The lymphatic system is one of two major circulatory systems in the body. Its primary job is to move immune cells and dead cellular debris through the body to where it can be removed or reused. A poorly functioning lymphatic system is a risk factor for the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.
While most of modern science and the allopathic medical community have spent their time researching the blood vascular system, the lymphatic system is gaining its deserved attention from the holistic community. Today, much of the 21st century research is diving deeper into understanding lymphatic system function and its dynamic role with the health of the human body.
If you take the time to have a clean lymphatic system, you’ll notice that you lose weight, that your skin clears up, that you have way more energy and—most importantly—that you will be a lot healthier overall. Your body will have the space to remove toxins and fight infections better.
Here are some simple and easy ways to improve your lymphatic function and flow:
- Exercise and move
Unlike the circulatory system, which depends on the heart, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. You’ll notice that your legs are more swollen if you sit all the time—that’s lymph. Get up, move, and stretch. A little goes a long way. Even simple yoga moves can break up lymph and get nodes to drain.
- Catch some rays
Get more sun. We tend to be afraid of the sun but the result is that we deprive ourselves of some of its key benefits—including helping our lymph flow. Take your computer outside, make your calls on walks, play outside with your kids, or go to the beach. Even in the winter, that sunlight not only replenishes vitamin D but helps your lymph flow.
- Dry brushing
Dry brushing aids the removal of toxins that have built up on our skin. Dry brushing involves using a coarse brush to gently be moved along the skin in the direction of the heart. This technique boosts lymph flow by stimulating sweat glands and supporting circulation below the skin.
- Improve your hydration
The lymphatic system is primarily composed of water and must be hydrated to function at the highest level. Drinking purified and mineralized water and water with antioxidant extracts such as lemon water is an excellent detoxification strategy to push toxins from the body.
Dr. John Douillard recommends a lymphatic rehydrating technique which involves sipping warm water every 15 minutes throughout the day for 2 consecutive weeks. This procedure is believed to stimulate the lymphatic system to flow fluidly and relieve congestion and symptoms of a sluggish immune system.
Massage therapy improves immune function and can relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue and pain. Massage techniques such as connective tissue massage promote the flow and drainage of lymph through the body. Patients having been diagnosed with cancer and those receiving a second diagnosis can greatly benefit from massage therapy.