Lymphatic massage is beneficial for conditions such as acne and eczema and its reported to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and eye bags. While lymphatic drainage may be a trending esthetic practice, its benefits go well beyond skin deep.

The lymphatic system is a network of fluid channels that aid the immune system in removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells — so clearly we want to do what we can support the body’s waste removal system.

Exercise is one way you can help the lymphatic system flow more effectively and potentially help prevent infections and other diseases.

Movement, even simple neck rolls, can help. The contraction of skeletal muscles force tiny one-way valves of the lymph system to open and close and push the fluid to the subclavian veins.

Other ways to support the lymph system include drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy alkaline diet that includes healthy fats, dry brushing, alternating between hot and cold in the shower, stretching, deep breathing, avoiding tight fitting clothing, and choosing skincare products free from harsh synthetics, preservatives and fragrances.

What have you done lately to get your lymph movin’?

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