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Ways to support and open our drainage pathways

Barney Kuntze September 3, 2021

Lymphatic System 
* Rest. Our body goes into overdrive while we sleep. When we are not getting the rest we need we are cutting short our bodies own natural instinct to heal itself.
* Movement. Be careful not to sit for long periods of time. Remember when I mentioned movement before? Our lymphatic system THIRIVES in an environment that moves. Exercise is the ideal form of movement, however there are options if burpees aren’t your thing. Dry brushing, cupping, gua sha, rebounding (small trampoline), jumping rope, and vibration plates are all excellent ways to help stimulate your lymphatic system and get it moving.
* Breathe Work. Use breathing exercises to keep your brain clear. Deep breathing and strong inhalations have been shown to stimulate flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.
* Massage. Massage therapy supports detoxification and elimination. Craniosacral massage and lymphatic drainage massage are techniques specifically used to encourage release of toxins through our drainage pathways.
* Sweat. Using a sauna, working out, or taking hot detox baths will open your pores and release toxins that have been collected in your lymph through your skin.

Liver and Gallbladder 
* Herbal supplements. Milk thistle, dandelion and beetroot powder are great for supporting the liver and gallbladder.
* Coffee enemas!!! Tone the liver and stimulate production of bile with coffee enemas. The hemorrhoidal veins in the colon are directly linked to the hepatic portal vein system of the liver. Coffee contains caffeine and choleretics which strengthen the liver and encourage flow of bile. 

Kidneys 
* Kidney Hydration. Maintaining proper hydration is essential to supporting the kidneys. It is recommended that you drink at least half your body weight in ounces of filtered, spring or mineral water every single day.
* Limit your protein consumption. Excessive protein overworks your kidneys. Protein consumption should be no more than 0.8 grams/pound of body weight.

Colon
* Colon hydration. Maintain the hydration of your colon by including mostly unprocessed, whole foods in your diet.
* Chew thoroughly. Our mouth is our first step to digestion. Chewing your food thoroughly will enhance your natural digestive enzymes (saliva) and ensure proper and optimal breakdown of food. This will tax your digestive system overtime and slow things down. It’s not easy but start by trying to chew a bite of food at least 25 times and work your way up. Most professionals recommend 30-50 chews with some who say 100!
* Fermented foods. Eating fermented foods increases and diversifies the bacteria in your microbiome. Foods like apple cider vinegar, yogurt, kombucha and sauerkraut inoculate your gut with live, active cultures.
* Fiber. Fiber-rich foods like oats, flax seeds, hemp hearts and chia seeds feed desirable bacteria and promote motility of the colon.

Other things to consider…
1. Take a high quality probiotic. Taking a good probiotic will reintroduce good bacteria into your digestive system. This should not completely take the place of natural probiotics we can get from foods as mentioned above. However, if you are traveling or have a hard time with those foods this is a great option.
2. Digestive enzymes. Adding enzymes improve the digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients.
3. Up your antioxidants. Vitamin C, Vitamin A, N-A-C, and Ningxia, all support liver detoxification. They are all powerful antioxidants that will help minimize the oxidative reactions created by toxins.