12 Ways to Detox your Lymphatics
Here’s How to Get Your Lymphatics Flowing
The lymphatic system is possibly the most neglected cleansing and healing system in the body, yet it is intensely powerful. It is a complex network of fluid-filled nodes, glands, and tubes that bathe our cells and carry the body’s “sewage” away from the tissues and neutralize it. The lymphatic system includes the spleen, tonsils, and thymus gland and plays an important role in boosting immunity, lessening pain and inflammation, and generating and overall sense of lightness and health.
The body has more lymphatic fluid than blood and it can be described as clear or straw-colored. A good example of lymphatic fluid is the fluid that fills a blister.
Although lymphatic fluid circulates throughout the entire body, it doesn’t have a pumping system like the heart which pumps blood. Instead, anatomy and physiology texts indicate that it “moves” through the body, making exercise very important for its functioning. Lymphatic congestion can be caused by improperly digested foods and poor bowel management. Diseases may develop because of stagnant fluid not circulating properly, causing the lymph nodes to retain waste materials.
A recent study found that 80 percent of women have sluggish lymphatic systems and that getting them flowing smoothly is the key to easy weight loss and improved feelings of well-being. Another study found that women with cellulite showed lymphatic system deficiencies. Here’s how you can get your lymph fluid flowing smoothly:
- Breathe deeply. The body has 3 times more lymphatic fluid than blood, yet no heart-type organ to do the pumping. One of the main ways this fluid moves effectively is through deep breathing. Breathe in that sweet smell of healing oxygen.
- Get moving. Exercise also ensures the lymph system is moving and flowing properly. The best kind of exercise is rebounding on a mini-trampoline, which can dramatically improve lymphatic flow, but stretching and aerobic exercises also work well.
- Drink plenty of water. Without adequate water intake, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by the cells, I frequently add some fresh lemon juice or Cellfood oxygen+nutrient drops to pure water.
- Forget the soda, trash the color-laden sports-drink, and drop the sugary “fruit juices” that are more sugar than fruit. These unhealthy beverages add to the work overload your lymph system must handle.
- Eat more fruit on an empty stomach. The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers. An empty stomach provides for best digestion and maximum lymph-cleansing benefits. Most fruits are digested within about 30 minutes, so you’ll start feeling better quickly.
- Eat plenty of green vegetables to get adequate chlorophyll which helps purify your blood and lymphatic system.
- Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds to power up your lymphatic system with adequate fatty acids. Excellent choices are walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
- Drink pure, unsweetened cranberry juice. Cranberries and cranberry juice emulsify stubborn fat in the lymphatic system. Dilute it 4:1 (water to cranberry juice). Alternatively, if you prefer a sweeter juice, dilute one part cranberry juice with two parts unsweetened apple juice and two parts water.
- Add a few lymph-boosting herbal teas to your day such as astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, pokeroot, or wild indigo root. Consult an herbalist or natural medicine specialist before combining two or more herbs if you’re taking any medications or suffer from any serious health conditions. Avoid using herbs while pregnant or lactating, and avoid long-term use of any herb without first consulting a qualified professional.
- Dry skin brush before showering. Use a natural bristle brush to brush your skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same direction your lymphatic fluid flows – toward the heart.
- Alternate hot and cold showers for several minutes. The heat dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract. Avoid this type of therapy if you have a heart or blood- pressure condition, or if you are pregnant.
- Get a gentle massage. Studies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymphatic fluid back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Whatever type of massage you choose, make sure it is gentle. Too much pressure may feel good on the muscles but it doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.
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