Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Take a moment to notice if you’re breathing in through your nose or your mouth just now. Ideally, you’re breathing in through your nose. The hairs in the nose act like a filter, trapping dirt and dust before it gets to our lungs; another part of the nose humidifies the air and warms or cools it before it enters our lungs.
If you’re a mouth breather, you’re not making use of the nostril’s built-in filtration system.
Another line of defence against germs is the lymphatic system - part of the immune system and a waste disposal system.The lymphatic system requires movement for it to be able to function optimally. It’s a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials in addition to acting as a vehicle to transport lymph around the body. Lymph is a a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells.
Tips for taking advantage of the body’s natural defences are:
-Drink plenty of water – dehydration can contribute to poor lymphatic drainage – think of a stream, ideally its constantly flowing to prevent stagnation
-Eat multi-coloured fruit and veg
-Get a massage, Bowen treatment or try Vacuum Cupping to support the lymphatic system (see REFERRALS sub-menu on my website for some local therapists)
-Keep moving! Lymphatic flow requires deep breathing and body movement for it to work optimally, so now's a great time to start exercising daily
-Breathe through your nose
This advice is based on my training in Anatomy and Physiology from my background as a Massage and Bowen therapist. Please ignore if you have been given differing advice by your health care professional.
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