The lymph system is made up of lymph nodes, glands, thymus gland, the spleen and tonsils. This system carries the cellular sewage of the body away from the tissues to your blood, where it is filtered by 2 of the main detoxification organs of the body: the kidneys and the liver.
This garbage is made up of the byproducts of the processes in the body, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, cigarette toxins, illicit drugs, food additives, airborne pollutants, pesticides, and some other toxins.
Ann Louise Gittleman, the author of The Fat Flush Plan, calculates that 80% of the females have sluggish lymphatic systems and the key to weight loss is to get them flowing so smoothly.
If you have cellulite or excess weight, suffer from injuries, or pain disorders as headaches, bursitis, arthritis or other, the sluggish lymphatic system can play an important role. Here we will present you 11 ways to detoxify the lymphatic system.
- Breathe deeply – the body have 3 times more lymph fluid than the blood, yet no organ for pumping. The lymph system depends on the pumping action of the deep breathing in order transfer the toxins into your blood before the liver detoxifies them. So, breathe out the toxins.
- Move – the exercise ensures your lymph system to flow properly. The mini trampoline is the best method to improve the lymph flow dramatically, but the aerobic exercise and stretching also work great.
- Drink more water – without enough amount of water, the lymph fluid can’t flow perfectly. In order to be sure that the water is absorbed by the cells, add oxygen, lemon juice or pH drops.
- Trash the neon-colored drinks, forget the soda, and the fruit “juices” that have more sugar than fruit in it. All these beverages can add to the overburdened workload the lymph system have to handle.
- Eat raw fruit in the morning – the acids and enzymes in the fruit are so great lymph cleansers. Eat the fruit on an empty stomach for maximum lymph cleansing benefits and for best digestion. Most of the fruits are digested by your stomach within 30 minutes.
- Eat more green vegetables in order to get enough chlorophyll that will help you to purify the lymph and the blood.
- Eat raw and unsalted seeds and nuts to give your lymph system enough fatty acids. Choose from almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.
- Add lymph-boosting herbal teas like Echinacea, Astragalus, pokeroot, Goldenseal, or wild indigo root tea. You can consult a natural medicine specialist or herbalist before you consume 2 or more herbs, or if you are taking any kind of medication or if you have some serious health disease. Avoid using herbs if you are lactating or pregnant, and also avoid the long use of any kind of herb.
- Dry skin brush before every showering, and use just a natural bristle brush. Brush the skin in circular motions upward from your feet to the torso, and then from your fingers to the chest. You have to do this in the same direction just like the lymph flows toward the heart.
- Alternate cold and hot showers for a few minutes. The cold causes the blood vessels to contract and the heat dilates them, if you have blood pressure or heart disease avoid this therapy, and also if you are pregnant.
- Get a massage – a massage is able to push up to 78% of stagnant lymph back into the circulation. The massage frees your trapped toxins. Also, you can try a lymph drainage massage, which is a special massage that targets the lymph flow in your body. Whatever kind of massage you opt, make sure it is so gentle, because too much pressure can feel good on your muscles, but it doesn’t have the same effect on your lymph system.