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Love Your Lymph : The Secrets to Glowing Skin, Boosted Immunity, Great Circulation and a Happy Tummy

The lymph (or lymphatic) system is freakin’ amazing ! If you don’t know much about this or are ready for a refresher read on 👇🏼….

Basically, our lymph system clears toxins and wastes out of our body. It runs in a similar path to our cardiovascular (blood) circulation. There are smaller vessels, bigger vessels, little checkpoints (nodes), valves and a pumping mechanism. The Cardiovascular system moves ‘red fluid’ (blood) and the lymph system moves ‘clear fluid’ (lymph).

It has a lot of super important jobs like regulating fluid metabolism, immunity - it contains white blood cells + T cells (natural killers) controlling viruses and bacteria, and has lymph nodes - which swell if there is an infection to protect other areas of our body, especially our brain. Your main lymph nodes are in the groin, armpits, neck, glands and jaw line.

In Chinese Medicine we understand the lymph system even deeper. Our spleen (very important digestive organ) is THE organ of the lymphatic system. It rules transforming and transporting information / metabolic function and controls the middle waterways - think weight gain + fluid retention around our mid body, sluggishness etc. It also recycles blood cells and makes new blood. Bone marrow - which is the foundation of new blood, is also part of the lymph system - see how it all links up 🙌🏼. The spleens best friend are the lungs, which, rule immunity, the skin (+ opening + closing of the pores to regulate body temperature) and the waterways of the upper body, think puffy face, eye bags.

Easy ways to keep your lymph happy :

✨ Have ‘warm’ food + drinks - the spleen doesn't like raw, cold or excessive sweet foods (or drinks)

✨ Activate your ‘skeletal pump’ in your calf muscle = raise onto tippy toes lifting heels, pulse up + down - try skipping, a mini tramp, brisk walks or anything activating the calves

✨ raise your legs above your heart - make an L shape at the end of your day with your legs raised, scoot your butt to the wall and let your legs rest straight against it - 10 - 15 minutes is good. You can just rest, read a book, journal, listen to music or a podcast - tune in if it would suit you best to just be still and relax here - this is great to calm the nervous system too !!

✨ self massage / dry brushing / gua sha tool (comes with full instructions - link here) : moving from feet to heart in short smooth strokes

✨ incorporate pungent foods, gentle spices, dry + fresh herbs, pears, orange + potassium rich foods

✨ reduce toxins in foods - eat clean, wholefoods, all the rainbow and buy organic where possible, skincare (opt for cruelty free, organic, minimal ingredients, in glass and vegan), your home - keep it clutter free, organised, well ventilated and happy, air and water quality - always opt for filtered or spring water

✨move, stretch + breathe deeply - breathing deep into the lower back and belly and up and out along your spine moving outwards like a T shape along your shoulder blades, or counting - to inhale deeply and exhale fully - you can also add a 'hold' in between inhalation and exhalation 🙌🏼

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