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 odor 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 lead to 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.
Rebounding. As the body moves against gravity, the lymphatic system is stimulated to pull lymph fluid carrying toxins through the vessels and circulate. Rebounders are mini trampolines. A great way to rebound is to play on a trampoline with your children if you have one. For a low-cost way, simply jump rope on a cushiony/ padded surface for lower impact to the knees. Click here to JUMP in our Infared Sauna.
Deep breathing exercises. One way to do this is turning your shower to cold at the end. The shock of the cold water with make you gasp for air, clearing the lungs and forcing vast amounts of oxygen into your cells. Cold showers are also good for closing your pours after cleansing to protect your body from bacteria.
Chiropractic Care- The rib cage not only protects our organs but also acts as a lymphatic Pump to help with lymphatic circulation. Regular adjustments will help keep our “pump” functioning properly as well as keep a clear line of communication from our spine to our organ systems.
Massage- Very important to stimulate circulation to muscles and our organ systems. Massage also reduces stress and relaxes tense overworked muscles, reducing pain, tightness and built up lactic acid. Click here to schedule a massage.
Herbs- Some great herbs for the Lymphatic System are Milk Thistle, Milk Thistle is a strong detoxification agent known to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and kidneys, and to promote a healthy thyroid. Use milk thistle to help fight inflammation in your body to support a healthy immune system.
Essiac Tea-This herbal treatment may be recommended to patients newly diagnosed with cancer. Essiac tea detoxifies and works to heal the immune system.
Manjistha-Manjistha tea is associated with purifying the liver and blood and can help improve menstrual and skin problems while strengthening the immune system.
Dry Brushing-Dry brushing aids the removal of toxins that have built up on our skin. Dry brushing involves using a coarse brush to be gently moved along the skin in the direction of the heart. This technique boosts lymph flow by stimulating sweat glands and supporting circulation below the skin.
Perspiring- A great way to do so, is the Far Infrared Sauna (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.) Click here to schedule your Infrared Sauna session
An Anti- Inflammatory Diet- avoid nightshade vegetables, gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods. Consuming higher amounts of Beets, Raspberries, Cherries, green, alkalizing vegetables, as well as good fats like flax and fish oils will help decrease inflammation in the body.
Staying Hydrated with Purified water. Room temperature or lukewarm water is best. Cold water requires our body to work harder to warm it to 98 degrees for absorption.
Avoid tight fitting garments, especially around the breasts where so many Lymph nodes are.