Jumping, brushing an other ways to actively help your body to fight infections
What is the lymphatic system?
Your lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help not only fight diseases directly, but also collect and expel unwanted proteins, dead cells, bacteria, and other toxic materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. It is a crucial part of the body’s immune system.
When you’re sick, you might notice your lymph nodes — small glands in your neck, groin, armpits, and behind your knees — are swollen. This is the wisdom of the body in action, as the immune system responds to a toxic event. The lymph node that has become swollen to supply white blood cells and antibodies for fighting the infection.
How can you actively support your lymphatic system?
Each day an average of 2-3 liters of fluid is moved within our body by the lymphatics. Unlike our circulatory system in which blood is pumped through our body by the heart, our lymphatic system is unique in that it moves all this fluid with no assistance from a pump. Instead, it relies on the body’s movement.
- Movement: The lymphatic system depends on the motions of the muscle and joint pumps in order to move fluid throughout the body. Walking and other forms of exercise help the lymphatics to move white blood cells throughout your body, directly impacting your ability to fight infections.
- Jumping: Jumping on a trampoline, in particular, can cause the lymphatic valves to open and close simultaneously which will cause an increase in lymph flow as much as 15 times.
- Dry Brushing: Dry brushing is a simple and inexpensive technique to improve your lymphatic system in which you brush your skin in directions that facilitate the movement of lymph through the body.
- Assisted Lymphatic Therapy: ALT is a therapeutic treatment that stimulates the proper flow and drainage of the lymphatic system. This technique employs a combination of vibrational, light and electrical waves to help stimulate the flow by causing the dissociation of proteins that have become trapped. When trapped proteins release their bond, the stagnant lymph is liberated and will flow out into its normal filtration and reabsorption channels.