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The lymphatic system contains twice as much liquid as the blood vessels, it lacks a pump, such as the heart, to carry waste from the lymph glands out of the body. Because there is no pump, if we are not regularly cleansing the body to release these toxins, our body begins to slow down, resulting in a weakened immune system, inflammation and often times, illness and disease. Because of this, it depends on muscle contraction and manual manipulation to move fluid. Pretty crazy, right?
I am a huge advocate for colon-hydrotherapy (colonics) and coffee enemas – I do these regularly. But sometimes getting those toxins moving and flushing them out can be an uncomfortable experience. Think about it – we have YEARS of built-up toxins just sitting in our body. It’s like letting the animals out of the zoo and into the wild!
But toxins aren’t fun and they cause imbalance to our system. Because of the extreme amount of toxins being flushed at once, cleansing can have a short-term flu-like effect, with an achy body and nausea. But trust me when I say – it’s very short-term (if at all) and it’s absolutely worth it to clean out your pipes and get things moving properly, keeping your body healthy.
Interesting (and important) Facts To Know About Your Lymphatic System
Our cells duplicate every 90 days – that means, if you have “sick” cells, they will continue to duplicate “sick” cells unless you cleanse and detox your body regularly.
There are 600 to 700 lymph nodes – in the human body that filter the lymph before it returns to the circulatory system.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that primarily consists of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic comes from the Latin word lymphaticus, meaning “connected to water,” as lymph is clear.
The lymphatic system, which is a subset of the circulatory system, has a number of functions, including the removal of interstitial fluid, the extracellular fluid that bathes most tissue. It also acts as a highway, transporting white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones and antigen-presenting cells to the lymph nodes.
There are two drainage areas that make up the lymphatic system. The right drainage area handles the right arm and chest. The left drainage area clears all of the other areas of the body, including both legs, the lower trunk, the upper left portion of the chest and the left arm.
Your lymphatic system supports every other system in the body –
Much of the lymph tissue is associated with the gut – often known by the acronym: GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue). Lymphatic tissue is where much of your immunity starts and because the digestive tract is a main path of entry for offensive substances (bacteria, allergens, heavy metals, molds, fungi, chemicals, trans fats), your main lines of defense are in the gut.
Constipation, diarrhea and other GI issues compromise the lymphatic system’s ability to do its job. If your digestive tract is compromised due to food sensitivities, parasites, illness, antibiotics or stress, the flow of lymph and chyle will be diminished. Unfortunately, this can cause further problems, such as toxicity, making your original GI concerns worse. It is thought to possibly play a part in the appearance of cellulite too.
One of the major functions of your lymphatic system is the transportation of fatty acids from the digestive system. Your digestive system breaks down large molecules from macronutrients – protein, carbs and fat – into smaller nutrients, making them easier to digest and absorb. While most of these nutrients find their way directly into the bloodstream, most fatty acids (which are the building blocks of fats) are actually absorbed by your lymphatic system.
Natural body detoxification has been practiced as far back as the Native Americans. And the use of sweat lodges and the Indian Ayurveda practice goes back even further. Supporting your body’s natural ability to detox effectively every day not only helps maintain wellness, but it also helps prevent illness later in life. Cleansing the lymphatic system is recognized by doctors in Europe and the Far East for its importance in preventive health care. We’re a little behind here in America, but hopefully, by continuing to bring information to the world, we can create further awareness of the benefits.
So as you can see, keeping your lymphatic system healthy is really important for many reasons.
Here are 11 ways YOU can support your lymphatic system on a regular basis.
If you are like most people in America – you could be waking up and having a cup of coffee or some other stimulant that damages your endocrine system and inhibits your fat burning potential. Caffeine raises your cortisol levels – which can cause you to store fat, age prematurely, give you wrinkles and much more. I’m sure you wouldn’t like to have those aging lines in your face.
So what do we have to prevent that? What do we have as an alternative to boost our energy up and alkalize our body healthily?
Exercise and infrared saunas are great options! If you’re new to exercise, that’s okay! Start with where you’re at. Try walking for 10-20 minutes each day and increase time and intensity as you get more comfortable.
Many holistic centers are now offering infrared sauna sessions in their clinics. Find one near you and give it a try! I have one at home, which I use regularly. It helps me relax and detoxify. I am a huge fan!
Any stuckness you have going on within your emotional state permeates into other areas of your life AND your body.
It’s time to dig in and allow yourself permission to release what is not serving your highest self.
7. Breathe deeply
Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, yet no organ to pump it. Your lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver. So breathe in that sweet smell of healing oxygen. Breathe out toxins.
Keep things moving efficiently by consuming ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day, more if you’re active.
Dehydration is a common issue – often undetected – causing premature aging, constipation, fatigue and foggy thinking.
Water is necessary to flush out toxins each day and keep you feeling energized.
Epsom salt baths are also a great tool for detoxification! 🙂
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