People who are serious about their health know that the best way to keep the body free from illness and disease is to live a life which supports strong immune system function – exercising, eating right, and managing their stress. One of the most important parts of immunity is the lymph system, that network of vessels which circulates lymphatic fluid throughout the body and plays a vital role in the body’s ability to fight off illness and infection. Stimulating this system and increasing the flow of this fluid, therefore, is important to keeping the body healthy.
Below are five simple ways to help stimulate the lymphatic system and thus keep the body’s immunity functioning at its best.
Hydration is the key to good lymph system function and is one of the simplest things that people can do to improve their overall health. If the body is dehydrated, flow of lymphatic fluid can be sluggish; this makes the lymph system less efficient at cleansing the body and can lead to a harmful build-up of toxins and the increased chance of becoming ill.
Dry Skin Brushing
After hydration, one of the simplest things people can do to help stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid is to perform dry skin brushing before the daily shower. Using a firm skin brush with short, upward strokes towards the heart, brush the skin down, then shower as usual. Skin brushing appears to help the process of lymphatic drainage, which in turn greatly improves immunity.
Alternating Shower Temperatures
When showering, alternate the temperature of the shower water between hot and cold. This causes the lymph system to alternate between contraction (with the cold water) and expansion (with the hot water) and can greatly increase the efficiency with which the lymphatic fluid flows.
This methods involves bouncing up and down on a special sort of trampoline called a rebounder; this movement takes advantages of gravity and non-impact movement to stimulate lymphatic flow and is frankly a very enjoyable way to help strengthen the immunity! Just a few minutes of this rebounding a day can greatly stimulate the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
This involves special techniques from a trained therapist who applies pressure to the lymph nodes and tubules throughout the body to help release blockages in the lymphatic system and thus stimulate health flow of the fluids. It can help to detoxify and relax the body and help reduce chronic inflammation.
With the exception of the drainage therapy, these are all techniques which can be done easily at home and can be worked into the everyday routine. And while these constitute small lifestyle changes, they can have big benefits in terms of a strengthen immune system which is better able to fight off infection and disease.
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