Why algae and seaweed?
Algae and seaweed are ancient foods and medicines rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that are necessary for optimal cellular function.
Minerals are one of the most delicately balanced elements in the body. Their ratios and concentrations determine the flow of nerve impulses, muscular contraction (think your HEART) and mineral content of bones. If tissues lack adequate mineral levels, the body draws from the bones in its attempt to maintain function of vital organs and conditions like osteoporosis result. People with diets low in vegetable intake are especially at risk, as vegetables are a major daily source of essential minerals.
Potassium and sodium are also important components of seaweeds, we mentioned those elements in the Science of Mud post last month. Potassium and sodium are in balance in the body – with adequate potassium levels, more sodium is released from the body, lowering blood pressure. Nerves and muscles rely on these elements for proper functioning as well.
Seaweed and algae aid in excretion of heavy metals, radioactive elements, dioxins and PCBs – both of which have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption including diabetes, sex hormone imbalance, thyroid disruption, neurological problems and immune suppression. A great source for more information and purchase of high-quality, clean seaweeds for consumption harvested in Oregon and California visit www.naturespiritherbs.com. For cosmetic seaweed products visit http://www.alga-net.com/cosmetics/cosmetics.htm.
Why lymphatic massage?
The lymphatic system is a collection of vessels that carries fluids from body tissues back to the heart. It filters the blood for pathogens and allergens, carries white blood cells and activates the immune system as necessary. Lymph vessels follow blood vessels, but unlike arteries and veins, have few muscles or valves to help fluids return to the heart. Lymphatics rely on the pumping action of our muscles during daily activity, or massage to move fluids effectively. Lymphatic massage flushes fluids from tissues, reducing puffiness, supporting immune function and moving toxins back to the liver to be processed for removal.
In a lymphatic massage, you’ll experience gentle, wavelike movements with the flat of the therapist’s hands to encourage the recirculation of fluids to the heart. Using this technique, trained therapists are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there, they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the vessels to assess overall lymphatic circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations. This technique is a great choice for enhancing a detoxification program.
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