Although the lymphatic system is not so popular, but it is of vital importance since there is two times more lymph fluid than blood in the human body! The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues, which eliminate waste, toxins, etc. from the body. It is responsible for carrying the lymph fluid that includes white blood cells that help in fighting all infections within the body. So, maintaining a healthy lymphatic system is crucial for maintaining a healthy body.
Congested lymphatic system symptoms:
- Rings get tight on fingers
- Stiffness and soreness in the morning
- Bloated stomach
- Itchy skin
- Mild headaches
- Swollen glands
- Weight gain and extra belly fat
- Weak immune system
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
- Brain fog
- Occasional diarrhea, constipation, and/or mucus in the stool
- Mild rash or acne
- Dry skin
- Increased histamine and irritation as a result of common environmental allergens
According to John Douillard, there are 3 main culprits of congested lymph nodes and lymphatic system:
1. Stress has been found to be the major culprit of nearly 80% of all chronic health problems, including congested lymphatic system.
2. Iodine deficiency is another culprit of lymphatic congestion as iodine helps mitigate the toxic environment effects as well as supports each cell of the lymphatic system.
3. Digestive imbalances could irritate intestinal villi, thus resulting in lymph congestion. In addition, the villi quality is essential for proper lymph flow, assimilation, detoxification, and immunity because most of the lymph in the body surrounds the gut.
Methods for Boosting Lymph Health
1. Exercise: You can get the lymphatic system moving with regular exercise, in particular rebounding, which is actually jumping on a trampoline for 10-20 minutes on a daily basis.
2. Near Infrared Sauna: You can easily sweat thanks to sauna therapy. Namely, while your body is in parasympathetic nervous system mode, it sweats the toxins out. Remember that the toxin circulation or release, the tissue regeneration and the heat work together to enhance lymphatic flow.
3. Walking: It is of great importance to get your body moving and your lungs functioning. Just breathe deeply and walk either at home or outside.
4. Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga includes poses that should be held for 3-10 minutes. The gravity change and pressure differences as a result of this pose helps in improving lymphatic flow. Check up the video below!
5. Legs up on the Wall: Lie down and place your legs straight up against the wall in order to improve flow in your legs and boost toxin elimination. That’s not all, it also helps you have better sleep patterns.
6. Standing Desk: It is a fact that sitting down for a prolonged period negatively affects the lymphatic fluid flow. On the other hand, by using a standing desk you will have a good lymphatic fluid flow and it also allows for more natural movement throughout the day.
7. Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Watch the following video!
8. Dry Skin Brushing: Use a natural bristle brush to brush your skin to improve lymphatic flow. Check up the video below!
9. Hydrotherapy Showers: They include alternative usage of hot and cold water. Specifically, towards the end of your shower, it is advisable to switch the water quickly from hot to cold several times.
10. Deep Breathing: By deep breathing you can promote a good lymph flow since the lungs actually pump the lymphatic fluid.
The following breathing exercise is recommended by The Budwig Center:
- First of all, stretch your arms to both sides and move them up while breathing in through your nose. You should also make circles using the hands and hold your breath for a while.
- Afterwards, move the arms down while breathing out through your mouth. Also, makes circles using the hands while moving the arms down.
- Repeat it several times and you may feel a bit light-headed as the toxins are being dispelled by your body.
11. Follow a Healthy Diet and Consume Plenty of Water: Dehydration is the major culprit of congested lymphatic system. So, consume a lot of water in order to keep it moving. Furthermore, exclude processed foods from your diet for keeping as many toxins out as possible. Consume warm soups and beverages in the winter, whereas cooling foods in the summer. Plus, consume raw fruits on an empty stomach prior to consuming anything!