What Causes Lymph Congestion?

Dehydration

Being dehydrated means that there is less fluid available in the body and that changes the composition of lymph.  Instead of being free-flowing like water, it can be more sludgy like jello. 
This is what we call lymph congestion.

Think for a minute about the difficulty of drinking a glass of water through a straw.  It’s pretty simple.  Throw in some gelatin and let it set.  Now try to take a sip. Suddenly, it is much harder to get the water through the straw.  This is similar to having “sluggish” lymph.

If you were to add water to the gelatin mixture and stir (what happens when we move), then it would become easier to get the fluid back up the straw.

 

dehydration causes lymph congestion

Dehydration

Being dehydrated means that there is less fluid available in the body and that changes the composition of lymph.  Instead of being free-flowing like water, it can be more sludgy like jello. 
This is what we call lymph congestion.
dehydration causes lymph congestion - lymhpatic detox massage Albuquerque

Think for a minute about the difficulty of drinking a glass of water through a straw.  It’s pretty simple.  Throw in some gelatin and let it set.  Now try to take a sip. Suddenly, it is much harder to get the water through the straw.  This is similar to having “sluggish” lymph.

If you were to add water to the gelatin mixture and stir (what happens when we move), then it would become easier to get the fluid back up the straw.

 

Toxins

The lymphatic system is sometimes thought of as the sewer system of the body.  When our bodies are exposed to toxins, they (hopefully) find their way into the lymphatic system so that they can be excreted from the body.

Although the lymphatic system is designed to help remove toxins, it can become overwhelmed leading to lymph congestion.  A good way to think about this is to envision a 2-lane highway leading out of a city to the suburbs.  Most of the time, there is sufficient room for traffic to move about, but come rush hour everything backs up for miles and it takes sometimes hours for people to make it home.

toxins contribute to lymph congestion - Lymphatic detox Massage Albuquerque

Toxins are everywhere – even in our food!  Highly processed foods are the biggest culprits as they contain artificial ingredients such as preservatives, additives, and flavorings.  These are not natural substances for the body and they cause a backup in the lymphatic system. 

Toxins are also all around us in the chemicals to which we are directly exposed.  These sources include pesticides on our food and in our homes; in our soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and detergents; dishwashing liquids; air fresheners and scented candles; lotions; etc.

Unlike rush hour traffic that is limited to a couple of hours in the morning and evening, toxins that enter the body from food are put in day and night, meaning that the lymphatic system never has a chance to catch up.  Throw in a bit of dehydration and things come to a standstill. 

Now unable to effectively and regularly clear out toxins, our bodies become like cess pools.  No wonder we feel sick, lethargic, and are in pain!
The great news is that there is a solution – Lymphatic Massage.
toxins contribute to lymph congestion - Lymphatic detox Massage Albuquerque

Toxins are everywhere – even in our food!  Highly processed foods are the biggest culprits as they contain artificial ingredients such as preservatives, additives, and flavorings.  These are not natural substances for the body and they cause a backup in the lymphatic system. 

Toxins are also all around us in the chemicals to which we are directly exposed.  These sources include pesticides on our food and in our homes; in our soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and detergents; dishwashing liquids; air fresheners and scented candles; lotions; etc.

Unlike rush hour traffic that is limited to a couple of hours in the morning and evening, toxins that enter the body from food are put in day and night, meaning that the lymphatic system never has a chance to catch up.  Throw in a bit of dehydration and things come to a standstill. 

Now unable to effectively and regularly clear out toxins, our bodies become like cess pools.  No wonder we feel sick, lethargic, and are in pain!
The great news is that there is a solution – Lymphatic Massage.

Tight-Fitting Clothing

Clothes that fit tightly on the body (enough to leave any visible indentation after being removed) restrict the flow of lymph and prevent the body from clearing those areas of the body. 

Our lymphatic vessels (tubes that carry our lymph) are right underneath the skin.  Imagine stacking 2 nickels together and placing them on your forearm.  That is enough pressure to collapse a lymphatic vessel and prevent lymph flowing.

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Bras are notorious for being too tight and restricting lymphatic flow out of the breast and causing lymph congestion.  Breast tissue is some of the most lymph-filled tissue in the body.  When bras, most especially underwire bras, are worn for most of the day, it causes the toxins in the breast to stay in the breast tissue.  Then, when the bra is removed at the end of the day, the lymph is sluggish and is likely not to drain well.

Lack of Movement

As mentioned above, movement of the muscles helps to stir up the lymph in the body.  Body movement also causes lymph to flow so that it can reach the lymph nodes where it is filtered.
lack of movement causes lymph congestion - lymphatic massage can help - Albuquerque

Unlike the circulatory system which has a heart as a pump, the lymphatic system does not have a major pumping organ to make it move.  The body relies on movement (along with deep breathing and the pulse of blood through our arteries and vein)s to help lymph move along the channels that route it through the body. 

This is why exercise (even if it is just a simple walk) is so important to a healthy body and healthy immune system.

If you are a person who knows that exercise would be helpful, but you can’t seem to find the time or if you are unable to exercise, Lymphatic Massage can help you get your lymph up and going.

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Get Your Lymph Moving Again

The good news about congested lymph is that it’s easy to fix.  
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Electro-Lymphatic Therapy get your lymph flowing and make you feel great!
Make an appointment today with Pain & Swelling Solutions for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.
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The good news about congested lymph is that it’s easy to fix.  
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Electro-Lymphatic Therapy get your lymph flowing and make you feel great!
get rid of lymph congestion with lymphatic drainage
Make an appointment today with Pain & Swelling Solutions for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.

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