have commented on the condition of my skin and how my wrinkles has decreased. I did have an age spot on my lower neck area and have noticed this is also fading.

So what is in this amazing apple cider?

The item description states –

Certified Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. Contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines, it is Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth; and is Kosher Certified. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn. Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.

So it appears that the magic is in the enzymes, yet scientist disagree. The choice is yours, try and see for yourself like I did.

However, there have been some serious side effects when using apple cider vinegar such as throat burns from the acidic content, skin burns, and unbalancing of blood sugars in diabetics, so please use with caution. I am not a seller or have any financial interest in the Bragg Organic Apple Cider, I am only sharing my positive experiences.

As with all content on this site, please consult a registered practitioner prior to using any suggestion within the site.