What little you may have heard about the lymphatic system is that it is comparable to drains. When there is a clog in any of the pipes at home, you may experience an odor from the sink basin.
This is where a buildup of particles such as hair and food become a breeding ground for bacteria. You regularly maintain your pipes to avoid a clog, but you should be paying far greater attention to your lymphatic system in doing the same.
A clog in your lymphatic “drains” can lead to the accumulation of toxins which the body initially tries to remove. Perhaps your symptoms of body rigidity, headaches, bloating, skin concerns, and cold extremities are a result of a sluggish lymphatic system that needs improving.
The lymphatic system consists of lymph nodes, glands, spleen, tonsils, and thymus gland. It is part of the circulatory and immune system. The functions of the lymph include:
- Removing interstitial fluid from tissues
- Absorbing and transporting fatty acids and fats from the digestive system
- Transporting white blood cells from the lymph nodes into the bones
- Transporting antigen-presenting cells to the lymph nodes.
There are many reasons for the improper function of the lymphatic system as nutrient deficiencies, high intake of processed foods, and lack of activity. These are the symptoms which suggest that you need to clean your lymphatic system:
- Digestive disorders
- Frequent headaches
- Sinus infections
- Excess weight
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin conditions
- Unexplained injuries
In order to create flow, the lymphatic system needs the body’s breathing, movement, muscle action, and intestinal activity, because it doesn’t have its own active pumping system. We present you ten ways which will help you to create flow in the lymphatic system, needed for the removal of body toxins.
The first thing that the healthy lymphatic system requires is a regular exercising. Start with some easier exercises, and every day try to increase their level of intensity. Rebounding on a small trampoline is one of the best exercises for the lymphatic system.
- Alternative treatments
One of the easiest ways for detoxification of the lymphatic system is a lymphatic drainage massage. It can boost the lymph circulation, and drain away the fluids, fat, and toxins from the cells. Another treatment which will help in the stimulation of the lymph flow and in the removal of the body toxins is acupuncture.
- Hot and cold showers
The blood vessels will be dilated by the hot water, while the cold water will shrivel them. The fluids that were staying in the body for a longer period of time will be forced out by this “pump” action. Pregnant women and people suffering from the cardiovascular disease should not do this therapy.
- Use dry brushing
Brush the dry skin, by making a circular movement with a brush, for 10 minutes. Then, you can take a shower. For better effects, combine the dry brushing with hot and cold shower.
- Drink clean water
It is recommended to consume water half of the body weight in ounces on a daily basis (160lbs=80 ounces of water). Also, you need to consume a few glasses of lemon water.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes
Wearing tight clothes can be harmful for the proper circulation in the lymphatic system as they cause blockages in the lymph system, resulting in accumulation of toxins.
- Breathe deeply
There are 3 times more lymph fluid in our body than blood and no organ for pumping it. You can do a pumping action which requires deep breathing. It will help the lymphatic system in the transportation of the toxins into the blood before the liver detoxifies them.
- Eat foods that promote lymph flow
You can contribute to the health of the lymphatic system by eating raw foods and foods full of nutrients:
- Low sugar fruits
- Ground flaxseed
- Leafy green vegetables
- Brazil nuts
- Avoid foods that cause blockages to the lymphatic system
Avoid these foods in order to improve the health of your lymphatic system:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Conventional dairy
- Processed foods
- Conventionally raised meat
- Table salt
- Take herbs that stimulate lymph flow
Prepare teas with these herbs in order to improve the health of lymph:
- Wild indigo root