The lymphatic system includes a network of lymph nodes, vessels and ducts that are spread throughout the body to remove waste from the blood and to help stabilize the immune system. This vital system can be overlooked by people when it comes to the importance of rejuvenating the body. Detoxifying the body of these toxins can improve one’s lifestyle and overall health and well-being.
We suggest these 5 Easy Steps to Detoxify Your Lymphatic System:
- Cleanse your environment
Stress can damage the lymph vessels which will impact the ability to transport lymph fluid between the lymph nodes. The inflammation can create congestion and swelling which can weaken the flow of the lymphatic system. Reflect on your environment and determine what is the cause of stress or heightened emotions. How can you reduce these life stressors? Having an effective routine can assist with daily stress.
- Select organic foods
Yes, there are foods that can cause swelling of the lymph nodes! An anti-inflammatory diet can assist, which is filled with green leafy vegetables, cruciferous veggies (such as broccoli and cauliflower), omega-3 fatty acids, and herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, and garlic. If possible, avoid processed additives, chemicals, and artificial ingredients.
- Keep hydrated
This seems like a basic step however many people fail at maintaining the appropriate amount fluid intake. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of congestion in the lymphatic system. Drinking enough water throughout the day to keep the lymph fluid flowing will reduce the risk of congestion. You want to avoid sugar-based drinks, such as soft drinks, processed juices, sports drinks and even alcohol. Cutting back on the excessive intake of caffeine will benefit the body as it dehydrates the body.
- Move your body
This doesn’t have to be vigorous exercise, but some movement where the muscles have a contraction and relaxation can assist with the movement of the lymph fluid. The tensing and loosening of the muscles during physical movement push fluid throughout the lymphatic channels. Perhaps a brisk walk at the end of the day to keep the fluid in motion.
- Book a lymphatic drainage
This drainage works on your lymphatic system like a massage. Working to move the fluid manually to speed the process of tissue and cell regeneration. It can reduce swelling and help detoxify the body of any blocked lymph nodes where there is a build-up of lymph fluid, which carries the toxins. For example, if you are experiencing stuffiness, feeling of pressure in the head, sinus congestion, vertigo or dizziness, you may be experiencing some blockage of fluid around the neck or head region. A drainage of your face and neck will move the fluid to the other areas of the body so you can properly excrete the excess fluid through the urinary tract. This is especially great for cold and allergy seasons!