When was the last time you have given some thought to your lymphatic system? I know, funny, right?!
It sounds odd to say this, but I developed a slight obsession with the lymphatic system years ago after learning how important it is to our health. If you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering exactly what your “lymphatic” system really is anyway.
What Is The Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is a vital part of your immune system. It could almost be called your bodies own personal sanitation department. It is responsible for picking up debris from our cells, and filtering out the bad guys. Lymph also contains infection-fighting white blood cells, which means it also supports your immune system in a big way.
Sometimes our lymphatic system can get clogged. When this happens, toxins can build up and our immune system can then become compromised. This build-up can cause symptoms and ultimately
How To Keep It Flowing
Luckily, there are simple and very effective steps that you can take to keep your lymph flowing.
The first step is to simply make sure you are moving your body daily. Any exercise is beneficial, but there are certain moves that are particularly beneficial for this specific purpose.
We all know by now that the benefits of yoga are endless, and supporting lymph drainage is no exception. One of my favorites poses to help support this is Legs Up The Wall. You can watch a short video on how to do this here (because I could never explain this in words, hehe)! If you’ve never done this pose, try it! It is so relaxing! And don’t worry…if you aren’t a fan of this pose, there are
Another great way to get the juices flowing is by rebounding (aka jumping on a mini trampoline). Buy one of these for your home and hop on for 20 minutes a day. You will also be building muscle, burning calories, and relieving stress. It sounds too simple, right? Well, it is!
Dry brushing is so therapeutic and is extremely beneficial for our lymph. It’s an easy and effective way to help give our natural detox process a boost. It’s inexpensive, simple to do, and can be done in five minutes or less.
So what is dry brushing? Quite simply, it’s exactly what it sounds like- before a shower, take a soft natural-bristled brush and brush the dead skin off (kinda gross, I know). Begin by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions toward your heart. Brush several times in each spot, overlapping as you go. Doing this every day will jump start your lymphatic system, which in turn, helps to remove toxins from the body.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking lots of water is never a bad idea. In fact, proper hydration is a must for all around good health. Keeping yourself well hydrated supports the body’s natural detoxification pathways and can help reduce the load on the lymphatic system.
If you are eating a diet high in packaged and processed foods, then you are adding to the toxic load on the body. Instead, try switching to a more whole foods approach. Slowly incorporate more veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds into your diet. Dark leafy greens and nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, can actually help promote the flow of lymph. Also, stick to organic where you can. This will limit the toxic load from your foods even further.
Taking steps to support the detoxification of our bodies will help to avoid chronic illness, increase our energy and help give us a boost on the path to better health and wellness.