Why is the Lymphatic system important to our health and wellbeing?
6 tips to help your lymphatic system to flow.
The lymphatic system is important as it fights bacterial and viral infections. And also transports waste products out of the body. It is like the garbage system in your body and it is responsible for eliminating wastes. When the system is congested and your lymph is not flowing well, you can accumulate wastes and toxins. This compromises the body’s ability to maintain a healthy state. When lymph is flowing well, it helps to maintain a healthy and balanced state in the body
Why is it so important?
The lymphatic system is comprised of lymph vessels, nodes, white blood cells, tonsils, adenoids, appendix. In addition to Peyer’s patches in the intestines, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. Lymph nodes help us fight infection by making white blood cells to fight off infection. Your lymphatic system supports your immune system by circulating immune cells (lymphocytes) around the body. This helps deal with pathogens and cancer cells.
A properly functioning lymphatic system rids your body of excess waste and fluids. In addition, maintains your body’s fluid balance. There are intestinal lymphatics (lacteals) in the small intestine which absorb long-chain fatty acids. In addition to fat-soluble vitamins and this helps with nutrient absorption.
Symptoms of stagnant lymph or lymphatic system problems can include
- Swelling of tissues (often happens in legs, hands, feet, and can happen in your arms as well, which may not be water and could be swelling of fatty tissue)
- Pain – this could include fibromyalgia, the fat that is painful to the touch
- Feeling of heaviness in your legs
- Lymphedema (non-symmetric swelling of a limb, which occurs after some cancer treatments)
- Fat disorders, like lipedema or Dercum’s disease
- Circulatory problems (including venous insufficiency, spider veins, varicose veins)
- Lower legs look purple
- Loss of feeling in hands or feet
- Oedema (generalized water retention)
How can I activate my lymphatic system?
Unlike the heart in the blood circulatory system, the system does not have an active pump to propel lymphatic fluid back to the bloodstream. Healthy lymph flow is dependent on the movement of the muscles, as well as deep breathing. It is essential for our lymphatic system to be flowing to ensure balanced health and vitality
6 tips to help the lymphatic flow
- Dry brush daily – dry brushing in the direction of lymph flow helps the skin to eliminate wastes
- Jump on a rebounder (mini-trampoline) – Daily exercises on a rebounder has been proven to help with lymphatic flow and congestion and also helps improve the functioning of the immune system
- Use a whole-body vibration WBV- WBV helps to move stagnant lymph and increase circulation so that you will detoxify and cleanse. https://www.beautykliniek.com/whole-body-vibration/
- Get a lymphatic massage- manual lymph drainage massage reduces swelling and eliminates wastes, improves circulation, detoxifies the tissues and boosts the immune system. https://lymphatictherapyservices.com/manual-lymph-drainage-san-diego/ https://www.beautykliniek.com/specialty-therapies/lymphatic-massage-san-diego/
- Deep breathing- Deep diaphragmatic breathing facilitates the movement of lymph through the bloodstream and dramatically increases the elimination of toxins. Abdominal breathing stimulates deep lymphatic structures in the abdomen, (cisterna chyli) accelerates the transport of lymph fluid toward the clavicle, where the lymph fluid is returned into the blood circulatory system.
- Aromatherapy oil blend “Flow” – blend 10 drops of ‘Flow” into ½ oz coconut oil and massage onto legs and lower back to help to stimulate lymphatic flow https://www.beautykliniek.com/shop/essential-oils/flow-essential-oil/
Linda-Anne Kahn CIDESCO HHP CLT-LANA NCTMB, CMT CCN is an Internationally trained Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Lymphedema Therapist. She is a Nationally Certified Massage therapist, State certified Esthetician and Certified Clinical Nutritionist.