The Transport system is movement within the body, delivery of things we need or removal of things we don’t. Our lymphatic system is like the sanitation department, collecting waste to get rid of it. Our vascular system moves within every other system in our body, delivering nutrients and oxygen to our digestive tract, kidneys, and lungs.
Moving things around
Transport includes the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, which move molecules within cells, between tissues, and throughout the body. The fluids associated with the intercellular movement are blood, lymph, cerebrospinal, and interstitial fluid. Transportation of molecules efficiently throughout the body is essential for our overall well-being. When materials cannot be transported efficiently in your body, illness results, like heart failure, hypertension, kidney disease, or edema.
Circulation is the movement to and fro or around something, especially fluid in a closed system. When it comes to the human body, circulation is like our body’s delivery system. Our heart pumps, providing the movement for circulation from our brain to our toes. Our cardiovascular system delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body. It consists of the heart and the blood vessels running through the entire body. Pretty amazing that this happens without us even thinking about it, right?
There isn’t only one blood circulatory system in the human body, but two connected: The systemic circulation provides organs, tissues, and cells with blood to get oxygen and other vital substances. The pulmonary circulation is where the fresh oxygen we breathe enters the blood. At the same time, blood cells release carbon dioxide.
Moving waste out
Let’s talk about the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system includes a complex network of vessels, ducts, lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus, the adenoids, and the tonsils. The lymphatic system’s primary function is to cleanse toxins and protect against harmful invaders in the body. It carries waste from the tissues and into the bloodstream for removal, our personal garbage disposal system.
As we know, we are constantly coming into contact with toxins, whether it be through food, air, cosmetics, toxic household cleaners, tap water, or simply the natural metabolic wastes our bodies produce that need to be flushed daily. Every one of our cells takes in nutrients and eliminates wastes. Once fluid passes out of a cell membrane, it becomes “lymph” fluid. It contains substances that the cells want to eliminate, including wastes, pathogens, and undigested proteins. Making sure that we remove these toxins regularly is incredibly important for our overall health.
Unlike our cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to keep things flowing nicely and can quickly become stagnant. Both stress and toxin build-up cause lymph stagnation. This can lead to impaired immunity, disease, bloating, fluid retention, swelling, cellulite, the inability to lose weight, PMS, low energy, low immunity, chronic sinusitis, swollen glands, and stiffness.
The only way to reap the benefits of moving waste products out is through continued movement and stimulation. Some great ways to encourage lymphatic drainage include staying hydrated (well-hydrated tissue helps move out waste material), regular exercise, dry brushing, practicing yoga, and developing a deep breathing practice.
Good for your heart
There has been a lot of research conducted on the potential benefits of fish oil, with the result coming up a bit mixed. Does it really help heart health? Some have seen yes, while other research has not shown much of a positive change.
Here is what we do know: high-quality fish oil contains both vitamin A in the form of retinol and vitamin D. True vitamin A in retinol form can easily be absorbed and utilized by the body (unlike the vitamin A found in plants as beta-carotene). Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. We note some incredible benefits of vitamin D below. It can also reduce inflammation. A study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation Research found fish oil supplements containing a specific formula of omega-3 fatty acids decreased inflammation by increasing the concentration of unique molecule “mediators” that regulate the work of particular components in the blood.
For these reasons, we recommend our Balance supplement. Balance contains a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids sourced from Peruvian cold-water fish and can support healthy musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous system, and immune function.
The hormone with the most
Vitamin D is not a vitamin nor a nutrient but a hormone produced by the body in the skin from a photolytic reaction with ultraviolet light. This is important to note because it means vitamin D has a deeper functionality than a simple vitamin compound. Vitamin D is essential for regulating hundreds of different pathways in your body. Other than thyroid hormones, it is the only thing every one of our trillions of cells needs to thrive. Vitamin D helps us maintain healthy teeth, a healthy brain, a healthy nervous system, and strengthen immune defenses.
According to research from the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute, a lack of vitamin D, even in generally healthy people, is linked with stiffer arteries and an inability of blood vessels to relax. This research adds to evidence that lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular health, contributing to high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, participants in this study who increased their vitamin D levels improved vascular health and lowered their blood pressure.
Shine is vitamin D and vitamin K2 in one handy supplement. Together these form a synergistic relationship that helps assimilation of both of these crucial vitamins. At 2,500 IU, our vitamin D3 supplements provide your daily source of vitamin D3 and vitamin K2. D3 supplements help maintain healthy teeth, brain, and nervous system and strengthen our immune defenses.
It’s always a good idea to get tested by your doctor to check your vitamin D levels. Both too little and too much vitamin D can be a bad thing, so finding that ideal range is best. It’s also
important to note that vitamin D requires specific cofactors to work properly in the body. These include: vitamin k2 (included in Shine), magnesium, boron, zinc, and vitamin A. Maintaining adequate levels of all these nutrients is ideal for overall health.
The all-systems cleanse
The Clean 21 is designed to fuel the body with necessary nutrients and reduce inflammation by excluding common inflammatory foods and practices. It excludes inflammatory oils, processed sugars, processed foods, and other potentially triggering ingredients. But that’s not all.
It also promotes the inclusion of whole, healthy foods, and nutrient-dense foods to support overall health. In addition to the food and supplement guidelines in the 21-Day Clean Program, lifestyle recommendations are also given. These recommendations include things like massage, light movement, and deep breathing, all supportive of lymphatic drainage.
Written by the Clean Team
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