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 for example:
- 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 free and clean from debris and moving waste out of your body at a good pace?
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 can lack mobility. Hydrate your body with water to support your lymph and have a good BM (that’s bowel movement… not Big Mochachino).
Daily exercise: Nope, you don’t have to go to the gym daily, but you do have to move your body daily. You can 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 (get to 50 and you’re doing GREAT!). Your lymph will love you for it.
Use alteratives: There are some classic plants/herbs that have long been known as alteratives or “blood purifiers.” They 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 tea.
Now you know what your lymph is, what it does, and how you can best support it. So, send your lymph some love and do those 3 simple things above.
Do you have any favorite things you like to do 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.