Sounds a bit like something out of a sci-fi movie doesn't it?! You may not have even heard of the Lymph System but it's a vital part of our body's detoxification and cleansing pathways and maintaining a good flow, is essential to good health. Let's dive in...
We have many internal systems in the body; the digestive system, the nervous system, the reproductive system and so on. The Lymphatic System is another one of the body’s vital systems and is otherwise known as the drainage system. Lymph is a white-blood-cell-carrying fluid which makes its way around the body through lymph vessels and is filtered in the lymph nodes. Here we say goodbye to toxins, bacteria, viruses and other rubbish we don’t need. We have loads of lymph nodes, about 600-700 . There are also many organs that play a role in this system such as the spleen and the tonsils. Don't panic if you've had your tonsils removed...whilst they are a great contributor to our overall health, it's been proven time and again that we can make do without them.
The Lymphatic System drains by itself, just like our bodies detoxify by themselves. However, in the same way that you can assist your body to detoxify better or faster, you can stimulate your Lymph system too. We’ve put together some ideas on how you can kick start the detox with some lymph drainage…
1. Get Moving
Get the lymph pumping through the art of exercise. One form of fitness we’d 100% recommend is Move Your Frame's ‘Rebounding’ class. Imagine a room full of mini trampolines, an energetic instructor on the stage and music blasting. It’s sweaty and it’s a full body workout and a LOT of fun! We recently had a launch party for our new central London CPRESS (25-33 Berners Street if you fancy popping by), and we get to share this cool new space with Frame. We brought a bunch of our close influencers along to a Rebounding class and they LOVED it. Even the camera crew wanted to get involved. Frame say that 20 minutes of this class is equivalent to an entire hour of running. We certainly know which one we’d rather do. The jumping motion on the trampolines causes a pump like effect on the lymph. If your lymph flow is slow, you can supposedly expect fatty deposits like cellulite, a build-up of toxins and a less-functioning immune system. So, start to jump and let the lymph pump.
2. Get Drinking
Remember always being nagged as a kid for not drinking enough water? Because water flushes the bad stuff out, right? Well we’re sorry but it turns out the naggers were correct. Lymph comes from the Latin word “lympha” which is linked to definitions of water. This totally makes sense because lymph is a liquid that runs through our bodies and is mainly made up of water. If there isn’t enough water then what happens? The lymph can’t flow properly which has a negative effect on your overall health. It’s generally recommended that we should drink about 2 litres of water a day but this can fluctuate due to things exercise and climate. Know your body.
3. Get Eating (The Good Stuff)
Looking after your body in general will help relieve the pressure on your lymphatic system. It’s terrifying to think about the amount of toxins our bodies come across, whether this be due pollution in the city, the chemicals from beauty products that we smear all over our skin or the toxins found in our food thanks to fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and all that other yucky stuff. Choosing to eat organic food will mean there’s less of a toxic burden on your lymphatic system and less stuff to clear up makes for a smoother running body. Keep your immune system up by eating plenty of fruit and veg – especially those with vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant). Maybe give the CPRESS ‘Just Lemon’ shot a go, to easily add vitamin C into your day. Our other shots ‘Just Turmeric’ and ‘Just Ginger’ are also great for the immune system and have anti-inflammatory effects which consequently aids circulation. And, rest assured they're all 100% organic.
4. Get Brushing
It’s a pretty random sounding one, we know. There’s a technique called “dry brushing" which uses a stiff bristle brush to brush your skin towards your heart; the lymph flows in this direction. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin, which is why the brushing technique can help to support the flow.
Here's how to dry brush the skin:
- Starting at the feet, brush the bottom of your feet and up your legs in long, smooth strokes. Try to brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow always brush toward the heart area where the lymph system drains.
- As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the centre of your body.
- Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of your hands and brushing up your arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of skin 10 times.
- On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
- Repeat the process on your abdomen and back.
Contributed by: CPRESS team