The lymph system consists of lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and organs. The primary jobs of the lymphatic system are to isolate and fight infections, and to absorb excess fluid, fat and debris from our bodies. As these materials build up in the lymph system, it may become congested or blocked. Because the lymph system cleanses our entire body, symptoms of a blocked system can manifest in many ways from frequent cold and infections to joint pain. Follow healthy nutritional and lifestyle guidelines to cleanse and rejuvenate your lymph system.
1Clean up your diet to cleanse your lymphatic system. A healthy diet produces less waste for your lymph system to clean up, reducing your chances of congestion.
Avoid processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and preservatives.
Replace simple sugars and carbohydrates with whole grains, complex carbohydrates and fruit.
Identify any food allergies you may have and avoid eating those foods.
2Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water daily. Your body needs to be well hydrated to keep your lymph system operating properly.
3Practice deep breathing from your diaphragm and through your nose to keep your lymph fluids moving.
4Get regular physical exercise. Jumping up and down on a trampoline or playing jump rope for 5 minutes a day is great for your lymph system. Other moderate exercise, such as walking and stretching, is also helpful if done regularly.
5Relax in a sauna or steam bath and let your body sweat out toxins to cleanse your system.
6Wear clothing that fits properly. Tight clothing restricts your lymph system and contributes to blockage. For the same reason, women should avoid under-wire bras and try to wear no bra for at least 12 hours each day.
7Deal with stress, depression and other emotional issues. Just like a congested lymph system can lead to emotional problems, so can the reverse occur. Sometimes when we are stuck in stress or other emotional issues, these feelings manifest in physical problems.
8Consider alternative therapies.
Acupuncture has been found to do wonders for keeping our lymph system flowing.
Regular treatment from a massage therapist who is familiar with lymph drainage massage is a great way to keep your entire body healthy and your lymph system running smoothly.
9Do a detox and colon cleanse treatment following manufacturer instructions.
Choose one that is supported by liver enzymes to ease the burden on your liver and kidneys, and to decrease the pressure they place on your spleen.
If you are under a doctor\’s care for any medical conditions, you should check with her before doing a detox and cleanse.
Self massage can also be beneficial to cleanse your lymph system, especially if done around your abdomen and breasts.
The appearance of cellulite is often a sign of a congested lymph system. Massage the areas of your body where the cellulite exists, as well as the lymph nodes in your groin to help improve the condition.
Avoid using antiperspirants that contain aluminum. These products block the sweat glands, allowing toxins to build up in your body and clog your lymph system.