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The Liver & Your Lymph System

The liver and the lymphatic system are closely intertwined in their roles within the body. The liver is a vital organ responsible for filtering toxins from the blood, while the lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining fluid balance, supporting immune function, and aiding in nutrient transport. Together, they work harmoniously to detoxify the body, regulate fluid levels, defend against infections, and ensure the efficient absorption of essential nutrients.

1. The liver’s crucial role

This incredible organ processes nutrients, breaks down food, and stores energy and minerals. But here’s the catch: the liver relies on a smooth, uninterrupted flow of nutrients and byproducts for optimal functioning. It serves as the body’s chief detoxifier, filtering out toxins and waste products from the bloodstream. Additionally, the liver plays key roles in metabolism, nutrient storage, bile production, blood clotting, immune function, and much more. It’s the body’s metabolic powerhouse, regulating blood sugar levels, producing essential proteins, and supporting overall homeostasis. Maintaining a healthy liver through proper nutrition, lifestyle choices, and regular check-ups is fundamental to ensuring our well-being and longevity.

2. How the liver and lymph work together

If we can stimulate the liver to amplify its workload everything benefits because now the kidneys, the large intestine, and the small intestine are actually able to continue to rid the body of waste as opposed to being put on pause and holding onto toxins. Think of it like avoiding a traffic jam, if the liver can’t do it’s job then you can’t break down food and minerals because the liver doesn’t have time to process them. Conversely, if you keep everything moving then the toxins can move out of the body as part of your lymph system’s drainage protocol.

3. The effects of stress on your liver and lymph

We all understand the effects of stress on our minds, but stress has a much larger effect on your immune system. Your body’s stress response directly affects your liver and lymph system! A sluggish liver or lymphatic system can lead to inhibited muscles, particularly the psoas and other back muscles. The pressure generated by the restricted blood flow can affect these muscles, influencing their function and contributing to pain points or chronic back pain.

Think about a car that is going at 100 miles per hour. You’re standing still and it passes by you but the air that hits you is going at the force of that speed so it hits you so hard, pushing you in the same direction. That’s what I believe the amount of force and pressure the blood flow coming back up is doing to these muscles and the spine.

The liver depends on 70% of its blood flow coming from the veins to do its job. And as you learned from about, it has a pretty big job to do! So how do you optimize for that? By supporting your overall vein health, reducing stress, and increasing movement you can help your liver and lymph remain active and healthy so they can support your overall well-being.

The Takeaway?

As we unravel the complex dance between the liver, veins, arteries, lymphatic system, and muscles, we gain insights into the intricate workings of our bodies. It’s a journey of understanding the force, pressure, and connections that drive our overall well-being. Stay curious as we continue to explore the mysteries of our health. There’s much more to uncover in this intricate symphony of bodily functions, and every revelation brings us closer to a healthier, more balanced life.

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