Signs of a Clogged Lymphatic System and 10 Ways to Cleanse It

Eliminating the toxins from our body is one of the most important things when it comes to our health. Numerous systems, organs, and glands in our body have the responsibility to ensure that all of the toxins are eliminated. But, many of them can be clogged, or don’t even function properly. One of them is the lymphatic system but unfortunately doesn’t function properly in many people.

  • The lymphatic system is composed of lymph nodes, glands, spleen, tonsils, and thymus gland. It’s a part of the circulatory and immune system. The functions of the lymph include:
  • Transporting white blood cells from the lymph nodes into the bones
  • Absorbing and transporting fatty acids and fats from the digestive system
  • Removing interstitial fluid from tissues
  • Transporting antigen-presenting cells to the lymph nodes.

Dysfunction of the lymphatic system can be caused by various reasons such as nutrient deficiencies, high intake of processed foods, and lack of activity. These symptoms suggest that you probably need to clean your lymphatic system:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sinus infections
  • Excess weight
  • Frequent headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Unexplained injuries

In order to create flow, the lymphatic system needs the body’s breathing, movement, muscle action, and intestinal activity, due to the fact that it doesn’t have its own active pumping system.

Therefore, here are 10 ways which will help you to create flow in the lymphatic system, necessary for eliminating the body’s toxins.

1. Drink clean water

We recommend to drink water half of the body weight in ounces on a daily basis (160lbs=80 ounces of water).  Additionally, you should consume a few glasses of lemon water as well.

2. Exercise

Exercising on a regular basis is the first thing that a healthy lymphatic system needs. You should start with easier exercises, and try to increase their level of intensity as you go. Rebounding on a small trampoline is one of the best exercises for the lymphatic system.

3. Breathe deeply

There is 3 times more lymph fluid in our body than blood and no organ for pumping it. You can try a pumping action which involves deep breathing. It’s helpful in the transportation of the toxins into the blood before the liver detoxifies them.

4. Hot and cold showers

Hot water dilates the blood vessels, while the cold water shrivels them. If the fluids stay in the body for a longer period of time, then they be forced out by this “pump” action. Pregnant women and people suffering from the cardiovascular disease shouldn’t do this method.

5. Take herbs that stimulate lymph flow

You can use these herbs for tea improve your lymph health:

  • Parsley
  • Goldenseal
  • Astragalus
  • Cilantro
  • Echinacea
  • Pokeroot
  • Wild indigo root

6. Use dry brushing

You can brush the dry skin, with circular movements with a brush, for about 10 minutes. After that, you can take a shower. For even better effects, combine the dry brushing with hot and cold shower.


7. Alternative treatments

Lymphatic drainage massage is one of the easiest methods for detoxing the lymphatic system. It’s able to boost the lymph circulation, and drain away the fluids, fat, and toxins from the cells. Acupuncture is another helpful method for stimulating the lymph flow and eliminating the toxins in the body.

8. Eat foods that promote lymph flow

You can improve the lymphatic system by eating raw foods and foods with high amounts of nutrients:

  • Avocados
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Garlic
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Chia
  • Cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts

9. Stay away from foods that cause blockages to the lymphatic system

Avoid these foods in order to improve the lymphatic system’s health:

  • Table salt
  • Conventional dairy
  • Conventionally raised meat
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Soy

10. Avoid wearing tight clothes

Wearing tight clothes can be damaging for the proper circulation in the lymphatic system. Because it can result with blockages in the lymph system, which can lead to accumulation of toxins.


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