Love your lymphatics.
Today I thought it was appropriate to discuss the lymphatic system given we are in the midst of cold and flu season.
If you are unfamiliar with your lymphatic system it spans the body having vessels everywhere except the central nervous system and bone marrow. The lymph system consists of vessels, ducts, and nodes, which runs parallel to circulatory system, but does not have a main pump like the heart. Instead the lymphatic system relies on valves and contraction of muscles around the vessels to keep lymph flowing.
Our most common encounter with our lymphatic system is when we find swollen glands (lymph nodes) around our throat when we are sick.
However, the lymphatic system is always working these are just instances when a lymph node becomes inflamed and swelling results. The increase in size we feel occurs when the body has come in contact with a foreign organism, and brought it to the lymph node to be eliminated. This foreign organism can be a virus, bacteria, or even food proteins that come in contact with the immune system as result of “leaky gut” (intestinal permeability syndrome).
During cold and flu season it is important to do all can to prevent illness, including handwashing, staying home when your sick, resting and staying hydrated.
Lymphatic system activation will keep your lymph flowing and allow your body can be at its best for processing anything that comes along this season.
Try these at home at home techniques to improve lymphatic function flow.
- Alternating hot and cold showers
- Dry skin brushing
- Walking or rebounding
- Movements from yoga or tai chi
Outside of home the lymph system can be activated by these therapies.
- A treatment by a manual lymph therapist/ or trained massage therapist
- Contrast hydrotherapy and far infrared sauna (The Armstrong Clinic)
- Have an acupuncture treatment (Provided by your Naturopathic Doctor)
- Ask your Naturopathic Doctor about other herbal/homeopathic treatments that can help