When we think about bloating and its causes, digestion is somehow the first thing to pop on our mind.
These two simply go together, don’t they? What we eat is troubling our digestive system, and then we experience bloat and feeling of a sudden weight gain.
We typically address this issue by removing the trigger foods and taking supplements probiotics to balance gut flora and bitter herbs to promote enzymatic production.
Many people choose to do a seasonal cleanse which focuses on improving liver health and resetting digestion.
However, there is yet another method that most people forget about.
The body has a complicated network made up of fluid-filled nodes, glands, vessels, and organs- and it isn’t the circulatory system.
Introducing the Lymphatic System
The circulatory system brings nutrients to tissues and organs, while the lymphatic system works to dispose of waste and toxins. In brief, the lymph system is the body`s pathway for drainage, playing a very important role in natural detoxification and immunity.
In regards to immunity, the system protects the body against outside threats like bacteria, infections and cancer cells. The spleen is the largest lymphatic tissue in the body, but underestimated for its significance. As the key immune defense, the spleen combats infection, destroys damaged red blood cells, and holds a reserve of both red and white blood cells.
Why The Lymphatic System Gets Clogged
The lymph doesn’t have a pump, and it relies on the contraction and relaxation on joint and muscles to keep things flowing.
When the lymphatic system gets clogged, it becomes stressed and creates a wide range of problems. It doesn’t only lead to impaired immunity and disease; it might play a role in development of chronic pain, headaches, fatty deposits, and edema.
In addition, sluggish lymphatic system may also lead to chronic sinusitis, arthritis, eczema, upper respiratory, ear, and sinus infections, pneumonia, bronchitis and tonsillitis, swollen glands, ankles and eyes, and frequent colds.
11 Ways To Reset Your Lymph Flow
1. Move your body
Any form of physical activity helps. So, get up, stretch, and move your body.
2. Practice yoga
Yoga gets the lymph moving, which in turn resets this system and positively affects the overall health.
Rebounding, or playing on a trampoline, is a simple activity which gets the lymph flowing and stimulates circulation and blood flow.
4. Dry brushing
This detox practice stimulates both circulatory and lymphatic systems!
5. Lymph-loving herbs
Some of the best herbs that improve lymphatic flow and drainage include red clover, dandelion, cleavers, goldenseal, astragalus, and bupleurum.
Opt for ‘lymphatic massage’, which targets the lymph flow. Specifically, it stimulates the flow and promotes movement towards the heart for the drainage of waste and fluid.
7. Detox baths
Add two cups of Epsom and half-cup of baking soda salt to a steaming bathtub. This will help your lymph in rejuvenating cells and clearing out toxin waste.
8. Essential oils
The best essential oils for lymph cleansing include carrot seed, juniper berry, geranium rose, labdanum, bay leaf, lemon balm, lemongrass, and helichrysum.
9. Use friendly personal care products
As 60 percent of what you use topically will be absorbed in the system, using friendly personal care products is highly recommended.
10. Digestive bitters
Using a digestive bitter tincture formula like St. Francis Canadian Bitters helps support proper breakdown of food and reduce digestive inflammation.
11. Eat clean
Avoid processed foods and eat plenty of leafy green veggies, raw nuts and seeds, healthy fats, cruciferous veggies, berries and herbs and spices like garlic, cumin, ginger and turmeric.