By Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) The lymphatic system is a beautiful network of tissues and organs that help rid our body of toxins, waste and other materials we do not want floating around in there. The primary function of this system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Over time, consistent exposure to toxins can take a toll on the lymphatic system and a congested lymphatic system can lead to serious illness and chronic diseases. The good news is there are natural ways to support your lymphatic system and undo some of the damage.
Why Should You Be Concerned About Your Lymphatic System?
Our lymphatic system protects our bodies from outside threats such as infections, bacteria, and cancer cells while keeping fluid levels in balance. With cold and flu season knocking on our doors, it’s important to know that you can help support your immune system by taking care of your lymphatic system.
The immune system and the lymphatic system work together beautifully. The lymph nodes house a high concentration of white blood cells that increase when the body is fighting off illness or infection.
There are other benefits to looking out for your lymphatic system such as weight loss and weight management seeing that toxicity is a huge part of the weight loss puzzle. If you do not support your lymph system, you will have even more difficulty on your weight loss journey and gaining muscle tone.
The most important thing to understand about the lymphatic system is that it relies on our movement. Where our hearts automatically pump fluid, the lymph system relies on our body movements as a pump. (1)
Symptoms your lymphatic system is over stressed:
- swelling in the lymph nodes (throat, armpit, or groin)
- muscles aches and pains
- joint pains
- sore throats and frequency of colds
- cancer formation
Four Natural Ways to Support Your Lymphatic System:
1. Reduce Stress and Inflammation- consume a healing diet of anti-inflammatory foods like green leafy vegetables, cruciferous veggies, berries, omega-3 foods like salmon and wild seafood, nuts and seeds, unrefined oils and herbs and spices. Also, make time for things that help bring you joy and happiness. Stress as we all know does a toll on the body.
2. Increase blood flow and exercise- tissues in the body can become inflamed and painful when circulation slows and inflammation builds. A healthy lymphatic system nourishes muscle, joint, and other tissues because lymph vessels have tiny openings that let gases, water, and nutrients pass through the surrounding cells. Keep circulation pumping by loading up on essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants that you need. And since the lymphatic system works best when you move your body, any type of regular exercise (even just walking every day) is good to help keep lymph fluid flowing. Some exercises in particular like yoga with twists help the body to drain fluid. (2)
3. Detoxify– whether we are aware of it or not, we are exposed to toxins on a daily basis that negatively affect our health. We are exposed to pollution, over processed foods, and pesticides. If we do not release these toxins they will build up and affect our health. (3) You can also try a “lymphatic drainage massage” which helps release toxins and breaks up lymph congestion.
4. Supplement to Support Your Lymphatic System
– look for supplements that help to improve blood flow and reduce swelling in the lymph nodes like essential oils of lemon, myrrh, oregano, and cypress. Digestive enzymes
will also help your body keep inflammation levels down as they are essential regulators and modulators of the inflammatory response. They also help to reduce the thickness of the blood and improve overall circulation. (4)