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Easy 3 Day Lymph System Cleanse
The body’s lymph system is probably one of the most under-studied, least understood, and most ignored system in the body. When you are feeling fine, your lymph system just gets pushed to the wayside. In fact, it seems as if the only time people really think about or talk about lymph nodes is when someone is diagnosed with cancer.
Perhaps if people only understood how the lymph system works and how important it is to almost every other function and system in the body, we might not take it for granted. In many ways, the lymph system is more important than your blood circulation.
Think of your lymph system as the body’s drain. Once you imagine it this way, its importance becomes clear. Imagine if your house had no drains. Imagine that you have no other way to remove waste water, trash, or anything else from your home except through the drains…but your drains are completely clogged. Now you can imagine what this could do to your body. Your lymph system removes waste, excess water, heavy metals, chemicals, bacteria, trans-fats, and fungi. It supports every system in your body. When the lymph system becomes clogged and sluggish, your entire immune system is compromised. When the lymphatic system remains clogged, this is when serious disease, including cancer, begins to develop.
Common signs of a sluggish lymph system are:
- Constantly cold hands and feet
- Super dry skin, so dry it itches
- Soreness or stiffness in the morning
- Mental fog
- Swelling of the small joints
Ayurvedic medicine believes that almost every condition or health problem can be linked back to the lymph system, which is why it’s important to take care of it. Some of the top reasons that he lymph system becomes clogged are:
1. Iodine Deficiency
Iodine plays a huge role in our body. It protects us from environmental toxins, regulates the thyroid, and helps the lymph system perform its function. When the body does not get sufficient amounts, the lymph system can become blocked.
Chronic stress causes turmoil in the body and is believed to be the cause behind about 80 percent of all chronic health problems, including congestion of the lymph system. Stress can come in many ways and it can be controlled, managed, or limited. Read more how to fight with stress.
3. Chronic Digestive Problems
Most problems with the lymph system are found in the digestive system. If the villi in the intestine (villi are tiny, threadlike tissues that cover the surface of the small intestine) are not in good condition, this will affect the flow to the lymph system and prevent it from doing its job.
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This is why it is so important to perform seasonal lymph cleanses. Most people find it easy to do these cleanses three times each year, during the change of seasons. Good times to do this cleanse are during the spring and fall, then in early January, right after the holiday season. It’s important to remember that you need to life a healthy lifestyle all year long. Eating junk foods and living a sedentary, stressful lifestyle during the rest of the year, and then thinking that doing a cleanse will fix all your problems will not give you the results you are looking for.
Keep reading for a detailed description of how to do this easy 3 day lymph system cleanse.
Go to your local farmers market or organic produce store and buy the following vegetables:
- Turnip greens
- Green bell peppers
- Romaine lettuce
- Red or golden beets (be certain these are not GMO)
- Green onions (AKA Scallions)
- Mustard greens
- Cabbage (any color)
- Baby spinach
All the above listed vegetables help the body in the cleansing process. They contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants that limit or reverse the damage done by free radicals.
Wash the veggies (don’t peel them or cut them) and place them in a large pot along with about 2 gallons of pure water. Place this on the stove with a tight fitting lid and keep on low heat for about 2 hours. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for a little bit. Drain the liquid from the pot and keep it in some containers, glass is best. Place the veggies in a Ziploc baggie or in another covered container and keep them in the fridge for later use.
You will drink the vegetable broth for the next 3 days.
On the first day, drink 8 ounces of water mixed with the juice of one organic lemon for breakfast. For lunch, drink three 8 ounce glasses of the vegetable broth and another three 8 ounce glasses for dinner.
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Drink three 8 ounce glasses of the broth for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can still drink the lemon juice with water in the morning if you desire.
Drink the broth the same way you did on day two, but split the vegetables that you saved into three equal parts and eat them in addition to the broth for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You can still drink plenty of water, green tea, or herbal teas during this cleanse, but no coffee, sodas, or other types of drinks, especially caffeinated drinks.
Get plenty of rest and take it easy during this time. Do not over-tax your body with hard exercise or stressful situations.
This cleanse will leave you feeling light and refreshed with more energy than you ever imagined possible.
Live healthy friends!