Caring for Your Lymphatic System

Did you know that if your lymphatic system stopped working for 24 hours, you would die? It is hands down one of the most important, yet overlooked systems in the body. Unfortunately, most people’s work just enough to keep them alive, but not enough to thrive.

The lymphatic system consists of vessels, ducts, lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus, the adenoids, and the tonsils. It travels throughout the whole body to remove waste from every single cell. And it also helps regulate the immune system. The lymphatic system is essential for good health.

Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have the heart to pump it. Breathing and other muscle movements are what propel lymph fluid. It wholly relies on the contraction and relaxation of muscles and joints to help pump it. But when your lymphatic system isn’t getting pumped like it should be it leads to waste and toxin buildup, weak immune system, and a wide variety of other health issues.

Some Symptoms of a Weak Lymphatic System Are:

  • Stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Holding on to water
  • Brain Fog
  • Swollen Glands
  • Stubborn Weight Gain
  • Chronic Sinusitis, Sore Throats, Colds, or Ear Issues
  • Cellulite
  • Cold Hands and Feet

Your lymphatic system acts like large drainage system for the body. And just like a sink drain, if it gets clogged, it can’t remove waste as it should. Thankfully there are quite a few things that we can do every day to help it pump as it should.

Sweat First Thing in the Morning:
Breathing and the contraction and relaxation of muscles, tendons, and joints are what pump lymphatic system. So naturally, exercise is the perfect combo to get that fluid moving. When you work out first thing in the morning, you’re helping your lymphatic system get a kickstart so it can work more efficiently throughout the rest of the day.

Meditation/Deep Breathing:
Stress is toxic to the body for multiple reasons. One of those reasons though is that it significantly slows down the digestive system and lymphatic system (it causes oxidation and congestion), which are the bodies to best ways to get rid of waste and toxins. So, it quite literally is toxic for the body. Meditation and deep breathing are one of the best ways to manage stress.

Here is a deep breathing exercise specific for the lymphatic system: Breath in deeply for 2 seconds, hold it for 8 seconds and then exhale for 4 seconds. Do it ten times. Repeat as many times as you can throughout the day.

Drink lots of water:
Lymph fluid is made up of about 95% water. The more dehydrated you are, the thicker the fluid becomes. And this causes stagnation. Drinking purified water throughout the day is one of the best things you can do to help the fluid move as it should. If you want to show your body some extra love, add some lemon to your water. The lemon will help aid the detoxification process.

Eat Whole, Nutritious Foods:
When it comes to helping your lymphatic system, the goal is to eliminate as many toxins from your life as you can. And processed foods have more chemicals, and toxins then they do any health benefits or nutritional value. Remember, macros don’t matter as much as ingredients and nutritional value do. Focusing on whole foods like vegetables (insane amounts), healthy fats, ethically sourced and clean protein, and berries will elevate so much stress from your lymphatic system.

Our bodies are a fantastic gift. And life is too short to feel sick and miserable all day. It’s time that we start working with them, instead of against them.

About Kyle

Kyle Collinsworth is a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He is a also a health coach, motivational speaker, and author or multiple books on health and fitness.

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