The first gland people blame for weight gain is usually their thyroid. Which is understandable because the thyroid is responsible for the body’s metabolism.
But, and this is a big BUTT (pun intended here), the weight gain you may be experiencing is probably NOT due to a faulty thyroid gland.
There are many other processes in the body that contribute to weight gain, and/or an inability to lose weight. Especially the stubborn doesn’t want to budge kind of weight. It seems that no matter how much you alter your diet there is always a swollen or puffy area on your body (upper arms, belly, thighs, neck…).
When that type of weight appears around your body, the first thing we need to do is investigate whether or not you are dealing with a sluggish lymphatic system.
Some symptoms of sluggish lymph include:
- Waking with puffy eyes
- Stiffness upon waking
- Swollen glands
- Extra belly fat
- Sinus congestion
- Water retention (swollen fingers and feet)
- Dry skin
- Brain fog
One of the lymph’s main jobs is to remove debris and waste from the interstitial fluid in the tissues and cells. It’s a drainage system. If that system gets backed up a whole host of trouble ensues: weight gain, migraine headaches, joint pain, digestive issues, inflammation, and impaired cognitive ability, just to name a few.
So what can you do to get that lymph and excess weight and waste moving?
Here’s 3 simple things you can do right now:
Take a daily walk – I know it sounds to simple to be true, but it works. Walking at a brisk pace stimulates peristaltic action in the intestines, and that helps clear digestive lymph, which essentially helps you go to the bathroom (number 2!). Not only your digestive lymph, but the entire lymphatic system is stimulated by movement. So put your sneakers on and hit the trail or take a dance class and shake your big booty. Just make you’re moving your body in some way, on a daily basis, rather than on a weekly basis which is what many “dieters” will often do.
Get a lymphatic massage (or any massage!) – massage helps to move lymphatic fluid and relax the body. As a bonus, it feels really, really good! I’ve had clients tell me that after they’ve had a good lymphatic massage they feel “lighter.” They are correct in their self-assessment. As stagnant lymph fluids get moved around the body via massage, it helps clear up those dense and heavy feelings (both physical and emotional) that they may have been suffering with.
Dry brushing –Your skin is the largest elimination organ in the body – it eliminates over one pound of waste acids every day in the average adult. Dry brushing is an ancient technique that sloughs off dead skin, increases circulation and detoxification, and stimulates the lymphatic system. It’s pretty easy to do. You literally gently brush your skin, in one direction, toward your heart. To start, use a daily or bi-weekly “dry-skin brush” before you shower. Standing naked, use long sweeping strokes starting at the bottom of your feet and move upward towards your hips and torso. Then, dry brush your hands and move toward the shoulders and heart. Remember to dry brush your belly (especially around that little tire rim that’s been bugging you), and always move upwards towards your heart.
There are many other things you can do to move your lymph, lose weight, and improve the health of your thyroid, including using specific foods and herbs. Just simply start with the three easy suggestions above.
Your body and your thyroid need you to clear the piled up waste and debris to optimize your metabolism.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.