Are your ankles or joints swollen? Do you feel puffy, or suffer from chronic pain? Those symptoms are signs of inflammation, which the AMA calls, “The source of all disease.”

And in the privacy of your home, you can reduce it, on your own!

Paul and Patricia Bragg wrote about lymphatic health decades before it was recognized as such a critical system in our body. Our bodies are made up of 75% water, and much of that is lymphatic fluid. There is a continuous interchange between the body’s trillion cells and our interstitial fluid. Food and oxygen are exchanged by the body for toxins and waste products, and our cells are constantly being bathed, flushed, hydrated, oxygenated, fed and massaged. That is, unless our lymphatic system is sluggish and congested (which causes inflammation), as most of ours are at one time or another. Even cellulite is sign of stagnant lymph.

Diet plays a huge role in inflammation. Sugar, white flour, excess animal protein, fake fats and fried foods create free radicals, which damage the DNA and cell membranes, which in turn slows the transfer of oxygen into our cells. Oxygen-deprived cells are vulnerable to disease, especially cancer. Environmental toxins, dehydration, stress and acidity all increase lymphatic congestion.

To purify and protect your lymphatic system:

  1. Follow the diet in the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle, choosing organic whenever possible. If you notice sugar cravings, eat more clean veggies and protein, and fewer carbs.
  2. Hydrate! Drinking pure water is essential to lymphatic health, energy and stamina
  3. Dry Skin Brush. You can dry brush the skin all over your body, and if you do it every day, you’ll notice a big shift in the level of inflammation. Start at your belly and work circles counter-clock-wise, then brush your belly upwards towards your heart. Next, brush your arms, neck and chest. Now, work your way up your legs and do the insides of your thighs, where there are many lymph nodes. For more information on how to do this, read either of my booksor DM me with any questions!
  4. Jump on a trampoline or rebounder. Your feet don’t even have to leave the ground! Just bounce gently, five minutes, twice a day. Bouncing stimulates the lymph in a way that walking or running does not.

If you’re experiencing severe inflammation, allergies, gut health or immune issues, or congestion in your breasts, you may want to consider visiting a professional lymphatic drainage therapist for a private session. In Santa Barbara, we recommend

Take care of your lymph, and you will notice increased energy, softer, smoother skin, a renewed sense of vitality and the ability to breathe more deeply!

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