The lymph system is a drainage system which major function is to transport lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells that fight infections, throughout your entire body. Your body contains more lymph fluid than blood. However, there is no pump for lymph, which is not the case with your blood. If the lymph is unable to move out of the small lymph nodes through the ducts into the liver and kidneys, your lymph nodes can become swollen and infected, which can result in a variety of health problems. Here are several ways in which you can promote the movement of the lymph fluid, which will enable it to drain and eliminate the damaging toxins.
The major culprit for the accumulation of the toxins in the lymph fluid is a sedentary lifestyle. A lack of exercising, especially if accompanied by a consumption of processed foods, sodas, and alcohol, is responsible for clogging the lymph fluid toxins. Regular exercising will help you to move the lymph node fluids and to eliminate the toxins from your body. You can do any kind of athletic activity as long as it requires running or jumping.
Taking brisk walks is an extremely effective way to move the lymph fluid around. Walking is not only beneficial for your lymph system, but for your overall health. According to a number of studies, walking is helpful in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s. You should take walks outdoors, in a natural setting with fresh air, about four times a week. Your walks should last at least 20 minutes. If possible, you should try practicing power walking with a strong arm movement, because there are many lymph nodes in the upper part of your body.
Rebounding is one of the best exercises for promoting a purification of the lymph fluid because it enables the lymph to move to the kidneys. All you need to do is to bounce up and down on a rebounder, or a mini-trampoline, for about 10 minutes a day. You don’t have to lift the feet off of the trampoline. The lymph will circulate even with a gentle walk in place. If you have any balancing issues, you can hold onto something to stabilize your body. You can also do this by bouncing on your toes on the ground, without using a mini-trampoline.
A proper hydration plays a great role in maintaining your lymph system in a good health. By drinking enough water, you will encourage the lymph fluid to move, and you will boost the removal of toxins and chemicals through your kidneys and liver. In order to stay hydrated, you should drink about 8 glasses of purified or filtered water on a daily basis. You should avoid drinking sodas, sugar-laden fruit juices, and sports drinks.
Massages are helpful in moving your lymphatic tissue. You can either visit a professional, or you can do it by yourself. Lymphatic massage is done by applying very little pressure on your skin in order to stretch it. When you move and stretch the skin, you will increase the flow through the lymphatic capillaries which are located just under your skin. You should massage your skin in the direction of your heart.