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How to Optimise Your Lymphatic System
An under-performing lymphatic system struggles to rid the toxic waste accumulated in your body and can stop you from performing at your peak. It can leave you tired, bloated and with a low immune system. Sounds nasty right? Read on to learn more and improve this health hurdle.
What is the lymphatic system?
Getting this system in check will do you a world of good – so let’s explore the basics of lymph…
The lymphatic system is a map of tissues and organs that work together to help clear toxins, waste and unwanted materials from your body.
Lymph These toxins are transported through the system via lymph – a translucent fluid containing white blood cells, that cleans the tissues and filters toxins and infection or disease.
Lymph nodes These act as a ‘sieve’ to your system. The lymph fluid is flushed through your lymph nodes, removing toxins and waste from your system.
What are the signs of an underperforming lymphatic system?
This is more common than you think… When blockages or sluggishness of this system occurs, the body’s exposure to toxins is prolonged and it begins to suffer. This can also cause swelling. Not sure if your lymph system’s in top-notch performance? Look out for:
Puffiness in eyes or face, swelling in the fingers and ankles
Pressure in head, face and neck
Reoccurring sinus infections
Dry or itchy skin
How to improve the flow
So why do people suffer from a lethargic lymphatic system? Because it’s not entirely self-sufficient - it relies on us to drain and circulate lymph fluid throughout the body. So here are a few ways you can help it along.
Dry skin brushing: promotes lymph flow and improves skin tone, which includes reducing the appearance of cellulite. All you need is a natural bristle brush and about 5 minutes before getting into the shower to effectively move your lymph.
Here’s a really helpful guide on how to properly dry brush your full body. Grab your very own dry skin brush in store.
Gua sha and jade roller: These hand skin tools help drain lymphatic fluid from the lymph system that resides in your face but can also be used all over the body. Try adding this to your daily face routine. You can get your hands on a Gua sha and jade roller set in store.
Rebounding: These small-scale trampolines are popping up in gyms all over the place! The up and down movement of bouncing jolts your lymph system into circulation.
Other exercise practices: Apart from rebounding, any kind of movement gets your lymphatic fluid moving. Movement activates and dilates your lymph vessels, getting that circulation and elimination going.
LOTS of water & hydration: Your lymph fluid becomes thicker as your body becomes dehydrated. As you intake water, your lymph can move more freely and help flush out toxins, bacteria and unused nutrients.
Breathwork: Just 5-10 deep belly breaths may help to oxygenate the blood and increase lymph flow.
Infrared sauna: Lymphatic vessels dilate when exposed to heat. Pair this with the increased circulation and oxidation of the blood during an infrared sauna session and your lymphatic fluid flow will be sure to increase.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.