The lymphatic system is the body’s filter that is conducive to its ability to compensate or regulate.
Like your car’s oil filter, if it hasn’t been changed or cleaned recently ~ it will get clogged, lessening the efficiency of potentially every system in the body.
It is no easy job to keep our lymphatic filter clean these days; toxins are everywhere, in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the products we use. We need to be assisting our body to drain waste and toxins efficiently and totally, getting our drainage system to work competently.
The lymphatic fluid is located in the fascia – this is the skin under the skin. Fascia tissue is also known as secondary nervous system tissue. It is understood to hold the emotions and traumas of the body. Physical scarring, injuries, or any stagnancy in the body damages the fascia.
The lymph system is known as the ‘trash dump‘ of the body. Despite being the most abundant fluid within the body, the lymphatic fluid does not have a singular pump (whereas the cardiovascular system has the heart.) Consequently, only when the fascia moves is the lymphatic fluid pumped by every muscle in the body. As it travels around the organs, muscles, nerves, nodes and blood vessels, the fluid collects cellular waste and toxins that necessitate elimination from the body. The body eliminates waste through the bowels, urine, breath, blood (menstruating women) and sweat.
When we are moving, our body will expand and contract. Our muscles will pump lymphatic fluid throughout the fascia, collecting cellular waste and toxins, allowing for proper elimination through stools, urine, breathe, sweat and blood. Therefore, the body must move to stay healthy.
Whilst this may sound very simplistic, if your lymph system isn’t functioning optimally, you’re going to be inflamed. Moreso, your body is going to have trouble eliminating impurities from your body.
Signs of a congested lymphatic system;
Nutrition ~ Consume a low carbohydrate, Mediterranean style diet aiming to reduce inflammation. Include whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and extra virgin olive oil. Foods to avoid include; processed products, sugar, dairy and gluten, as they are all pro-inflammatory.
Sleep ~ In our fast-paced and bustling lives, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep are two of the most prevalent health concerns affects humans of all ages. Good rest and adequate sleep are vital for good health. Whilst we are sleeping, the body can truly relax, restore and regenerate, in a way that is not possible while we are awake.
Research shows that sleep is one of the best ways to reduce systemic inflammation, a key driver of many health issues.
Stress ~ To have a healthy, well functioning lymphatic system; we need to be healthful in ourselves. Excessive stress not only compromises the lymphatic system but can also weaken our immune system.
Lifestyle ~ The significant value and importance of daily movement can not be stated strongly enough, especially for the lymphatic system. Exercise and increased movement help lymph fluid move through the lymphatic system. Regular, daily exercise with both aerobic and anaerobic physical activity is very beneficial.
Hydration ~ Consuming adequate filtered water every day is crucial for the cleansing function of the kidneys. Dehydration can be one of the causes of congestion. We need to aim for a minimum of 2l – 3l of filtered water daily.
Stimulating lymph flow ~ A lymphatic massage will get your lymph moving, to DETOX!
A lymphatic massage is a unique form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Unlike the soft-touch method, we use a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate the lymph, encouraging its direction from the heart to drain fluid and waste.
Studies have shown that lymphatic massage pushes up to 78 per cent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. This mobilises toxins for clearance, lessening the burden on the lymphatic system.
If your lymphatic system is not functioning correctly, fluid and wastes can build up in your tissues. Causing fluid retention, stagnation of toxins, and preventing delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
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