This hideous problem, cellulite, might be caused because your lymph isn’t flowing fast enough. The lymphatic system is a major component of our immune system as well as part of the circulatory system. It is made from organs, ducts, nodes, and vessels which transfer lymph from tissue to the blood stream.
The lymphatic system is quite a complex system whose role is to transport the lymph throughout the body. The lymph is a clear fluid that includes various waste and white blood cell, and it also helps in detoxification of the body. Since the system is independent, meaning the heart does not pump it, it automatically moves through smooth muscle as in the digestive tract, so, the lymph may slow down over time and weaken.
If this happens, it can come to burdening the digestive system, piling up of waste products and excess fluid accumulation which leads to bloating. That is why the lymph should be helped to against gravity. If the lymph does not circulate smoothly, people tend to have swollen feet, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Some people are born with fewer lymph nodes and have more problems with accumulation of fluid in the body when there’s inflammation.
However, if you have a slow lymph system, there are 4 ways to help it move faster. Here they are:
- Dry Skin Brushing – this technique will stimulate the lymphatic system and thus increase circulation and encourage the elimination of toxins. Plus it will remove dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite. So, get a dry-skin brush and brush the skin with gentle motion in the direction of the heart. Begin from your feet, brushing the legs and the buttocks. When you’re done, move to the fingers and brush towards the arms and the shoulders. Don’t forget the abdominal area and the back but avoid doing this on your face.
- Alternating hot and cold showers – after you do the dry skin brushing, you should alternate hot and cold showers. This method will improve your circulation and immunity and it will boost your energy.
- Avoid Allergenic Foods or Your Specific Food Sensitivities – this is something you normally would avoid, but try not to consume those at all, because it will cause water retention, poor circulation, weight gain and inflammation. So, avoid sugar, wheat and dairy, and consume more anti-inflammatory foods, such as green leafy greens, lemons, garlic and ginger.
- Exercise – move more! This is the best way to increase circulation and enhance the lymphatic flow. So, find an activity you’ll love, and stick to it!