The Lymphatic System – The human body’s natural drainage network. This should be the first thing we think of when promoting a fit, healthy and happy lifestyle…but we have completely neglected it for years.
The word Lymph is derived from the ancient Roman deity of freshwater – Lympha. Lymph is a fluid that circulates throughout the Lymphatic System and is comparable to blood plasma in its makeup, except for also containing white blood cells. Lymph can collect different bacteria and transport them to things called Lymph Nodes, which in turn try their best to destroy these bacteria. Overworking our Lymphatic System is becoming more and more common these days as our diets are becoming increasingly unhealthy and we are exposed to huge amounts of chemicals, bacteria and impurities in our everyday lives. Overworking can lead to many health problems including:
- Infection of the Lymphatic System
- Aching and severe pain
- Night sweats
- Irritated/itchy skin
- Difficulty swallowing
There are a few things we can all do on a regular basis to combat the effects that the impurities in our systems are having on our Lymph network.
Using massage techniques is a great way to encourage some movement in your Lymphatic System. Unlike our blood-flow system, our Lymph does not have a pump to move it around, so regular movement is needed to assist in its redistribution around the body. Gentle massage in the shoulders, neck, arms and inner groin and legs is highly recommended and will greatly assist in the transportation of Lymph. Polarity therapy is a specialist, recognised massage therapy that can specifically target the movement of Lymph.
There are a variety of herbal teas which can be made using a range of Lymph moving herbs. A combination of Echinacea, Cleaver’s Herb and Indigo can be combined with hot water and honey to create the perfect and surprisingly delicious Lymph energy drink. These herbs can be bought as dry leaves from a wholefood store or quite easily grown in your garden for an even more organic remedy.
Yoga and other forms of stretching exercise are also good movers of Lymph. Taking regular walks and really stretching our legs encourages the Lymph nodes in our groin to loosen and enhance the speed at which they can destroy bad bacteria, then move the Lymph around the body again. Sweating in a bath tub or sauna is also a great way to release extra toxins within the body; this will also help to reduce the amount of impurities that your Lymph System will have to take care of.
Drink Plenty of Fresh Water
This one goes without saying – every system in our bodies requires water more than anything in order to operate at its full potential. Dehydration can also lead to a build up of toxins in our blood as our bodies try to hold on to as much moisture as possible. It is so important to drink plenty of good clean water throughout each day to ensure that everything has the energy to do what it needs in order to keep us healthy.
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