The lymphatic system is sometimes referred to as the “vacuum cleaner” of the body, helping to cleanse the body of metabolic wastes, cellular debris, and excess proteins. The lymphatic system runs parallel to the circulatory system, much of which is flowing against gravity (in the direction from your feet to your chest). Because the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system does with the heart, it relies on movement, muscles, and joints to keep it flowing. Exercises such as yoga, walking and rebounding are great options to get moving.
Stagnant lymph is a huge problem causing symptoms such as swelling, constipation, weight gain, itchy or dry skin, fatigue, brain fog, food sensitives, frequent infections and viruses, congestion or sore throat. When your lymphatic fluid is not moving through the body, toxins and waste will build up since the body is not properly draining, causing unwanted symptoms. When your lymph is stagnant, it gets thick and heavy. It’s like dumping thick bacon grease down your drain instead of just water—everything will start to slow down and back up. Here are some other functions of the lymphatic system:
- Aids in removing toxins and waste
- Removes fluid
- Produces immune cells that fight infection and disease
- Absorbs fatty acid and transports fats
Dry Skin Brushing: Dry skin brushing helps to release toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is necessary to maintain health throughout your entire body. This routine is easy and should take around 5 minutes. Using a natural bristle brush (sold at Nourishing Wellness), start with the soles of your feet and brush with upward strokes as you move up your legs and towards your heart. Do the same beginning with the hands up to the arms. Brushing the abdomen, chest, and neck is important also. Keep the strokes light. Dry brushing is best done immediately before a shower (in the morning is ideal), because showering washes away all dead skin cells that get removed in the brushing process.
Water: Make sure you’re getting enough water throughout the day. Sufficient water intake keeps the fluid thin enough to move easily through our lymphatic vessels
Good Nutrition: By keeping our digestive organs functioning well, especially the liver, we reduce the lymphatic systems workload.