Understanding Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system helps keep the body healthy by eliminating infections and diseases.

Do you know what the lymphatic system is?

Lymphatic System

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It’s a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.

There are hundreds of lymph nodes in the human body. They’re located deep inside the body, such as around the lungs and heart, or closer to the surface, such as under the arm or groin.

Because the lymphatic system rids our body of toxins and waste materials, it’s very important to keep your lymph nodes from clogging up because, if they do become clogged, they become clogged with toxins and waste materials – and believe me, that’s as bad as it sounds, if not worse!

Unlike our circulatory system, where the blood is pumped around our body by the heart, our lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. This means that it can clog fairly quickly if we don’t do something about it.

So. What can we do to keep our lymphatic system flowing and ensure that the lymph nodes don’t become clogged?

Get Moving

Exercise ensures that the lymphatic system flows properly. The best kind of exercise for this is rebounding on a mini trampoline, which can dramatically improve lymph flow, but stretching and aerobic exercise also works well.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking WaterWithout adequate water, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by your cells, add some fresh lemon juice. This does have the added benefit of making it taste better.

Forget the soda, trash the neon-coloured sports drinks, and drop the fruit “juices” that are more sugar than fruit. These sugar, colour and preservative laden beverages add to the already overburdened workload that your lymphatic system must handle.

Eat Raw, Unsalted Nuts and Seeds

These will power up your lymphatic system with adequate fatty acids.

Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Eat More Raw Fruit on an Empty Stomach

Fruits-and-Vegetables 2The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers.

Eat them on an empty stomach for best digestion and maximum lymph-cleansing benefits.

Most fruits are digested within 30 minutes or so and quickly help you feel better.

Dry Skin Brush Before Showering

This is something I do on a regular basis with a natural bristle brush and I suggest that you do the same.

Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same direction as your lymph flows. That is, toward the heart.

Alternate Hot and Cold Showers

You should do this for several minutes by turning the controls on your shower but always finish on cold, so the body can warm up again naturally.

The heat dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract.

Avoid this type of therapy if you have a heart or blood pressure condition or if you are pregnant.

Get a Gentle Massage

Remedial MassageStudies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It’s a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body.

Whatever type of massage you choose, make sure it is gentle. Too much pressure may feel good on the muscles, but it doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.

There are countless benefits to be gained by getting your lymphatic system moving more efficiently. These include; more energy, a reduction in any pain you’re currently experiencing and improved detoxification.

Valerie
Bringing healing, health and harmony in to your world

Lymphatic System Image courtesy of Blausen.com staff. “Blausen gallery 2014“. Wikiversity Journal of Medicine. DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 20018762. Own work

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