What is the Lymphatic System and How does it affect my health?
The Lymphatic System is a slow moving system responsible for delivery of nutrients, waste disposal and immune response. This system is a one-way system comprised of your lymph nodes, spleen, thymus and vessels that begins in the tissue and ends when it reaches the blood vessels. It transports fluid that contains large waste particles and debris from all around the cells filtering out and destroying foreign substances and microorganisms. Keeping your lymphatic system functioning properly is directly related to the overall health of the entire body.
Lack of water intake, poor diet, and lack of exercise are the main causes of improper digestion of nutrients and lack of lymphatic pumping which leads to blocked lymph nodes. Some signs that your Lymphatic System may need some assistance include headaches, sluggishness, fatigue, inflammation, poor digestion, mucus build-up, general stiffness, development of cellulite, edema (fluid retention) and chronic pain.
How can I detox my lymphatic system?
After reading about the problems a blocked lymphatic system can cause you are probably wondering how you can fix it? The good news is that it is not too difficult and it can be even pleasant.
The first step is take stress off the intestines and Lymphatic System by following a healthy diet and eliminating sugars and fatty foods. A detox program would be an excellent way to kick start the cleansing process, followed by changes to your daily eating and lifestyle program. It is important to remove the primary cause of mucus congestion with milk and milk products being the primary culprits. Sugar, hydrogenated oils, and refined foods also must be avoided as they clog up your lymph nodes and slow your lymphatic system down. Increase raw, natural foods that cleanse your lymphatic system such as dark green vegetables, ginger, sea kelp, citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, flax seeds, wheat-grass, radishes and garlic.
The second step is to indulge yourself with a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage. As you are relaxing you are also detoxing and stimulating your lymphatic system to work more efficiently. This leads to a more resilient and reactive immune system and increased overall health of the body.
The Lymph system has no muscular pumping organ of it’s own which is why Manual therapy is so important. The movement of the joints promotes a pumping action encouraging the lymph to move. This movement of lymph is known as Lymphatic Drainage. A Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is one of the most effective ways to stimulate this movement. Developed for Emil Vodder this type of massage is a specific therapeutic intervention, that uses rhythmic, passive and gentle movements according with the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System promoting and encourage the natural drainage of the lymph.
After undergoing massage involving the precise movement of lymph, the client may feel listless, fatigued or achy for 48 hours. This is completely normal as you are eliminating toxins from your entire body. To minimize the side effects and to support detoxification, it is very important to increase water intake and rest in the 48 hours after your massage.
If you are feeling any of the symptoms previously described and feel that you are in need of a detox Chevron Island Physio can help! We have created a Detox package combining a One Week Clean-Tox eating plan (including 7 day plan, recipes and shopping list) with a One hour session of Manual Lymphatic Drainage for only $90! Our Detox combo can help to increase your immune system, promote weight loss with a reduction in adipose and cellulite tissue, reduce water retention, reduce or eliminate chronic pain, help with skin conditions and allergies, increase energy, increase metabolism, lessen PMS symptoms (who doesn’t want that!) and improve range of motion in your joints.
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