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For years we’ve been aware that bloating and puffiness can be linked to hormonal changes and diet but how many of us have paid attention to our lymphatic system?

You might know that your lymphatic system is important in boosting your immune system, but now it seems that lymphatic drainage is set to become the new big massage and health trend. In fact, some say that “lymphatic health” will be the magic word we’ll whisper when we’re allowed back in day spas.

Why is lymphatic drainage important for your health?

Well according to Well+Good, “It’s the job of your lymphatic system to collect all of this excess liquid, filter out nasties like cellular waste, bacteria, and pathogens, and return it to your bloodstream. In the past few years, we’ve seen a rising awareness of just how important this system is for reducing inflammation, staving off disease, and promoting good digestion (the wellness trifecta, if you will), and accordingly, there’s been an uptick in services and treatments meant to promote lymphatic health.”

It seems that the lymphatic system doesn’t have a central pump, so we have to keep it moving. So, if you’re not near a day spa that offers lymphatic drainage massage, what can you do to keep the fluid moving and draining?

  1. You could buy an electrical current facial device. These devices are literally the skincare buzz that is not going away. It can be confusing to know if they work or which one to buy. From what we can tell, there’s no scientific evidence that they actually work; but those who love them, really love them. This blog from Into The Gloss really sums up the device market.
  2. Self-massage can be a wonderful soothing activity and this guide to lymphatic massage could be helpful.
  3. Exercise. There is a sequence of yoga stretches called the “Intelligent Movement” that can open the lymphatic system and assist with staving off disease. The beauty of these stretches is that they can easily be done at home and can be done in minutes.
  4. Diet. There are no surprises here; the consensus is that plant-based foods are the key to improving lymphatic drainage.  Some of the best lymphatic drainage foods include:
  • Turmeric
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Berries
  • Greens
  • Chia, Hemp and Flax

A full list we like can be found here.

Of course, you should seek medical advice before starting any health-related activity, diet or program. Make sure you do what’s right for your body and your doctor should be consulted about what’s right for you.

Your lymphatic system could be your new best friend along the path to good health, so make sure you open it up and help it to do its job.

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