We’re all subject to that groggy bloated feeling every now and then, but the last thing you want is to feel like this in your summer shorts. If these symptoms persist and you regularly experience bloating or at times unexplained weight gain and have no idea why, sounds like you’re in need of a lymphatic system detox. Sounds complex but in reality, a few simple tricks get give your body a boost.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that transport lymph throughout the body to help remove toxins and waste. It collects and purifies excess fluid from the tissues while regulating your body’s immune system.
Despite playing a key role in our bodies and having twice as much lymph fluid in the body as blood, the system often goes ignored and as a result, clogged up.
A blocked lymphatic system causes swelling, increased risk of infection, bloating, fatigue, weakened immune system, cellulite, brain fog and dull skin. And you will be amazed at the body transformation when you give your lymph nodes a bit of TLC.
Here are our top tips for beating the bloat and maintaining a healthy lymphatic system:
The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump meaning build ups can happen if you are static for too long. Keep active and take regular breaks from long-sitting jobs. The more you move the more you kick start your system to process all those toxins
2. A lymphatic-friendly diet
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Eating a healthy diet full of unprocessed foods will reduce the amount of toxins and mucus in your system which will reduce the likeliness of lymphatic blockage. You should avoid artificial sweeteners, processed grains and refined sugars. Add lots of green veg and add a few herbs and spices like garlic, ginger and turmeric to cleanse and increase circulation.
A great excuse to visit a sauna once a week. Infrared saunas are best which penetrate deeply into tissues to encourage the removal of toxins through sweat.
4. Dry Brushing
Take a coarse brush and brush skin towards the heart, you’re essentially becoming a manual heart. This stimulates sweat glands, exfoliates the skin and promotes movement of lymph in your body.
5. Drink water
Staying well-hydrated and drinking around 2 litres of water a day improves the flow of lymph. Kick starting the day with a glass of water and lemon and drinking throughout the day will give you all over benefits
6. Get a massage
A gentle massage will not only relax you but it will stimulate the lymphic system which is close to the skin surface and can get the most sluggish system back in full circulation.
Clearing out your lymphatic system will help you feel more energised, give you a glow and improve your health in general. It’s an easy fix with heaps of benefits!