If your lymphatic system isn’t quite getting the job done you may be suffering from illness, minor injuries, excess weight or cellulite. Along with possibly more serious Conditions like pain disorders (arthritis, bursitis, headaches or others), it is very possible your lymphatic system may be playing a role.  Here is some education on your lymphatic system along with a few ways you can get your lymph flowing!

The lymphatic system,is amazing, it is a system made up of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland and tonsils. It cleans our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular waste away from the tissues to the blood. Then it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys. This wast is made up of the byproducts of our bodily processes, drugs (over-the-counter & prescription), toxins of every kind (cigarettes), along with all other airborne pollutants, food additives, preservatives, and pesticides.

Every person has between 501 and 700 lymph nodes(this varies from person to person). About half of the nodes are in the middle of your body (stomach or abdominal cavity). The lymph nodes near your armpits and groin have about 100 nodes.

The lymph nodes hold the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These act as fighters against foreign invasion by bacteria, viruses, cancer cells or toxins. The lymphocytes also help control the immune response. These lymphocytes originate from stem cells in the bone marro it fights infection and destroys damaged or abnormal cells. As the blood circulates around the body, fluid leaks out from the blood vessels into the body tissues.
Lymph is formed when high arterial pressure forces fluid out of the capillaries and into the tissue spaces. From there it is taken up into the lymphatic vessels. The lymph carries harmful substances from the tissues to the lymph nodes, for removal, before the lymph is returned to the blood at the veins in the neck.image

Now that you understand the lymphatic system … Let’s go over easy ways to help your system get the job done ! These are all important steps to easy weight loss and improved feelings of well-being!

Drink plenty of water. Without adequate water, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by your cells, I frequently add some fresh lemon juice, cucumbers, fresh fruit, or herbs 💛

Forget the soda, the sports drinks, and drop the fruit juices (way too much sugar) All that added sugar, color and preservatives only add to the already overburdened workload your lymph system!image

Eat more raw fruit on an empty stomach. The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers. Besides they are great energy boosters! Eat them on an empty stomach for best digestion and maximum lymph-cleansing benefits. Most fruits are digested within 30 minutes or so. It is amazing how quickly they will help you feel better.image

Eat plenty of green vegetables to get adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph.

Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds to power up your lymph with adequate fatty acids. These fats are necessary! Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Get moving!!! Be active!!! Exercise also ensures the lymph system flows properly. Stretching, aerobic exercise, Yoga and Pilates are fantastic!image

Try Dry skin brushing before showering. Use a natural bristle brush. Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same direction as your lymph flows—always toward the heart!

💛 Breathe deeply 💛Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, yet no organ to pump it. Your lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver.image

My favorite is a gentle massage. Studies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Whatever type of massage you choose, make sure it is gentle! Sorry, more pressure may feel good on tired muscles, but it doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.

There are endless benefits to take care of your lymphatic system! Once it is working efficiently you will have more energy, less pain, and improved detoxification. Not to mention you will be at a lower risk of many dangerous conditions and illnesses!

Have a Wonderful ~Happy ~ Healthy ~ Day!
💛 Stacy