3 ways to cleanse the lymphatic system

3 ways to cleanse the lymphatic system
3 ways to cleanse the lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is the body's cleansing system that filters and removes wastes produced by the body. Without the lymphatic system, the cardiovascular and immune system would not function normally. When the fluid in the lymphatic system thickens and becomes filled with toxins, the muscles no longer receive the blood they need, the organs become sore and atrophied, and the body's energy drops. According to naturopaths, it is important to cleanse the lymphatic system, because all parts of the body are affected when the lymphatic system malfunctions. However, the good health of the different cells depends on their proper functioning. A blocked lymphatic system can cause health problems like heart attack, lymphedema, or lymph cancer.


Method 1 of 3: Adjust your diet and lifestyle

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Step 1. Avoid industrial products

Although there is no scientific evidence for the build-up of toxins caused by consuming industrial products, no longer eating industrial products, especially those containing sugar, helps reduce the amount of toxins in the body. So reduce your consumption of industrial products based on simple sugars and carbohydrates and do the same for foods containing artificial flavors. The less waste your lymphatic system has to filter, the easier it will be to clean your body.

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Step 2. Stop eating red meat

Stop eating red meat, seafood, and hydrogenated fats. According to naturopaths, red meat and seafood are difficult to digest and likely to clog the lymphatic system. If you want to eat animal protein, turn to organic meats. Hydrogenated fats are easily oxidized and can cause blockage of the arteries and the lymphatic system.

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Step 3. Reduce your intake of dairy products and white flour

Although there is no scientific evidence for lymphatic problems caused by these foods, dairy products and white flour can cause mucus to develop that can clog the lymphatic system. So limit your consumption of dairy products by abandoning milk for almonds and rice milk. Also prefer wheat flour or gluten-free products instead of white flour. Whole wheat flour is better because it contains more vitamins and nutrients.

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Step 4. Eat organic fruits and vegetables

When you go to the supermarket, look for the organic label on fruits and vegetables or look for organic produce at the local farmer's market. Organic products help reduce the amount of toxins filtered by the body. They also provide powerful enzymes as well as powerful acids that help cleanse the lymphatic system.

  • The label on organic fruits or vegetables contains a "9" before the PLU code (price look-up code) which is the bar code identifying the product.
  • In the United States, organic foods are agricultural products and ingredients, raw or processed, grown organically. They are grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, sewage sludge, genetic engineering, growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients or synthetic additives.
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Step 5. Eat whole grains

Eat whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and vegetables. Whole grains (like brown rice) as well as nuts and seeds (like walnuts, almonds, and chia seeds) contain lots of vitamins and minerals, making them perfect foods for staying healthy and helping the lymphatic system to function properly.

  • Vitamin A should be consumed at a rate of 700-900 µg / day. It works in the intestine to prevent germs and viruses from spreading throughout the body.
  • The recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is 75-90 mg. Linus Pauling hypothesized that vitamin C boosted the immune system and prevented the risk of virus infection.
  • The recommended daily amount of vitamin E is 15 mg. This vitamin acts as an antioxidant and blocks redox reactions potentially harmful to the arteries and the lymphatic system.
  • B vitamins are a class of vitamin that provides energy and stimulates the immune system.
  • Zinc is a mineral that produces protein to boost the immune system.
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Step 6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day

Your body needs water to stay hydrated and allow lymph fluid to drain and flush out any toxins. So drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water every day. Avoid carbonated drinks, energy drinks, and fruit juices that are high in sugar.

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Step 7. Perform an allergy or food problem test

If you haven't already, ask your doctor for a food allergy or sensitivity test. You will know if certain foods are affecting your digestion. The body's ability to flush out toxins begins in the digestive system, and any food that causes digestive problems can clog the lymphatic system. If you know that you are allergic to certain foods or products, such as dairy or gluten, you can remove them from your diet and prevent blockages in the lymphatic system.

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Step 8. Use natural deodorant

Aluminum-based antiperspirants prevent sweating and contribute to the toxic load. Naturopathic doctors also believe that these products block the lymphatic system. Finally, it seems that the accumulation of aluminum would cause Alzheimer's disease.

