Getting rid of the toxic matter accumulated in the body is one of the most important aspects about one`s health. The human body consists of many systems, organs, and glands, all of which are supposed to ensure that the toxins leave the body. Unfortunately, many of them are likely to get clogged while some of them may even stop functioning. One the systems that aid the process of removal of toxins, but doesn’t function properly in many people, is the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and a crucial part of the immune system. It consists of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils. The lymph has multiple interrelated functions such as:
- It removes interstitial fluid from tissues.
- The lymph system absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats as chyle from the digestive system.
- The lymphatic system transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones.
- It transports antigen-presenting cells (APCs), such as dendritic cells, to the lymph nodes where an immune response is stimulated.
Unfortunately, the lymphatic system is out of balance in many people due to nutrient deficiencies, high intake of processed foods, and lack of activity. Here are some health concerns which suggest that your lymphatic system requires a serious cleansing:
- Skin conditions
- Digestive disorders
- Frequent headaches
- Sinus infections
- Unexplained injuries
- Excess weight
- Chronic fatigue
The lymphatic system doesn’t have its own active pumping system and it needs the body’s movement, breathing, intestinal activity, and muscle action to create flow. That’s why we will present you 10 ways that can help create flow in your lymphatic system necessary to remove toxins from the body.
Regular exercising is key for a healthy lymphatic system. At the beginning, start with less vigorous training sessions, and try to slowly incorporate more intense exercises to your daily training. The most stimulating exercise for the lymphatic system is the rebounding on a small trampoline.
- Alternative treatments
A lymphatic drainage massage is one of the easiest ways to detoxify the lymphatic system. A skilled massage therapist can stimulate circulation in the lymph, and drain fat, fluids, and toxins away from your cells for proper elimination. Acupuncture is another effective treatment that will help you stimulate lymph flow and help remove toxins from the body. An infrared sauna is also a great and easy option. The sweat excreted through your skin eases the toxic burden on your lymphatic system, which allows it to work better.
- Hot and cold showers
The hot water helps dilate the blood vessels, and the cold water shrivels them. This creates a “pump” action that forces out the fluid that has stayed in the body more time. This therapy is not recommended for pregnant women and those who suffer from cardiovascular disease.
- Use dry brushing
Brush your dry skin in a circular motion for 10 minutes by using a natural bristle brush, and then take a shower. You can combine dry brushing with hot and cold shower for better effects.
- Drink Clean Water
It is advisable to drink up to half your body weight in ounces of water per day. (For example 160 lbs. = 80 ounces of water). You should also drink a few glasses of lemon water as well.
- Avoid Wearing Tight Clothes
You can reduce the proper circulation in the lymphatic system by wearing tight clothes. Tight clothing can cause blockages in the lymph system, which can lead to accumulation of toxins.
- Breathe deeply
Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, but there is no organ to pump it. The pumping action of deep breathing will help the lymphatic system to transport the toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by the liver.
- Eat foods that promote lymph flow
Eating raw and nutrient rich foods diet promotes a healthy lymphatic system. Some of the cleansing foods for the lymph system are:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Low sugar fruits
- Ground flaxseed
- Brazil nuts
- Avoid foods that cause blockages to the lymphatic system
Improve your lymphatic health by avoiding the following foods:
- Processed foods
- Conventionally raised meat
- Artificial sweeteners
- Conventional dairy
- Table salt10. Take herbs that stimulate lymph flow
There are many herbs that can be very helpful for the lymphatic system. Use the following herbs to prepare teas that promote lymph health:
- Wild indigo root