While most people are familiar with the hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause, the impact on other systems, like the lymphatic system, often goes unnoticed.

The lymphatic system is a vital part of the immune system, comprising of lymph nodes, vessels, and lymph fluid. Its primary function is to filter and transport lymph fluid throughout the body, removing waste products, toxins, and pathogens.

Perimenopause marks the transition into menopause and is characterized by fluctuating hormone levels, particularly oestrogen and progesterone. Then in menopause, production of both of these hormones is low.

Oestrogen plays a significant role in maintaining healthy lymphatic function. As levels decline during perimenopause and menopause, it can affect the lymphatic system in several ways:

1. Slower lymph flow: Oestrogen helps maintain the tone of lymphatic vessels, ensuring efficient lymph flow. With reduced oestrogen, lymphatic flow can slow down, potentially leading to fluid retention and swelling.

2. Weakened immune response: The lymphatic system is integral to the immune system. Oestrogen helps regulate immune function and its decline can impact the body’s ability to fight infections effectively.

3. Lymphedema risk: Lymphedema is a condition characterized by swelling and can become more common during perimenopause and menopause, especially in individuals with a predisposition.

So what can you do?:

To support your lymphatic system during this phase, consider the following tips:

1. Stay hydrated: Proper hydration helps maintain lymph flow and flush out toxins.

2. Exercise regularly: Physical activity promotes lymphatic circulation. Incorporate activities like rebounding, vibration plates, walking, swimming or yoga into your routine.

3. Eat a balanced diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fibre supports overall health, including the lymphatic system.

4. Manage stress: Chronic stress can impact hormone levels. Practices like meditation and deep breathing can help manage stress and support hormone balance.

• Implement self care techniques, such as massage, Epsom salt baths and acupuncture.

• Have daily bowel movements. In clinic, we support clients that are struggling. No bowel movement= inhibited detox.

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While the lymphatic system may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about perimenopause and menopause, it plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. Understanding the connection between hormonal changes and the lymphatic system can empower you to take proactive steps to support your health during this time.


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