  • Avoid applying products loaded with chemicals to your skin. Most lotions, toothpastes, creams and sunscreens available on the market are filled with substances that are harmful to your lymphatic system.
  • Go for natural and organic beauty products that do not contain any chemicals. You even have the option of making your own natural beauty product at home.

Method 2 of 3: Exercises and physiotherapy

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Step 1. Get regular physical activity

Regular physical activity involving a lot of movement, such as jumping and running, will stimulate your lymph flow. As you move, your muscles massage your lymphatic system and allow your lymph flow to improve.

Walking, running, and participating in a physical activity that involves a lot of movement are great for stimulating lymph flow. So try to do a total of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week with at least 30 minutes to 1 hour of physical activity per day

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Step 2. Organize manual lymphatic drainage sessions

Organize manual lymphatic drainage sessions with a licensed Vodder therapist. This particular certification is only awarded to physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, massage therapists and therapist assistants who have completed continuing education. Lymphatic vessels are found under the skin and are involved in blood circulation. When your lymph flow slows down, your skin will turn dull or slightly yellow. In the worst case, you will notice signs of autoimmune disease. Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle, rhythmic massage that improves lymphatic flow in the body.

  • Perform dry lymphatic brushing after a hot bath or while showering in hot water. If you shower, enjoy the hydrotherapy provided by the cold / hot transition. During dry lymphatic brushing, scrub with a natural bristle brush with a long handle if possible. Your actions must go as far as possible and be gentle in order to stimulate your skin and eliminate dead skin cells.
  • Rub your whole body in a direction similar to that of the massage performed by the naturopath specializing in manual lymphatic drainage.
  • You can apply sea salt and a small amount of aromatherapy oil to the brush before you begin. This will stimulate your skin and flush out all the toxins from your epidermis.
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Step 3. Try the yoga chair poses

Yoga practitioners believe that postures like the “inverted chair” and the “seated twist” help flush toxins from the body.

  • To do the upturned chair (Utkatasana): stand on a yoga mat with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Place your hands in prayer in the middle of your chest. Inhale then exhale and place your left elbow on the outside of your right thigh, just above the knee. Twist to your right with your praying hands facing the right side of the room.
  • Make sure your knees are aligned and your hips are parallel to the front of the room. Use your left elbow to press against the outside of your right thigh and to accentuate the twist with each inhale / exhale.
  • Hold this posture for 5-6 breaths and then put your hands in prayer in the middle of your chest. Resume this pose, but this time on the left side with your right elbow against the outside of your left thigh.
  • To do the seated twist (Marichyasana 3): Sit on a yoga mat with your feet outstretched and toes flexed towards you.
  • Bend your right knee and place your foot inside your left thigh. You can keep this position or place your foot on the outside of your left thigh for a more intense twist. You can also keep your left leg straight or bent at the knee with the (left) foot outside the right hip.
  • With your left arm, keep your right knee against your chest. Raise your right arm and rotate your body to the left. Place your right hand a few inches behind you on the mat.
  • Continue to keep your right knee against your chest as you twist to the left. For a more intense twist, press your left elbow against the outside of your right thigh. Inhale to stretch your spine and exhale to twist to the left.
  • Hold this pose for 5-6 breaths before starting again on the other side.
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Step 4. Do intense breathing exercises

Although there is no scientific evidence for the effects of deep breathing on the lymphatic system, doing intense breathing exercises can help improve your overall health and therefore your lymphatic system. As you breathe in, the pressure in your chest decreases and the pressure in your abdomen increases, which helps pump lymph fluid from your legs and lymph from your arms to the drainage points behind the collarbones. Your collarbones are one-way valves: toxins cannot go back in the opposite direction and are flushed out of your body. Below is the technique for deep breathing.

  • Lie down on a flat surface, such as a bed or yoga mat, on the floor. Breathe in deeply through your nose. As you inhale, tilt your head back and stretch your feet. Hold your breath for 5 seconds, inhaling as much air as possible.
  • Slowly exhale through your nose while raising your feet. Tilt your head to bring your chin closer to your chest.
  • Breathe in and out 8-10 times in a row, breathing only through your nose. Do not panic if you experience dizziness, as this is a natural response of the body to deep breathing.
  • Perform this exercise at least once a day, taking 8-10 breaths.
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Step 5. Do a sauna or steam room session

A sauna or steam bath session once a week will make you sweat, which will allow you to sweat all the toxins from your body. Naturopathic practitioners believe that saunas and steam rooms support lymphatic functions.

