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Paleo and lymph . What has paleo done for your lymphatic system?

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Created May 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

I've noticed that since I've cut out gluten and other grains (on rare occasion I will still eat rice) pre menstrual breast tenderness/pain (ie. swollen lymph nodes on the sides of my breasts) has gone way down. That's very nice because it had reached an almost worrisome level before i kicked the grains.

It seems like your lymphatic system is one of the first lines of defense against naughty stuff that's made its way into your system and a major initiator in it being carried out of your body. How does paleo help out the lymphatic system and have you noticed any changes in yours since going paleo?

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on May 19, 2011
at 01:52 PM

i think so, i mean it feels like it's pretty deep in there...but yeah things have been infinitely better since going paleo...

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:56 PM

i looked into T-Tapp a few years ago, this is the first time i heard someone mention it since then. i'm going to check it out again now that you reminded me. it was great for my back pain :)

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:54 PM

thats great! you must be feeling some relief about that one. i have a non calcified cyst on my pineal gland (which i believe is somewhat common) but i have no idea how it's doing, as i can't very well look inside my brain :)

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on May 18, 2011
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Are you referring to your innner ear/eustachian tubes? I have very narrow eustachian tubes and since I was a kid I've had problems with my inner ears. since going paleo it has lessened substantially.

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on May 18, 2011
at 02:30 PM

The leaky gut issues allow a lot of ingested immunogenic molecules into your blood and lymph, and some of those molecules can escape the blood in capillaries, enter the tissue space, and end up draining back into your lymph. Lymph eventually flows into lymph nodes where it is presented to all kinds of immune cells. If you have an antibody against a given molecule, it's very likely to get detected at some point and cause a reaction in the lymph nodes. That reaction will swell up the node and send inflammatory signals all over the body as well.

Paleo eliminates or at least significantly reduces a lot of ridiculously common food antigens like gluten and caseomorphins (for some) and non-antigenic but still inflammatory things like excessive omega-6 and too many lectins. Your lymph nodes thank you, for you have stopped bullshitting them with food and let them go back to work on searching out the real dirty bits inhabiting your body.

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on May 18, 2011
at 07:14 AM

I've noticed that my ears tend to feel more clogged with notable amounts of grain or sugary dairy products. I have always had a seeming lot of ear wax but there have been a couple of times where my ears became very very clogged and it is a feeling i can easily now feel manipulated by certain factors, food being the seeming largest. i wonder if swelling of the lymph nodes below the ears is part of what's happening. I dunno. don't care either, cause I know how to deal with it that's all I and I need. meat eggs and fish forever

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on May 18, 2011
at 09:31 AM

Are you referring to your innner ear/eustachian tubes? I have very narrow eustachian tubes and since I was a kid I've had problems with my inner ears. since going paleo it has lessened substantially.

A7ff7aa8d0f8d6cbdb45e514a5452620

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on May 19, 2011
at 01:52 PM

i think so, i mean it feels like it's pretty deep in there...but yeah things have been infinitely better since going paleo...

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:37 PM

I had a benign cyst in my left breast for over year that is now gone after switching to paleo and an exercise program called T-Tapp. I don't know which of the two is more beneficial but as Greta said I don't care as both have contributed to my well-being and that's all I care about.

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:56 PM

i looked into T-Tapp a few years ago, this is the first time i heard someone mention it since then. i'm going to check it out again now that you reminded me. it was great for my back pain :)

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on May 18, 2011
at 01:54 PM

thats great! you must be feeling some relief about that one. i have a non calcified cyst on my pineal gland (which i believe is somewhat common) but i have no idea how it's doing, as i can't very well look inside my brain :)

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on May 18, 2011
at 10:43 AM

I have noticed that since I started paleo that the sebacious cysts I used to get on my back have completely disappeared. Really nice fringe benefit to go with all the others !

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