The Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System is one of the most important systems in the body and works tirelessly to keep the body healthy and free from disease.

It is comprised of the lymph vessels and nodes, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, spleen and thymus gland: these are all the organs and tissues that provide much of the body’s natural defenses to sickness and disease.

Lymph vessels carry lymph fluid, which contains all kinds of toxins and waste, from the body’s tissues and organs to the veins under the collarbones, where the fluid then enters the bloodstream.

The waste is eventually filtered out of the body by the liver and kidneys.

Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump to move its fluid around, which means it, is entirely dependant on movement and exercise to keep it detoxing the body.

It is widely agreed that the best way to encourage healthy lymph flow is muscle movement that is combined with deep breathing.

Muscle movement effectively squeezes the lymph vessels to shift lymph fluid towards the subclavian veins close to the heart, and deep breathing squeezes the lymphatic thoracic duct, which pours most of the body’s lymph into the bloodstream.

Skin brushing is also a great way to improve lymph flow and help the body to deal with water retention. It is preformed by using a skin brush in an upward direction always moving towards the heart.

Start at the toes and use long upward strokes.

Brush each part of the body for about 4 to 6 strokes.

No need to brush to hard.

Do this every day and in the morning is best.

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