Draining Your Lymph Fluids May Solve Your Health Issues – Here’s How to Unclog It

When we think about WHY we get bloated, the blame game often starts at digestion.

The two just go together, don’t they? The foods we eat are troubling our digestive system, and then we experience that unbearable bloat and feeling of sudden weight gain as a result.

What do we do? We typically focus on bettering digestion, by removing our trigger foods and taking supplements such as bitter herbs to support enzymatic production and probiotics to balance gut flora.

We may also decide that it’s time for a seasonal ‘cleanse’ that focuses on resetting digestion and improving liver health.

But there is another system.

One that we are forgetting about.

You see, in your body, there is a rather complicated network that consists of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, glands, and organs – and it’s not your circulatory system.

Introducing the Lymphatic System

This system touches almost every part of the body, and while we may not feel it – it’s always there, working away.

While the circulatory system brings nutrients to our organs and tissues, the lymphatic system works to dispose of toxins and waste. In short, your lymph system is your bodies pathway for drainage, playing an important role in immunity and also in natural detoxification.

When it comes to immunity, this system protects the body against any outside threats; infections, bacteria and cancer cells. Our largest lymphatic tissue in the body is the spleen, and boy-oh-boy is this underestimated for its importance. As our main immune defense, the spleen fights infection, destroys worn-out red blood cells and holds a reserve of white and red blood cells.

In addition to lymphatic organs and glands which also include your thymus and tonsils, we also have between 500-700 lymph nodes that are spread throughout the body. Lymph nodes filter lymph fluid, a clear substance that comes from your blood plasma – containing nutrients, oxygen, hormones, toxins and cellular waste. They also house lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) which play a role in your immune system. If you’re familiar with B-cells and T-cells, these are lymphocytes which are found in lymph nodes and lymph tissues [2]

While this is all fascinating stuff that’s taking place in your body. There is an issue that comes up with this system.

Why The Lymphatic System Gets Clogged

Unlike your blood, your lymph does not have a pump. [1] Your lymphatic network relies on the contraction and relaxation of the muscles and joints to keep things flowing. YOU are the pump.

You’re likely reading this while you are sitting right now, so maybe it’s time for a quick apology made out to your lymphatic system?

When the lymphatic system becomes stagnant, it becomes stressed by its never-ending toxin disposal duty. This can not only create impaired immunity and disease, but it may also play a role in the development of [3]:

  • Edema (fluid retention/bloating)
  • Cellulite
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatty deposits.

Sluggish lymphatic flow may also be a root cause for [3]:

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Swollen glands, ankles, and eyes
  • Eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Upper respiratory, sinus and ear infections
  • Frequents colds
  • Tonsillitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia

Don’t worry – there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Thankfully it really doesn’t take much to get your lymph moving again.

11 Ways To Reset Your Lymph Flow

Rebounding

This is the adult term for playing on a trampoline! Jumping for 10-20 minutes is enough to get your lymph flowing while also stimulating circulation and blood flow throughout the body [4].

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