Let the Lymph Flow!
Updated: May 6, 2019
Immune Support & Promoting Lymph Flow
We must have a strategy to build a strong, healthy mind and body to help our system avoid, field and flush out environmental contagions!
Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system flowing and vibrant. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies.
THE IMPORTANCE OF LYMPH FLOW You’re lymphatic system is a subset of your circulatory system and is an intricate and vast drainage system acting as a super highway creating connections and flow throughout the entire body. Think of it as the sewer system of the body as it helps clean out toxins, dead cells, and debris. But that's not it's only job, it’s also important for producing certain immune cells and ferrying them where they need to ho in a hurry! When it comes to immunity, this system protects the body against any outside threats, including infections and inflammation from viruses, bacteria and fungus to cancer cells. Our largest lymphatic tissue in the body is the spleen, often underestimated for its importance. As our main immune defense, the spleen fights infection, destroys worn-out red blood cells and holds a reserve of white and red blood cells. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have pumps! So how does it move? One way is the contraction of muscles around your lymph system help it flow! A good reason why movement and exercise are so important and, quite literally, paramount to your health. A few other ways to get your lymph moving are things like dry brushing, cupping, lymphatic massage, acupuncture, tailored herbal remedies. When the lymph system becomes bogged down and stagnant this can quickly lead to inflammation, contribute to disease, and be a hurtle to healing. Because the pumps are closely tied to muscle movement, sluggish lymph flow can also affect muscle tightness and alignment, displace organs and interfere with their functioning, and impact your ability to move. Humans were designed to move for the benefit of our health and to hasten our healing processes!
Dry Brushing for Skin
You brush your hair, and your teeth, but do you brush your skin?
This traditional practice has been gaining popularity more recently and with good reason!
Dry brushing has many potential benefits, from smoother skin to helping with lymphatic drainage.
So what is it and why should you consider doing it?
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering. It can easily be incorporated into your daily routine to maximize your lymph flow and boost your energy throughout your day.
Dry brushing the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest in a circular motion.
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CUPPING .⠀ What is it you ask?⠀ Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In more recent times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced. .⠀ Cupping brings fresh blood to the area, helping to improve circulation, relax muscle spasms and constraint and free intracellular waste and debris. Cupping relieves muscle tension, chronic and acute aches and pains and can aid in shortening the recovery time from an injury or rigorous activity or training and repetitive use. Blood + lymph flow = increase in healing properties to the tissue which help to decrease muscle pain and tension. ⠀ Cupping not only directly affects the local tissue being treated but also creates the potential for a systemic response by way of stimulating the blood, fluid and lymph flow to illicit an integrated neurological response, with Cupping’s popularity rising into mainstream therapeutic settings (Thank you Michael Phelps!) it is more than just another method of manual muscle release. Cupping can offers benefits to the body's fluid dynamics, neurological effects and mobility because of the decompression and fluid movement it provides.
Acupuncture, Herbal remedies and other holistic modalities can encourage, regulate and support the body and emotions through internal gas, bacteria and neuroelectric molecule regulation.
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