Good night, Friends! Since we kind of started talking about self-care last night, I wanted to continue along those lines for a few nights. Self-care is one of the most important aspects of your health, and I’m not talking about clipping your toenails and washing behind your ears in the shower. What I am talking about are the things that we often overlook or bypass because we are in a hurry or taking care of other people. Self-care is what we do when we get a massage or simply take the time to soak in a nice, hot bathtub with Epsom salts and lavender. Be honest, when was the last time you did something for yourself like this? I hope you tell me sometime this weekend, but so many of us do not spend the time we need to keep ourselves functioning at 100%. This is not a luxury; this is a basic health necessity. Please take time for yourself so that you are the best you can be for the people who need you every day!
So, I want to talk about the lymph system today…not all technical, but just a very basic overview of what our lymphatic system does for us, and how we can optimize it. The lymph system basically is a filtering system. Fluid moves through the lymphatic ducts, filtering out the bad stuff – toxins and impurities, bacteria, harmful cells, etc. When our lymph system works efficiently, we experience good health. We can fight infections and feel better. But, when it’s not functioning well, our lymphatic system can get clogged up and run slowly. It doesn’t do a good job at moving the impurities our of our bodies. This can lead to feeling under the weather and can allow infections to get a foot hold. We feel run down, sluggish, and generally ill.
Here are some very simple tips to keep your lymphatic system running smoothly. Drink plenty of water with all these methods. Remember, you are stimulating your system to move toxins out of your body. You need plenty of water to flush them out.
Take a detox bath. Pour 2 c Epsom salts into a hot tub of water. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to make it even more relaxing. Soak at least 20 minnutes. (I don’t recommend this one if you have a hard time controlling your blood pressure.)
Do yoga. Yoga forces you to bend and stretch, stimulating and massaging the lymph nodes, gently moving the lymphatic fluid along.
Get a massage. A massage will also stimulate the lymphatic system. You can actually get a lymphatic massage designed to stimulate the lymph system. Consult a massage therapist to see if this is offered in your area.
You can do your own easy lymph massage every day in the shower. I do this every day, and it’s a great way to get my day started. Again, don’t forget the water. If you are doing this in the morning, it’s a great idea to combine the massage with some lemon water. Lemon water helps flush the system of impurities and toxins, and is especially good for the liver. Using the graphic above as a guide, use a loofah, bath pouf, or a nubby washcloth to stimulate the lymph nodes by applying firm pressure and rubbing down and toward the middle of your body. Pay special attention to your neck and throat, your collarbones, and underarms. Also spend some time rubbing your belly firmly in a circular motion. This also helps stimulate your digestion, and will assist in flushing toxins. Use the same motions when you apply lotion if you use it.
Doing this everyday will give your immune system a boost. I guarantee you will feel much more refreshed! Give it a try. I’d love to know how you like it. You can comment below! Have a wonderful Saturday night, everyone!