Your body has an elegant system in place for removing and disposing of waste products. It is called the lymphatic system or the lymph system for short. The components of the lymphatic system are:
- Thymus Gland
- Lymph Nodes
- Airborne Pollutants
- Prescription Drugs
- Cigarette Toxins
- Food Additives
- Illicit Drugs
Unfortunately, the vast majority of people in modern society suffer from a sluggish lymphatic system.
If you are experiencing chronic illnesses, conditions and/or pain, it may be a sign that your lymphatic system is in need of detoxification.
In this article, we will share some smart and easy ways to help you get your lymphatic system in tip top shape! Read on to learn more.
Why Does The Lymphatic System Need Help?
In addition to cleaning up waste products and carrying them away from your tissues in the bloodstream.
The lymphatic system is also responsible for carrying your immune cells throughout your body to fight off mold, bacteria and other pathogens that could lead to infection.
It’s easy to see that keeping your lymphatic system strong is important to great overall health.
Unfortunately, unlike your bloodstream there is no pump for your lymphatic system.
For this reason, an excess of toxic debris can cause this delicate and complex system to shut down and become stagnant.
When this happens, you may find yourself suffering from a vast array of maladies including:
- Upper Respiratory Problems
- Cellulite Development
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Sinus Infections
- Swollen Glands
- Frequent Colds
- Swollen Ankles
- Fluid Retention
- Fatty Deposits
- Ear Infections
- Chronic Pain
.. and many other problems associated with a weak immune system.
Luckily, there’s lots you can do to keep your lymph system pumping.
#1 – Eat A Lymph Stimulating Diet!
Raw foods are essential to a lymph stimulating diet as they contain very high levels of natural enzymes.
These are essential for breaking down toxic buildup and promoting the removal of harmful substances from your body.
That’s why it’s so important to eat a diet that consists of at least half raw fruits and veggies. A good percentage of your veggies should be green and leafy vegetables so that you’ll get plenty of chlorophyll.
This is an excellent purifier for your lymph and for your blood. To make the most of the enzymes in raw fruits and veggies, be sure to start your meal with them.
This is good for digestion and helps your body get the most benefit from the enzymes.
Omega-3 fatty acids also help stimulate your lymphatic system, include raw seeds and nuts in your diet, such as:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Brazil Nuts
These are also an excellent source of protein. Adding flaxseed oil, fish oil and/or extra virgin olive oil to your diet will also provide healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.
#2 – Staying Well Hydrated Is A Great Way To Detoxify!
Plenty of pure clean water is essential to all life. Lymph system consists of approximately 95% water, so if you are dehydrated, your lymph fluid simply cannot flow correctly.
Pure, filtered water will re-hydrate your body naturally. It’s important to keep a stainless steel canteen or water bottle with you at all times. Fill it with pure, filtered tap water.
This is easy and affordable when you purchase an inexpensive carbon activated water pitcher. This ensures you always have plenty of clean, high quality water to enjoy at a startlingly inexpensive cost.
Add a squeeze of lemon to your water to improve its efficiency at re-hydrating your body.
Try adding herbal tea to your menu of beverages.
There are many delicious herbs that can help detoxify your system and add spice to your life! Among them are:
- Wild Indigo Root
- Polk Root
- Red Clover
- Goose Grass
..and many more!
Be sure to completely eliminate beverages that are full of chemicals, sugar, toxins, artificial flavors and colors and so on.
Simply leaving them out of your diet helps support your lymphatic system as you eliminate toxins before they are ever introduced to your system.
When you make pure water and water-based natural drinks your sole source of hydration, your whole being will benefit!
#3 – Regular Daily Exercise Stimulates The Lymph System!
The top recommended exercise for stimulating your lymph system is rebounding. In case you’re unfamiliar with this, it is simply jumping up and down on a trampoline!
You can get a mini-tramp inexpensively and enjoy this extremely beneficial form of exercise while watching TV. It’s also very helpful for building bone density and maintaining and developing a good sense of balance.
Inversion (being upside down) is also very good for stimulating the lymphatic system. To accomplish this, you could use an inversion table.
This special padded table supports you in hanging upside down by your feet. This is more enjoyable than it sounds, and it provides many benefits including:
- Decompression of your joints
- Re-hydration of your spinal discs
- Oxygenation of your tissues
- Muscle relaxation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
You can also enjoy inversion by practicing yoga. A number of yogic postures including shoulder stands, head-stands and handstands can give you many of the benefits of using an inversion table.
Even the very simple posture called “legs up the wall” which consists of lying on your back with your legs straight up the wall can be very beneficial to your lymphatic system.
Postures that include twisting your back and abdomen really help stimulate your lymph system.
In addition to the exercise benefits, yogic breathing is also extremely helpful for lymph stimulation.
Both the oxygenation of the blood and the deep muscle relaxation that comes with a combination of focused exercise and breathing help lymph flow freely through your body.
#4 – Pamper Yourself To Perk Up Your Lymphatic System!
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Tight, constricting clothing can interfere with lymphatic flow.
This is especially true of instruments of torture such as under-wire bras. There is a large cluster of lymph nodes in the region of the upper chest and the underarms.
These lymph nodes help prevent a buildup of toxins in the upper chest area, the arms and the breasts.
Very tight bras (especially those with restrictive under-wires) constrict lymph flow and prevent proper drainage of toxins.
Researchers have even postulated that habitual wearing of this type of garment can cause damage to the lymphatic system and lead to problems such as swollen lymph nodes, fibrocystic breast tissue and even breast cancer.
One excellent way to pamper yourself and feel great is to take up the habit of dry brushing your skin.
To do this, select a natural bristle brush that feels stimulating, yet comfortable to your skin.
Brush yourself all over before showering! Start at your fingertips and brush up your arms toward your heart. Repeat the process from your toes, up your legs and over your stomach and body.
Always brush toward the heart as this is the natural direction for lymphatic flow. Dry brushing leaves you feel tingly and alive! It helps exfoliate your skin and stimulates good blood circulation.
Once in the shower, try alternating the temperature. Begin with a hot shower and then gradually turn the temperature down to finish up with a cold shower. This is extremely stimulating and will leave you filled with energy and raring to go!
A Word Of Caution:
DO NOT do this if you are pregnant, have a heart condition or blood pressure problems.
Treat yourself to gentle massage for excellent lymphatic system stimulation. Getting a gentle massage can increase lymphatic circulation by almost 80%.
The massage dislodges trapped toxins and sends them on their not-so-merry way! Be advised that deeper massage does not work as well for this purpose as gentle massage.
Additionally, there is a specific type of massage called “lymphatic massage” that is intended just for this purpose.
Your Health Is In Your Hands
Your immune system is the center of your health or lack thereof.
Keeping your lymphatic system well stimulated and working properly is crucial to your overall good health.
Luckily, the steps necessary to achieve this are easy, enjoyable and entirely in your control!