The Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System – a garbage disposal that only YOU can activate.

The lymphatic system acts somewhat like the “garbage disposal of the body”- a complex network of vessels and organs that recycles body fluid, in the form of “lymph”, targeting and removing invading bacteria, viruses and waste. This waste disposal system relies completely on our movement, unlike for example the cardiovascular system where the heart automatically pumps fluid.  Instead, the lymph system relies on our body movements as a pump.

Without the movement that forces the lymphatic fluid to drain, toxins collect stagnantly in the lymph instead of leaving the body. Any type of exercise such as rebounding, creates the movement necessary to move these fluids and create that flush.

However like a lot of people, we tend to NOT get enough movement in a day. And when the lymphatic system becomes overloaded and unhealthy, we become vulnerable to a vast amount of illnesses and problems- just imagine the toxic overload of not removing the waste from your body!  These might include impaired immune responses, infections, and even cancer. Another common health issue is lymphedema- when arms or legs become swollen with lymph fluid that can’t drain properly.

But rebounding is by far the most effective movement therapy for increasing lymph flow and draining toxins from the body. Many natural health practitioners recommend daily rebounding as a gentle detox technique or weight loss aid. Due to the up-down movement, lymphatic fluid is forced to flow and flush toxin. This is explained more here:

It is said that with just 2 minutes of rebounding, a person can flush the entire lymphatic system, while cleansing and strengthening cells and lymph nodes.

A further benefit is that during this brief time span, the white blood cells of the immune system triple, remaining elevated for an hour or more, during which time they perform their tasks of destroying and eliminating cancer cells and other toxins. An hour after rebounding for two minutes the white blood cell count returns to normal.

“The lymphatic pump becomes very active during exercise, often increasing lymph flow 10 to 30 fold. Conversely, during periods of rest, lymph flow is sluggish, almost zero.”!

-Textbook of Medical Physiology, Guyton and Hall

Those who are too weak to exercise or have difficulty standing can use a bar available with the Bellicon rebounder. This enables the weak individual to feel secure while bouncing gently. It’s important to begin slowly, and gradually increase to two minutes.

One or more long sessions of aerobic rebounding will help stimulate the immune system, improve digestion, control weight, tone and strengthen the body, and build endurance – and it’s FUN!  When beginning a program of regular rebounding, it’s best to gradually increase time and intensity as the body – including bones and internal organs – adjusts to the increased gravitational load and becomes stronger.