Drainage and detox are not the same thing, yet they are often thought of as synonymous.
Drainage is a multi-organ dependent process of ALLOWING the release of substances such as waste and toxins. While detox is the actual process of removing them.
Drainage can be thought of as pre-tox. Phase 1.
What happens when we detox without proper drainage? A lot of toxin reabsorption ➜ leading to unnecessary Herxheimer Reaction aka a healing crisis, as well as lowered immunity, hormone imbalance, fatigue, aches/pains, dental issues, digestive concerns, emotional/mood ups and downs to name a few. Furthermore, you are more susceptible to all the concerns that come from having a heavy toxin load.
Here are the drainage pathways and channels of elimination …
+The Glymphatic System (the brain “lymph”)
+The Lymphatic System
+The Liver (and gb)
This is a very critical operating system for your body.
If you have blockage, flow issues and stagnancy in one system, we see a cascading effect in others.
When we sleep, we brain drain in the most literal sense, our brain squeezes and releases, moving glymphatic fluid around cerebral centers where it picks up amyloid protein, pathogens and quells inflammation.
This glymphatic fluid drains downward into the lymphatic system through lymph vessels in the head and neck. Along with its associated vessels and nodes , lymph fluid circulates critical immune cells and toxins —to be delivered to the liver.
The liver is our number 1 detoxification organ! It pushes over 70% of toxins into our bile which it stores in the gallbladder. Because bile production is very costly, requiring lots of energy, bile is often reabsorbed, as well as the bi-products it contains. The liver additionally drains into the colon and kidney.
The kidney process waste through their nephrons and maintain hydration of the colon.
The lymphatic system collects excess fluid that drains from cells and tissue throughout the body and returns it to the bloodstream, which is then recirculated through the body.
The colon is the final removal site for this extensive process of waste removal.
Have you ever heard of the importance of drainage?