How to keep a Healthy Lymphatic System

Below I have listed an excellent article from The Truth about Cancer, about things you can do to keep your Lymphatic System Healthy. However, one thing that the article did not discuss is Electro-Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, which is noninvasive, painless and very calming and relaxing.

Electro-Lymphatic Therapy can stimulate the lymph at a greater depth than Manual Lymphatic Massage and will enhance lymph flow with far less therapy time. A combination of vibration, light and electrical waves help to stimulate the flow of the lymph by breaking up congested lymph fluid so that it can be released from the body. Since lymphatic organs play an important role in the immune system, the proper flow of the lymphatic fluid can have a positive impact on many conditions.

Also, Thermography is a powerful tool to work together with Lymphatic Therapy.

lymphatic therapyThermography shows you those areas in the body that have inflammation.

Thermography is an excellent tool for monitoring lymphatic congestion and subsequent improvement through lymphatic drainage therapy. All disease grows in a congested environment and creating healthy lymph flow is essential to our overall health.

I have found it is the best way to find out what your body is up to! Prevention is the smartest way to handle physical challenges and thermography tells you what you need to focus on.

4 Ways to Activate Your Lymphatic System

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#1 – Movement

Lymphatic vessels are activated during movement of the musculoskeletal system. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, arms, and torso so moving these areas will move the most lymph. Studies show that daily moderate exercise significantly reduces recurrence risk for breast cancer, in part due to its effect on the lymphatic system. It is highly likely that it also provides a reduction in all cancers. Fortunately, exercise and physical activity come in many forms:

Activities such as dancing, gardening, climbing stairs, physical labor, household chores and others that require movement and the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Exercise and sports – walking (especially brisk walking while swinging your arms), running, biking, yoga, Pilates, tennis, golf, swimming, weight lifting, aerobics, jumping jacks, rope jumping, and many others…

#2 – Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing

While muscular movement clearly helps the lymphatic system, deep breathing is equally important. Dr. Jack Shields, a prominent lymphologist, conducted a study in 1979 that showed deep diaphragmatic breathing causes the lungs to press into the thoracic duct (after its purification by lymph nodes etc.) which presses the fluid from there back into the blood stream where it belongs. This relieves the pressure off of millions of check valves throughout the entire system.

Deep diaphragmatic breathing facilitates movement of lymph through the bloodstream and dramatically increases the elimination of toxins…

#3 – Rebounding

Rebounding is the equivalent to jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline. Because lymph fluid mostly runs vertically, certified lymphologists and reboundologists (yes, it is a real term) believe that vertical motion exercises such as rebounding are more effective for lymphatic actuation than horizontal motion exercises, such as walking, jogging or biking.

Vertical movements are perceived to be particularly effective in pumping lymph fluid because of the continuous contraction and subsequent relaxation of muscles, and the continuous compression and release of the connective tissues, and tissue spaces. It is with millions of one-way check valves that lymphatic fluids are kept moving in a consistent one-way direction…

#4 – Dry Skin Brushing or Effleurage

Dry skin brushing helps to release toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system. Dry-skin brushing is best done first thing in the morning (before showering) because toxins are released and build up during sleep. Start with the soles of your feet and brush with upward strokes as you move up the legs and towards the heart. Do the same beginning with the hands up the arms. The routine is easy and should take you no more than 5-10 minutes.

You can dry skin brush daily, but do it a minimum of three times a week (and preferably five) for best results. A natural-bristled brush is best; avoid nylon and synthetic brushes because they can scratch and irritate your skin. Brushes can be purchased in any drugstore or online…

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