Lymph Happy and Free
Updated: Jun 7, 2021
The lymphatic system is a very undervalued part of our bodies because you only hear about it when it is a problem. A great analogy that I learned was that you could think of your body as a fish tank. If the filter (lymphatic system) is working, then our tank stays clean. If it is not working, it creates an environment for gunk to thrive. We need to keep our filter working well.
The lymphatic system is an essential part of our circulatory and immune systems. It is a colorless liquid made up of useful and harmful materials from our body. Since we don't want all the detrimental components of lymph to get back into our bloodstream, we have our lymph nodes, our filtering centers. The nodes are filled with one of our body's leading warriors, the lymphocytes (white blood cells), and they help clean the bad things out of our lymph. The system is essentially our garbage/recycling center. That is why when you go to your primary care provider, they feel your lymph nodes because it is a good indicator of our immune system's health. Here are a few things you can do to support your lymphatic system.
Diaphragmatic breathing- This is such an essential activity for overall health. Here is the link to my article on breathing:
Dry Brushing- The lymphatic system is very delicate, and it doesn't take very much pressure to close down the lymphatic channels and prevent lymph flow. You brush or lightly rubbing your skin, always pulling toward the heart.
Movement- Move your body, and that is a great driver for moving lymph through our bodies.