Get Your Lymph Flowing
Your lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and organs that recycles body fluid, in the form of “lymph,” as it targets and removes invading bacteria, viruses and waste. It accomplishes this by moving the thick lymph fluid through a filtering process, including passing it through lymph “nodes” to remove impurities and to allow specialized cells, called “lymphocytes,” the opportunity to attack any harmful organisms.
When your lymphatic system becomes sluggish, unhealthy or fails, you become vulnerable to a wide variety of illnesses and health problems. These may include impaired immune responses, infections, and even cancer. Another common health issue is lymphedema, which is when arms or legs become swollen with lymph fluid that can’t drain properly.
A bellicon workout will energize your lymphatic system and keep your health vibrant by flushing toxins, bacteria and other waste from your body, cleansing you from the inside out.
Your Body Needs Your Help
Our lymphatic system has no pump to circulate its fluid. It depends on enough body motion, gravity, and muscular contraction to do the job, which our normal, daily activities rarely provide. 10,000 years ago, our ancestors were chasing herds, foraging for food and providing more than enough movement to keep their lymph systems healthy. Today, we go from our beds to our cars to sitting in front of computer screens...and our lymph fluids sit, too.
“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
Our bodies are designed for exercise, without it we become vulnerable to illness and disease. Just a few minutes a day on the bellicon will keep you (and your lymph system) energized and invigorated.
A bellicon workout is an ideal way to provide the exercise portion of the equation. It gently and efficiently conditions your cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems along with your lymphatic and immune systems, giving them the strength they need to rid your body of toxins.
Contrary to what many people have been told (and what some companies promote), sweating for the sake of sweating won’t detoxify. Only a very small portion (about 1%) of the toxins your body sheds are excreted through perspiration. Not only does forced sweating not help with detoxification, it can possibly hinder the process if too much fluid is lost.
No amount of pills, powders or potions is going to help your body remove toxins and impurities better than a gentle, yet extremely effective, bellicon workout.
Lymphedema is a swelling in the arms or legs due to a buildup of lymphatic fluid. It can occur as a result of surgery, blockages in the lymph nodes, heredity, as well as a host of other issues that interfere with the lymphatic system.
The bellicon’s ability to increase lymph flow can be particularly beneficial for people with lymphedema. It can help to pump the trapped fluid back into the circulatory and lymphatic systems, reducing swelling and pressure. It also provides excellent cardiovascular conditioning, which studies show is helpful in controlling the effects, and reducing the number, of flare-ups. It can even lower the risk of developing the condition in the first place. “It is very important for individuals with lymphedema to be physically fit and maintain a healthy weight. A safe form of exercise is an essential part of a fitness program for people with lymphedema.” The National Lymphedema Network
When it comes to getting the most out of their bellicon, we like to remind people that they don’t need to overdo it: regular, moderate-intensity workouts are all they need to stay healthy and fit. Taking it easy, particularly at the beginning, is even more important for people suffering from lymphedema.
Begin with very gentle “health bouncing,” letting gravity and our ultra-elastic bungees do the work. Use compression garments or compression bandages, if needed, and increase the amount of exercise very slowly and gradually, stopping if it becomes painful or the swelling increases.
If you have lymphedema, it’s important to seek the advice of your physician or healthcare provider before you begin any new exercise program. The cause, degree, and treatment of lymphedema can differ a great deal from person to person, so make sure that the exercise you plan to do will benefit, and not aggravate, your particular condition. A knowledgeable professional should also be able to advise you on the use of compression garments while exercising, which is an important consideration.