What is Your Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system lies just below the surface of your skin. It is made up of lymphatic vessels, lymph, and lymphoid organs. It works alongside your circulatory system to transport lymph fluid, which contains immune cells, proteins & waste.
- Helps remove toxins, pathogens, and cellular debris.
- Aids in the absorption of dietary fats & fat-soluble vitamins.
- Lymph nodes act as filters, trapping harmful substances and initiating an immune response when necessary by functioning
- Supports the body's immune defenses and helps maintain proper fluid balance
When the lymphatic system is sluggish this can lead to stagnation. Stagnation is when toxins build up in the lymph nodes leading to breakouts in those areas such as the ear, jaw, and neck area.
A poorly functioning lymphatic system contributes to hormonal imbalances (a trigger for acne) as the system also carries progesterone throughout the body. This can lead to progesterone deficiency and contribute to hormonal acne.
What to Do
- Exercise: The lymphatic system relies on muscle movement (or manual stimulation) to move lymphatic fluid.
- Invert Your Body: This allows the system to travel more easily to its drainage points (bringing the toxins with it!).
- Manual Stimulation: Lymph massages and things like dry brushing and using a gua sha to help stimulate lymphatic fluid, as well.
- Staying Hydrated: When dehydrated, the lymph fluid becomes thick making it hard to push toxins throughout the system,
- Hydrotherapy: A great practice to increase circulation and support our detoxification organs.
What to Eat
Include these foods that help promote lymphatic flow, help maintain the integrity of the lymphatic vessels, and support overall lymphatic health.
- Leafy Greens
- Pumpkin Seeds
Thank you for reading!
This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Holistic Acne Nutritionist, Katie Stewart and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Katie, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram - @katiestewartwellness