Lymphatic Congestion, Increased Risk for Infection

Lymphatic system in a female body
Lymphatic System needs your cooperation… time to get off the couch.

Lymphatic System

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body. Your lungs pump oxygen into the body and send carbon dioxide out. Unfortunately, your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. It relies on your movement to pump this disease and cancer-fighting fluid throughout your body. When it’s not circulating well, you can get symptoms of Lymphatic Congestion.

Your body relies on your lymphatic system to remove waste, like bacteria, viruses, toxins, and abnormal cells that can lead to cancer. And every step you take helps it do its job. That’s because the lymphatic system does not have an organ like the heart to pump fluid around your body. Lymph fluid relies on movement and the contraction of your muscles to make it flow. 

https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/exercise-and-the-lymphatic-system.h20-1592991.html

Lymphatic Congestion

When lymphatic fluid is flowing correctly, it functions as the garbage collector. When it gets backed up, the waste stays in your body instead of being excreted through the kidneys. This lymphatic congestion can trigger everything from headaches to acne. A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and exposure to toxins in our environment all contribute to this dysfunction.

If the lymph is not flowing well, the cells are poisoned from their own waste and the lymph fluid becomes a toxic cesspool, resulting in fatigue, swelling, infection, inflammation, disease, and more symptoms 

https://branchbasics.com/blog/16-ways-to-activate-your-lymphatic-system/
Signs of Lymphatic Congestion

What type of Exercise?

Thankfully, this condition is quickly reversed by adopting healthier eating and exercise habits. Any exercise that gets your heart rate up will help circulate lymphatic fluid. If you like working out in the pool there’s an added benefit of the water pressure. See the Lazy Biohacker Workout page if you want to learn more about building an effective workout routine.

  • Strength training exercise
    Full body strength training, 2x/wk
  • Running exercise, cardio
    20 mins of Cardio Intervals 2x/wk
  • Yoga and stretching
    20 mins of Yoga or Stretching 2x/wk

What does my weight have to do with it?

Maintaining a healthy weight is important. It’s so important that without it, your at a higher risk for any infection, including cancers. We’ve seen this with the recent Covid-19 scare.

Recent studies in humans and  animal models affected by obesity have shown an impaired immune response or immune function leading to increased chances for various infections.

https://www.obesityaction.org/community/article-library/obesity-and-the-immune-system/

The fastest way to get your weight under control is through your fork. Exercise will help, but diet is king. The Keto diet is a quick way to drop weight, get insulin under control, and reduce hunger.

What else can help?

Lymphatic massage, staying hydrated, dry brushing your skin, and reducing stress all play a role in healthy Lymphatic function.

Lymphatic massage
Lymphatic massage is an amazing way to get an immune boost.

Just remember, whatever you do, it needs to happen often. Lymphatic fluid needs movement to pump throughout the body. A sedentary lifestyle can result in lymphatic congestion which can produce negative symptoms and put your health at risk.

Kelly@lazybiohacker.com

Kelly is a shameless critic of the 'weight loss' industry that profits from women being overweight, unhappy, and confused. Kelly has spent the last 20 years as an industry under and seen the damage misinformation can do in women's lives first hand. After her own personal journey back to health, Kelly created this space in love to help other women to access the science of biohacking to achieve an ideal weight, look younger and bring their spirit back to life. Kelly is a mother of two, fitness executive and road warrior.

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