Many people are not even aware that they have a lymphatic system, but in a nutshell, it is a complex network of vessels filled with lymphatic fluids that works with the lymph nodes, spleen and thymus to help cleanse the body of impurities. It plays a vital role in the body’s immune system and helps to fight off invasions from bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing pathogens.
Because the lymphatic system comes into such intimate contact with bacteria, toxins, waste products and other potentially harmful substances, keeping it cleansed and in good working order is important for the health of the entire body. Below are ten natural ways to do this.
Dr. Hauschka Facial and Body Massage Therapies
Alternative therapies such as lymph stimulation massage (a specialized Dr. Hauschka massage technique which stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluids and helps to detoxify the body), as well as acupuncture and steam baths are great natural ways to help cleanse the lymphatic system.
Regular exercise, especially when it is moderate to vigorous doesn’t just help with circulation of the blood – it helps the lymphatic system to circulate as well and this in turn help to detoxify and remove wastes from the body. Jumping on a trampoline is a wonderful way to stimulate the lymphatic system.
A healthy diet based largely on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based protein produces far fewer toxins and wastes and this makes it much less likely that the lymphatic fluid will become clogged up or sluggish.
A well-hydrated body means that there is plenty of fluid to help your lymphatic system flow freely and do what it needs to do – namely, help purify the body. 6 to 8 glasses of purified water a day can work wonders for the lymph. It is important that the pH of the water is above 7.
Deep breathing exercises can help stimulate the flow of lymph to help prevent the build-up of harmful substances and to improve oxygenation to the cells. Yoga really helps you to develop wonderful breathing techniques.
Before showering, it is a good idea to take a dry brush and work it over the skin in long strokes towards the heart for about five minutes, then shower as normal. This routine acts as a great stimulant to the lymphatic system.
Avoid Most Commercial Beauty Products
Most commercially made beauty products such as shampoos, lotions, soaps, etc., are laced with harsh or harmful chemicals that can be absorbed into the skin and find their way into the lymph system. Make sure to buy organic or all-natural products.
Drink Herbal Tea
Certain herbs have the proven ability to help cleanse the lymphatic system and can be drunk regularly to help with the detox process. Some of the best herbs for this include goldenseal, red clover, Echinacea and goldenseal. I am hooked on the Phyto Force Detox Tea that includes Boldo, Buchu, Fennel, Nettle, Peppermint and Senna.
Alternate Shower Temperature
Taking a shower under alternating hot and cold water is also a great way to stimulate the flow of lymph; this is because the hot water will dilate the lymphatic vessels while the cold water contract them. This therapy, however, is not recommended for pregnant women or for those with blood pressure problems.
Wear Loose Clothing
Clothing that is to tight or constricting can slow down or occlude the flow of lymph; wear loose-fitting clothing instead.
These are all simple, inexpensive ways to ensure that the lymph system is unimpeded and able to help detoxify the body and fight off infection and disease.