Take the Garbage Out for More Vitality

 In Self Care

We are all aware of our cardiovascular system because we can see some of the blood vessels that make up the cardiovascular system just beneath our skin. There is another system, more vast than the cardiovascular system, that isn’t so familiar to us, called the lymphatic system. Just like our cardiovascular system the lymphatic system is critical to our wellbeing. So critical that if either system stopped working we would die.

One of the functions of the lymphatic system is that it transports waste from our body. The lymph fluid collects waste from our cells and moves it through the body for disposal. If our lymphatic system becomes congested then it doesn’t complete its job of removing all the waste products and we become toxic.

A toxic body is a breeding ground for disease and not a place that welcomes vitality and wellbeing. So what can we do to get the lymphatic system decongested and flowing?

First off the lymphatic system unlike the cardiovascular system does not have an organ like the heart to pump the fluid around the body. The lymphatic system relies on muscle contractions as a pump to move the fluid.

Think about that for a minute. If you aren’t moving the lymph fluid isn’t either. Get moving to help your lymph fluid flow. Stand up every hour and move around – walk up a flight of stairs, throw your arms in the air and wave them around, and/or take a walk around the house or your office building.

Movement will help move the lymph but if it’s congested, you’ll need to help clear the congestion. Your lymph is likely congested partly due to the toxins you’re exposed to daily. Start by limiting your toxin exposure by drinking filtered water, reducing the personal care products you use that contain chemicals, and/or eating organic food.

Lymph fluid flows best in an alkaline state. The best way I know to create alkalinity in the body is eating organic fruits and vegetables. My go to is a large salad loaded with greens. I usually eat salad twice a day to help support a balanced pH and keep my lymphatic system flowing.

Let’s recap some key steps to a healthy lymphatic system:

  • Get moving
  • Reduce toxin exposure
  • Eat salad every day

These changes will go a long way towards clearing up lymphatic congestion when practiced consistently over time.

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