Your lymphatic system comprises a network of tissues and organs that help rid your body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of your lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells known as lymphocytes, throughout your body. Lymphocytes work to defend your body against bacteria, viruses and other such biological threats.
A blocked lymphatic system can lead to serious illness and disease. Here are just some of the signs to look out for:
The good news is that there are 3 easy ways to help improve your lymphatic function, and also transform your health!
Exercise has so many benefits beyond weight loss and improving your body composition that should not be ignored! One of the most profound benefits is the way it helps to improve your circulation and lymph flow. Although all types of exercise have their benefits, rebounding, in particular, is extremely effective at stimulating your lymphatic system. The reason being is that your main lymph vessels run vertically up and down your body, so vertical movements such as rebounding capitalise on gravity’s vertical force and result in improved lymph flow. Also, unlike your circulatory system, which has its own pump (your heart), your lymphatic system relies on vertical movement to help it remove the interstitial fluid from your tissues.
Other types of exercises that primarily have your body moving in the horizontal plane, such as running or swimming, don’t have the same effect on your lymph.
In a 1980 study, NASA determined that rebounding is 68% more effective as an aerobic exercise than jogging. This effectiveness was determined according to the use of G-Force (gravitational force), which NASA finds of particular importance when training astronauts for the weightless experience of space flight. NASA research sites rebounding as the only exercise that will stimulate the cells of your internal organs, veins, arteries as well as bones and muscles, while increasing circulation and flushing the lymphatic system. “Journal of Applied Physiology 49(5):881-887, 1980”
Rebounding is a fairly inexpensive and time efficient way to improve your lymphatic function that takes up very little space (no pun intended). Just 10 minutes of rebounding is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging!
What are you waiting for? Get moving!
Sweating is a great way to clear your lymphatic system as it releases toxins from your body by increasing lymph flow.
Although you can get a good sweat if you exercise hard enough, a better way to stimulate your lymphatic system is by using a far-infrared sauna. Far-infrared heat is beneficial because of its ability to penetrate human tissue. It heats the body directly instead of heating the air, increasing core body temperature and allowing for a much deeper sweat.
This helps remove cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals (such as mercury, lead, aluminium, and arsenic), nicotine, sulfuric acid, ammonia, and other undesirable elements from the body.
When our bodies become toxic from environmental or dietary factors that slow down our lymphatic system, fluids build up and make us susceptible to colds, flus and viruses.
I have been using a far-infrared sauna weekly and have also noticed that since using the sauna my skin is so much more smoother and clearer!
3. GET A LYMPHATIC MASSAGE
Manual lymphatic drainage dates back to the 1930's when it was first introduced to help treat patients with chronic sinusitus and other immune disorders. It was discovered that people who were being treated for chronic colds also had swollen lymph nodes.
The process of lymphatic massage, or lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT), involves very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in the body. It can also help reduce swelling and muscular fatigue.
Lymphatic massage will benefit people who are susceptible to illnesses (especially in winter) and people with a depressed immune system, injuries, emotional stress, low energy and depression. It has a positive effect on skin, promotes vitality and helps with respiratory disorders.