Posted on March 07, 2013
Did you know your lymphatic system is not moved by your heart pumping like your circulatory system? It’s actually circulated by the movement of your muscles and also the movement of your breath. Right in the center of your chest behind your sternum is a lymphatic duct. Whenever you take a deep breath and exhale, your diaphragm moves up and down, this moves your lymph fluid. Pause here so you can take a few deep breaths.
Some people don’t know what the lymphatic system does. It’s your secondary circulatory system and it’s made up of tiny vessels that branch all throughout your body. Along these tiny vessels are small little bean shaped organs called lymph nodes. These are found along your underarm, neck, abdomen, pelvic area and also behind knees. These lymph nodes filter and trap foreign substances and they get destroyed.
Many skin related issues can possibly be signs of a sluggish lymphatic system. These include acne, sensitive skin, premature aging, flabby skin, varicose veins, cellulite, edema and varicose veins.
Here are 6 other ways to speed up your lymphatic system from Life.gaiam.com (http://life.gaiam.com/article/6-ways-boost-circulation-detoxing-and-immunity)
1. Drink plenty of water
“Circulation is vital to all of the body’s functions, and water makes up a large part of blood volume,” explains Katz. So make sure you drink enough water every day and don’t allow yourself to get dehydrated, causing undue taxation on your circulatory system.
But does water help flush toxins from your system? Katz explains that adequate hydration is required for adequate perfusion, which in turn is required for adequate function, detox included. “And water-soluble toxins go out with water, so adequate hydration is certainly directly relevant for kidney function.”
2. Exercise regularly (both cardio and strength training)
Any activity that contributes to overall fitness will also contribute to a strong circulatory system.
Regular aerobic activity is good for the health of your heart and blood vessels.
Resistance training adds to muscle mass, which increases the efficiency of both cardiovascular and lymph circulation, explains Katz.
3. Eat healthy
Circulation is yet another aspect of your health that benefits when you eat healthfully. “Lymph is made up of immune cells," says Katz, "so the quality of lymph is enhanced by practices that boost immunity, including a healthy, balanced diet and weight control.“
4. Get a massage
By applying pressure to the body, massage stimulates the blood and lymph vessels, helping move the fluid along.
“Studies suggest that massage may enhance circulation in a localized manner to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and perhaps accelerate healing,” says Katz, “similar to the way that applying pressure to a tube squeezes out the toothpaste.”
5. Try manual lymph drainage therapy
By applying pressure in specific ways that target lymph nodes and vessels, a therapist trained in the lymphatic drainage therapy technique can directly target the lymph system to activate lymphatic fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
The technique includes holding the hands flat and moving them over the body to detect and assess current lymph flow patterns, and moving them in wave-like movements to release blockages in the network of lymph nodes and vessels.
“The benefits of lymph drainage therapy include a reduction of inflammatory responses (both acute and chronic), detoxification, regeneration of tissue, and deep relaxation, to name just a few,” says Harper.
The American Massage Therapist Association’s locator page can help you find a massage therapist trained in lymph drainage therapy techniques.
6. Shake it up with vibration and rebounding therapies
It seems obvious that shaking and bouncing your body around will get your blood pumping. But is there any evidence that they actually work to increase cardiovascular circulation and lymph flow? Turns out there is: A recent study published in Medical Science Monitor found that “Five minutes of 30 Hz or 50 Hz vibration produced significant increases in skin blood flow.”
Rebounding (jumping on a trampoline) appears to be especially effective at improving lymph system circulation. Lymphatic fluid is completely dependent on physical exercise to move, and the up-and-down rhythmic gravitational force caused by jumping on a trampoline causes the lymph system’s one-way valves to open and close, increasing lymph flow.
“The repetitive rhythmic motion of bouncing on a mini trampoline provides a simple, zero-impact exercise method with long-term mental and physical health benefits,” writes Dr. Tina Wellman, a psychoneuroendocrinologist and author of books on blending exercise, nutrition and detoxification to achieve wellness, in an article for Total Health. ”These benefits include increasing oxygen uptake and promoting detoxification via the lungs, skin, and lymph.” To read this article: http://life.gaiam.com/article/6-ways-boost-circulation-detoxing-and-immunity
Alternating hot and cold showers for a few minutes is another way to move your lymphatic system but not if you have blood pressure issues or you are pregnant.I also like using a dry brush. A dry brush can be purchased at health food stores. Dry brushing is feels good after you get used to it and it’s great for exfoliating your skin too.
So now you have 9 ways to speed up your lymphatic system, we should all have awesome beautiful glowing skin and faster moving lymph. I hope you will try a few of these.
Thanks for reading!
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