Lymphatic Health – why I use a rebounder every day
Does g-force relate to lymphatic health? An F-22 Fighter Jet can pull a max of 9 g’s. In other words, if your body weight was 150 pounds, pulling 9’s on a tight curve would make you feel like you weigh 1,350 pounds. Or, 9 times your weight.
There is also a piece of equipment on the playground that can achieve up to 7 g’s without ever flying a jet. It's a trampoline. These high forces are possible due to the gravitational pull and the added push produced right after hitting the mat.
Lymphatic health wasn't the original goal
Initially, the trampoline was developed by George Nissen and Larry Griswold of Iowa for gymnastic training, back in 1936.
But now it’s for fun, exercise, agility, improving health and a better quality of life.
Great for balance
A group of older adults took part in a study. After completion of the 16 weeks it was shown that their standing balance improved with regular use of a rebounder.
Improves quality of life
A study was conducted to test the quality of life of using a rebounder versus a treadmill. The groups each walked or jumped for 20-30 minutes 3 times a week.
At completion the group that used a mini-trampoline saw significant improvement in all areas, and had a higher quality of life score than the group that used the treadmill.
The NASA study
NASA even got in on the fun. One of their studies compared trampolining and running. They found that 10 minutes of trampolining is equivalent to running approximately 30 minutes.
Weightlessness is fun
Bouncing up and down creates a feeling of weightlessness. The harder the trampoline mat is hit on the way down, the longer the air time is on the way up.
It’s the weightlessness that makes this type of exercise so much fun.
Since the whole body moves and accelerates together when bouncing, all cells cycle between weightlessness and several g’s of force.
Rebounding on a mini-trampoline is exercise. Muscles must contract to absorb the higher g-forces. But unlike running, it doesn’t hurt the joints. So it provides cardio-vascular benefits without the pain.
In the circulation system the heart is the pump circulating the blood. Blood carries nutrients (amino acids, fatty acids, and glucose), and oxygen to the cells and tissues. It also removes waste such as carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and urea. Furthermore, white blood cells search and destroy any foreign invaders or infections they find.
Bouncing is beneficial to the cardio-vascular system.
Lymphatic system benefits
Bouncing is also beneficial to the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system, and it’s structures have been found in every part of the body, including the brain and the eyes. It’s purpose is to protect all tissues of the body from bacteria, infection, and viruses. It does this with a fluid called lymph and it's found around each cell. Systems clean the lymph and eventually drain it back into the circulatory system.
There are 5 main parts of the lymphatic system.
1. lymphatic fluid
2. lymphatic capillaries absorb lymph from the extracellular fluid
3. lymphatic vessels collect lymph
4. lymphatic nodes fight and destroy invaders
5. lymphatic ducts drain lymph into the circulatory system
Lymph must flow and drain
For the lymph system to work efficiently, it must flow and drain. But unlike the circulation system and heart, there is no single pump in the lymphatic system. It relies on the pressure in the body to move the fluid.
The fluid around every cell is called extracellular fluid. It contains interstitial fluid, lymph, blood plasma, and trans-cellular fluid.
The lymph in this fluid absorbs foreign, or dead matter to be killed and destroyed by the white blood cells (lymphocytes) in the lymph nodes.
Disease can occur when blocked
But if the lymph fluid becomes too thick, or if the passages in which it flows become clogged, then disease at the cellular level can occur. Once flow is reduced or stopped, no further toxins can be absorbed by the lymph, and the cells drown and die from the surrounding toxins.
One way valves and pressure
When the lymph fluid absorbs foreign matter it is pulled into lymphatic capillaries which lead to the lymphatic vessels. On these vessels are lymph nodes that contain lymphangions. Lymphangions contain smooth muscles that operate 2 valves. There is a valve to control the flow of lymph coming in, and a valve to control the flow of lymph going out.
But these valves only open and close. Remember there is no pump for the lymph. It’s the pressure around the lymph system that forces lymph through the system. Just like your hand applying pressure to squeeze a tube of toothpaste.
This pressure that moves lymph comes from the contractions of muscles in the body, pressure from the pulses from the heart, and breathing.
On the lymph vessels are lymph nodes. These lymph nodes have narrow passageways in which the lymph flows to ensure toxic invaders can be dealt with “one at a time”. These nodes filter the lymph and trap foreign bodies.
The flow of the lymph slows as it moves through these narrow channels. This allows the white blood cells (lymphocytes) to destroy foreign or dead material.
A single, larger vessel then carries lymph out of the node to the thoracic duct, and into the subclavian veins of the neck, located under the collar bone.
The lymphatic system also includes the spleen and the thymus, which produce these powerful lymphocytes.
How to keep your lymphatic system clean
For an effective lymphatic system there must be clear passage, efficiently operating valves, and pressure to move the lymph.
The problem is that most of the time healthy food is not consumed. Nor is there a good amount of exercise, or enough proper rest. All of these conditions can deteriorate the lymph system.
Poor elimination can also cause a backup in the lymph system.
To get the lymph moving when these conditions occur usually requires a lot of vigorous exercise or massage. And a lot of time!
Rebounding does it for you
But there is an easier way. And it's fun too! This is where the rebounder comes in.
The lymphatic system is filled with millions of one-way valves helping the lymph to flow.
Rebounding provides the right conditions to pressurize and depressurize the entire system. This helps to detoxify the body from stagnant proteins, bacteria, viruses and other cell waste.
Going up and down causes these one-way valves to open and close at the same time. Because the body is now going from weightlessness to several g’s. This additional g-force on the bottom increases muscle contractions, and hence the pressure around the lymph system, which further assists the lymph to move.
Congested lymph is a real problem
Having a congested lymphatic system is something many people don’t know they have. They usually find out later, when other symptoms and diseases show up.
The best defense is a great offense. Bouncing daily can assist in keeping the lymph system clean and functional.
10 Minutes a day is fun!
It’s easy to do. I usually do 10 minutes in the morning, and sometimes I add another 10 minutes in the evening. I hardly notice the g-forces of the bounce, but I am keenly aware of the joy from being weightless a few hundred times each day.
When bouncing, practice focusing on a point in front of you when you go up and down. Practice letting go and letting the bounces take you way.
You’ll have a ton of fun doing it.
Plus your cells with thank you later!
Mr. Self-Care Says:
"Before I bought my rebounder, I did quite a bit of research.
I really liked the Bellicon, and I thought the Cellerciser would be the most effective choice.
But in the end, I went with the Jumpsport, because it has a great rating, and fit my budget the best.
One year later, and I am still loving it. It was a great purchase."
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