Are you on the rebound?
No, no, I don't mean stalking your high school crush on social media after a bad break up. Not that kind of rebound. I mean the kind of rebounding that helps you to be healthier.
Haven't heard of rebounding? Let me fill you in...
But, before I do, let me give you some background. Let's talk about the lymphatic system. You've probably heard of it, but do you really know what it does?
The lymphatic system is a network made up of lymph, lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, lymphatic ducts, spleen, thymus, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, Peyer's patches and bone marrow. They work together to move lymph (the Latin word for clear water and lymph is literally a colorless, watery fluid) back into your your bloodstream.
How? Glad you asked.
The lymphatic system collects the lymph, from tissues in your body and moves it along until it's ultimately returned to your bloodstream. The lymphatic system helps to maintains fluid levels in your body, absorbs fats from the digestive tract, protects your body against foreign invaders, is part of the immune system and releases lymphocytes or white blood cells and other immune cells that monitor and then destroy bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, helps hormones flow freely and helps to maintain a balanced hormone system, and finally it transports and removes waste products and abnormal cells from the lymph.
Pretty important, right? This is a system that can be disrupted by infection and even cancers. Furthermore, a lymphatic system that isn't functioning properly is not capable of cleansing the body of toxins, parasites and bacteria. So, when I hear people say they are going to do a cleanse or detox, I always, always tell them to do some work on their lymphatic system if it isn't strong.
How can you tell if your lymphatic system is strong? The list of symptoms of a sluggish lymphatic system is long, but here are some common ones: frequent illness, parasites, bloating, depression, constipation or other digestion issues, skin issues, brain fog, fatigue, and even swollen fingers. While these symptoms could also relate to many other types of dysfunction, the lymphatic system is so important that it's not a bad idea to give it a little love.
How do I love on my lymphatic system?
There are many ways to support opening the drainage pathways, which means you are removing blockages and allowing lymph to flow freely and allows for toxin excretion. Here's a few ways to support the lymphatic system:
-Eat a nutritious, clean diet
-Eliminate environmental toxins
-Use a sauna
-Include healthy fats in the diet
-Move your body
Rebounding? What the heck is that? Oh yeah, remember, that's what this post was actually supposed to be about???
Okay, so rebounding is the use of a trampoline, a personal trampoline is perfect, to stimulate the lymphatic system, among other things. Bouncing on the trampoline for 10-15 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week is all it really takes, but daily won't be a problem for most people.
How does rebounding help?
-Rebounding is great exercise. In fact, it's been studied and supported by NASA and the American Council on Exercise. -Rebounding helps stimulate the thyroid gland to start cleaning itself and the entire lymphatic system of stored fat. (Bonus: can help reduce cellulite!)
-Rebounding allows you to reach a weightless state at the top of each jump and landing. This shift in gravity benefits every muscle and cell of the body and provides huge benefits to the lymphatic system.
-Rebounding on a trampoline is a whole body exercise. It may cause the lymphatic valves to open and close simultaneously and can increase lymph flow as much as 15x.
-According to NASA’s Journal of Applied Physiology, rebounding is 68% more efficient than jogging. A study from NASA also found that a 150 pound individual spending 1 hour on a rebounder, will burn more calories than the same person jogging for an hour. Remember, exercise is good for the the lymphatic system.
-Rebounding can help detoxify excess hormones.
-Rebounding helps improve circulation of the lymphatic fluid. This can help to destroy cancerous cells in the body. My motto is that the body knows how to heal itself if we give it the right conditions. This is one of those ways to help the body do what it knows to do! As the lymph circulates and collects waste products, bacteria and damaged cells, it also collects damaged cancerous cells drains it in the lymphatic vessels.
Why am I just hearing about this?
I don't know. Truly, that's the only answer I have. The lymphatic system is one of the most underdiscussed systems in the body yet serves such a critical role. Combine healthy strategies and you can create a powerhouse system.
One more thing...
It's important that while you are keeping your lymphatic system healthy, you are also ensuring those toxins have an escape route. Ensure you are having regular bowel movement, urinating frequently and sweating. Once you get your lymph flowing, you need to get those toxins out of the body too.
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Disclaimer: I am not a licensed therapist or physician and don't pretend to be. I will never diagnose you or ask to you stop taking a medication, that's between you and your physician. The best part about working together is that YOU are in charge of your health and YOU make your own health decisions. These results are not indicative of every client's experience, of course. Results will vary as every human has their own biological make-up. So I will never make false promises. My promise to you is to be honest, ethical, supportive, informative and I will be there, present as you travel your own health journey. The information provided in this post is based on my own personal experience and research. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, heal, treat or cure disease and should not be a replacement for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before trying a new diet, lifestyle or supplement protocol.