Skin & the Lymphatic System
So many skin problems can be traced back to poor lymphatic function. This complex of nodes, vessels and immune cells is responsible for distributing and draining lymph fluid throughout the body. Waste from cellular metabolism and toxins from the bloodstream are extruded into lymph fluid for removal. A build-up of toxins and metabolic waste can typically occur in a lymphatic system that is overworked and congested. This results in an increased risk of inflammation and reduced immune function.
A congested lymphatic system puts an increased burden on the skin, as it tries to deal with this build-up, contributing to inflammation, poor complexion and other skin problems.
Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump. It requires the action of surrounding skeletal muscle to keep things moving. There are plenty of manual techniques that you can do everyday to improve the circulation of your lymph, like…
- Exercise, particularly deep stretching like yoga & pilates, but even a short walk is beneficial!
- Dry skin brushing
- Deep breathing exercises
From a herbal and nutritional medicine perspective, we can address all channels of elimination – including lymph, lungs, liver, gut and kidneys. Some key inclusions might be…
- Yellow dock
- Red clover
- Nettle leaf
and also nutrients that are in our broad spectrum multi-vitamin like
- Zinc &
- Vitamin A
- … in combination with a clean, vegetable-based diet!
Remember to always discuss treatment options with your qualified Naturopath in order to receive advice that is specifically relevant to you!
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