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10 Signs that You Need to Look After Your Lymph System and How to Do It

The lymphatic system can be thought of as the body’s drainage system.

As with most of the wonderful workings of the body, the lymphatic system isn’t discussed much, that is, until something goes wrong. In fact it is generally only talked about when someone complains of swollen glands.

This amazing network of tissues, glands and organs moves toxins and waste through the body, where they are then discarded or reused.

 

The main function of the lymphatic system is the transportation of lymph fluid which contains white blood cells. White blood cells are instrumental in fighting infection and ridding the body of disease-causing microorganisms. In fact you have twice as much lymph fluid as blood.

When the lymphatic system is clogged up toxins can accumulate and immunity is lowered. This leaves the body more susceptible to chronic diseases, including cancer.

 

 

10 Signs of a Congested Lymphatic System
  1. Swollen glands
  2. Lowered immunity
  3. Stiffness and soreness on rising
  4. Breast swelling and tenderness associated with menstrual cycle
  5. Rings feeling tight on fingers
  6. Itchy skin
  7. Bloating
  8. Mild headaches
  9. Fluid retention
  10. Brain fog

 

Main Causes of Congested Lymphatic System
  1. Stress – leading to cortisol release. The acidic nature of cortisol can suppress immune function and hamper lymph flow, leading to a breakdown of lymphoid tissue.
  2. Poor gut health – the majority of lymph surrounds the gut. If there are digestive imbalances or allergies the intestinal villi (tiny hair-like projections that line the inside of the small intestine) become irritated. Healthy villi are vital for detoxification, unhampered lymph flow and immunity.
  3. Constrictive clothing – tight fitting bras can hinder lymphatic flow. Over a period of time this may cause impairment of the lymphatic system. The armpits and chest area contain one of the larges clusters of lymph nodes.

 

!0 Ways to Improve Lymphatic Function
  1. Move – Exercise is one of the most simple and effective ways to improve lymphatic function. A brisk walk is ideal. Movement increases oxygen supply to the tissues and stimulates blood circulation.
  2. Hydrate – A common cause of lymph congestion is dehydration. The lymphatic system is about 95% water. Sipping warm water, lemon water or herbal teas through the day will help. Dandelion tea promotes lymph drainage.
  3. Herbs – Two stand out herbs for the lymph system are Cleavers and Echinacea. Please call to order our proprietary Echinacea tincture.
  4. Dry skin brushing – Aids the removal of toxins, improves circulation and improves lymph flow. See technique here.
  5. Stress reduction – adopt strategies to help alleviate stress and the effects. Deep breathing, exercise and anti-stress adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha and Holy Basil.
  6. Consume an anti-inflammatory diet –  a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and healthy fats supports the immune system. Lymphatic vessels found in the intestines become susceptible to deterioration from poor nutrition and allergies.
  7. Put your legs up the wall – Improves lymphatic flow in the legs.Image: Indiatimes.com
  8. Break a sweat – Perspiration is how we remove toxins. Infra-red saunas are a useful healing mode of detoxification. Not recommended for those with lymph node removal.
  9. Avoid tight fitting garments.
  10. Practice deep breathing to encourage lymph flow.

 

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