One of the most important things about people’s health is removing the toxins from their body. Our body has a lot of organs and systems (the lymphatic system being one of them) and one of their functions is to ensure that all of the toxins which we consume throughout the day leave the body.
Unfortunately, if one of the systems or organs does not work properly the whole body suffers. And in most of the cases it is the lymphatic system which is clogged and disables the proper functioning of the body’s defense mechanisms.
As a part of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system plays a main role in flushing out the toxins from our body. It is also a crucial part of the immune system. It consists of glands, spleen, thymus gland, tonsils and lymph nodes. The lymph has a lot of interrelated functions, and some of them are:
- Managing the fluid levels in the body
- Removing interstitial fluid from tissues
- Filtering out bacteria
- Absorbing and transporting fatty acids and fats from the digestive system
- Transporting white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones
- Transporting antigen-presenting cells (APCs) to the lymph nodes where an immune response is stimulated
However, due to high intake of processed food, nutrient deficiencies and lack of activity the lymphatic system is out of balance. More and more people suffer from clogged lymphatic system nowadays. Having some of the following symptoms is a signpost that your lymphatic system needs a serious cleansing:
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Sinus infections
- Skin conditions
- Unexplained injuries
- Digestive disorders
- Excess weight
Unlike the circulatory system, let’s say, the lymphatic system does not have its own active pumping system. Therefore, it needs the body’s movement, breathing, intestinal activity, and muscle action to create flow which is necessary to rid our body of toxins. If we are not active these toxins manifest into an illness. So, we present you some of the most effective ways to create the needed flow and eliminate the toxins from your body.
- HOT AND COLD SHOWERS
The hot water helps dilate the blood vessels, and the cold water contracts them. This creates the “pump” action which forces out the unwanted fluid that has stayed in our body. Just, start with a few minutes of hot water and then change it to cold water for about half a minute. Repeat this several times. What you should bear in mind is that, this therapy is not recommended for pregnant women and people who suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
- DRY BRUSHING
Brush your skin with a dry brush in a circular motion for about 5-15 minutes by using a natural bristle brush. After the brushing take a shower. You can also combine dry brushing with hot and cold showers for even better effects.
- PURIFIED WATER
It is best to drink up to half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For instance, 180 lbs. = 90 ounces of water. However, make sure the water you drink is clean and purified. It is even better if you drink a few glasses of lemon water as well.
Regular exercising is what you need to keep your lymphatic system healthy. Begin with less vigorous training sessions, and day bay day incorporate more intense exercise. The most important thing is to do some work out on a daily basis. Rebounding on a small trampoline is the most stimulating exercise for the lymphatic system.
- BREATHE DEEPLY
Don’t you feel better when you take a deep breath. The pumping action of deep breathing, from the diaphragm, 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
You should eat raw and nutrient rich foods for a healthy lymphatic system. Some of the foods that help you cleanse the lymohatic system are:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Brazil nuts
- Low sugar fruits
- Ground flaxseed
- AVOID FOODS THAT CAUSE BLOCKAGES TO THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
At the same time, you should avoid foods that may cause blockages to your lymphatic system, such as:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Table salt
- Processed foods
- Conventionally raised meat
- Conventional dairy
- TAKE HERBS THAT STIMULATE LYMPH FLOW
There are also a lot of herbs that can be helpful for the lymphatic system. Use the following herbs to make some teas that promote lymph health:
- Wild indigo root
- AVOID WEARING TIGHT CLOTHES
Tight clothing may cause blockages in the lymphatic system. That may lead to accumulation of toxins. SO avoid wearing tight clothes.
- ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS
Acupuncture is an effective treatment that will help you stimulate lymph flow thus removing toxins from the body. A lymphatic drainage massage and an infrared sauna can also help. The sweat excreted through the skin eases the toxic burden on your lymphatic system, so it works easier and better.