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Your Lymphatic System: Part 2

Last week, when we talked about your lymphatic system, we gave you some quick tips about what you can do to keep this vital system thriving. We didn’t get into detail about the “how” or the “why”behind some of these tips yet, because we thought that some of these important techniques deserved their own post.

dry skin brushOne of the most important things you can do to keep your lymphatic system healthy and flowing as it should is MOVE YOUR BODY. Unlike your blood, which is moved through your body by the force exerted by your heart when it beats, the only way lymph fluid can move is if you move your body around.

Any movement helps your lymph, but there are two techniques that are particularly effective: dry brushing and rebounding.

Dry Skin Brushing

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s not only responsible for keeping everything (your bones and muscles) in place, it’s one of the major ways your body detoxes. Dry skin brushing, which involves using a natural bristle brush to brush the surface of the skin, helps stimulate the lymphatic system by breaking down lymph fluids that have thickened due to the accumulation of toxins in the body. When the thickened lymph fluid is broken down, it’s flows through the body more easily, and as a result, it helps produce more white blood cells to help you fight off infection.

How to Do It:

Using long, upward strokes (you always want to brush toward your heart), start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs, brushing one leg at a time. Move from your legs up to your stomach and back and across your chest (avoiding brushing directly on the breast). Brush each arm up toward the underarm area. The whole process takes only 5 to 10 minutes. Because dry skin brushing can stimulate the body, it’s best done first thing in the morning, before you shower/start your day. As the name implies, the skin should be dry during the entire process.

dry skin brushing


Rebounding is a fancy term for jumping on a mini-trampoline. The up and down motion of the jump stimulates all of your internal organs, moves cerebral spinal fluid and the fluid around the eyes, and improves digestion. Rebounding helps move lymph fluid increasing detoxification and can make the white blood cells of your immune system more active. Jumping on a solid surface doesn’t have the same effect, so it’s important to make sure your jumping on a trampoline.

How to Do It:

You can effectively rebound with any mini-trampoline — all you have to do is jump up and down. While rebounding, wear loose comfortable clothes — nothing that’s too tight or restricting. The goal is to allow your body to move and wiggle a bit. The more wiggle, the more effectively the jumping is flushing out your lymphatic system.

As you begin, you may find that you can’t rebound for very long, but work your way up to about 15 to 20 minutes per day. If you need to, you can break up the time into three five-minute sessions throughout the course of the day. Keep a moderate pace — one that makes you breathe a little heavier, but doesn’t make you as out of breath as a run would.

Your Lymphatic System: Part 1


You’re probably familiar with the terms “lymphatic” or “lymph”, but how much do you know about this important, yet under-loved body system? The lymphatic system is arguably one of the most important systems in the body, and yet it doesn’t get much mainstream attention when it comes to maintaining your health. Of course, all body systems are important, but the lymphatic system has three main functions that have an extremely profound effect on how you feel:

  • Makes up a major part of your immune system that helps defend against bacteria, viruses, and any other foreign invaders.
  • Helps your body absorb fats and fat-soluble nutrients.
  • Helps maintain fluid balance.

If your lymphatic system is struggling, it’s impossible for you to feel your best. In this two part series, we’re going to discuss what the lymphatic system is and the best things you can do to keep your lymphatic system healthy.

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system consists of lymph vessels, lymph ducts, and lymph nodes that form a “network” that travels through all of the body’s tissues. The major players in the lymph system are the bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes, thymus glands, and tonsils. Most lymph nodes are found in groupings in the neck, armpit, and groin area, but they’re located all over the body. Lymph nodes help filter blood and lymph fluid to fight infection and disease.

To fight infection, lymph fluid enters the lymph nodes, where specific white blood cells called macrophages fight foreign bodies and take them, as well as debris and any other waste products, out of the blood. After the foreign bodies have been removed, the lymph fluid returns to your veins and then goes back into your bloodstream. If you have an active infection, sometimes this causes your “glands”, which are actually your lymph nodes, to swell up.

The lymphatic system is also responsible for producing antibodies, the proteins that help your immune system attack foreign invaders.

How to Keep the Lymphatic System Healthy

Unlike other body systems, the lymphatic system depends on you to keep it healthy because the only way lymph fluid can properly travel through the body is through your movement. This differs from other systems, like the circulatory system, for example, because the heart will beat and blood will move through your body even if you lie on the couch all day; however, when you’re sedentary, the lymph fluid will start to become stagnant. Also, unlike blood, which flows all over your body in both directions, lymph fluid only moves upward, toward the neck.

When your lymphatic system is unhealthy, it can lead to several conditions, such as enlarged lymph nodes, inflammation of lymph nodes, enlarged spleen, inflamed tonsils, and even cancer; an unhealthy lymph system can also lead to lymphedema, or swelling of the tissues, which is not only uncomfortable, it can interfere with your weight loss goals.

