The lymphatic system’s main function is to remove waste and protect your body from harmful toxin. It pulls these unwanted toxins from your bodily tissue into your blood stream. From the blood stream it is then purified by the spleen. The spleen is your body’s greatest defense against bacteria, infection and disease.
When your lymphatic system becomes sluggish due to a build up of toxins many side effects can occur such as the development of cellulite, fluid retention, chronic pain, fatty deposits, swollen glands, eczema, arthritis, sinus and ear infections and colds – just to name a few.
The good news is that there are some simple actions you can take to keep your lymph system flowing and working properly. Here are four ways to detox your lymphatic system if you are feeling a bit sluggish. Add these into your daily routine to get things moving or to practice early prevention!
// Dry Brushing //
Dry brushing has become part of my daily routine. This technique not only helps detox your lymphatic system but it also improves circulation, exfoliates dry skin and helps improve the appearance of cellulite (read more on that here).
Use a dry brush with natural bristle brush the skin starting at the feet working upwards. Use long sweeping motions following the flow of blood towards the heart. This daily action encourages the movement of lymph and blood in underlying organs and tissues of the body, clearing up any build up of toxins.
// Yoga //
The healing practice of yoga is a great way to relieve stress, improve mobility and flexibility. Poses such as headstands, handstands or simply extending both legs up a wall reverse the effects of gravity. This type of inversion helps to increase the flow and drain the lymph towards the heart, relieving congestion and encouraging its detoxification. Certain movement provide a twisting of the abdomen. During these twists the the organs and muscles are “wrung out”, squeezing the lymph out of the tissues.
// Massage //
There is seriously nothing more relaxing than a lymphatic massage! This special technique uses specific pressure and circular movements that helps clear a path for lymph towards the heart promoting the drainage of toxins.
// Hydration //
Since lymph is made up of nearly 95% water, staying hydrated plays a huge part in keeping it healthy. One of the most common causes of lymph congestion is dehydration so this is just another reason you want to be drinking your minimum 8 glasses per day.