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How to give your lymphatic system some TLC

How to give your lymphatic system some TLC

How to give your lymphatic system some TLC

If you’ve heard anything about the lymphatic system, the word “de-puffing” has probably been used in the same sentence. And we’ve all seen such celebrities Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber using their trusty ice rollers and under-eye patches that promise to eradicate puffiness. But there is much more to the lymphatic system than just flatulence and modern tools. The lymphatic system plays a huge role in detoxifying the body, and ice rolling is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can do to support it.

Since I’m always eager to learn more about how we can achieve optimal health, I had to dive deeper into understanding this underrated system in the body. I spoke with experts to understand what the lymphatic system does, why we should care about it, and what we can use to support our lymphatic system every day. Read on for everything they spilled.

What is the lymphatic system?

In short, the lymphatic system is the “sewerage” of our body. According to Viviane Liebermanlymphatic drainage educator with Gente Beauty, it is part of both the circulatory and immune systems and is responsible for maintaining the balance of fluid levels and preventing infections. She said that the lymphatic system is connected to every system in the body and carries away harmful substances, heals the body and restores body functions. The system is working to return a liquid substance called lymph to your circulatory system. Lymph nodes throughout the system monitor and clean the lymph as it filters through them, filtering out damaged cells, bacteria or toxins. If we want the rest of our body to work efficiently and at its peak, it is crucial that the lymphatic system is productive.

However, the lymphatic system it does not “pump” by itself, for example how the heart beats or the lungs breathe no matter what. Without squeezing the lymphatic vessels, the lymph stagnates and toxins and waste material can accumulate. The good news is that many things we already do regularly help maintain our lymphatic system, such as exercise. However, if we do not maintain our body’s lymphatic system to support the movement of lymph, it can lead to symptoms such as brain fog, water retention, prisondehydration, digestive problems, fatigue, stress, allergies and more. Read on for ways to support your lymphatic system to make sure it’s working efficiently.

How to support your lymphatic system

Josie Rushing, celebrity massage therapist, lymphatic drainage expert and Founder of Brazilicious Beauty Spahe said regular exerciseeating anti-inflammatory diet (avoiding foods high in sodium and fat), drinking plenty of water, and exercising antistress activities these are all great ways to keep your lymphatic system running smoothly. – Lieberman suggested yoga, walkingor bouncing on a trampoline (when the muscles are worked, they squeeze the lymphatic vessels which helps the movement of the lymph). Diet-wise, eating foods that stimulate lymphatic flow, such as dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and avocados, is also beneficial and limits the addition of toxins through overly processed foods.

If you want to take it a step further, Lieberman shared other ways to increase lymph flow. First up: dry brushing, which involves brushing the entire body with a natural fiber brush in an upward motion toward the heart before showering. Another hack is to practice a form of deep belly breathing, such as holotropic breathing, as well as taking hot and cold showers that create contractions and expansion in the lymphatic vessels and enable further circulation. And finally, the most modern way to strengthen the lymphatic system lately is lymphatic drainage massage.

Is lymphatic drainage massage worth considering?

Although it has recently become popular in North America, lymphatic drainage has been around since the 1900s and has been a popular practice in Brazil for decades, according to Rushing. “We have a special way of performing in Brazil that has finally been seen all over the world, because in addition to internal benefits, there are also external ones, such as contouring and eliminating the appearance of cellulite,” she said. Today you can get a lymphatic drainage massage it can be done on any part of the body, from the face to the stomach or legs.

The premise of the massage is the manipulation of the lymphatic muscles to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid. Rushing said most of the massage is done manually and helps with natural detoxification, rejuvenating cellular function, minimizing excess fluid retention, relieving stress on the body, balancing the nervous system and benefiting cellular oxygenation. It is also recommended by many doctors and surgeons to aid recovery after injury or surgery.

Rushing recommended performing a lymphatic drainage massage once a week because maintaining the lymphatic system is key to optimal health. However, if weekly lymphatic massage is out of the question for you, there are tools you can use to create your own version at home. You don’t need an expensive massage to support your lymphatic system. For your face, opt for a gua sha tool or ice roller for a simple and affordable way to maintain lymphatic drainage. As for other parts of the body, you can try dry brushing or feet against the wall pose. And don’t forget that a good old fashioned walk helps to move the lymph as well.

Conclusion

Just as we need a strong immune system to fight off viruses, we need a well-functioning lymphatic system to promote detoxification and healthy blood flow. Conclusion: We don’t have to “detox” with diets and juice cleanses; The lymphatic system is one of the key systems in the body that should do this for us. After all, Lieberman called the lymphatic system “the secret river of health.” Incorporating a few of the above tactics into your routine, making sure to move your body consistently, and being aware of your toxin exposure will help you support this critical system that affects every part of your body. So whether you’re looking to relieve stress or simply improve your overall health, the lymphatic system is a great place to start.


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