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Tarzan Thumping, Dry Brushing, Bemer Mats: The Many Ways to Keep Your Lymphatic System Strong
Everything we do affects our biology, be it eating, exercising, sleeping… or breathing.
[DrCorinneWeaver.com] When I see a lot of lymph congestion on a thermogram, I suggest some simple advice you can do at home. The lymphatic fluid flows primarily upwards towards the neck and because I specifically work on the neck I see lymph congestion on a frequent basis. The lymphatic system relies on the movement of the body. So, the first step to help your immune system is move. (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
Moving can be fun -- just not use the word "exercise." Exercise can be seen as a negative term, but activities such as dancing, sports, and gardening are not. I enjoy rebounding which is also fun to do for lymph congestion, although it does require at least a small rebounder trampoline. I have a big trampoline in the backyard, so when I am jumping around and having fun with the kids, I am also helping my lymph system—extra bonus points! (My girls keep me accountable for doing this, because it is a special time with them to jump and share girl talk.) I recommend rebounding for 15 minutes a day. A modified version of this involves sitting and bouncing on an exercise ball for 15 minutes a day. Both methods are fun and effective.
Another recommendation is dry brushing. Dry brushing helps stimulate your lymph system and encourages removal of toxins. To do this, you need a medium-soft natural skin brush with a long handle. Start at the feet and brush upward towards the heart. Use firm—but not too hard—and small strokes in a circular motion. Dedicate 3-5 minutes to brushing the whole body. I do it in the morning before I shower and have noticed increased energy because the brushing also helps stimulate blood flow. A rush of energy is always a good thing in the morning! Do not forget to apply a good natural lotion afterwards. Your skin will thank you!
Another way to stimulate your lymph system is to lightly beat on the chest area like Tarzan. (The thymus gland is in the center of the chest and is part of the immune system.) After you do your dry brushing, you can beat on your chest like Tarzan in the shower! I know you're probably thinking I am silly, but there is a lot of truth in my words. If you really want to go crazy, rub diluted essential peppermint oil on your chest. That will wake you up, get you going for the day, and help you stay focused.
Another great tool I use to boost blood flow is the BEMER mat. This benefits the cardiac system, the body's regenerative abilities, and even mental acuity. It is a mat you lay on that uses a Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field (PEMF) to increase blood flow. Today, the only similarity between PEMF and BEMER devices is the electro-magnetic field. However, the BEMER doesn't use PEMF as an active agent, but as a carrier for its unique physical signal configuration. The BEMER Group owns five global patents and has received numerous scientific awards for its research. The BEMER mat enhances general blood flow, the body's nutrient and oxygen supply, and waste disposal. It also helps with stress reduction and relaxation. It is a wonderful tool to use for all ages, and it only takes 8 minutes a day. It increases their cellular level of healing and helps the body regenerate after an injury. It is also used by NASA astronauts to improve bone and muscle atrophy during space missions. That is so cool!! (Photo Credit: BEMER Group)
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Lastly, is some deep belly breathing. It's simple to do. Breathing is one of those automatic body functions that is easily taken for granted, but our breathing patterns are actually quite revealing—when we need to feel centered, we stop and breathe deeply, for example. Unfortunately, however, shallow breathing is a way of life for many people. It causes a limited amount of oxygen to reach the bloodstream and can result in fatigue, gas, insomnia, muscle cramps, and feelings of anxiety and panic.
When we take the time to breathe deeply, fully, and completely, we counteract the stresses of modern life and calm our mind and spirit. Breathing not only oxygenates the body's 100 trillion cells, it also releases carbon dioxide waste material from each cell. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)
Smooth, deep diaphragmatic breathing improves blood circulation, gently massages internal organs, promotes elimination of carbon dioxide, strengthens the heart and lungs, and promotes deeper sleep patterns.
The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, sit back and allow some time to just breathe. I love the song "Just Breathe" by Jonny Diaz!! It is my theme song. Listen to it today if you have not heard it. It talks about having a crazy busy life and only having time for yourself … but then you realize there has to be something else to this crazy life. The singer reminds you to "Rest at Jesus" feet and just "breathe." This is what I am telling you now. Help clear your mind and evaluate your body responses.
When I was a kid, I had to learn how to relax whenever I would start to have an asthma attack, which is the scariest thing on earth. It's like being a fish out of water or like having thousands of bricks stacked onto your chest.
If you've been lucky enough to never have an asthma attack, think of this as an analogy—as kids, mom always used to tell us to chew our food slowly, right? Ever wondered why? Because chewing slowly promotes proper digestion by allowing the digestive enzymes in the saliva to start breaking down your food at the beginning of the digestive cycle. Similarly, proper breathing can also affect our biology.
When I was pregnant, I also learned the Bradley method of childbirth and delivered my kids naturally at home. Yes, that is right—I had all three of my kids at home with no drugs!! I was able to use the Bradley technique to avoid much of the pain and create more bonding memories with my precious babies. The Bradley method of childbirth is giving birth naturally while you're coached by a partner. My husband Scott was a pro after Noah (our first child) was born! The Bradley method helped me relax through my breathing so that I could reduce my pain and have a memorable, un-medicated birth.
Everything we do affects our biology, be it eating, exercising, sleeping … or breathing.
What to do now? Close your mouth, open your nose, and breathe in health!
I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.