MOVEMENT is my number 3 tip for starting to support the body during any cleansing effort. When we move our bodies we stimulate the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, lymphatic, and musculoskeletal systems. Our blood and lymphatic fluid are allowed to move freely throughout our bodies helping to eliminate toxins and waste
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that are part of the circulatory system and that help the body remove toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.
A poor functioning lymphatic system is associated with most chronic disease. Lymphatic congestion can look like sore breasts, fatigue, eczema and other skin problems, cold hands and feet, bloating, headaches, body aches and pains, brain fog and the inability to lose weight. If you are going to feel your best you have to address the lymphatic system! Good health and disease prevention depends on a well functioning lymphatic system.
Exercising regularly is one of the easiest ways to move your lymph. It stimulates blood circulation and helps to transport oxygen throughout the body. This doesn't have to be intense at all to be effective. You can go on a walk, dance, play with your kids, try hiking or use a rebounder. The consistency of daily movement is more important than how you move your body... no you don't have to become a runner!
Stress management through gentle movement like yoga, stretching, dry brushing, oiling your body, massage, craniosacral massage, lymph drainage massage, deep breathing or any other forms of relaxation are super important as well. When we are stressed our muscles constrict, our blood vessels constrict, everything tightens up and we breath shallow. None of this is helpful for lymphatic flow!
Sauna is another way we enhance the flow of the lymphatic system, promote detoxification, increase circulation and purify the skin. Saunas also help with pain and help to lower blood pressure all while promoting relaxation!
Herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Reishi and Holy Basil are amazing at reducing stress!