Lymph: The fat gut link
Did you know that the fat on your body, the fat that you eat, and the health of your gut are all linked?
Today I’m going to tell you how they’re connected (and why you’d care) and I’m also going to share 5 ways to improve this connection to improve your health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, and skin & sleep problems–so you can feel great and free to enjoy your life fully.
What’s lymph got to do with it?
Okay so first off, you have something in your body called a lymphatic system. Amongst other things, it processes the fats you eat. Unlike protein and carbs, the other 2 building blocks of the food you eat, fat gets special treatment when it comes to how it is absorbed. First, you start to break fat down in your mouth and stomach with an enzyme called lipase. Then you basically have these fat blobs that can’t do anything until they meet up with something very important called bile acids in your small intestine. These bile acids break down the bigger fat blobs into smaller fat blobs. These smaller fat blobs are then able to enter something called your lymphatic system (or lymph system for short). Think of it as a special carpool lane for your fats (carbs and protein don’t get to use it). Once the fats enter your lymphatic system, they are transported to your bloodstream where they can be used. Fun fact: fat and cholesterol are the building blocks for your trillions of cells! Without fat and cholesterol, nothing in your body would work!
Let’s connect the dots now. When you eat fat, you need to be able to break it down into smaller bits. This requires a healthy gut! When you have a healthy gut, you can break down the fat you eat and this gives you energy and allows your trillions of cells to work. If your gut isn’t working well, you can’t break down your fats well, so you are more likely to store it as extra body fat; you won’t be able to use it for energy so you’re likely to have low energy; and you’re likely going to experience digestive symptoms.
5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Lymphatic System
Now let me tell you 5 ways you can support this system!
- Move your body! Exercise is AWESOME for moving your lymph. Sweating is a bonus way to improve your lymph health.
- Eat sea veggies like seaweed. They’re anti-inflammatory, improve lymph flow, and are nutrient dense.
- Eat herbs and spices that boost your lymph system health like garlic, turmeric, and ginger.
- Drink plenty of water (your pee should be pale yellow). Water is the main ingredient of lymph!
- Try dry skin brushing! This is awesome for improving lymph flow
Your body is so cool! And when you make your health a priority, it makes all the difference to your quality of life.
If you would like to explore how to take your health to the next level faster, let’s chat about it!
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Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
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