By Faith Litke of @organic_faith_
Many of us have sluggish lymphatic systems. When the body is overloaded with toxins, the lymphatic system can get backed up. It is important that, while detoxing, we assist the body with moving the lymph and removing toxins as this is an extensive job.
Some simple but effective ways to help this process are:
Bathing. This is so important we have a whole section dedicated to it— check it out by clicking here.
Rebounding. This helps awaken every cell in the body and effectively moves the lymphatic fluid through the body. If you're unable to jump too long or at all, try sitting your bum down on the mini trampoline and bounce that way. That still gets things moving. Otherwise start low and work your way up to bouncing for 20 minutes.
Walking. This helps get things flowing. You don't have to speed walk or run to get your system moving. Start low and work up to an hour if you can.
Lemon water. Drink it daily and throughout your day. Start the morning with 32 ounces of it with one whole lemon squeezed in it and try for 1-2 more each day of the same.
Self-Massage. Go see a massage therapist for regular lymphatic massages is great, but performing self lymphatic massage is easy (+ free!). We will be hosting a live demo for you guys on this!
Infrared sauna. Sauna is a very effective way to get the lymphatic system improved. It eliminates toxins while the body is in parasympathetic nervous system mode. The circulation and the heat really allow the flow to happen.
Dry brushing. This is a fabulous way to brush the skin and gently get the lymphatic system to work more effectively. Simply order a natural bristled brush with a long handle and brush in strokes towards the heart. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials on this. We suggest watching multiple so you can see the overall favored way to do it. Remember...towards the heart and neck.
Yin Yoga. Another great way to get the system going is with Yin yoga. Again, YouTube is phenomenal to find videos on this. This gentle yoga helps reverse gravity and also puts enough pressure on the body to move fluid.
Deep breathing. Deep breathing through the diaphragm creates pressure and expansion that helps pump the lymphatic fluid. Take a few minutes and practice some slow, deep belly breaths. Incorporate a little meditation here for some added benefits.
You can incorporate one or all of these everyday. Just remember that every little thing we do helps and with rituals like these, it makes this feel like a whole lot of self care and love. Let's get our move on!