So what are some signs that your lymphatic system is congested and why should you care? Well your lymph system is like the sewer system of the body and if you can't eliminate cellular waste your body will accumulate it. This means that your cells will start to drowned in cellular waste, metabolic waste, and anything your body needs to get rid of. This waste is on the acidic side of the pH scale but your cells like to be more neutral. The waste will start to burn or destroy the cells that make up your tissues. On top of that, lymph fluid that doesn't move out of the area and eventually the body, hinders the cells from getting vital nutrients from the blood.
So here are 3 signs that they lymph system is congested:
Rash or acne on the skin. This means the toxins and waste aren't getting out through the kidneys fast enough and the body is over compensating through the skin. One of the skins role is to help eliminate waste through the pours but can only do so much.
Swelling or edema. Swelling in an area or overall puffiness is from the lymphatic fluid being obstructed and not moving along the lymph vessels. Swelling can also be from the body trying to dilute or buffer the acidic waste around the cells to protect them from further damage.
Pain and stiffness. Does it seem like you constantly try stretching but don't seem to gain you any flexibility or you just feel stiff all over? This is caused by acidic waste build up and dehydration. If body can't get acidic waste to move out of the body then it gets trapped in tissues. This can damage the cells that make up your tissues, cause them to dehydrate, and also cause tight muscles or trigger points. Trigger points are in microscopic weakened areas of a muscle that keep muscle fibers or cells in a contracted state further increasing the problem. Because the muscle cells can't get the proper nutrients for energy or hydration, they don’t function as they should, hold onto tension, and can cause pain or stiffness in the body.
Tune into episode 13 for 5 things you can do to move the lymph