As a triathlete and mother of three kids, I've always been fit and what I considered healthy—after all, I bought low-fat cream cheese and fit five servings of fruits and vegetables into our family meals. It wasn't until my children had severe health problems (see my story here) that I started learning more about what "healthy" actually means. I realized that the diet I was eating and feeding my family was actually lymph-clogging. As such, it was Mucus Central around our house with colds, coughs, and congestion—we all kept getting sick.
Lymph? What's that? I didn't know either. But I did notice that my face would swell when I ate certain foods. And that, although I was fit and slim from the triathlon training, I'd have pockets of saggy skin over my kneecaps or just below my bra strap. What was that? Lymph, it turns out. And mine was clogged.
The lymphatic system gets less attention than the circulatory system, but its function is just as critical. While the circulatory system brings nutrients to our organs and tissues, the lymphatic system helps rid your body of toxins and waste. Think of what your house would smell like if you never took out the trash? Gross, I know, but it's analogous to what can happen when you don't let your lymph flow. The lymph is also full of white blood cells to help fight infection, and it's critical for strong immunity.
If you take the time to have a clean lymphatic system, you'll notice that you lose weight, that your skin clears up, that you have way more energy and—most importantly—that you will be a lot healthier overall. Your body will have the space to remove toxins and fight infections better.
Here are nine ways to help boost a healthy lymph flow. You'll see the difference within days: clearer skin, less swelling, less bloating, and more energy.