Although the lymphatic system plays an integral role in the body’s immune system, few people know what it is or how it works.
A clever system of tubes, organs and nodes, the lymphatic system is a kind of waste and drainage system for the body. By transporting lymph, (which contains white blood cells responsible for killing infections), the lymphatic system moves waste and toxins into the lymph nodes where it is filtered and emptied from the body.
Much like the transport systems that carry people, the lymphatic system can become overloaded and stop working properly.
Because the tonsils, spleen, thymus and bone marrow are all connected to the lymphatic system, a backup of lymph can lead to localised swelling and raised glands to more serious conditions such as glandular fever, tonsillitis or Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The lymphatic system can also be affected by radiotherapy and some surgical procedures, leading to severe localised swelling.
Healthy skin from the inside out
As the lymphatic system lies close to the skin’s surface, a sluggish lymph system can also be a nightmare for your skin. The skin itself is one of the most important organs for the elimination of waste from the body. The more toxins there are in the body, the more overloaded the lymphatic system becomes, and the harder the skin needs to work to eliminate waste. Eventually, this can lead to dullness and blemishes on the skin’s surface.
How to improve your lymph flow
- Drink plenty of fresh water.
- Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid fatty, fried foods, and processed sugar.
- Exercise. Moving your body helps to keep your lymph moving, so any kind of exercise helps. Mini-trampolining (rebounding) and walking are especially good.
- Dry skin brush at least once a week. This helps to physically promote the flow of lymph through the body and exfoliates at the same time. Use a stiff body brush to make long sweeping movements starting at the feet and working upwards towards the heart.
- Get a lymphatic drainage massage – this gentle form of massage encourages the movement of lymph.
- Wear natural skincare products and clothing which breathe and don’t add to the toxic load on your body.
Products to support a healthy lymph system
- Pukka Elderberry and Echinacea tea – echinacea promotes lymphatic drainage and the tea tastes great!
- Brightwood dry body brush – for dry skin brushing
- Jojoba Company jojoba oil – a gentle, light moisturiser with no nasties for the skin
- Inika Certified Organic Liquid Foundation – helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and regenerates skin cells.
- Alkalife water – fresh, clean water with a high mineral content. Great for your skin and lymph flow.
- Boody – eco-friendly, organic bamboo clothing that feels great & let’s your skin breathe.