The lymphatic system is one of two major circulatory systems in the body. Its primary job is to move immune cells and dead cellular debris through the body to where it can be removed or reused. A poorly functioning lymphatic system is a risk factor for the development of imbalances in the body.
While most of the modern science and the allopathic medical community have spent their time researching the blood vascular system, the lymphatic system is gaining its deserved attention from the holistic community. Today, much of the 21st-century research is diving deeper into understanding lymphatic system function and its dynamic role in the health of the human body.
What is the Lymphatic System?
What little you may have heard about the lymphatic system is that it is comparable to drains. When there is a clog in any of the pipes at home, you may experience an odour from the sink basin; this is where a buildup of particles such as hair and food become a breeding ground for bacteria. You regularly maintain your pipes to avoid a clog, but you should be paying far greater attention to your lymphatic system in doing the same.
A congested lymphatic system can lead to serious illnesses and chronic diseases which stem from a weakened immune system. A clog in your lymphatic “drains” can result in the accumulation of toxins which the body initially tries to remove. Perhaps your symptoms of body rigidity, headaches, bloating, skin concerns, and cold extremities are a result of a sluggish lymphatic system that needs improving.
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Detoxification Strategies to Improve Lymphatic System Function
1. Actively Reduce Stress
The following techniques may improve the flow of lymph fluid through your body by limiting both mental and physical stress on your lymphatic system:
Deep breathing exercises
Yoga and Pilates
Hot and cold showers
All excellent strategies to relieve anxiety and support immune function, such practices reduce congestion and stimulate the removal of pathogens from your body.
Exercise may be one of the most efficient and easiest ways for you to improve your lymphatic system function. Exercising increases the oxygen supply to tissues and cells and stimulates blood circulation. When the body does not regularly move, toxins remain in muscle.
A fun way to exercise is by bouncing on a mini trampoline (called a rebounder) which is often used in sports therapy to help athletes heal from injuries. This low impact exercise is called rebounding. As the body moves against gravity, the lymphatic system is stimulated to pull lymph fluid carrying toxins through the vessels and circulate.
3. Chiropractic Care
The obstruction of any anatomical structure of the thoracic cavity or upper chest region can prevent the final dumping of toxins from the lymphatic system for cleansing. The rib cage works as a major lymphatic pump which is critical for lymphatic circulation. Correcting anatomical abnormalities or displacement from everyday activities helps to promote pressure within the thoracic region which also assists to oxygenate cells.
Herbs are an excellent source which we can utilise to detoxify the lymphatic system and remove toxins. Some of the most popular herbal treatments to help the lymphatic system heal include the following:
Blue violet leaf
White oak bark
Perspiration is one of the mechanisms by which the human body eliminates toxins. Although exercise can promote sweating, infrared saunas offer a method to circulate toxins out of organs and muscle for the removal through our pores. Infrared saunas use a non-invasive therapy which is a great alternative for those who cannot participate in a vigorous activity to detoxify the body. (Note: The use of saunas is not recommended for those who have had numerous lymph nodes removed as it can increase the risk of lymphedema.)
6. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing aids the removal of toxins that have built up on our skin. Dry brushing involves using a coarse brush to gently move along the surface in the direction of the heart. This technique boosts lymph flow by stimulating sweat glands and supporting circulation below the skin.
The Lymphatic system can only be moved by " physical movement ".
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Dean & Ania