Our endocrine system encompasses the relay of hormones throughout the body. There are eight major glands or hormone producers in the body: adrenals, gonads, pancreas, thymus, thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal. These glands produce hormones that send chemical messages throughout the body to other glands, tissues, and organs. Some of these messages pertain to our metabolism, wake/sleep/energy cycles, stress, arousal, immune, and mood.
Our hormones play a large role in how we feel on a day to day basis. There is a strong link to our emotional state and our hormonal stability. In our modern Western society, there are a great number of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are seeping into our system from our homes and environments. These man-made materials have a wide range of modalities in which they bring our systems out of balance. For example, often times they mimic estrogen in the body, which greatly impacts our immune system, mood, body shape, and skin. Oftentimes, we see adverse effects in development, neurological function, immune response, and reproductive systems from these toxins in our environment.
Some chemicals to look out for are: BPA, Dioxin, Parabens, Glycol esters, Perflurorinated chemicals, UV filters (sunscreen), Phthalates, Atrazine,BHA & BHT, Perchlorate, Fire retardants (sprayed on pillows, mattresses, curtains, and fabric of home products), Mercury, Arsenic, and Organophosphate pesticides (like Roundup). For a more extensive review of these chemicals, where they’re found, and what they do, see this article.
So what do we do to support the body and avoid the havoc of these chemicals? One of the best ways is to reduce your exposure to these toxins by committing to a non-toxic life. Reducing the toxins in your home and environment is the first step. Second, support your body’s detoxification processes by including super detoxing foods like organic cilantro, organic parsley, organic chlorella, and/or organic spirulina to your daily regimen. These bind and safely escort toxins from the body.
Lymphatic massage, or pneumatic compression, flushes the body’s lymphatic system. Our body processes toxins in the liver and by the immune cells in our lymph. The lymph is similar to our circulatory system in that it’s a vascular system, or comprised of vessels, with nodes (think little hubs or pools) throughout the body. It does not have a mechanism to pump it, like our heart. The lymph is naturally stimulated from long, easy walks and jumping. For those of us without trampolines and a pedestrian lifestyle, a lymphatic massage is a relaxing way to give your lymphatic system a thorough flush. Try out a lymphatic compression massage at SaunaBar to give yourself some TLC. Melt away in to restorative bliss as your muscles and lymph get some extra love and a solid flush!