The lymphatic system is a complex network of organs and tissues which eliminate toxins and waste. It is primarily made up of lymphatic vessels, which resemble the circulatory system`s veins and capillaries. According to the American Cancer Society, there are hundreds of lymph nodes in the body, located deep inside the body or closer to the surface.
The lymph nodes provide antigens that purify fluids containing toxins, allergens, and cancer cells. The fluid is called lymph, but unlike blood, there is no pump for this fluid. If it doesn’t move out of the small lymph nodes through their ducts into the liver and kidneys, it goes back like a clogged sewer line. Consequently, the lymph nodes become infected, leading to swollen glands.
A sedentary lifestyle contributes to poor health. Physical inactivity, eating junk food, having a desk job, and watching TV for hours is just sedentary. This doesn’t only affect muscular and pulmonary health, but the lymphatic system as well.
Anyone who eats unhealthy foods while leading a sedentary lifestyle is faced with a compromised immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes clogged, all of the toxins will be soaked in other organs and can cause various health conditions, including but not limited to weight gain. Getting your lymph moving is the key to boosting your metabolism, stimulating weight loss, and reducing cellulite. Draining the lymph fluid is particularly important for women who wear bras or use underarm deodorants containing toxins. These toxins leach in the lymph node areas and beneath the skin.
How to Get Your Lymph Moving
Bouncing or rebounding is a great way to move tour lymph fluids and stimulate the kidneys and other organs to purify it. A mini-trampoline bouncer can be bought for around 50 US dollars.
Each time you bounce, you increase the gravitational pull on the lymph, getting low level “Gs” or increased gravitational pulls. With intense walking or gentle rebounding, the “G’s” are in vertical alignment with the body and its lymph system. If you enjoy a more difficult task, such as jumping rope exercises or half-court basketball, tennis, or racquetball, then you are moving your lymph node fluids enough to promote toxin elimination.
In this era of hyper-exercising, most health experts are now acknowledging the benefits of walking to move lymph around. Not mall window shopping strolls, but brisk walks! Multiple studies have demonstrated that walking helps prevent dementia or Alzheimer`s disease.
Walking should be done outdoors in a natural setting with grass, trees, and open fresh air. If the weather doesn’t permit, joining the mall walkers is okay. The walk should take about twenty minutes, four times a week. Start out as briskly as possible, then move into power walking if possible. Given that there are many lymph nodes in the upper body, the armpits neck, and shoulders, arm movement should be more extreme than usual.