Even though the lymphatic system and the problems associated with it are not commonly talked about, you can be sure that the lymphatic system is a critical part of the body due to the fact that you have twice as much lymph fluid as blood.
It is composed of tissues and organs which worked together to eliminate the toxins waste and other unwanted materials from the body. However, the main function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph fluid. This fluid contains white blood cells essential for fighting infection in the entire body.
So, we can say that a healthy lymphatic system is a key to a healthy body!
Common symptoms of a congested lymphatic system:
- Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
- Rings get tight on fingers
- Itchy skin
- Feeling tired
- Swollen glands
- Bloating / Holding on to water
- Brain fog
- Weight gain and extra belly fat
- Dry skin
- Low immunity
- Mild rash or acne
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
- Mild headaches
- Occasional constipation, diarrhea, and/or mucus in the stool
- Elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens
The major causes of lymphatic congestion
Even though there are many factors which can contribute the lymphatic system and lymph nodes to become congested, these factors are considered as the main causes:
In more than 80% of chronic health issues, stress has been considered as the main cause. The chemistry of stress is lymph congesting and degenerative.
They can irritate intestinal villi, the main reason for lymph congestion. The fact that the majority of the lymph in the body surrounds the gut indicates that the quality of the villi is essential for proper lymph flow, assimilation, immunity, and detoxification.
This is also a common cause of lymphatic congestion. Iodine supports the lymphatic system at the cellular level and helps to mitigate the effects of a toxic environment.
Constricting clothings can impede normal lymphatic flow. One of the largest clusters of lymph nodes is located in the upper chest area and armpit. Those nodes can act as a source of drainage for the upper chest, arm, and breast. If the underwire is too restrictive or the bra is too tight, this can prevent normal drainage, and the lymph is constricted. According to some researchers, eventually this will result in long-term impairment of the lymphatic function and can cause breast cancer, fibrocystic breast tissue, and swollen lymph nodes.
3-day lymphatic detox to improve lymph health
If you have experienced at least three of the symptoms we mentioned above, a lymphatic detox will be extremely beneficial for you. In a case you encounter more than five of the symptoms you definitely need a lymphatic detox. In order to drain your lymphatic fluids, all you need is three days.
- Drink Plenty of Fluid
Since lymph is 95% water, dehydration is one of the most common causes of lymph congestion. Without proper amounts of water, lymphatic fluid is not able to flow properly. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water half your weight in ounces on a daily basis. Water, herbal teas, broths, freshly-extracted juices are all great fluids which will help your lymphatic system moving. Always add lemon to your water and juices in order to mineralize the body and the lymph and to have deeper cleansing. Consuming green vegetable juices can cleanse all your detox organs, including lymphatic system.
A number of herbs have proven its effectiveness in improving lymphatic health due to their ability to increase lymphatic flow and clear the toxic substances.
Drink these herbal teas and will effectively detoxify the lymph:
Red root is a herb that is useful in reducing swollen lymph nodes. It is used to reduce cysts, treat lymphatic congestion, supply the tissues with nutrients, and relieve the stagnation of fluids.
Cleavers is herb that can help dissolve cysts and reduce the swelling of lymph nodes. Being diuretic, it can help the body eliminate wastes from the lymphatic system through urination. Also, it is used to dissolve kidney stones.
Echinacea can cleanse the lymph fluid, thus supporting immunity. It can activate macrophages against tumor cells and invading microorganisms. Moreover, it can increase the production of T-lymphocyte, cells that are responsible for cleaning up the extra-cellular fluids during chronic illness.
Red clover has the ability to increase circulation, thus reducing inflammation and detoxify the body.
Manjistha can support lymph flow and detoxify the tissue.
Exercise, especially rebounding, is another beneficial way which can help to get your lymphatic system moving. Rebounding is jumping on trampoline. Well, probably you are wondering how jumping can help. It can open up the lymphatic valves for better circulation. You should do this for 15-20 minutes on a daily basis. After the exercise, make sure to drink plenty of water in order to flush the toxins more efficiently.
- Near Infrared Sauna
This therapy can penetrate deeper into the skin, and allow the body to sweat, thus eliminating the toxins. The heat, the regeneration of tissues, and the circulation/release of toxins all work together in order to improve lymphatic flow.
- Brisk Walking
It is upmost importance to get the lungs functioning and the body moving. You should walk for 45-60 minutes every day. While walking, make sure to breathe as deeply as possible.
- Legs Up The Wall
In order to improve the lymphatic flow in the legs, lay down with the legs straight up against the wall. This will encourage the activation of the lymphatic valves for eliminating toxins and improve your sleep.
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Massage can help the lymph to drain. Look at the video below!
- Standing Desk
This allows for more natural movements throughout the day and makes it easir for the lymphatic to drain.
- Hydrotherapy Shower
This is a shower where cold and hot water are used alternatively. At the end of your shower, you should switch the water quickly from hot to cold a few times.
- Dry Skin Brushing
Brushing the skin with a natural bush is extremely beneficial for improving lymphatic flow. Moreover, this will increase your energy levels and improve organ functions.
How to Dry Brush
Make sure to you natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can be able to reach all areas of the body. Get naked and stand in the shower room or in a bathtub. Begin from your feet and move in long sweeping motions, toward your heard. Next, you should move on to our hands, but make sure to brush towards your hearth. Brush a few times in each area.
Be very careful while brushing more sensitive areas, like your breasts. After the brushing, you should take a shower. Alternate between the hottest water temperature and the coldest one you can handle. This will stimulate blood circulation. When you get out of the shower, you should apply natural oil on your skin like coconut oil in order to moisturize it.
You can dry brush every day before you shower and within two weeks you will see significant results. Make sure to clean your brush with soap and water after 2-3 times of using it. Let it dry in a dry place in order to avoid mold or mildew forming.
In order to get the maximum benefits, take a detox salt bath once or twice a week.
- Deep Breathing
Deep breathing can promote lymph flow.
Stretch your arms to both sides and move your arms up while inhaling while at the same time making circles with your hands. Make sure to hold your breath shortly. Then, move your arms while exhaling while making circles with your hands as you move the arms down. You should do this a few times a day.
After you feel a bit lighted-headed you need to stop. This is a sign that your body is dispelling toxins. After some time, you will be able to this for longer.