Keep Your Lymph Flowing Smoothly and Properly
By Kat Gal
I knew that the lymphatic system was very important. I even practiced habits to support it. It wasn’t until my grandmother was diagnosed with lymphoma (a group of blood cell tumors that develop from lymphatic cells) that I really began to pay close attention to how I was treating this crucial system within my body. Her illness was a wake-up call for me and eventually, it took her life.
What is the lymphatic system?
Your lymphatic system is made up of your glands, lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland and tonsils. It is a very important system in our body because it carries the cellular manure – toxins from drugs, pollutants, food additives, pesticides and all other sources – away from the tissue to the blood, where it can be filtered and detoxed by the liver and the kidneys.
A sluggish lymphatic system can cause excess weight, cellulite, arthritis, various pain disorders, headaches, injuries and even cancer. If you are struggling with any of these issues, your lymph system likely plays a role.
Even if you are not having any visible issues right now, there are countless benefits to getting your lymph system flowing, including improved detoxification and more energy.
Here are 6 proven ways to boost your lymphatic system for amazing health.
1. Drink adequate amounts of water – Without water, your lymph fluid cannot flow properly, therefore it is crucial to make sure you’re consuming enough each day. Though it can depend on the individual, a good rule of thumb is to aim for ½ your bodyweight in ounces daily, more if you’re active to replenish what’s lost in your sweat session. As a bonus, add some lemon juice to your morning glass to create an alkaline environment within your body, as well as rev up your metabolism and help in detoxification.
2. Eat more raw fruit and green vegetables – Green vegetables are full of chlorophyll, which helps to purify the lymph system and the blood. Fruit is full of enzymes and is a powerful lymph cleanser. Because fruit is digested very quickly (within 30 minutes), it is to best to eat it them on an empty stomach. Eating fruit on an empty stomach is not only best for your digestion, it also maximizes your lymph cleansing abilities.
3. Move your body – Exercise guarantees that the lymphs system flows correctly. Rebounding is an excellent way to quickly and dramatically improve your lymph flow. It is not only a great aerobic exercise, it is fun too! You will feel like a kid again. Running, walking, biking, yoga and other forms of exercise work great as well.
4. Breathe – Even though our bodies have about three times more lymph fluid than blood, there isn’t a single organ to pump this fluid. Our body relies on deep breathing and movement to help our lymphatic system do its job efficiently. Deep breathing helps transport toxins into the blood before being detoxified by the liver and bonus, it’s also very relaxing.
5. Dry skin brushing – This is wonderful for your lymphatic system. Brush your skin in circular motions starting at the feet moving upwards towards your heart, as this is the direction your lymph flows. Doing this before you get into the shower is a great idea.
6. Get a massage – A gentle massage can help a lousy lymph flow get back into proper circulation. Lymph drainage massage is a special form of massage specifically targeting your lymphatic flow. However, any kind of gentle massage – including self-massage – has excellent stimulating effects. Too much pressure, however, though good for your aching muscles, doesn’t do much for your lymphatic system.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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