by Elyse Tursi, DC
Rings don’t fit, clothes are always tight, and why isn’t the scale moving even though I am eating better?
The first gland people blame for weight gain is usually the thyroid. That’s understandable because the thyroid is responsible for a major part of the body’s metabolic rate. Another system that is responsible for brain and body metabolism is the lymphatic system. This system is the very first system we treat, as it represents the drains of the body. It helps deliver fats in the form of triglycerides to be used for energy in between meals. When the lymphatic system is not functioning correctly, the most prevalent sign is fatigue.
This lymph system filters approximately 3 pounds of waste and toxins from the brain yearly. Removing waste and toxins can help cognitive function, aka brain function. If these lymph drains become clogged (which they can, as there is no pump for the lymphatic system), toxins, allergens and irritants can accumulate inside us and cause numerous health concerns. It is imperative to get these toxins moving and excreted via blood, urine, stool and skin.
Symptoms of lymphatic congestion include weight gain, bloating, swelling in legs and fingers, brain fog, stiffness upon waking, digestive issues, chronic fatigue and full-body pain. If you are experiencing any of these and have already ruled out other metabolic dysfunction, it may be time to clear out your lymphatic system.
Dr. Elyse Tursi is a doctor of chiropractic and a nutritionist at Pollack Wellness Institute, located at 100 Manetto Hill Rd., Ste. 307, in Plainview. For more information, call 516-299-9313 or visit https://www.pollackwellness.com/.