How to Self-Drain Your Lymph System
Effective Ways to Keep your Lymph Circulation Moving
Recently, a couple we know experienced a blockage in their kitchen. Neither well of their kitchen sink would drain. Instead, a smelly, greasy, green-brown sludge surfaced in both sides of the sink. This rancid cesspool-like substance just sat there stagnating.
Not until they cleared a blockage further down the drain did the system start to function and flow properly again.
Now, imagine the problems that can arise when your lymph system becomes plugged or backed up. It too is designed to carry waste away, but when it’s not functioning properly, the consequences are far more serious than a clogged sink!
Actually, your lymph system functions more like a highly sophisticated waste water treatment plant than merely a drain. The lymph system is crucial for maintaining a strong immune system, for healing, and warding off disease. The lymph system moves impurities and toxins out of your body and into the blood. The blood then transports these toxins to the liver and kidneys for purifying and elimination.
Your body contains at least twice the amount of lymph fluid as blood, but unlike your blood, there’s no organ (the heart) to pump lymph fluid and keep it moving. Instead, it relies on muscle contraction and manual manipulation to move the lymph fluid.
Your lymph system is equipped with numerous lymph nodes that act as filters along the way. Sometimes these nodes become blocked and swell. Researchers estimate that as many as 80 percent of Americans have sluggish lymph systems.
Symptoms of a Sluggish Lymph System
When your lymph system becomes sluggish or blocked, it can have a profound impact on the rest of your body. It becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and disease. Because lymph cleanses nearly every cell in your body, symptoms of chronic lymph blockage are diverse but can include:
- More extreme allergies
- Heightened food sensitivities
- Frequent bacterial and viral infections
- Joint pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Menstrual cramps
- Fibrocystic breasts or breast tenderness
- Loss of appetite and GI issues
- Muscle cramps
- Swelling of tissues
- Mental fuzziness
- Mood swings
- Skin breakouts and acne
Causes of a Sluggish or Blocked Lymph System
- Surgery or injury
- Toxic buildup
To keep your lymph circulation moving right along, you need to know the most effective ways to keep yours pumping.