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  • Writer's pictureStacey Murtagh

5 Ways to Activate your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is the key to your overall health and is so important for your immune response. The lymph nodes monitor the lymph flowing into them and helps produce cells and antibodies protecting the body from infection and disease. Therefore, it's important to know that there are ways that can help you activate the lymphatic system to improve your immune response within the body. Your lymphatic system works hand in hand with your cardiovascular system to keep blood and lymphatic fluid levels in balance and flush toxins out of the body. It can be stimulated by gravity, exercise, breathing, hydrotherapy and massage. Easy ways that you can try at home to activate your lymphatic system:

  1. Dry Body Brushing: this is a go-to for me every day before showering. It promotes lymphatic drainage of toxic waste, which results in many other benefits such as: improved immunity, better skin and reduction in cellulite.

  2. Deep diaphragmatic breathing: this simple act of breathing helps create a pump that activates the lymphatic system. Focusing on the breath for 10mins per day can help oxygenate the blood and circulate the lymph especially around the liver. Try to do this outdoors in fresh air if you can.

  3. Hydrate: dehydration is a key reason for lymph congestion. Try to drink clean water daily and aim for 1.5 to 2 litres per day. Drink a glass each morning upon waking to activate the lymphatic system and wake up your organs. It supports detoxification in the body and good kidney function.

  4. Exercise: both cardio and strength training. Cardio will support heart health and blood vessels, whilst strength training will support muscle mass which helps increase the efficiency of both cardiovascular and lymphatic system.

  5. Rebounding: simply bouncing on the spot can stimulate the lymphatic system but also using a rebounder (small trampoline) can be a great way to support your lymphatic system. It gets the blood pumping and with gravity supporting this movement it's highly beneficial.

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