Our Inner Ocean

Our Inner Ocean

 The mighty and mysterious Lymphatic system is easily one of the most overlooked healing systems in the body. It is the backbone of the immune system and is responsible for the movement and flow of lymph fluid. The lymph picks up blood cells and discharged cell materials and carries them to lymph nodes, where the lymph is flushed, cleansed and regenerated. The lymph nodes have a high concentration of white blood cells, lymphocytes which are key players in the healing of infection. The lymphatic system also plays an essential role in the detoxification of the body, as the lymph fluid gathers and moves out toxins and cellular waste through its vessels and into the colon, where it is eliminated.  Our bodies are between 70-90% water and the movement, exchange and cleanup of our intercellular fluid is paramount for our overall health and wellbeing. An important fact to know about our lymph system is that it does not have a pump like our circulatory system has the heart. The lymphatic system moves by way of muscular and skeletal function… this is so important to understand, as most of us lead sedentary lifestyles which tax our bodies in many ways.  Scientists are still discovering the massive span of the Lymphatic system, but as recent research now shows, this intricate and vast system moves from the brain and throughout the whole body. I like to think of the Lymph and blood as the oceans within, both vitally important, one nourishing and delivering vital nutrients and the other cleaning up and making sure everything is in check. The integral relationship of the lymphatic system and the blood can be likened to yin and yang, they both work together and are part of a larger functioning beautiful whole.  Some...
Iodine the Goddess mineral

Iodine the Goddess mineral

Many elements shape and support our bodies, with minerals being a crucial part of the basic nutritional foundation of our health. They support physical connection and vitality, both within our relationship to the earth and within the inner working harmony of our bodies.  Iodine has many vital roles in the body and is found in every organ and tissue, in fact every cell in the body has an Iodine receptor. Iodine is most commonly known for its essential support for a healthy and balanced thyroid, but has many more roles ranging from balancing estrogen levels, an antibiotic to detoxification.  The thyroid which is a complex master endocrine gland that governs energy, hormones and affects nearly every organ in the body, lies in the fifth throat chakra. The colour of the chakra is blue and holds the energy of expression and if imbalanced is associated with emotional traumas from childhood. We live in a time where more people then ever have thyroid issues. Thyroid imbalances are more common in women then in men, and can often be linked to a family history of female relatives with various thyroid imbalances. There are many contributing factors that affect the delicate balance of the thyroid; our Iodine intake from diet, our exposure to chlorine (in tap water and swimming pools), bromide (found in bread) and fluoride all block iodine receptors. Estrogen dominance also blocks Iodine absorption along with a number of medications.  Why is Iodine the goddess mineral?  It is concentrated in the thyroid, breast tissue and ovaries. Is interconnected with estrogen levels. Dry skin issues and the inability to sweat. Helps metabolism...