The Lymphatic System – Simple Ways to Better Health

The lymph system has many vital functions in the body involving both immunity and detoxification. Often called “the sanitation system of the body”, the lymph nodes, ducts and fluid are key in ridding the body of toxic and waste material. They also are key components of the immune system. Sluggish lymph drainage creates a variety of common symptoms, including:

– headaches

– brain fog

– sluggishness

– congestion

– constipation

– ear infections

– skin problems such as itching, acne and rashes

Simple Steps Increase Lymphatic Circulation and Drainage

The lymph system does not have a pump of its own. It needs movement to keep it running smoothly. Here’s some things you can do to help it function optimally:

Stay hydrated – Flush with water. Toxins are simply a fact of  life; they permeate our world and are created in many body functions. It’s vital to continually flush your system with water. Drink around 2 quarts of clean water each day. Also drink lemon water (fresh lemon squeezed in water – ½ lemon per quart) twice a day. Drink between 1 cup and 1 quart each time. It’s nature’s cleanse.

Bounce on a rebound trampoline – Gentle bouncing on a rebound trampoline is one of the most effective ways to move the lymph and increase detoxification and waste removal. Gentle up and down bouncing is all it takes. It is very low impact and usually does not even exacerbate existing musculo-skeletal problems.

Sit and bounce on an exercise ball – Sit tall on the ball, feet flat on the floor with your knees at 90 degrees, directly  above the feet. Gently bounce up and down for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times a day. If you work in an office consider replacing your chair with a rebound ball. Consider using one for your home computer or while watching TV.

Move – While you are standing in a line or waiting at a stop light, move your body. Twist, bend and flex to whatever degree you are comfortable with in the particular environment.

Take daily brisk walks – Walking increases both blood and lymph circulation, having many beneficial effects on your body’s ability to cleanse. Move, move, move! Lymph flow is stimulated by large muscle activity.

Dry brush – Most five and dime stores or natural foods stores carry inexpensive lymph brushes or a simple lymph massage glove. The lymph system is located just beneath the skin so light pressure is ideal. An easy way to remember it is to do your dry brush massage – it takes less than 5 minutes – each morning before showering. Google “dry brush massage” for a quick video.

Decrease your toxic load – Remove offending foods and personal care products from your daily life. If you need help determining offending food, personal care products, or supplements and medications, feel free to call for a quick appointment.

Thrive! Feel good!

About Dr. Kristin Killops

Faced with a prolonged and near fatal illness at age 19, Kristin found herself launched into the broad landscape of medicine, from experimental bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy to individualized nutrition and psychic healing. Kristin survived to make medical history and live a normal productive life, including giving birth to four healthy children despite being sterilized from extensive chemotherapy. Her story, featured in Dr. Andrew Weil’s book, Spontaneous Healing, demonstrates the body’s tremendous capacity to heal even in extreme conditions and the miraculous transformations energy healing can have. Kristin became a Naturopathic Doctor in 1985. She later discontinued naturopathic medicine to become an energy healer and trained in Reconnective Healing, BodyTalk, Neuro-Emotional Technique, EFT and counseling. During this time, Kristin also embarked on a deep spiritual journey which led to profound inner transformation and opened the door to more subtle energies and a unique healing gift. When she discovered Quantum Techniques, she knew she had found her calling. It is a highly effective healing modality which seamlessly weaves together the key components to health and all that she is passionate about; energy work, a wholesome lifestyle and emotional framework, removing the toxin load from the body, spirituality and the advancement of consciousness. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon.

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