It’s common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle usually encourages poor health. Even if one is not stuffing his or her face with junk food and watching TV for hours, a desk job is just as sedentary. A lack of exercise is detrimental to pulmonary and muscular health for several reasons; one important reason is to work your lymph system – it is the sewage system for cellular metabolic toxins.
Lymph nodes provide antigens for purifying fluids containing anything from allergens to cancer cells. That fluid is called lymph. There is more lymph in your body than blood, but there is no pump for lymph.
If lymph fluids don’t move out of small lymph nodes through their ducts into the kidneys and liver, it backs up like a clogged sewer line. Lymph nodes can become infected and you wind up with the misnomer of “swollen glands.” Actually, lymph nodes are not glands, but the accumulation of contaminated lymph fluids leads to all sorts of health complications. Some can be quite serious.
Moving lymph fluids is especially important for women who wear bras and/or use underarm deodorants containing toxins such as aluminum. Those toxins leech into abundant lymph node areas nearby and just beneath the skin.
Anyone who eats and drinks processed food and sodas or alcohol while leading a sedentary lifestyle is stuck with a compromised immune system from lymph that needs to be drained.
Tips for Moving Your Lymph Fluid
Rebounding or bouncing works very well for moving lymph. A mini-trampoline bouncer can be purchased for around 50 US dollars, more or less. It is like a mini-trampoline, around four feet in diameter. It’s close to the ground, so all you do is step up and bounce up and down for 10 to 15 minutes, indoors or outdoors.
You don’t even have to leap high enough to clear the spring-bound mat, and you can hold onto something nearby to stabilize yourself if there are balancing issues.
Each time you bounce you increase the gravitational pull on your lymph. You’re getting low level “Gs”or increased gravitational pulls similar to what you feel from sudden changes of vehicular speed or crazy motion carnival rides. With intense walking or even gentle rebounding, the “G’s” are in vertical alignment with your body and its lymph system.
If you enjoy the more difficult task of jumping rope exercises or more strenuous activity such as “jumping jacks”, then don’t hesitate to go that route. Any athletic activity that requires jumping and/or running is great for moving lymph.
Rebounding is for those of us who are desk bound to computers and don’t have the time or wherewithal for those more athletic endeavors. Just park the mini-trampoline bouncer nearby and take a rebounding break now and then.
Surprisingly, in this era of hyper-exercising, many health experts are realizing the merits of walking to move lymph around. Not leisurely strolling, but brisk walking.
Walking should be done outdoors in as natural a setting as possible with trees, grass, and open fresh air – the Japanese call this forest bathing.
The walk should take 20 minutes or more, around 4 times each week. Start out as briskly as you can, then move into power walking if possible. Since there are so many lymph nodes in the upper body, armpits, neck and shoulders, arm movement should be more extreme than usual.
Walking is a weight bearing activity. Gravity helps move lymph each time one steps briskly with a slight bound to the ground. The sudden stops of each step with your full weight create additional gravitational pulls, which helps pull the lymph downward.
Yes, massage helps too, but daily massages are not as accessible or inexpensive as rebounding and walking.
Lastly, don’t forget to hydrate with purified water often to help the liver and kidneys eliminate those toxic lymph fluids from your body.