You may not know this, but our human body contains twice as much lymph fluid as blood, which makes the lymphatic system extremely important for the overall health. It is consisted of a network of organs and tissues that have a role to remove the undesired material from the body, such as toxins and waste.
But, the primary function of the lymphatic system is the transportation of the lymph fluid in the body. This fluid contains white blood cells which fight inflammation in the entire body.
You may experience numerous health issues when the lymphatic system is congested, including these:
- Mild headaches
- Swollen glands
- Dry skin
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Increased histamine levels, as well as common irritations caused by environmental allergens
- Weight gain and extra fat in the abdominal area
- Weakened immunity
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
- Rings get tight on fingers
- Occasional diarrhea, constipation, and/or mucus in the stool
- Brain fog
- Bloating / Water retention
- Itchy skin
- Soreness and/or stiffness after waking up in the morning
- Mild rash or acne
Congested lymph nodes and the entire lymphatic system may be a result of various factors, but John Douillard has come down to three major causes:
- Iodine deficiency can commonly be the cause for lymphatic congestion. Iodine promotes the function of the lymphatic system at cellular level, but it also reduces the effects of toxins.
- Imbalances in the digestive system can often cause irritations of the intestinal villi, which further leads to lymph congestion. The biggest amount of lymph surrounds the gut, (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissues – GALT), so the regular lymph flow, as well as the elimination of toxins, immunity, and assimilation, mainly depend on the quality of the villi.
- According to some studies, stress is responsible for even 80% of all chronic health issues, because its chemistry is degenerative and congests the lymphatic system.
Still, like for many other diseases and conditions, there are also some natural and safe ways to improve your lymphatic health and stimulate the transport of lymph throughout your body. Here are 11 tips that will help you support the lymphatic system and thus improve your health:
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage: It will physically support the drainage of the lymph and prevent congestion.
- Hydrotherapy Showers: It’s a treatment using hot and cold water alternative. Before you get out of the bathtub, switch the hot water to cold fast and repeat several times. This supports the flow of the lymph as well as the blood circulation.
- Exercise: Exercise is probably the most effective method to get the lymphatic system moving. Rebounding, or jumping on a large and small trampoline is the most efficient exercise you can do. Practice rebounding for 10-20 minutes every day.
- Walking: Walking stimulates body movements, but also supports the function of the lungs. Breathe as deep as possible.
- Yin Yoga: Hold the Yin Yoga for 3 to 10 minutes. These poses require a change of gravity, so the changes in pressure affect the lymphatic flow positively.
- Dry Skin Brushing: If you brush your skin using a natural bristle brush, the lymphatic flow will enhance.
- Legs up on the Wall: Lie down and raise the eggs against the wall to improve the flow in the legs, help your sleep, and stimulate detoxification.
- Deep Breathing: The lymphatic flow is significantly boosted by deep breathing, while the lungs pump the lymphatic fluid. Stretch the arms to both sides, and then move them up as you inhale through the nose. Make circular movements with the hands at the same time, while you shortly hold your breath. Breathe deeply from the lungs, as the expansion of the lungs squeezes the thoracic duct and produces more flow. Put the hands down while exhaling and again make circles with them as you move them downwards. The removal of toxins will make you feel a slight light-headedness, so stop the exercise at this point. In time, you will be able to develop an ability to do it much longer. While you’re performing this amazing breathing exercise, repeat the following: ‘wash the cells, feed the cells, purify the cells’ to help pump out the toxins.’
- Standing Desk: If you sit all day long your whole lymphatic flow will be severely damaged. Try to buy yourself a standing desk which will stimulate the lymph flow and prevent other side-effects of sedentary lifestyles.
- Plenty of water and a healthy diet: The major reason for congestion of the lymphatic system is dehydration. Plenty of water can help you boost the lymph flow, and eliminate the toxins which enter the body through processed foods. You will also benefit a lot from the consumption of raw fruits on an empty stomach, as well as warm drinks and soups in the winter and cold foods in the summer.
- Infrared Sauna: Sauna therapy can give amazing effects, because it stimulates sweating while you’re in the parasympathetic nervous system mode, and toxins are removed from the body at the same time. This circulation and elimination of toxins also improves the lymphatic flow, as well as the tissue regeneration.