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:
– brain fog
– 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!