How I Detox My Lymphatic System
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! Since flu season is here I thought it would be a good time to discuss boosting that immune system. Did you know that the human body has one system that actually needs you to do its job! I guess they left this out of biology class, at least I don’t remember learning this. The lymphatic system is made up of vessels that drain fluid into the blood that help get rid of toxins in the body. And unfortunately, you have to drain your lymphatic system yourself. Luckily, it’s as easy as a few daily habits. In this week’s post, I wanted to discuss what the lymphatic system does and how you can detox it effectively.
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What Does The Lymphatic System Do?
The lymphatic system has a number of responsibilities, but the one that shocks me the most is it’s our number one defense against illness. (Seriously, why isn’t this taught in schools?) It creates a little army of disease-fighting antibodies who are ready for combat. This is actually a major reason why people suffer from illnesses, cellulite, and acne. Their lymphatic system isn’t functioning properly, therefore the body can’t fight the infection.
6 Ways I Detox My Lymphatic System
1. Wearing Clothes That Aren’t Too Tight
Lymph nodes can be squeezed when you wear clothes that aren’t exactly your size. For example, ladies, if you wear a bra that is too tight you can be restricting the lymph nodes in your armpits and upper arms. And if you wear a pretty pair of heels that squeeze your foot, you can block lymph nodes in your feet. Always buy clothes that are your size. I like to wear free flowing, loose clothes as often as possible.
2. Hot/Cold Showers
I’ve discussed the benefits of taking cold showers before, however alternating between hot and cold water temperatures have even more pros! This type of hydrotherapy causes vessels to contract when you’re in cold water, then dilates when exposed to hot water. You could take a warm bath abs then rinse off with cold water. I like to alternate from hot to cold throughout my shower. It makes since when you think about it. Back in the day, people would work in the heat of the sun and cool off by taking cool baths in rivers and lakes in the evenings.
3. Switch To A Natural Deodorant
Everything you put on your body is absorbed directly by the skin. And remember how I mentioned you have lymph nodes in your armpits? Well, most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and parabens. These chemicals can get pulled into your bloodstream and are possibly toxic to your health. Your best bet is to start using a more natural deodorant that doesn’t contain these chemicals. It takes some time for your body to adjust, but it will start to work like your usual stick.
4. Get Active
Long hours sitting in front of a computer can also cause a slow lymphatic system. Remember how important it is to take breaks as often as possible. Do a quick stretch, yoga, or walk around. Walking actually activates the lymph nodes under your armpits, so swing those arms!
5. Staying Hydrated
Our bodies are made of about 60% water. So when we are dehydrated, so is our insides. Fluids actually thicken in the body causing the heart to pump harder as well as joint friction when we need hydration. I like to drink a huge glass of water when I first wake up. Since we are asleep all night, our bodies become very dehydrated by the morning. Shoot for 20-30 ounces of water to get your day started.
6. Practice Deep Breathing
We breathe 24/7 without thought and a lot of those breaths are short from stress or tiredness. And shallow breaths can lead to a backed up lymphatic system. Deep breaths help move the lymph fluid through the chest and throughout the body easier. Starting and ending your day with meditation and paying attention to the breath can positively affect you inside and out.
What is another way you naturally drain your lymphatic system?
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Peace & Love,