Ladies, let’s face it: as busy women, our hormone levels can go haywire. One day we’re feeling confident and ready to conquer the world, and the next day we’re a total mess. One of the factors that can contribute to this hormonal chaos is poor lymphatic drainage. Never heard of it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But let me tell you, once you try it, it could be a game-changer for your hormones. 

What is lymphatic drainage? 

First things first, let’s talk about what lymphatic drainage is. Our lymphatic system is basically a network of tissues and organs that help get rid of waste and toxins from our body. When our lymphatic system is functioning properly, we feel energized and our immune system is strong. However, when our lymphatic system gets backed up, it can lead to bloating, fatigue, and inflammation – all things that can create chaos in our hormones. This is where lymphatic drainage comes in. It’s a gentle massage technique that can help stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid, thus promoting detoxification and a healthy lymphatic system. So what can you do? Read on. 

Dry brushing for lymphatic drainage

Using a dry brush, you can gently brush your skin in circular motions, starting from your feet and moving upwards towards your heart. This helps to stimulate the lymphatic fluid and get things moving. In Ayurvedic medicine, dry brushing (gharshana) has long been touted for its ability to “stimulate lymphatic flow”; I haven’t come across any research to support that but what we do know is that it is inherently promoting circulation. Better Circulation = Encourages Detoxification much in the way that exercise does! So, I think if you can use dry brushing as an additional tool to encourage detoxification then your endocrine system will thank you (laugh) for the assistance in detoxing excess hormones! Much in the way that massage can shift your nervous system OUT of a fight-flight stress response and into a rest-relax state, so can dry brushing. Add this to your stress management tool box for when you need to switch things up.

Rebounding

Another technique is the “rebounder”, where you jump on a mini trampoline. This helps to loosen up the lymphatic fluid and gets it flowing. Plus, it’s a fun way to get your heart rate up!

Dry brushing for Lymphatic Drainage

Self massage

Lastly, you can try self-massage. Using gentle pressure, you can massage areas like your neck, armpits, and groin, which are all high in lymphatic tissue.

Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “I don’t have time for this!” But let me tell you, taking just a few minutes each day to do some lymphatic drainage can make a big difference in your hormonal health. Plus, it’s a great way to practice self-care and show yourself some love. And who doesn’t need more of that?

So, there you have it – the lowdown on lymphatic drainage and how it can benefit your hormones. As a hormone specialist, I cannot stress enough how important it is to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Hormonal imbalances can wreak havoc on our lives, but there are ways to combat it – and lymphatic drainage is just one of them. So, go ahead, give it a try. Your hormones (and your whole body) will thank you!

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