Your dietary choices are part and parcel of your skin care routine.
We really need to make our peace with the fact that nutrition plays a role in how we look. I can’t say that every person is effected by nutrition the same way and within the same timeframe, but the nutrients and phytochemicals that are found in whole vegetables and fruits are part of a larger system of health. Lets look more deeply into the great principles of food and their effect on the lymphatic system.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is the most important system in the body. It helps protect us from infection and disease, while transferring nutritional fluid into our cells.
How can we support our lymphatic system so that it functions better and what effect will this have on our skin?
Foods that support the flow of lypmph fluid
- Citrus Fruits: Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit push bile from the liver into the stomach to help with digestion. They also help contract and release the lymphatic vessels helping keep the flow of lymph fluid moving.
- Leafy Greens: Chlorophyll found in leafy green vegetables detoxify the blood of toxins, leaving the good stuff for the lymph fluid to easily move through and nourish the cells.
- Brown Seaweed and Algae: Fucoxanthin, a marine carotenoid and strong antioxidant found in brown seaweed, has a thermogenic effect in the body which increases metabolic detoxification.
- Tumeric & Ginger: These two spices increase blood flow and lymph flow while supplying the cells with protection against oxidation and stress.
- Water: Lymph fluid is made up of over 90% water. Without adequate water, lymphatic fluid cannot flow properly. Water, as well as, herbal teas and broths are all excellent fluids that will help the lymphatic system flow.
Foods that slow the lymphatic flow down
white bread | candy | dairy | processed meats | fast foods | canned foods | packaged dinners | cereals | baked goods
If your daily diet is full of synthetic foods like these, expect a slow or even blocked lymph flow. Your skin will look dull, sullen and you will have puffy eyes and cellulite.
Bile: a fluid produced by the liver that helps with the digestion of fats and lipids.
Chlorophyll: a green pigment in algae and plants that helps plants absorb light and transform it into energy.
Carotenoid: red, yellow and brown pigment found in vegetables that absorb harmful ultra violet rays.
Thermogenic: the production of heat.
Oxidation: a chemical reaction where the atom loses an electron.