The lymphatic system* plays an important role in your overall health as it works to eliminate bacteria, viruses, white blood cells, and other toxins from your tissues.
Although your body naturally cleanses itself, sometimes stress and digestive imbalances can cause your system to work extra hard to rid your body of toxins. Overtime this stress contributes to inflammation that can damage cells causing a variety of health issues.
Signs You May Need To Cleanse Your Lymphatic System
Digestive issues, skin conditions, chronic fatigue, constipation, bloating, brain fog, inflammation, frequent headaches, as well as cold hands and feet, can all be a sign your lymphatic system is in need of a cleanse.
How To Naturally Cleanse Your Lymphatic System
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Water is essential and especially important when it comes to cleansing your system. Be sure your water is purified with a high quality filter (we have the Pure Effects System and love it!) to remove heavy metals and other contaminates. Squeeze some lemon into your water to help mineralize the body and lymph.
2. Move your body.
3. Stretch daily.
Stretching is so important for your health and anyone can do it. Regardless of how fit you are, stretch a little each day and soon you will see improvements and reap the benefits. Practicing yoga is great for your mind and body too!
4. Heal your gut: Eat a healthy diet and avoid processed sugar.
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics and whole foods like fruits and veggies including cherries, leafy greens, flaxseed and chia seeds helps to cleanse your system. Avoiding artificial flavors, artificial sugars, and processed foods is also key.
5. Try Dry Brushing.
Dry brushing exfoliates your skin while supporting lymphatic flow. If nothing else, you’ll have the benefit of healthy, glowing skin!
6. Lymphatic Massage.
A lymphatic massage specifically encourages the flow of fluids thus helping to eliminate waste from your system. Learn how to perform a lymphatic drainage massage here.
7. Relax. Breathe Deep.
Relax. Release Tension. Breathe Deep. Slow, deep breathing moves your diaphragm and abdominal muscles as it pushes fluid (lymph) through your vessels. Deep breathing is also an excellent remedy for stress. Laughter has a similar effect and releases ‘feel good’ hormones too!
8. Alternate between hot and cold in your shower.
Hot water dilates the blood vessels, while the cold water shrivels them. If you’re pregnant, skip this tip!
9. Wear natural, loose-fitting clothing.
Cute lounge wear is totally in right now! Opt for loose fitting clothing whenever possible as tight clothing may restrict your body’s natural drainage process.
Now that you’ve cleansed your lymphatic system, be sure to keep your body in tip-top shape by drinking plenty of water, eating a proper diet rich in whole foods and don’t forget to exercising regularly! Remember to avoid chemical additives, preservatives, processed foods, food intolerances, and stress(!!) which can all cause your system to become congested.
Stay happy and healthy!
*The Lymphatic System consists of fluid (lymph), vessels, and organs that contain lymphoid tissue such as the lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, bone marrow, and thymus.
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