After a long sauna or steam room session, remember to drink plenty of water to flush toxins out of your body and allow your lymphatic system to do its job

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Step 6. Try acupuncture

Have a licensed acupuncturist perform lymphatic acupuncture for you. Acupuncture is a therapeutic system born in China. Its functioning is based on the presence through the body of energy flow (chi) essential for well-being. The disruption of these flows would be responsible for diseases and other health problems.

  • Acupuncture is used to unclog the lymphatic system. Before you jump in, however, make sure that the acupuncturist is a qualified and licensed therapist.
  • Acupuncture can have side effects, including infection from unsterilized needles or partial lung injury from accidental puncture of the lung. If your acupuncturist is qualified and meets hygienic standards, you will only experience minimal side effects.

Method 3 of 3: Use supplements and detoxifiers

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Step 1. Learn About Enzyme Supplements

Before taking any enzyme supplement, ask your doctor how these products work. According to naturopaths, enzyme supplements help the lymphatic system assimilate complex fats and proteins in addition to assisting the digestive system in its work.

  • You can take digestive enzymes with each meal and proteolytic (called systemic) enzymes between meals.
  • Proteolytic enzymes are the tools the body uses to digest organic residues in your lymphatic and circulatory systems. Consuming it helps your body.
  • Proteolytic enzymes help the body to clear circulating immune complexes (CICs). By accumulating in the body, CICs cause an allergic reaction in the immune system and the role of proteolytic enzymes is to fight them off so that the immune system can do its real job. In the end, you are less likely to get sick.
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Step 2. Perform 3-day lymphatic drainage

There is no scientific evidence for the benefits of drainage on general health. However, some naturopaths believe that it activates the lymphatic system and helps flush toxins out of the body. Perform a 3-day lymphatic drainage if you've never had one before but want to cleanse your body. 3 days is the minimum time required to purify the lymphatic system. A week before you start, eat a diet without meat, wheat flour, and sugar. 1 or 2 days before drainage, eat only raw fruits, seeds, nuts, Brussels sprouts and vegetables.

  • During these 3 days, drink only apple, grape or carrot juice. Prune juice is the only other drink you can drink during the cleanse.
  • In the morning, drink a glass of water followed by 240 to 300 ml of prune juice mixed with lemon juice to promote defecation. Drink the juice in small sips and chew it so that it mixes perfectly with your saliva.
  • The rest of the day, drink more glasses of the juice of your choice and filtered water until you have consumed about 3.5 liters of juice and 3.5 liters of water. You can add lemon juice to water or juice.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of wheat germ, flaxseed or borage, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of kelp or dulse (a food seaweed) powder and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper coffee. Drink it all 1 to 3 times a day.
  • By the end of the day, you should have drunk 7.5 liters of fluid. You can also eat antimicrobial herbs like garlic and echinacea. Finally, you have to relieve yourself every day. If you have trouble defecating, drink another glass of water or prune juice with lemon before bed.
  • During these three days of detoxification, you should stimulate your lymphatic system with 30 minutes to 1 hour of exercise. If you feel tired, don't force yourself. As toxins move out of the body, you may experience nausea, headache, back pain, or dizziness.These symptoms are a sign that toxins are being eliminated from the body and that there are fewer and fewer as the drainage progresses.
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Step 3. Try a 7-10 day herbal cleanse

Naturopathic doctors believe that certain plants such as echinacea, goldenseal, red clover, American grape or licorice root improve lymphatic function. They would also help remove layers of debris from the lymphatic system's filtering system. You will certainly find it in health food stores near you. Your herbal cleanse should not last more than 7-10 days.

  • Echinacea would also improve the functioning of the immune system.
  • If you are taking any other treatment, ask your doctor or herbalist for advice before trying an herbal cleanse. You should avoid herbal infusions and cleanses if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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