Lymphatic Congestion, Increased Risk for Infection
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
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 symptomshttps://branchbasics.com/blog/16-ways-to-activate-your-lymphatic-system/
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.
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.
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.