The lymphatic system is one of two major systems, in our body, that carries around fluid. The other system being the cardiovascular system. We know that our heart works overtime to flush out toxins and unused proteins in our blood. But did you know that the lymphatic system aids the cardiovascular system in this process? These two circulatory systems work together to get your body what it needs and remove the rest of the junk.
If you want to know more about these systems, you can read about them here.
Unlike the cardiovascular system, our lymphatic system does not have a pump. Our lymph is pumped through our breathing and regular body movement. Sometimes when there is a blockage in our lymph, our body starts to exhibit the following symptoms:
- Cold hands and feet
- Sinus infections
- Worsened allergies
- Brain fog
- Dry, itchy skin
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
- Stiffness/Soreness in the morning
- Feeling tired
- Holding on to water
- Frequent sore throats/colds
All of these signs point to improper waste removal. Because our lymphatic system is vital to our immune system, it is imperative that we keep things moving along. I mentioned that the lymphatic system flows passively without a pump. But God, in his perfect design, created ways for us to personally care for our bodies. There are many ways you can activate your lymph in order to rid your body of toxins.
Below are five ways (plus a bonus) that you can promote a healthy lymphatic system.
Who knew that my favorite pastime as a kid would become one of my preventative care routines as an adult. I mentioned earlier that our lymphatic system does not have a pump. Rebounding acts as a wonderful pump to our lymphatic system. The up and down motion circulates the lymph fluid which in turns boosts our immune system and flushes out toxins. It is recommended that you rebound for fifteen minutes twice daily.
ZIA MOM PICK: Stamina Rebounder
2.) Water Intake
Our lymph is made up of 95% water. Which means that water intake is vital for the health of our lymphatic system. One of the most common reasons for lymphatic congestion is dehydration. This means that we should be drinking half our weight in ounces of water daily.
I realize that drinking water throughout the day can be a pain in the rear end (not to mention the frequent trips to the potty). Setting a “drinking” goal has helped me tremendously. Purchasing a half gallon growler made it easier for me to remember to drink water without counting ounces. Also, adding lemon to your water adds to the detoxifying effects; the taste is an added bonus.
ZIA MOM PICK: Home Brew Ohio Growler
3.) Dry Brushing
This is the easiest of my tips and comes with the most benefits. Dry skin brushing is beneficial for blood circulation and lymphatic flow. Which means that while you are aiding in the health of your lymph, you are also decreasing cellulite. (Don’t worry girls, we all have cellulite somewhere on our bodies)
It’s important that you always brush towards the heart. Please follow the above diagram. I choose to brush right before I shower. This is the best time since I am bare booty and the dead skin cells can fall in the shower instead of my bathroom floor.
ZIA MOM PICK: Wholesome Beauty Brush
4.) Hot/Cold Shower
This shower is an immediate follow to my dry brushing. I have never been a huge fan of cold showers; the hotter the water the better. But I choose to sacrifice because like dry brushing, alternating temperature showers help pump that stagnant lymph. What I usually do is take a shower at my comfortable temperature in order to shampoo, condition and body wash. Then, I put the water on the hottest I can handle and then immediately to the coldest I can handle. I repeat for about two or three times.
A person who has a well-balanced diet would typically receive most of their vitamins and minerals from their food. This, unfortunately, is not the case with most western diets. Which in cause is making us sick. We are, in sense, malnourished.
There are a few supplements that can aid in lymphatic detox.
- Omega 3’s Zia Mom Pick: Nardic Naturals
- Turmeric Zia Mom Pick: Bio Schwartz
- Digestive Enzymes Zia Mom Pick: Garden of Life Organics
- Milk Thistle Zia Mom Pick: Omnibiotics
Bonus: Eat Raw Fruits
I wish I loved veggies as much as I love fruit. I still force myself to eat my leafy greens (Omega 3’s, duh) but not half as much as I should. So, you can imagine how happy I was to hear that raw fruits were fabulous for lymphatic health.
I realize that some of you are not big fans of fruits. An easy way to incorporate raw fruit is through infused water. If you opt for fruit infused water, you are able to knock out #2 and #5 in one easy step.
Allowing fruit to infuse the water can take some time, so instead of waiting around, I choose to use essential oils. My favorite oils to use in water are those belonging to the citrus family. The citrus family consists of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. All of these essential oils have great detoxing properties.
ZIA MOM PICK: DoTerra Essential Oils
These are just some of the wonderful ways that I have been keeping my lymphatic system healthy. One major difference I’ve noticed is an increase in energy. There are many benefits to lymphatic drainage:
- Increased Immune Response
- Speedy Healing
- Better Breastfeeding
- Decreases Cellulite
- Helps with Scarring
- Decreases PMS Symptoms
All of the tips above can be used if you are currently experiencing lymphatic congestion but can also be used as preventative care. These are very simple steps once you incorporate them into your everyday routine. On top of physical effects, your immune system will be in tip top shape.