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Flush your “metabolic garbage can” daily

Considering that the lymphatic system is the “metabolic garbage can” of the body, ridding the body of toxins, viruses, cancer cells and waste, it makes sense to start a daily routine that activates the flow of lymph. Afterall, the lymphatic system can’t move on its own, and it’s vital for health and disease prevention.

The lymphatic system is a vast network of tissues and organs, including tonsils, adenoids, thymus and spleen, whose main function is to move lymph fluid throughout the body, carrying nutrients to cells while removing waste.

Lymph counts on exercise to move, and one of the most efficient ways to move lymph is by rebounding, according to a study which appeared in the Indian Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

Researchers reported, in their Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Rebounding Exercise on Lymphedema, a simple regular “health bounce” on a therapeutic mini trampoline makes a “significant difference” in reducing swelling in patients with an impaired lymphatic system.

In the 12-week study of 30 lymphedema patients, who were divided either into an experimental “health bounce” group or a control group, rebounding proved to be an effective way of reducing swelling. Those in the “health bounce” group rebounded for as little as two to three minutes a day, twice a day, three times a week over the course of the study. This group experienced an average of 56.6 per cent reduction in swelling, compared to the control group which reduced swelling by an average of 6.3 per cent.

“Rebounding exercise could be an effective vascular rehabilitation training program for vascular remodeling in lymphedema patients,” according to the study.

A “health bounce” is achieved by simply “standing on the therapeutic mini trampoline and lightly moving heels up and down to produce a gentle bouncing motion, with feet in contact with the mat,” the study notes.

Vigorous exercise, or just rebounding by soft jumping on the mini trampoline, has the potential to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times, study researchers say.

What sets rebounding apart from regular exercise? In short, due to the fact the main lymph vessels run up the arms, up the legs and up the torso, rebounding, also known as cellular exercise, has been found to be one of the top ways to “pump lymph.” Lymph fluid travels through vessels that have one-way valves, and the fluid always moves in the same direction.

When one jumps up, and is at the top of the jump, it causes the lymphatic valves to open. At the bottom of the jump, the “push” off the rebounder motion closes the valves. This creates, in essence, a pump that moves and recycles lymph and blood supply through the circulatory system over and over while rebounding, moving toxins out of the system.

Many rebounders are designed for recreation rather than regular fitness use. Price points vary depending on quality. It pays to invest in a quality rebounder that will not only last for decades, but will protect knees and joints, and help protect from injury.

Needak has been manufacturing the #1 brand of quality rebounder on the market since 1990.

Needak is the innovator of the Soft-Bounce™ spring that is designed to absorb 85 per cent of the impact of each bounce to protect knees and spine from injury. Their rebounders are also made of a special platform material that prevents ankle injury, and does not stretch or tear out. They also offer a limited lifetime warranty on their rebounders.

Cheap rebounders are made with low-quality springs or bungees that can be jarring on the joints and leave the knees and back feeling worse than before beginning exercise. A therapeutic mini trampoline is a high-quality rebounder that has springs specifically designed to absorb the impact of a bounce, to protect the joints. Some rebounders also offer a stabilizing bar to hold on to.

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