The lymphatic system is a fascinatingly intricate network of vessels, glands and fluid filled lymph nodes that collectively make up an important part of our immune system, as well as playing a huge role in the body’s daily detoxification efforts.
Proper lymph flow can promote a healthy complexion, stable energy levels, reduced body fat and less breakouts among many other things.
The lymph is almost like your body’s drain system (gross but true!) but unlike the blood it has no pump. That makes finding ways to get it moving, including regular medium-high intensity exercise, critical to keep it flowing.
Bitter and astringent foods & herbs consumed on a regular basis are also incredible for keeping your lymph healthy. Try to include ingredients like fresh lemon, dandelion, fennel, cilantro, parsley in smoothies and juices, or use any of these to infuse plain water with a little extra nourishment.
But certain lifestyle changes and including some of these simple routines in your day can also support this over time. Here are five reasons to give dry skin brushing a try:
May Reduce Cellulite Increasing circulation around deposits of fat underneath the skin can increase detox and can help smooth the appearance and texture of cellulite.
Exfoliation Removes any dead skin cells which increases your skins ability to take in oxygen. This also supports skin cell renewal.
Detoxification One of the roles of your lymph is to collect wastes and other toxins to protect them from being circulated in the blood or stored in tissues. Over time, this can cause stress for our immune system if the build-up is too much for our body to safely get rid of. Excess stress and a sedentary lifestyle can also inhibit proper lymph circulation. By gently stimulating circulation this is a reliable & inexpensive way to support detox on a daily basis.
Naturally Energizing By promoting healthy blood flow it helps support energy levels – especially first thing in the morning!
Increased Mindfulness My favorite benefit to this practice is just that – it becomes a daily practice. It is so important to check in with yourself every so often and see if your body is sending you any powerful messages about your health and what you should be focusing on.