Simple Ways to Improve Lymphatic Health

Good lymph health is essential to a well functioning immune system. The Lymphatic System is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymphatic tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system. It is responsible for removing toxic substances from the body, a job which requires the easy movement of lymph. Unlike the circulatory system, there is no pulsation that moves lymph through our body. Accordingly, the health of our lymphatic systems gets tied to our movement.

Regular exercise is essential for good lymphatic health. In addition to moving ourselves, here are a couple of easy techniques that we can introduce to our morning routines to promote a healthy flow of lymph:

1) Oil pulling: Very simple and inexpensive, this practice consists in swishing sesame or sunflower oil around in the mouth on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for 10-15 minutes. The oil activates enzymes in the mouth, which function to remove harmful bacteria from the lymphatic system and create a more hospitable environment for good health. This practice also improves overall oral hygiene.

2) Dry brushing: also simple and inexpensive, this practice involves brushing the skin with a natural bristled brush before showering in the morning. Brush strokes should always be towards the heart to move lymph in the proper direction for drainage.

Detailed instructions were provided by Dr. Paavo Airola in How to Get Well.