Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Detoxification 101: The Lymphatic System (Part 4)


 Hello friends,

Today, let's discuss the lymphatic system  as part of our detoxification series. Refer to the links to join in the conversation for the other posts in this series on the Skin and the Liver.

What is the Lymphatic System? 
-The lymphatic system is a major part of the body's immune system. The lymphatic system aids the immune system in removing and destroying waste, toxins, pathogens, dead blood cells, and cancer cells from the body.  In addition, the lymphatic system removes excess fluid and waste from the interstitial spaces between cells.
Basically, it acts as a filtration system.

The lymphatic system does not have a pump! (like the circulatory system). Therefore, it is highly dependent on movement ( such as exercise, dancing, jumping, physical activity, massage etc.) to help it do its job efficiently. I think another great reason to exercise!

It is important to note that if the other elimination organs of the skin, liver, intestines, and kidneys are working at top capacity, then the lymphatic system is able to to do its job even better.
A poor working lymphatic system can cause swelling, joint pain, skin puffiness, nausea etc.

So what makes us the Lymphatic System?
Lymph nodes, bone marrow, the spleen, tonsils, and the thymus gland all make up the Lymphatic system.

Ways to encourage the Lymphatic System to do its jobs:
  1. Exercise. "Nuff said...
  2. Massage...such as the Lymphatic Massage
  3. Dry Skin Brushing - stimulates the lymphatic system to drain and remove from the entire body
  4. A healthy-balanced diet-mostly plants; little processed foods
  5. Sweat - Don't be afraid to sweat. Sweating is a great overall health. Sweating eliminates waste and toxins and helps support a healthy Lymphatic system. 
Well, my friends, I hope this helps. If you have any questions or comments, please do so in the comment section below.

Take Care,