Keeping your immune system healthy is no easy quick task. It takes gradual lifestyle changes in order to keep your defenses working at an optimal level. Taking those few small steps and making adjustments to your daily routine can benefit your future and add quality of life
After any surgery, the body will need a good amount of healing time. To avoid infections, there are a list of things your clinic will recommend for you to start taking. Your doctor will go over all these details with you on your post op visit. While lymphatic therapy has been known to help aid during recovery time, there are stages of treatment that will depend on your ability to keep away from stressful environments. The right amount of movement will be challenging at first, but in time, you will be able to listen to your body and it's limits
Depending on the type of condition, compression garments are recommended for fluid drainage control. As your soft tissue and skin layers heal, waste cells and lymph fluid can build up which causes a blockage of the channels your therapist has made clear during MLD treatment. If you have had cosmetic surgery, fajas are used in levels to help with shaping in a particular area. Conditions following cancer and lymph node removal require a different set of garment support which can be determined by your lymphatic therapist at each stage of treatment
When the mind and body are at rest, you are healing at an optimal level. You will notice after a good nights sleep how refreshing and flexible your skin becomes the next day. Tenderness may still be present in early stages of MLD treatments but you will find that you will be able to do more and more each time you get a good amount of rest
If you aren't a breakfast fan, shakes may be a good replacement. Adding in anti inflammatory fruits and ones high in antioxidants like strawberries, apples, kiwi, pineapple, grapes, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and bananas can boost your metabolism along with other healthy benefits. Did you know cocoa and dark chocolate are healthy too? Variety can be good when adding or replacing a routine
Fried foods, soda, and sugar drinks equal inflammatory, bloating and digestion problems. Multi-grains, nuts, chicken, turkey, and fish are rich in necessary vitamins and minerals while olive oils, garlic, beans, yellow and green onion provide a great anti-inflammatory mix. Herbal teas like green tea and black tea that are high in antioxidants will keep your skin layers clear of pathogens and toxins.
High fiber foods act as a natural probiotic (healthy gut bacteria) and leads to good digestion. Sweet potatoes, brown rice, squash, cabbage, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, and leafy greens are just to name a few. Nuts and seeds like pistachios, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin make for a great snack.
After your treatment plan ends, staying on a monthly regimen of lymphatic massage with a new nutritional plan will act as a natural detox method. Your lymph therapist will help guide you through each stage with continued online support via text and email
Stress can creep up on us from all aspects of life. Learning how to manage our breathing will lead to many internal benefits
Our body holds tension in our skin, joints, muscles, and fascia (deep connective tissue) and block lymphatic channels. Taking a 15 minute break to stretch will benefit many system functions
You'd be surprised at how you'll feel once you spend some time taking in new scenery. Take some time for yourself to reflect and reward yourself on how far you've come