5 Ways To Detox Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is a complicated network of vessels, ducts, and nodes that moves fluid between the cells and tissues, and distributes the infection fighting and scavenging cells of the body. When functioning properly, it effectively cleanses the tissues and eliminates toxins from the body. These functions are critical to vibrant health!

Lymph vessels can become clogged with protein deposits leading to sluggish flow (congestion) and impaired function. The causes of lymphatic congestion range from injuries and surgery, inactivity and poor diet, to emotional/ stress states, environmental toxins, hormone imbalance, and normal aging processes. When this state occurs the blockages cause a backup in the flow of lymphatic fluid, resulting in swelling or edema in the tissues and in various kinds of “symptoms.” Consequently, toxic waste matter cannot effectively be released from the body, nor can the immune system function at optimum performance. The result is a wide range of dysfunction and disease.

Common Symptoms of Lymphatic Dysfunction

  • Bloated stomach or extremities
  • Brain fog
  • Cellulite
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Excessive sweating
  • Mucus and phlegm production
  • Painful and hard swellings (especially in armpits, groin area, and neck)
  • Sluggishness
  • Stiff or painful joints

If you have one or more of these signs of lymphatic blockage, you may be having trouble eliminating toxins.

5 Ways Detox Your Lymphatic System

1. Deep breathing: When practiced during mindfulness meditations, deep breathing gets your entire rib cage in on it so you’re not just removing gaseous carbon dioxide waste products from your lungs. You’re also squeezing the lymph from even the tiniest interstitial spaces and pushing it toward its exit ducts.

2. Drink plenty of clean water: Lymph is mostly water. All of life’s chemistry happens in water. Dehydration makes it very hard for your cells to function. Recommended is half your body weight in ounces per day. Spread it out during the day to keep your metabolic machinery humming smoothly and consistently.

3. Natural herbs: Supporting the body with certain natural herbs can also help the lymphatic system drain effectively. Different herbs have been studied for lymphedema treatment from traditional to modern use. Research shows that herbal medicine can be worthy of consideration to improve lymphedema, especially for mitigating symptoms and side effects. A few you may want to try include: Goldenseal, Echinacea, Calendula, Dandelion, Burdock Root, and Red Clover. And, you can add any of these herbs to this delicious Super Detox Smoothie.

4. Physical activity: Studies show how big a difference movement makes in lymphatic function. This doesn’t have to be intense. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or triathlete either. Walking and stretching are great ways to get the lymph moving from muscle contraction. Tidying up your home or yard counts, too.

5. Assisted Lymphatic Therapy (ALT): ALT is a non-invasive, painless, calming, and relaxing therapeutic treatment that stimulates the lymph and breaks up congestion in the lymphatic system. A lymph drainage instrument with two wands is passed slowly over the body, breaking down congested lymph through a combination of vibration, light, and electrical waves.

Once the congested lymph has been broken down, it can be drained, waste can be eliminated, and the free flow of lymph can resume. The relaxing and pain-free therapy makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking to improve their health. many say its results can also be felt immediately!

If you have been experiencing any symptoms that may be related to lymphatic blockage, give us a call today!


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