The Lymphatic System & Immunity

Our lymphatic system is one of the most important systems to focus on when implementing habits to improve our health and wellbeing.

You may have seen a lot of information lately about the immune system. If you haven’t already been focusing on supporting your immune system and optimising your health, now is the perfect time to start. By supporting the immune system we allow it to respond to threats appropriately with all of its integrated components functioning optimally.

You may have seen a lot of information lately about the immune system. If you haven’t already been focusing on supporting your immune system and optimising your health, now is the perfect time to start.  By supporting the immune system we allow it to respond to threats appropriately with all of its integrated components functioning optimally.

Our lymphatic system is one of the most important systems to focus on when implementing habits to improve our health and wellbeing. It has a deep connection to our immune system, is often our first line of defence and is responsible for distributing our fighting and healing cells around the body. It should be a system at the forefront of our minds when it comes to good health and immunity. Our lymphatic system's major responsibilities include detoxing the body and mounting a quick and appropriate immune response when needed.

The state of our cells determines our health, and our cells can only be as healthy as the environment they live in. Each cell is surrounded by something called interstitial fluid. In simple terms, this fluid is where the cells pick up the nutrients they need and dump what they don’t need. Our lymphatic system is responsible for sorting through this fluid and everything in it, ensuring that there is nothing in there that needs to be fought and then circulating this back into our blood stream to be eliminated by our other detox organs, such as the liver, kidneys, skin etc.

By ensuring our lymphatic system is functioning well we are giving our bodies a much better chance at maintaining good health.

 

8 simple ways to support your lymphatic system daily from home.

1: Drink 35ml of water per kilogram you weigh. Add a pinch of sea salt or a squeeze of lemon to increase its absorption.

2: 30 minutes of movement – any movement is effective; stretching, running, bouncing, dancing, walking.

3: Minimise processed foods.

4: Deep diaphragmatic breathing.

5: Alternate hot and cold water during your showers

6: Dry body brushing; start at the neck and move distally.

7: Wear loose comfortable clothing.

8: Ask the appropriate practitioner about herbs and supplements that can support your lymphatic flow.

 

BONUS: IF THESE ARE ACCESSIBLE TO YOU

9: Infrared Saunas

10: Lymphatic massage

WORDS BY STEPH WOODHOUSE - PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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