A sedentary lifestyle combined with a poor diet loaded with toxins can shut down lymph circulation. This is bad because your lymphatic system is one of the few ‘lifestyle-filters’ that your body has.
Lymphatic congestion is a major cause of chronic inflammation. When lymph does not flow well, cells become poisoned from their own toxic waste (kind of like when the sewer backs up – yuk!). This leads to fatigue, inflammation, swelling and eventually disease.
The lymphatic system includes your spleen, thymus, lymph nodes and lymph channels, as well as your tonsils and adenoids.
How to take care of your Lymph:
• Exercise is the number one way to help. You must exercise, breathe deeply and sweat to push lymph through subclavian veins.
• Stay hydrated
• Stretch out gently and frequently
• Rebound (trampoline) or bounce on a ball
• Mello out! Waste products of stress-fighting hormones (cortisol) are acidic and stress out your lymphatic system.
• Improve digestion by eating a better diet. Chronic constipation or diarrhea promote lymph congestion. Processed foods are your biggest source of toxins that directly and indirectly affects lymph flow.
• Eat foods that support a healthy lymphatic system such as garlic, beets, ginger, lemon, turmeric, spinach, and healthy fats.
• Eat more natural fiber
• Reduce toxins from all other areas especially skin products.
• Dry brush your skin
• Get a massage regularly
• Foam roll and smash those trigger points
• Avoid tight or restricted clothing
• Try an infrared sauna, vapor caves and mineral springs
• Try Essential Oils (get some advice from a pro as these are potent!): all citrus (especially lemon), peppermint, ginger, rosemary, juniper berry, cypress, geranium and yarrow
• DON’T skip out on exercise thinking that you can make up for it with essential oils and massage. You HAVE TO EXERCISE and EAT RIGHT FIRST!
Bonus Tip: Help out the other body-junk-filters. If you suspect poor lymphatic function, also support the kidneys, lungs and liver by eating well, exercising and by restricting ‘frankenfood’ intake.