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What is our lymphatic system

According to the clevelandclinc.com, the lymphatic system, or lymphoid system, is an organ system in vertebrates that is part of the circulatory system and the immune system. It is made up of a large network of lymph, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymphatic or lymphoid organs, and lymphoid tissues.[1][2] The vessels carry a clear fluid called lymph (the Latin word lympha refers to the deity of fresh water, "Lympha")[3] towards the heart.


Unlike the circulatory system, in which the heart acts as a pump, this system has no pump. But there are certain things that you can do to activate your lymphatic system and get it flowing and removing toxins again.



The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.



Other functions of the lymphatic system?


  • The removal of excess fluids from body tissues. It acts as a one-way drainage system – which means it moves fluid from body tissues into the blood circulation.

  • Absorption of fatty acids and subsequent transport of fat, chyle, to the circulatory system.

  • Production of immune cells (such as lymphocytes (which fight infection) monocytes, and antibody producing cells called plasma cells). Tissue drainage;

  • Fat transport; it gets rid of any waste that cells make.




There are several tell tale signs that lymphatic fluid is not moving effectively and that toxins are building up in your body according to https://www.functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com/18-signs-your-lymphatic-system-is-clogged-and-how-to-get-it-moving-again/

Those include

  1. Bloating

  2. Swelling in your fingers/rings fitting more tightly

  3. Brain fog

  4. Digestive issues

  5. Parasites

  6. Depression

  7. Sinus infections

  8. Skin problems/dry and or itchy skin

  9. Enlarged lymph nodes

  10. Chronic fatigue

  11. Feeling sore or stiff when you wake up in the morning

  12. Unexplained injuries

  13. Excess weight

  14. Cold hands and feet

  15. Constipation

  16. Worsened allergies

  17. Food sensitivities

  18. Increased colds and flu



Here are 7 Ways You Can Help Your Lymphatic System Move:


Lymphatic drainage massage

Lymphatic massage is a light, rhythmic, manual therapy that uses a specific stretch-and-release skin technique intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which speeds filtration and boosts well-being. It improves lymphatic circulation up to 10 times after a single session. Regular monthly lymphatic massages can help assist detoxification, improve immune system function and much more. Powerplate.com states that Regular Massage on a Power Plate® Machine Can Help Improve Circulation!


Exercise

Gentle to moderate exercise activates the flow of lymphatic fluid and it is the most effective way of increasing the function of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the circulatory system, it is dependent on your muscle contractions to push it against your skin to help it pump. Exercise also makes you sweat which releases toxins from the body.



Deep breathing

Make a conscious effort to take a number of deep breaths first thing in the morning, several times during the day and last thing at night. Deep belly breathing activates the lymphatic system and helps you to detox.


Dry brushing

This is the use of a natural bristle brush on dry skin to activate the lymphatic system. Do it daily or at least twice a week. During the Detox & Surgical Lymphatic Massages you will learn the proper way to dry brush for your lymphatic system. Dry brushing kits are available for purchase with any session.


Clean up your diet

Avoid eating packaged and processed foods that contain chemical additives that add to your body’s toxic load. Switch to a whole foods diet which includes more vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts than animal products. 7-13 servings of fruits & vegetables are now the recommended daily amount. Learn how you can bridge the gap and thrive with a simple solution to add more plants to your daily life in just a matter of minutes each morning, click to learn more.


Wear loose clothing

Wear loose clothing most of the time and tight clothing occasionally. Tight clothing, (like bras and other tight-fitting underwear) reduces circulation of lymph which then slows down detoxification of the body.


Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of clean filtered water throughout the day so that the water can carry away the toxins through urine and sweat.


Keep your lymphatic system working! The lymphatic system is critical for health and it is wise to keep it working at its best.



Here at VibraFit we specialize in holistic lymph care, helping you to boost the function of your lymph with lymphatic massages on our vibrating PowerPlate and learning techniques to maintain well-being through lifestyle changes like those discussed above.



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