What is the role of the lymphatic system?
Lymph acts as a kind of "drainage" system for the body, so here's how to stimulate lymphatic drainage at home. This "network" of tissues, glands and organs stimulates the elimination of toxinsand maintains the fluid balance in the body. But when the lymphatic system is blocked, the body not only accumulates toxins, but immunity also deteriorates. The body can also become more susceptible to chronic diseases.
Lymphatic function can be impaired by conditions such as stress, sluggish bowel movements and tight-fitting clothes. For example, the chest and armpits are one of the largest groups of lymph nodes - too-tight bras can also impair lymphatic flow.
5 signs and prevention of congested lymph
The diagnosis of congested or blocked lymph can, of course, only be made by a doctor. And yet, if you see these red flags, pay attention to the state of your health, including your lymphatic system. An increased lymphatic load could be a sign of:
- Lowered immunity;
- Pronounced swelling and tenderness of the breasts during the menstrual cycle;
- Fluid retention;
- Cellulite formation.
But the good news is that the lymphatic system can be preventively activated with simple habits. Here are 3 suggestions:
- Movement is one of the most effective and simplest ways to activate the lymph. Anything that increases heart rate will do - running, yoga, stretching, walking, swimming and more.
- Fluid intake. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of lymphatic overload. Drinking enough water is important not only for general health but also for better lymphatic function. If you don't drink enough water, the lymphatic fluid can become thick and consequently move more slowly through the blood vessels. The amount of fluid needed varies from person to person, but the average is 2l of water a day.
- Reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Too much salt can cause fluid retention. Instead of salt, try to supplement your diet with fruit and vegetables. A healthy diet rich in fibre can reduce swelling and improve lymphatic drainage.
3 ways to stimulate lymph in the bathroom
Improving lymphatic flow can also start in your bathroom. Simple daily rituals will not only make you feel better, but also improve your long-term health. For example:
- Dry brushing - use a dry brush to gently cleanse your skin in a circular motion before bathing or showering. Start with your feet and work your way up your body, avoiding sensitive areas such as your face. Focus more on areas where lymph may be slower, such as the armpits, neck, chest and groin.
- Contrast showers and winter baths are great for improving circulation and immunity. I recommend trying changing the water temperature from hot to cold several times. Hot water dilates the blood vessels and cold water constricts them.
- Exfoliating in a warm shower is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system. Massage the skin towards the heart in a circular motion, thus stimulating lymphatic movement and blood circulation in the organs and tissues.
By the way, you can exfoliate in the shower with either a brush or a scrub. Choose one of our sugar or salt-based scrubs and create a ritual that will benefit both your skin and your overall health and well-being.
Here are 5 steps for effective scrub use:
- Use the scrub in a warm shower or bath. The warm water will soften the skin, open the pores and allow the scrub to work better;
- Wash your skin with shower gel;
- Apply the scrub in a circular motion - from the feet towards the heart;
- Rinse your skin and pat it dry (do not rub with a towel);
- Finally, apply a body cream or other moisturiser.
Read more about using a scrub correctly - for lymphatic drainage and skin wellbeing - in one of our blog posts
In Love and Care,
Vegan Fox creator and manager