As stated in 5 Ways to Flush Your Lymphatic System, Part 1, your lymphatic system is part of your immune system. It helps get rid of toxins and protects you from inflammation and illness. In this article, we will go deeper with 5 Ways to Flush your Lymphatic System, Part 2.
Lifestyle Choices Clogging your LYMPHATIC System?
The lymphatic system gets out of balance from lifestyle choices, leaving your body feeling exhausted and worn out. Over time, our bodies fight inflammation and chronic stress which can lead to a congested lymphatic system.
5 Ways to Flush your Lymphatic System, Part 2 gives natural ways to cleanse your Lymphatic System naturally.
Symptoms of A Clogged Lymphatic System
As your Lymphatic System gets clogged up, you may develop symptoms that make you sick.
Here are some symptoms that show you have a clogged lymphatic system.
- Muscle and joint pain
- Holding onto water
- Breast swelling during your cycle
- Itchy and dry skin
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Swollen glands
- Cold hands and feet
- Chronic sinusitis, colds, sore throats, or ear issues
- Skin problems
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, your body may benefit from following these 5 ways to flush your lymphatic system, Part 2.
- Hot & Cold Showers
- Infrared Sauna
- Stay Away from Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Eat foods that Promote Lymph Flow
Let’s dive in a little deeper to each way to flush your lymphatic system.
Hot & Cold Showers
To give a jolt to your system, if you alternate using hot and cold water while you shower you will see many health benefits. A cold shower wakes you up, improves mood, hydrates your skin and hair, tightens your skin, increases concentration and accelerates your metabolism while boosting your immunity blood circulation. While hot showers, open up your pores and cleans your skin, removes toxins from your skin, relieves tension and headaches, helps muscle cramps, reduces anxiety and relaxes your body. Hot showers are great for a good night’s rest. If you are new to alternating hot and cold showers, try taking a hot shower and the last 30 seconds, turn the water to cold, you can work your time up as you adapt to taking these.
Nothing better than a great massage. They are so relaxing and very enjoyable. Benefits of a massage are increased circulation, relieve stress and improve joint mobility and provide a good night’s rest. A good massage increases the flow of lymph fluid and blood flow to your muscles and also reduces buildup and swelling to help repair the body. A lymphatic drainage massage is meant to flush the lymphatic system and performed by a trained massage therapist. This massage helps release your cells, release toxic buildup, reduce lymph congestion and flush extra fluid. Other forms of massage, like a swedish or deep tissue massage can help flush your lymphatic system but activating it, reducing pain and swelling in your lymph nodes.
Environmental toxins are everywhere. When we sweat, we are eliminating toxins from our body. While exercise makes us sweat and helps eliminate toxins, so do infrared light therapy. These types of lights heat your internal muscles, pushing toxins up to your circulatory system eliminating toxins from your body in a safe way. Infrared saunas are also great for stimulating autophagy, promote detoxification and improve insulin sensitivity, which promotes fat burning and lowering inflammation.
Stay Away from Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Eating a diet high in processed foods is not healthy for anyone. Processed foods also clog the lymphatic system. Those that follow the american diet, high in carbs and processed foods usually show symptoms of a clogged lymphatic system. These types of foods trigger inflammation in the body, poor digestion and increased inflammation leads to illness and disease. Other foods to stay away from are processed meats, artificial sweeteners, dairy, sugar, soy and white table salt. While the american diet is convenient, it is not a good diet to follow long term. Try to reach for nutrient dense foods that help lower inflammation in the body.
Eat foods that Promote Lymph Flow
Eating a well balanced diet is the key to staying healthy. Foods that are good for you and promote lymph flow are leafy green vegetables, low sugar fruits, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, avocados, garlic, brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, cranberries, green tea. Foods that are more nutrient dense or rich contain fewer chemicals and toxins in your body, making you healthier and a cleaner lymphatic system. Green tea is full of antioxidants and helps detoxify your body. In turn, drinking green tea boosts your immune system and protects your liver from damaging effects. Some herbs you can use to create an herbal tea to drink to promote lymph flow are echinacea, astragalus, wild indigo root, goldenseal, cilantro, poke root, and parsley. Please check with your doctor before you drink herbal teas to make sure there are no adverse reactions to taking herbal supplements and any medicine you may take.
Our lymphatic system is crucial for keeping us healthy, boosting our immune system and protecting us from getting sick. If your lymphatic system is clogged, this makes you prone to infection and disease. These 5 Ways to Flush your Lymphatic System, Part 2 are crucial to keeping things flowing and keeping you healthy. Start small with choosing 2 or 3 of the above ways, as you build your daily routine of flushing your lymphatic system, see how you feel. You can always add a few more. These are a great way to keep your body healthy, your lymphatic system clean and boost your immunity to live a long healthy life. If you missed the first article over this topic, be sure to check it out, “5 Ways to Flush Your Lymphatic System, Part 1.”