Your lymph system is a network of vessels and nodes that carry your immune cells, lymph fluid and cellular waste. It is composed of tissues and fluids that run throughout your entire body, much like your circulation system. However, your lymph system does not have the help of your heart to keep things pumping and moving throughout your body. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that you are helping your lymph system deliver immune cells throughout the body and release and empty fluids to avoid any toxic build up, which can leave you feeling weak and unwell.
When your lymph system gets congested, it leads to your lymph nodes swelling, which causes pains and aches throughout your body. It will also result in your liver and kidneys becoming toxic, because the toxins and chemicals from your lymphatic system aren’t draining properly. Also, a congested lymph system can not properly circulate immune cells. As a result, this can lead to weight gain, poor circulation, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, being sick more often, and possibly fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic illness.
Luckily, there are quite a few easy ways that you can stimulate your lymph system every day to help release toxins, cleanse your body and protect you from illness,.
Eat Raw Citrus: Eating raw citrus on an empty stomach will allow the enzymes and acids in the fruit to have a detoxifying effect on your system. Grapefruit, lemon and lime work incredibly well to stimulate the lymph system to drain – so add a slice to your morning water to get your day off to a great detoxifying start!
Skin Brushing: This can be easily done before a shower by taking a dry brush and gently massaging your entire body, massage towards your heart. This not only will exfoliate your skin, but will also invigorate your lymph system.
Hot And Cold Showers: While showering, switch from using hot water to cold water. The frequent change in temperature will stimulate your lymph system to move as well as your circulation by expanding and contracting your body’s blood vessels.
Exercise: By walking briskly or engaging in intense exercise every day, you will stimulate the lymph system and help lymph fluids to circulate to your kidney and liver so that they can be filtered and released from your body.
Drink Water: To help remove toxins and chemicals, your body needs plenty of water to filter the lymphatic system! Drinking water throughout the day will ensure your body is not only hydrated, but also detoxifying the elements that can make you feel lousy.
Rebounding: This is the simple act of jumping up and down on a trampoline, or just the floor if you don’t have a trampoline. This will allow your heart rate and breath to increase and the gravity of bouncing up and down will encourage your lymphatic system to get moving.
Massage: A massage works to move the lymphatic tissue, aiding in drainage. It basically “squeezes” the lymph system to release impurities and make room for healthy nutrients to come in and keep your system healthy and functioning properly. Also, try a lymphatic drainage massage designed just for this purpose.
Laughter: Getting the giggles causes you to take deeper breathes. As a result, this stimulates your lungs and circulation to work together with the lymph system! Laughter really is good medicine.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet: To keep circulation pumping and the lymphatic system functioning optimally, it’s important to load up on all the essential nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants, you need.
The more nutrient-dense your diet, and the less chemicals entering your body, the better your lymphatic system can work. Foods that put stress on the lymph, digestive, circulatory and immune systems include conventional dairy products, gluten, soy, low-quality animal products, refined vegetable oils, sugar and processed foods that contain chemical toxins.
Anti-inflammatory foods, on the other hand, supply much-needed nutrients and antioxidants while also lowering free radical damage that ages the body and lowers immunity.
Some of the key high-antioxidant foods to focus on include: green leafy vegetables, cruciferous veggies, berries, omega-3 foods like salmon and wild seafood, sprouted nuts and seeds, unrefined oils like extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil and herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric and garlic.