Are Cell Phones Causing Your Headaches? How to Support Your Brain Lymph with Ayurveda

Recent studies conclude that cell phone use is significantly associated with headaches. This article goes over what you can do about it.

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Are Cell Phones Causing Your Headaches? 

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Occasional headaches are a common complaint, affecting 64% of the population globally.1 New research on RF-EMF (low radiofrequency electromagnetic frequencies) exposure from Wi-Fi and cell phones recommends headache sufferers limit EMF exposure.2 

One study was performed on 114 migraine sufferers, evaluating their cell phone use and Wi-Fi exposure. There was a significant increase in headache episodes and severity correlated with increased daily cell phone use and weekly Wi-Fi exposure. Fixed line phones were not correlated with increased headache frequency.2 

A recent meta-analysis of seven studies on the link between headaches and cell phone use confirms the relationship. There was a 38% increased incidence of headaches in cell phone users compared to non-cell phone users. The risk of headache also increased in those who had longer daily call duration and higher call frequency. The study concludes that cell phone use is significantly associated with headaches.8 

EMF Protection Tips! 

  1. Turn off location services, so your phone is not a satellite receiver. 
  2. Use a blue light night filter 24/7 on phone, tablet, and computer. 
  3. Turn off Wi-Fi at night when not in use. 
  4. Use EMF-blocking ear buds or use speaker phone.  
  5. Get an EMF-blocking phone case
  6. Do not leave your phone in your pocket all day. 

Tulsi Holy Basil May Offer EMF Protection  

Perhaps the most documented mechanism for EMF health-related injury is increased production of ROS (reactive oxygen species). ROS compromises the body’s naturally antioxidant response, accelerating free radical damage at a cellular level, while also damaging our DNA.2-6  

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Tulsi holy basil(Ocimum sanctum), is a well-studied adaptogen shown to support the body’s natural antioxidant activity. Tulsi contains many bioactive antioxidative constituents, including eugenol, usolic acid, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, luteolin, β-sitosterol, and carnosic acid, all of which demonstrated anti-radiation, DNA-protective, anti-stress, antioxidant activity, including protection against lipid peroxidation.7  

Note: LifeSpa’s Tulsi Holy Basil combines the organic whole leaf with a critical extract of the leaf to capture the highly volatile eugenol and usolic acid that provide a significant portion of the bioactive antioxidant, which a tea would not capture. 

We recommend “The Benefits of Tulsi Holy Basil”: https://lifespa.com/the-benefits-of-super-charged-tulsi-holy-basil/

Brain Lymph: Glymphatics 

Earlier studies show exposure to RF-EMF waves influences regional cerebral blood flow and electroencephalographic (EEG) brainwave power.3 Altered brainwave patterns from alpha to beta activity can overstress the nervous system, resulting in compromised cerebral circulation. 

According to Ayurveda, two imbalances can contribute to occasional headache: Muscle tension in the neck and shoulders can cause tight muscles attaching to the base of the skull, causing compromised blood flow and a tension headache.4 Secondly, occasional headaches can be related to poor cerebral circulation and sluggish brain lymphatic (glymphatic) drainage.5,6 

Brain glymphatics are a toxicant clearance system most active during sleep.6 In Ayurveda, this system is called tarpaka kapha, and it governs both the brain’s lymphatic drainage and the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. A properly functioning glymphatic system will move some three pounds of toxins and plaque from the brain each year during sleep.7 

If tarpaka channels become congested, mood can shift, memory can become compromised, the brain can become foggy, and headaches can become more frequent. An imbalance of tarpaka and brain lymphatics can be linked to physical or emotional trauma, cumulative impact of stress or tension, lack of sleep, and digestive weakness. Today, we know cell phone radiation exposure is a causative factor.2-8 

Ayurvedic Approach to Supporting Healthy Brain Lymphatic Flow 

The primary Ayurvedic treatment for healthy brain lymphatic function is naysa, a series of nasal inhalations of herbalized oils. The lion’s share of the brain’s lymphatic system drains into the paranasal sinuses. Ayurveda uses this anatomical relationship to enhance brain lymph circulation. The procedure takes about an hour and can be done at home. 

We recommend “Cleanse Your Sinuses + Emotional Baggage: https://lifespa.com/how-to-clear-your-sinuses-and-emotional-baggage/

6Step Lymph Kit for a Healthy Lymphatic System  

If you want a deeper cleanse for your glymphatic system, consider LifeSpa’s 6-Step Lymph Kit. 

