The evidence is all over social media. Celebrities and influencers rave about it and we’ve seen the slimming effects of lymphatic drainage massages. But what about all the other benefits? Let’s dig further and go beyond what we’ve heard and seen.
A congested lymph system can cause bloating, lethargy, food intolerances, allergies, and dull skin.
Yes, dull skin! Although it has not been clinically proven, many women swear that a facial lymphatic drainage massage is like getting a mini facelift. It makes sense that they see these kinds of results because the skin is the biggest organ of the body, and when you get rid of toxins, the skin will naturally be healthier. The facial massage stimulates not only the lymph fluid but also the blood flow to your face, bringing oxygen to your facial muscles and skin resulting in a natural glow. Additionally, the gentle gliding strokes reduce swelling under the eyes, and anywhere there might be water retention. So even though there are no official studies to prove lymphatic drainage facial massages make you look younger, it is obvious that the benefits of a healthier and more youthful complexion are visible.
Now let’s move on to your gut! How can a stagnant lymph system cause food intolerances and digestive problems?
There are studies supporting that a mal-functioning lymph system blocks inflammatory cells and bad bacteria from exiting the body tissue. A good digestive system is comprised of good bacteria that breaks down and digests food. A disbalance in the good versus bad bacteria in the gut compromises the gut’s ability to digest and absorb food and can result in gastritis and other more serious inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Lymphatic drainage massages manually “pump” or “move” the lymph fluid towards the nodes to help the body eliminate those inflammatory cells, otherwise known as toxins, and helping to restore the balance in bacteria in your gut. Other studies state that tiny lymph vessels located in the gastrointestinal tract actually absorb fat from food and that a malfunction can result in malnutrition.
Ok so what about immunity and allergies?
Allergies are an auto-immune response your body has against foreign elements. In more recent years, the lymph system has been recognized as the first line of defense against disease because it transports and filters fluid containing anti-bodies and good and bad bacteria. So, a compromised lymphatic system is a compromised immune system. This is an element of your health that can affect a broad spectrum of illnesses and diseases and will determine how your body responds to problems with your organs, viruses like the flu, and allergies. As you can see the lymphatic system is responsible for the maintenance of good health throughout your body and all its organs.
To conclude, because the lymph system plays such a big role in your overall health and well-being, it is normal that taking care of it will keep you in good health. Just like exercising and eating healthy, maintaining a regular lymphatic drainage massage routine will give you increased energy, an overall better mood, better sleep, and all this will make you feel and look amazing!