Some of the best things you can do to keep your lymphatic system healthy are eat a clean diet, stay hydrated, incorporate lemon water into your routine, exercise regularly, take beneficial herbs and supplements, and get massages. Dry skin brushing and rebounding are especially beneficial to the lymphatic system. Make sure to check back next week for an in-depth description of these two therapies, as well as supplements that are good for the lymphatic system.

hCG Program: What It’s All About


Our hCG program is one of the most popular programs we offer at Valley Medical Weight Loss. The comprehensive protocol consists of an 800 calorie per day toxin-free diet, as well as daily injections of hCG and bi-weekly lipotropic injections. Because of its rising popularity, the hCG diet has become a buzzword of sorts, but many people still aren’t clear on what hCG is and what the program entails.

What is hCG?

hCG, which stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone naturally-produced by the placenta in pregnant women. hCG almost entirely controls metabolic function of an area of the brain called the hypothalamus throughout the entire pregnancy. Although it is not approved for weight loss by the FDA, the average dieter on the hCG program experiences a weight loss of 0.5 to 3 pounds per day, the elimination of unhealthy toxins and unwanted fat, and a positive change in his/her relationship to food and eating. Many veterans of the hCG program report that they were able to maintain their weight loss and easily follow healthy lifestyle changes once their program was over.

What the Program Entails

While on the hCG diet, you’ll follow a strict 800-calorie diet that’s free of any toxins, like preservatives, sugar, and pesticides. We take the guesswork out of the diet by providing you with a diet plan that you can follow during the entire length of your program. In addition to the clean, calorie-restricted diet, you’ll receive daily hCG injections and Lipo B injections twice per week. You can visit our office for these injections or we can provide you with these injections to take home and administer yourself.

In addition to following the diet plan and getting the injections, it’s important to detoxify the body while following the hCG program. We advise doing a colon cleanse before starting the program and taking a liver cleanse supplement, like Liver-G.I. Detox by Pure Encapsulations, daily during all three phases of the program.

A Look at a Sample hCG Diet Plan

Breakfast  Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar.  You may have as much as you desire.  Only one tablespoon of milk is allowed in 24 hours.  Stevia may be used in place of sugar.*
Lunch 150 grams of the following meat grilled (no oil or fat) weighed raw:

  • Organic grass fed beef or veal
  • Organic chicken breast (Skinless)
  • Wild Chilean sea bass
  • Flounder
  • Halibut
  • Cod
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Shrimp

1 large handful of vegetables (only to be chosen from the following) can be eaten raw, steamed, or grilled (without oil) or gently boiled:

  • Spinach or Chard or Beet Greens
  • Lettuces of any kind (including cabbage)
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Onions
  • Red radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Asparagus

1 bread stick (Grissino) or 1 Melba toast
1 medium apple, small handful of strawberries, or 1 grapefruit**

Dinner  The same four choices as lunch (Above)DO NOT make lunch and dinner exactly the same in the same day.
   *Fresh herbs, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids may be used to taste.  Patients must drink 64 ounces of water (not tap) daily.  Drinking green or oolong tea is also recommended.**Organic only.  The juice of one lemon is allowed each day.

Pricing Breakdown

  • $100/week
  • $300/month
  • $400/6 weeks

Possible Side Effects

Like any medications and injections, hCG does carry some risk for side effects. Possible side effects include nausea, fatigue, hair loss, dry hair, acne and sudden mood swings. Some people may also notice a rash show up shortly after starting their HCG treatment. Some females have experienced changes in their menstrual cycle while taking HCG. These irregularities are resolved with the completion of the program. The most common side effect for males could be enlarged prostate and enlarged outlining of the breasts which likely occurs due to the estrogen levels which occur from HCG being in the body. You should not do the hCG program if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Disclaimer: HCG is a drug which has not been approved by the food and drug administration as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control. There is no substantial evidence that HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets.

Product of the Month! Lipotropic Complex by Integrative Therapeutics

It’s OCTOBER! Fall is officially in the air and Halloween candy is EVERYWHERE. Since temptation is lurking behind every corner, we wanted to include a powerful fat-burning supplement in our monthly special that will help keep you on track, even if you veer off course a little bit. With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale
Product of the Month

This month our product of the month is Lipotropic Complex by Integrative Therapeutics!


Most environmental toxins and hormones are fat-soluble, which means that they’re stored in your fat cells. All of these toxins are filtered through the liver, and since the liver is largely made up of fat, a large majority become stored in the liver with nowhere to go. As you’re losing weight, or when you’re doing a cleanse or a detox, the liver often needs additional nutritional support to properly move these toxins from the body. Lipotropic Complex provides this extra support for the liver, which translates to a host of benefits for you, including:

  • A boost in weight loss*
  • A reduction in inflammation (which can decrease pain)*
  • Improved carbohydrate metabolism*
  • Lowered cholesterol levels and decreased accumulation of fat in the liver, heart, arteries, and brain*
  • Improved mood*
  • Regulated appetite*
  • Increased energy*

Lipotropic complex can also help regulate liver function, aid in the treatment of depression, and support healthy growth and metabolism.* It’s loaded with beneficial active ingredients, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium, choline, black radish, dandelion, beet root extract, and ox bile extract, and inositol. These active ingredients work together to make Lipotropic Complex one of the most potent and effective liver-flushing supplements available.

If you have any questions about Lipotropic Complex or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY! You can also try Lipotropic Complex on its own by ordering here.

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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