The 6-Step Lymph Kit is designed as a one-to-three-month lymph-scrubbing cleanse. Start with one month, and if you feel lighter and more energetic, consider another one to two months. 

According to Ayurveda, lymph is the first system evaluated for most any health condition. In a toxic world, with digestive strength in decline for most folks, the lymph system (/drainage system) can easily become congested. This concern regularly goes unnoticed and untreated. I have found lymph cleansing can be the missing piece of the healthcare puzzle for many. 

While the Colorado Cleanse and Short Home Cleanse are powerful lymph-cleansing detox programs, this kit more specifically focuses on lymph, in support of more targeted benefits. 

Note: The lymphatic system drains during the day from physical movements, such as exercise, while the subtle brain and central nervous system lymph channels drain at night, during sleep. To provide optimal lymph support, directions include lymph support supplements both first thing in the morning and before bed.11 Limited cell phone and Wi-Fi exposure, exercise, and hydration are also key during the lymph detox period.

Step 1: Manjistha to Support Lymph + Liver 

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Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) is a red root traditionally used to decongest the lymphatic system and liver. It is loaded with antioxidants that boost natural production of glutathione and other liver-shielding agents.9 The lymphatic system is the body’s major detox system and, when exposed to heavy metal toxins, constituent factors of manjistha help reduce lipid peroxidation damage and boost antioxidants, such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase.10 

Directions: Take 2 capsules in the morning and 1 capsule before bed. 

Step 2: Brahmi Brain to Support Brain + Gut

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Brahmi (Centella asiatica) is Ayurveda’s premier herb for brain function and mental clarity.12 Recently, studies find that brahmi (not to be confused with Bacopa monnieri) supports skin health on the inside of the intestinal tract, as well as on the outside of the body.12 Numerous brahmi antioxidant constituents have been found to support microcirculation and lymph flow as well.4 With the new research on lymphatic vessels that drain the brain and central nervous system during sleep, brahmi may be the most effective herb for supporting brain health, cognitive function, and brain lymph drainage.12 

Directions: Take 2 capsules in the morning and 1 capsule before bed. 

Step 3: Neem Plus to Support Skin + Microbiome 

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Neem (Azadirachta indica) is Ayurveda’s classic herb for the body’s inner and outer skin.14 It naturally scrubs the intestines of bad, undesirable microbes, while supporting growth of beneficial bacteria. Intestinal microbial health depends on inner skin health and intestinal lymph drainage. With over 140 compounds, neem supports the health and function of the microbiology, intestinal skin, and lymph flow that drains the intestinal tract.13 

Directions: Take 2 capsules in the morning and 1 capsule before bed. 

Step 4: Lymph-Vein HP to Support Microcirculation 

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Citrus pith is traditionally used in Ayurveda to support circulatory function. New studies find that diosmin, an active ingredient in the white pith (rind) of oranges, effectively supports healthy microcirculation by increasing lymphatic contractions.15 Lymphatic congestion is linked to water retention, bloat, cellulite, sluggish immunity, and other health concerns.15 LifeSpa’s Lymph-Vein HP contains diosmin from the white pith of citrus as a powerful lymphatic decongestive agent. 

Directions: Take 1 capsule twice per day with food at main meals. 

Step 5: Lymph Cleanse to Boost Lymph Scrubbing + Flow 

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Lymph Cleanse combines a host of lymph-cleansing herbs, such as red root, ocotillo, stillingia, astragalus, and ginger, formulated to scrub both the lymph and intestinal tract lining, where the majority of the lymphatic system originates.18-22 

Directions: Take 30 drops in water or juice once a day on an empty stomach. 

Step 6: Lymphatic Massage Oil to Support Mood + Lymph Movement 

Lymphatic Massage Oil is rich in lymphatic herbs that support healthy lymph flow in the skin-associated lymphatic tissue (SALT). Oil massage also feeds natural bacteria on the skin, while calming the vata or sensory nerve endings.16, 17 

Directions: Massage daily with a small amount of oil during a warm shower or bath. Give special attention to areas of lymphatic concentration: head, neck, feet, and abdomen. For external use only. 

What do you do to minimize your EMF and Wi-Fi exposure and protect your lymphatic system? Let us know! 

References

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  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16213120 
  10.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153710/
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  15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8919263
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  17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21568717
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  19. Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West. Museum of New Mexico Press, 1989.
  20. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17666805
  21. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22155389
  22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4220497/