Most of us don’t even know what the heck the lymph is or what it does.
So here’s a quickie review for you.
Your lymphatic system is responsible for clearing debris and waste from your cells, and supports your immune system by transporting infection fighting white blood cells throughout the body.
If your lymphatic system gets congested, waste products and fluids can buildup in the tissues contributing to a whole lotta trouble! Like this:
- Poor immunity
- Swollen glands
- Stiffness in your joints
- Dry itchy skin
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Digestive bloating
- Lethargy, overall sluggishness
- Nasal congestion, sinusitis
- Brain fog
What can you do to ensure your lymphatic system is clean from debris and moving waste out of your body in a timely manner?
Try these 3 easy steps:
Drink water! This is probably the #1 thing you can do to support your lymphatic system. Lymph fluid is about 90% water, and when you become dehydrated the lymph can get congested and thick, and immune cells lack mobility. Hydrate your body with water to support your lymph and to have a good BM (that’s Bowel Movement… not Big Mochachino).
Daily exercise: You don’t have to go to the gym daily, but you do have to move your body daily. Walk briskly for 30 minutes, run, jump on a trampoline, stretch, or do one of my favorite lymphatic moving exercises; good old-fashioned jumping jacks. Do 100 per day. Or… at least start with 10 and build up from there. If you can get to 50 you’re doing GREAT! Your lymph will love you for it.
Use alteratives: Classic plants/herbs that have long been known as alteratives or “blood purifiers” promote better elimination of waste through the kidneys, liver, lungs and skin. And, they have an affinity for the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal, nervous system and integumentary system. Basically, these plants support and restore proper elimination and better functioning to the whole body. You can get some of these alterative and lymph supportive herbs in this gentle and delicious tea.
Now you know what your lymph is and what it does, and how you can best support it. So, send your lymph some love and do those 3 simple things above.
Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite ways to support your lymphatic system.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.