Don't know much about the lymphatic system? Don't worry, you’re not alone! It's a new concept to most people.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that primarily consists of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymph. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a clear, colourless fluid containing white blood cells that helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The lymphatic system is vital to cleansing the body.
There are 600 to 700 lymph nodes in the human body, and these nodes filter the lymph before it returns to the circulatory system. The volume of fluid in the lymphatic system is twice the volume of blood and it consists of 80% water. Proper hydration is essential for optimal function of the lymphatic system.
An unhealthy lymphatic system can lead to an impaired immune system and serious health problems such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, obesity, aches and pains, bloating, digestive problems.
Why you Need to Stimulate the Lymphatic System
Unlike the cardiovascular system, which has the heart to pump the blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system has no pump so it needs to be stimulated manually to work properly.
The lymphatic system works best through regular muscle contraction. The pumping of the muscles help to move the lymphatic fluid through the body and ultimately removing toxins from the body.
How to Stimulate your Lymphatic System
1. Exercise 30 minutes daily
The skeletal muscles are particularly important to stimulate the lymphatic system. All forms of exercise help to move lymphatic flow, even brisk walking!
2. Trampolines are not just for kids
Light bouncing on a trampoline is fantastic for lymphatic stimulation. This is also know as REBOUNDING. You can use any size trampoline and just 5 minutes daily is a great place to start. This is a fantastic way to jump-start your day and bring energy to your morning routine.
If you don't have a trampoline and want to get started right away, skipping rope, jumping jacks and running give similar results.
3. Dry skin brushing
This not only stimulates your lymphatic system but is also great for your skin! CLICK HERE for instruction on how to make your skin glow and lymphatics flow.
4. Lymphatic massage
Lymphatic message is a special techniques that supports healthy lymphatic drainage. Ask your massage therapist about lymphatic massage at your next appointment.