How Much Do You Know About The Lymphatic System?

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels and organs that work together to move a colorless, watery fluid called lymph back into your circulatory system aka your bloodstream. The lymphatic system is a crucial component of your immune system that helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of this system is to transport lymph throughout the body, which contains infection-fighting white blood cells. Humans have approximately 500-600 lymph nodes in the body, many of which are clustered in the underarms, groin, neck, chest and abdomen. Drainage of the lymph doesn’t work exactly how most people would expect. The lymph drains downwards from the head to the thymus, which is located in the chest area and upwards from the feet to the thymus. It’s important for the lymph to constantly be circulating and draining to fight off infections and keep your immune system strong.

What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids throughout the body. Some health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, which results in build up of lymph fluid in particular areas of the body and often causes swelling. Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit everyone but can specifically benefit people experiencing lymphedema, swelling or edema, skin disorders, fatigue, stress, digestive problems, migraines and so many others. Lymphatic drainage massage is typically performed from the head to the toes, starting at the neck, moving to the underarms, then the abdomen, the groin area, the knees, then the ankles. Always directing the fluid towards the thymus. Most people will experience sinus drainage too as a result of draining the lymph.

How Can Ionic Detox Foot Baths Help the Lymphatic System?

Another great way to get lymph flowing in the body is to get ionic detox foot baths. Ionic foot detoxes work by pulling the toxins out of your body through your feet. There are so many harmful substances around us all day every day. Whether it’s impurities in the air, beauty products, cleaning products, or other hazardous materials, it is important to rid the body of those toxins. These foot baths use electrical currents, which makes the hydrogen in the water positively charged. Water that is positively charged attracts the negatively charged ions in the body, such as heavy metals. Think of a magnet! Ionic foot detoxes trigger the lymphatic system, which allows the body to continue the detoxification process for 24-48 hours after the session.

My Experience with Lymphatic Drainage Massage:

I began doing lymphatic drainage massage about a year after contracting a septic staph infection. I was sick for about six months with this infection, took about six different rounds of antibiotics and came out of it with an extremely weak immune system. The year following this infection I got sick four or five other times because my immune system just couldn’t keep up. I decided that it was time to take a different approach and work on strengthening my immune system. No one likes being sick!

I started seeing a massage therapist for lymphatic drainage and have been seeing her once a week for two years now. My health didn’t transform overnight, but within a couple of months I wasn’t frequently getting sick anymore, I felt exponentially better, my brain fog went away and my overall health and digestion improved. We only get one body and it’s so important to take care of it in every way that we can. Without our health, we can’t live our lives to our fullest potential. If you are looking for a way to naturally improve your immune system, this is your sign to start doing lymphatic drainage massage!