Are you feeling tired, gaining weight, getting sore joints and have increased water retention/cellulite? You may need to love your body and detox your Lymphatic system using Dr Simone’s easy top 10 tips.
DETOX FAT, REMOVE CELLULITE & FEEL GREAT BY LOVING YOUR LYMPH!
By Simoné Laubscher
Your lymphatic system is a great friend when it is working but can cause all sorts of health problems when you get a backlog of toxic lymph. Some common symptoms of such health problems include, over-acidity, sore & swollen joints, weight gain, increased water retention, increased cellulite, fatigue, irritability and due to the acidity increased appetite & cravings.
Your lymphatic system’s major role is to collect excess fluid from the tissues, purify it and return it to the bloodstream. This role is important because many substances are continuously leaking out of the blood capillaries into the surrounding tissues. When your lymphatic system fails to sweep up these excess fluids, they can accumulate, cause swelling and potentially increase the risk of infection.
An efficient lymphatic system helps to defend your body against germs such as bacteria, viruses & fungi that may cause illness. Luckily, an effective lymphatic systems silently works in the background keeping you healthy.
Here are my top 10 tips on how to love your lymphatic system:
Rebounding is one of the easiest ways to pump the lymph. Rebounding is the practice of jumping on a trampoline (yes, remember when we did this for fun as a kid or in the 80’s at the gym) for ten to thirty minutes. This passively moves the lymph while stimulating the circulation of blood throughout the body. Numerous studies have proven its efficacy, and have even shown it to improve muscle tone. Best is to rebound for 10-15 mins per day and either pull out your home rebounder or jump on the trampoline with your friends and family, either way it is super fun and your body will love it! Great way to shake off stress too!
2. DR SIMONE’S SECRET DETOX WATER
Lymph is about 95% water, making water essential for its health. Stay hydrated by drinking half your weight in ounces of water a day. Without adequate water, lymphatic fluid cannot flow properly. And one of the most common causes of lymph congestion is dehydration. Water, and only water, can adequately rehydrate the body, but if you want to expedite the process, add in my secret detox water each day or sip all day to cut your appetite.
Mix up 1 litre of water with:
- 2 tablespoons of Bragg’s cloudy apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons of organic agave syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Note: don’t forget your straw & you can get glass ones theses days so you don’t get the chemicals from plastic straws! This protects the teeth’s enamel from the lemon.
3. DRY BRUSHING
Dry skin brushing is great in assisting in lymphatic flow and boosting circulation. You simply take a dry brush with coarse bristle and brush the skin towards the heart. This stimulates the sweat glands, opens pores, and gets rid of dead skin cells. It also encourages the movement of lymph and blood in underlying organs and tissues of the body, which helps clear built-up toxins. As a result, it can be beneficial in improving skin conditions and reducing cellulite.
Check out this great diagram.
Enzymes are produced by the body to break down food substances and to expedite countless metabolic processes. They are also utilised by the body to clear toxic-waste buildup in the lymph and blood, making their supplementation a key way to improve lymphatic health. Using proteolytic enzymes between meals can help to “digest” or breakdown organic debris in the circulatory and lymph systems, increasing lymphatic flow. They also help to ease the burden of allergy-like compounds, freeing the immune fractions travelling in the lymph system for other work. Eating pineapple is also high in enzymes but if it’s a little tricky to carry your pineapple slices out to dinner with you, try our Rejuv Digestive Aid capsules. Take 2 capsules before any meal and your digestion will be tip top (https://rejuv.co.uk/store/product/digestive-aid).
Since there is no pump on your lymphatic system unless you move or sweat the toxins cannot be removed. A great way to increase your lymph detox is to visit a dry sauna 1-2 x week or buy an inexpensive Far-Infra Red Sauna mat or portable FIR sauna for your home. You can buy them inexpensively for around £300 and we stock them at Rejuv, contact us for more information.
6. NO ORDINARY MASSAGE GET ‘PHYSIO LYMPH DETOX’
We all love a good massage, and here’s just one more reason why. A lymphatic massage is a special form of massage that specifically targets the flow of lymph in the body. It uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate the lymph, encouraging its movement towards the heart for the drainage of fluid and waste. Lymphatic massage has shown in studies to push up to 78 per cent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. This mobilises toxins for clearance, lessening the burden on the lymphatic system.
7. GET YOUR pH UP & ALKALISE
The more acidic you are the thicker your blood so the more toxic your lymph. So add in an organic super greens product like our Rejuv’s Super-Greens Powder or if you really want the best on the market try The Super Elixir that I formulated for Welleco.
If it’s easier for you to take in capsule you can buy our Rejuv Super Greens caps too. It is also great to increase all green vegetables in your diet & juice green veggies with 1 green apple per day, mixing in your super greens powder to make a big dent in your toxic cup.
8. EAT RAW FOODS
Incorporating raw foods into the diet is an easy way to keep the lymphatic system healthy on an ongoing basis. Raw foods offer high levels of naturally occurring enzymes that break down toxic buildups and promote the clearance of harmful substances in the body. Eating foods raw, in particular fruits and vegetables, is also a great way to boost the water levels in the body. Finally, raw foods are primarily alkaline, which help neutralise harmful pathogens, lessening the burden on the lymph.
9. LADIES SO ‘NO’ TO UNDERWIRE IN YOUR BRA
Just like tight-fitting clothes, underwire bras can impede normal lymphatic flow. One of the largest clusters of lymph nodes is located in the armpit and upper chest area, and those nodes act as a source of drainage for the breast, arm, and upper chest. If a bra is too tight, or if the underwire is too restrictive (for most of us this is the case), the lymph is constricted, preventing normal drainage.
Some researchers believe that over a period of time this can cause long-term impairment of the lymphatic function, and may contribute to an array of conditions including fibrocystic breast tissue, swollen lymph nodes and breast cancer. If you must have the support choose underwire bras with plastic & NOT wire. Also on an EMF note the wire in the bra picks up lots of wifi junk which may also potentially increase your risk of breast cancer.
10. PRACTICE INVERSION
Since the lymphatic system has no pump inversion or simply spending time upside down is great to relieve congestion and encourage detoxification. To start, inversions such as handstands, headstands and shoulder stands, and even placing the legs up the wall, reverse the effect of gravity. Much like the inversion table, this helps to drain the lymph towards the heart, escalating the rate in which it’s cleaned and filtered.
Inversion tables are also fun and cost-effective. Twists are also a great way to stimulate lymphatic flow. Through the practice of twisting the abdomen, the organs and muscles are squeezed, forcing the lymph out of the tissues. Finally, the natural dynamic flow through the yoga poses cause the muscles in the body to contract and relax, which is the primary way lymph moves through the body. This allows for a free flow of lymph, which prevents its stagnation and accumulation of toxins.