Your body’s lymph system is the sewage system for even normal metabolic toxins, and more so if there are health issues. Lymph nodes provide antigens for purifying fluids containing anything from allergens to cancer cells. That fluid is simply called lymph. There is more lymph in your body than blood, but unlike blood, there is no pump for lymph.
If lymph doesn’t move out of small lymph nodes through their ducts into the kidneys and liver, it backs up like a clogged sewer line. Lymph nodes can become infected and you wind up with the misnomer of “swollen glands.”
Lymph nodes are not glands, but the accumulation of contaminated lymph fluids leads to all sorts of health complications, some serious.
A sedentary life style encourages poor health. Even if one is not stuffing his or her face with junk food and watching TV for hours, a desk job, especially at the computer, is just as sedentary. And the lack of exercise or even movement of any sort is not just detrimental to pulmonary and muscular health. The lymph system needs to be worked also.
Moving lymph fluids is especially important for women who wear bras and/or use underarm deodorants containing toxins such as aluminum. Those toxins leech into abundant lymph node areas nearby and just beneath the skin.
Obviously, anyone who eats and drinks processed food and sodas or alcohol while leading a sedentary lifestyle is stuck with a compromised immune system from clogged lymph fluid toxins that need to be drained and eliminated through the kidneys. But the sedentary lifestyle can be a killer for even those who eat healthy!
Methods for Moving Your Lymph Fluid
Rebounding or bouncing works very well for moving lymph fluid enough for the kidneys and other bodily organs to purify it. A mini-trampoline bouncer can be purchased for around 50 US dollars, more or less. It is like a mini-trampoline, around four feet in diameter.
It’s close to the ground, so all you do is step up and bounce up and down for 10 to 15 minutes, indoors or outdoors.
You don’t even have to leap high enough to clear the spring-bound mat, and you can hold onto something nearby to stabilize yourself if there are balancing issues.
Each time you bounce you increase the gravitational pull on your lymph. You’re getting low level “Gs”or increased gravitational pulls similar to what you feel from sudden changes of vehicular speed and direction or crazy carnival motion rides.
With intense walking or even gentle rebounding, the “G’s” are in vertical alignment with your body and its lymph system.
If you enjoy the more difficult task of jumping rope exercises or more strenuous activity such as half-court basket ball, tennis, or racquetball, there you go, moving your lymph node fluids enough to facilitate toxin elimination. Any athletic activity that requires jumping and/or running is great.
Rebounding is for those of us who are desk bound to computers and don’t have the time or wherewithal for those more athletic endeavors. Just park the mini-trampoline bouncer nearby and take a rebounding break now and then.
Surprisingly, in this era of hyper-exercising, many health experts are now realizing the
merits of walking to move that lymph around. Not leisurely mall window shopping strolls, but brisk walks. Studies have shown that walking helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Walking should be done outdoors in as natural a setting as possible with trees, grass, lakeside or ocean, and open fresh air. Ayurveda stresses the importance of being in a field of nature. But sometimes weather isn’t permitting, so joining the mall walkers is okay then.
The walk should take 20 minutes or more. Four times a week is good enough. Start out as briskly as you can, then move into power walking if possible. Since there are so many lymph nodes in the upper body in addition to the legs, i.e., the armpits neck and shoulders, arm movement should be more extreme than usual.
Walking is a weight bearing activity. Gravity helps move lymph each time one steps briskly with a slight bound to the ground. The sudden stops of each step with your full weight create additional gravitational pulls, which helps pull the lymph downward.
Yes, massage helps too. But daily massages are not as accessible and inexpensive as rebounding and walking. Don’t forget to hydrate with purified water often to help the liver and kidneys eliminate those toxic lymph fluids from your body.