The Lymphatic system influences many bodily functions, but happens to be one of the most under-researched and overlooked systems in your body. It is part of your immune system which has many purposes including protecting your body from illness-causing invaders such as bacteria and viruses, maintaining body fluid levels, absorbing digestive tract fats and removing cellular waste (such as cancer tumors and foreign debris).
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Other Ways to Support the Lymphatic System:
Movement - Unlike the cardiovascular system that has the heart to pump blood through your body, the lymphatic system relies on movement and respiration to keep it flowing. Aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling decrease the accumulation of inflammation around the lymphatic structures and 'pumps' lymph through its network.
Deep Breathing- Dr. Jack W. Shields states “Deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect which pulls the lymph through the bloodstream”.
Dry Brushing - Brush your skin while dry, with a natural soft bristle brush (preferably with a long handle so you can get your back also) or with a gua sha (a small wooden, metal, or stone tool used in traditional Chinese medicine) in the direction of your lymphatic flow to stimulate movement and open clogged areas (also benefits the skin to open pores).
Hydration - Lymph is comprised primarily of water, so ensuring you are properly hydrated is imperative to a healthy lymphatic system.
Nutritious Diet - Plant based fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds should be included as well as adequate protein and lots of vegetables. Eliminating mucous forming foods such as dairy and flour is beneficial for people prone to congestion and susceptible to skin problems. Fiber is important for proper elimination.
Herbs - Burdock (to eliminate toxins and purify the liver), Ginger (anti-inflammatory and good for digestive issues), Tumeric (regulates T and B cells, anti-inflammatory)
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