If we improve our lifestyle it can be beneficial for all chronic diseases, and chronic inflammation can be improved by improving our lymphatic system
The main roles of the lymphatic system includes managing the fluid levels in the body, reacting to bacteria, and dealing with cell products that otherwise would result in disease or disorders like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, dementia, obesity. Failure to maintain good lymph flow manifests as swelling (especially in the ankles) and eventually the failure of our more important organs. Recent research shows that the lymphatic system even clears substances from the nervous system.
How to reduce chronic inflammation?
When we change our lifestyles, any chronic conditions we have will benefit.
And what does that entail?…. a change in diet, doing some exercise, managing our stress levels and getting a good nights sleep.
So the key element of aiding and abetting chronic inflammation is lymph health, the flow of lymph – it’s really the secret river of life.
The movement of our bodies, and thus, our muscles, move the lymph around our bodies, unlike our blood vessels that have a heart to pump the blood around. In effect, more muscle contractions create greater lymph flow.
The biggest movement of our lymph comes from doing some exercise, so choose a form of exercise that suits you and that you enjoy.
Walking a couple of miles a few times a week is highly recommended, and you could combine it with immersing yourself in nature. If you walk among trees and plants, we inhale chemicals called phytoncides, and our circulatory system responds by decreasing our blood pressure and pulse rate. These phytoncides also dial down our levels of cortisol, which is our stress hormone, that can cause anxiety and depression, and thus have a positive effect on inflammation.
We can also help our stress levels, and lymph systems, by attending to not only our bodies, but also our minds. Perhaps start looking into Mindfulness Meditation, even a few minutes of meditation in the morning and evening can allow for better lymph flow, and has been documented to lower stress levels
Another good way to ease your stress level, is to try journaling, I find getting my thoughts out of my head and onto paper gives me a sense of relief and peace. Overproduction of our “flight or fight” hormones causes lymph vessels to malfunction.