The lymphatic system’s main function is to drain toxins from the connective tissues of the organs and muscles. It depends on the daily movement of all the parts of the body to function properly and breathing.
Unlike the blood, which has a heart to circulate it around the body, the lymph fluid has no such direct pumping device. According to the late Andreas Moritz, globally recognized practitioner in the field of alternative and integrative medicine, when the muscle responsible for the breathing action of the lungs (diaphragm) extends into the abdomen, it exerts great pressure on the intestinal lymph vessels, thereby squeezing their contents. This forces the lymph to move through the lymph ducts.
Each inhalation and exhalation acts as an indirect pump for the lymphatic system. Shallow breathing that accompanies a sedentary lifestyle has a detrimental effect on proper lymph drainage. Exercise and rebounding however coupled with massage can greatly improve lymphatic functions, thereby preventing a multitude of diseases.