Top 10 Tips for Cleaning Your Lymphatic System

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If you are truly sick and tired of being sick and tired, then maybe your lymph system has stopped working or is slow. The body’s lymphatic system is a complex system that includes your spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and vessels that move fluids to protect your body from disease. These systems can get sluggish, or even stop working properly, if you eat too much junk food, are exposed to excessive toxins, don’t get sufficient exercise, or after a serious, lengthy illness.

The good news here is that you can clean out, speed up, and detox that lymph system with just a few simple, health enhancing steps that can improve the function of your lymph system and your overall health in general.


1. Avoid processed foods

Eating a lot of processed foods, including junk foods, puts a terrible strain on the lymph system. Eat as much fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, along with healthy fats such as avocados and coconut oil, as you can. Avoid eating things like white bread, hot dogs, lunch meats, candy, sodas, and packaged dinners.


2. Eat natural foods

Plenty of natural foods will help to cleanse and detox your lymph system such as ginger, dark green veggies such as spinach, kale, broccoli, citrus fruits, chia seeds, coconut oil, garlic, wheatgrass juice, and flax seeds.


3. Lymphatic Massage

A massage therapist trained in lymphatic massage can work wonders for unblocking the lymph system. These types of massage therapists massage the areas around the lymph nodes and other vessels that lie just underneath the skin. Don’t go to just any massage therapist; be sure you see one who is licensed to perform lymphatic massage.

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4. Detox sweat sessions

Spend at least 30 minutes per week in a sauna or steam room. Sweating removes toxins through your breathing, sweat, and increased heart rate.


5. Use cleansing herbs

Natural herbs are great at cleansing your lymph system. Drink tea three times per day from any of the following herbs; burdock root, dandelion root, goldenseal, parsley, yellow dock root, nettles, or myrrh as all are great at helping to cleanse and unblock the lymph system.


6. Get exercise every day

Sitting on your butt most of the day only allows your lymph system to become stagnant. When you exercise you are stimulating your lymph system and also promote a healthy immune system. Take brisk, 30 minute walks, 5 or 6 days per week, or use a mini-trampoline to help wake up the lymph system. Simply bouncing up and down on a small trampoline will allow gravity to help move fluids in and out of your lymph system. Find out 7 minutes exercises for every day.


7. Perform a liver cleanse

Most of your lymph fluid comes from your liver, and when your liver is congested or overloaded with too many toxins, it also clogs up the lymph system. There are numerous liver cleansing products for sale at your local health food store, or look online for the many juice cleanses you can do at home.

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8. Eat more probiotics

A healthy immune system starts in our digestive system. When the health of our digestive system has been compromised, our immune system, as well as our lymph system, is also compromised. In fact the highest concentration of lymph is found right outside the gut wall, within the lining of the intestinal tract. Eat plenty of pro and prebiotics to help encourage healthy gut flora. Find out foods that do wonderful things for your digestion.


9. Dry brushing

Another way to help remove toxins and allow the lymph system to do its job is to practice dry brushing. You can find a body brush at most health food stores for just this purpose. Before you shower, at least 3 times per week, use to the brush and stroke your skin from the neck down to the torso, and from the calves up to the torso. You should always brush in the direction towards the heart.


10. Get plenty of vitamin D

When you take your walks, try to do this during daylight hours. Sunshine is an extremely heathy source of vitamin D. If you live in an area where there is little sunshine, be sure to take vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D is extremely important to our immune systems and many, many people are vitamin D deficient.


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One Comment

  1. Mary

    Dec 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Fantastic as usual.