The lymphatic system plays a vital role in weight loss.
In fact, according to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of The Fat Flush Plan, about 80 percent of women have sluggish lymphatic systems.
Simply getting those systems on track, she says, is the key to losing weight and feeling great.
All About the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system consists of dozens of glands and lymph nodes, as well as the spleen, tonsils and thymus. Its primary purpose is to carry toxins out of our tissues and toward our blood stream, so the kidneys and livers can filter it out.
By improving this system, you enable your body to better detoxify itself. It can more easily remove byproducts of the foods you eat, your bodily processes, the medications you take, and other toxins you may have been exposed to.
Plus, impaired lymphatic systems have been scientifically linked to cellulite. The trapped toxins lead to small pockets of fat across the body and, over time, can cause weight gain or even obesity. By simply clearing out the lymphatic system, you can help eliminate cellulite and kick-start your weight loss goals.
Do you want to boost your lymphatic system, detoxify your body and get on track to great health? Try these simple methods:
Yes, every health-related article will tell you to hit the gym, and while it will certainly help with your waistline, it can also improve your lymphatic system, too. Exercise actually helps the lymphatic system flow better, so that toxins can move more readily toward the blood. To get the most benefit, try stretching, aerobic exercise and rebounding (like on a trampoline.)
Drink lots of water
Water is crucial to the lymph fluid, and without it, your lymphatic system simply can’t function. Always get at least 2 liters of water a day, and try adding a few drops of lemon juice to a few, just to ensure the water is absorbed by your cells.
Eat raw fruit
Fruits are full of acids and enzymes that can clean out your lymphatic system and keep it at its best. If possible, eat raw fruits when your stomach is empty, as these will provide the most benefits.
Hop in a near infrared sauna
A near infrared sauna is one of the most powerful ways to detox your body. While sitting there, you sweat out toxins, regenerate tissues and improve your lymphatic flow significantly.
Deep breathing acts a pump for your lymph fluid, helping guide it from your tissues toward your blood stream. Take a few minutes each day to relax and breathe deeply. It will give you an automatic boost.
Use a dry skin brush
Get a natural bristle brush, and brush your skin in a circular motion from the toes all the way up to the stomach. Then, repeat the process on your fingers up to your chest. These are the directions in which your lymph system flows, and it will help support proper function when done over time.
Opt for Yin yoga
In Yin yoga, you hold poses for extended periods of time. Once a pose is released, it can trigger the release of congested lymph fluids, too, allowing you to detoxify and jumpstart your lymphatic system.
Eat lots of nuts and seeds
Stock up on raw nuts and seeds, as these are full of fatty acids to help your lymphatic system along. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are all great choices.
Lay with your legs against the wall
Lay on your back, and put your legs up against the wall. Since the lymphatic system flows from your feet up, this helps encourage drainage throughout the body.
Get a massage
Just one gentle massage can move up to 78 percent of your stagnated lymph fluid. It frees up toxins that are trapped in your muscles, and it gets that lymphatic system flowing. It’s pretty darn relaxing, too!
In hydrotherapy, you alternate hot water and cold water treatments. This stimulates the lymphatic system and the release of stored toxins. If you can’t afford a professional session, try alternating hot and cold showers at home instead.
On top of aiding in weight loss, clearing out your lymphatic system can also improve other areas of your health as well. Chronic lymph blockage has been known to cause everything from allergies, migraines and arthritis to depression, acne and even the flu.
If you want to get on track to health and weight loss, take steps to support your lymphatic system daily. Alter your diet, work in regular exercise and try alternative methods like massage and hydrotherapy.
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