The lymph system acts as the sewage system for metabolic toxins, and even more in case of any health issue. Lymph nodes supply antigens needed for purifying the fluids containing impurities like allergens and cancer cells. The fluid is called lymph and there is more of it in the body than blood. However, there is no pump for lymph, as opposed to blood.
If the lymph doesn’t move out of the small lymph nodes through the ducts into the liver and kidneys, it backs up. Consequently, the nodes may get infected and you will end up with swollen glands.
Note: while lymph nodes are not glands, the accumulation of contaminated lymph fluids can cause various health problems.
A sedentary lifestyle is generally associated with poor health. Even if you are not a couch potato who sits in front of the TV for hours, eating junk food, having a desk job still counts as sedentary lifestyle. The lack of physical activity and exercise of any kind is not only harmful for the muscular and pulmonary health but for the lymph system, too.
Keeping the lymph fluids moving is particularly important for women who use toxin-containing deodorants and wear bras on a regular basis. The toxins found in underarm deodorants leech into the lymph nodes located in this area (underarms).
Needless to say, anyone who indulges in junk food, heavily processed food, alcohol, and soda and leads a sedentary lifestyle is “condemned” to having a compromised immune system due to the clogged lymph fluid which needs to be drained!
Methods for Moving Your Lymph Fluid
One of the best ways to ensure your lymph fluid is moving properly is to try rebounding or bouncing, which help the kidneys and other organs purify it. A mini-trampoline bouncer resembles a mini-trampoline and is available for around $50.
Pretty much all you have to do is to step up and bounce for a few minutes, either indoors or outdoors. You don’t necessarily have to jump very high to clear the spring-bound mat. Also, feel free to hold onto something for better balance.
This exercise works by increasing the gravitational pull on the lymph. You are basically getting low “Gs” levels or increased pulls, which is similar to what you feel from motion rides or sudden changes of vehicular speed. Even gentle rebounding works, as the “Gs” are in a vertical alignment with the body and the lymph system.
If you are fond of more strenuous activities, such as tennis, half-court basketball, racquetball, or jumping rope exercises, even better! These exercises work wonders for moving your lymph fluids and prompting toxin removal. Simply put, any activity requiring running or jumping works great!
Rebounding is ideal for those who are pressed for time and cannot engage in any athletic endeavor. As discussed earlier, it is very simple and it only requires placing the mini-trampoline bouncer indoors or in the garden, and jump for a few minutes.
In the era of hyper-exercising, many health experts are now becoming aware of the merits of walking as a physical activity. Needless to say, this doesn’t apply to leisurely walking in the mall, but brisk walks. Brisk walking has been even shown to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer`s disease.
Walking should be done in a natural setting with fresh air, trees, and grass. Joining the mall walkers is okay only if weather doesn’t permit a long walk outdoors. Doing this for 20 minutes, 4 times a week is more than enough. Start out briskly ad then move into power, if possible. The arm movements should be more intense as most of the lymph nodes are located in the upper body.
You may wonder how does walking help move your lymph. Well, gravity helps move the lymph each time you step to the ground. The sudden stops create even further gravitational pulls, pulling the lymph downward.