Glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland and tonsils co-create the lymphatic system, which cleans our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular sewage away from the tissues to the blood, where it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys.
The main symptoms of lymphatic problems are felt in your shoulder and neck area. If you have been suffering from injuries, excess weight, cellulite, pain disorders like arthritis, bursitis, headaches or others, a sluggish lymphatic system may be playing a role.
Breathe in that sweet smell of healing oxygen. Breathe out toxins. Our lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by the liver.
2. Get moving.
Exercise daily to ensure the lymph system flows properly.
3. Drink plenty of water.
To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by your cells add some fresh lemon juice or oxygen or pH drops.
4. Forget the soda, trash the neon-colored sports drinks, and drop the fruit “juices”
This sugar, color- and preservative-laden beverages add to the already overburdened workload your lymph system must handle.
5. Eat more raw fruit on an empty stomach.
The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers
6. Eat plenty of green vegetables
Green vegetables give you adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph system.
7. Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds
These seeds are packed with fatty acids that may power up your lymph nodes.
8. Add a few lymph-boosting herbal teas
Astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, pokeroot or wild indigo root tea are beneficial to your lymph system.
9. Dry skin brush before showering.
Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. The lymph flows towards the heart, therefore you should work in the same direction.
10. Alternate hot and cold showers for several minutes
The heat dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract.
11. Get a gentle massage.
There is nothing more relaxing than a well done massage, and it can be extremely healing as well, studies have shown that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation.
Try a lymph drainage massage, it is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body.
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage Benefits (spa.answers.com)
- How To Boost Your Lymphatic System For Great Health (naturalcuresnotmedicine.com)
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