The lymphatic system is a network of tubes throughout the body that drains fluid, in other words ‘the body’s garbage’, from tissues. It filters the fluid through the lymph nodes and empties it back into the blood, you want it to be clean, not toxic fluid getting pumped back in. The main roles of the lymphatic system is to manage fluid levels in the body as well as filter out bacteria and toxic waste, such as pathogens and dead blood cells whilst housing healthy white blood cells. It also works in tune with the circulatory system to deliver nutrients, hormones, oxygen and fresh fluid to the cells that help make up the tissues in the body. Overall good health consists of a healthy lymphatic system.
To get the lymphatic system moving, it must be manually pumped through exercise, a healthy diet, active lifestyle and even dry skin brushing. You can think of sweating as pumping fluids and toxins of the body, which results in happy cells and glowing skin.
Common symptoms of any lymphatic disorder include swelling of the arm or groin, weight loss, fever, fatigue, poor circulations, acne, head aches and night sweats, in general a heavy and stolen feeling.
There are a couple of things you could do to help your lymphatic system working optimally:
- yoga, especially hot yoga like Bikram, where you are more likely to sweat a lot
- exercise (sweating)
- dry skin brushing
- drinking plenty of water
- getting enough sleep
- eating a whole foods plant-based diet
- eliminating stress!!!