A peak functioning Lymphatic System is key to health and vitality.
Your lymphatic system is your body’s built-in sanitation center, the plumbing that carries away and filters out poisonous waste products from every cell, tissue and organ. It absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive tract and delivers them to the cells of the body. It is also an essential part of the immune system that maintains fluid levels, fights infection and produces disease fighting white blood cells. The lymph is the take away garbage collector and is the largest circulatory system in the body. But the lymphatic system needs your help to move the fluid through the body because it doesn’t have an automatic pump like the heart which moves the blood in the circulatory system.
What Backs Up the Lymph?
- Lack of movement
- Chronic Digestive Imbalance
- Processed Foods
- Chemical Exposure
How to Detox the Lymphatic System
- Take a few minutes for deep breathing. The movement from the act of breathing is a lymphatic pump in itself. Deep, slow diaphragmatic breathing for even 5 to 10 repetitions (or up to 10 minutes a day.)
- Hydrate daily with water. Lymph becomes thicker and less mobile when you are dehydrated (pure water.)
- Dry brush your skin. Dry brushing promotes drainage of toxic waste.
- Alternate hot and cold in your shower. This is a type of hydrotherapy to move stagnant lymphatic fluid.
- Move around whenever you can. Too much sitting develops a sluggish lymph system.
- Go for a walk. Walking creates gravitational pull on the lymphatic system each time you take a step.
- Jump on a Rebounder. A rebounder is one of the most efficient ways to reduce lymphatic congestion, stimulate lymph flow and exercise every cell in the body.
- Bounce on an exercise ball. Start with a short bounce time and build up intensity slowly.
- Stretch or practice yoga daily. Combined with conscious deep breathing can help direct lymph through the deep channels of the chest.
- Get a lymph massage. Reduces swelling, helps detoxify the body and helps speed regeneration of tissues and cells. Backed up lymphatic fluid in the head can contribute to head congestion, stuffiness, feeling of pressure in the head or ears, sinus congestion, vertigo, dizziness, even insomnia.
- Far Infrared Sauna. Their waves penetrate deep into the human body, elevating the body’s surface temperature, activating circulation, sweating and excretion of toxins from the lymph and blood through the skin.
- Wear natural fibres and loose comfortable clothing. The chemicals in synthetic clothing (made from petrochemicals) are absorbed through the skin, taken up by the lymphatic system and added to the body’s burden of toxins.
- Consider your bras and underwear.Bras that leave red marks or indentations from being too tight interferes with lymphatic circulation and may contribute to swollen lymph nodes, fibrocystic breast tissue and breast cancer.
- Cosmetic and Skin Care Products. Avoid products that include synthetic preservatives, fragrances, foaming agents and other harmful synthetic chemicals. Seek out plant-based or food-grade ingredients.
- Eat whole foods, especially healthy fats, fruits and veggies. Junk food, fast foods, unhealthy fats, cause inflammation and create lymphatic system congestion. Chlorophyll purifies the lymph and blood.
- Drink Herbal Teas that affect the lymph. Herbal teas step up lymphatic action such as red clover, astragalus, mullein, golden seal, fenugreek, ginger, wild indigo root, sarsaparilla, and olive leaf tea.
Understanding the lymph is priceless information. It can make the difference in smoother detox process, catching or not catching a cold or having a flu-free winter. Your body will be full of vitality if your lymph is working.
We have a system in which to promote and accelerate Lymphatic drainage, with our Radiance 2000 Machine. We are able to target specific areas of Lymph drainage or perform full body Lymphatic drainage.
Call us for more information or to book an appointment to receive this stimulating treatment.