The lymph system consists of lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and organs. The primary jobs of the lymphatic system are to isolate and fight infections, and to absorb excess fluid, fat and debris from our bodies. As these materials build up in the lymph system, it may become congested or blocked. Because the lymph system cleanses our entire body, symptoms of a blocked system can manifest in many ways from frequent cold and infections to joint pain. Follow healthy nutritional and lifestyle guidelines to cleanse and rejuvenate your lymph system.

Clean up your diet to cleanse your lymphatic system.  A healthy diet produces less waste for your lymph system to clean up, reducing your chances of congestion.

1. Avoid processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and preservatives.
2. Replace simple sugars and carbohydrates with whole grains, complex carbohydrates and fruit.
3. Identify any food allergies you may have and avoid eating those foods.
4. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water daily. Your body needs to be well hydrated to keep your lymph system operating properly.
5. Practice deep breathing from your diaphragm and through your nose to keep your lymph fluids moving. Learn proper breathing techniques to get the proper amount of oxygen throughout your body.
6. Get regular physical exercise.  Jumping up and down on a trampoline or playing jump rope for 5 minutes a day is great for your lymph system. Other moderate exercise, such as walking and stretching, is helpful if done regularly.
7. Relax in a sauna or steam bath and let your body sweat out toxins to cleanse your system
8. Wear clothing that fits properly.  Tight clothing restricts your lymph system and contributes to blockage. For the same reason, women should avoid under-wire bras and try to wear no bra for at least 12 hours each day.
9. Deal with stress, depression and other emotional issues.  Just like a congested lymph system can lead to emotional problems, so can the reverse occur. Sometimes when we are stuck in stress or other emotional issues, these feelings manifest in physical problems.
10. Consider alternative therapies.  Acupuncture has been found to do wonders for keeping our lymph system flowing.  Regular treatment from a massage therapist who is familiar with lymph drainage massage is a great way to keep your entire body healthy and your lymph system running smoothly.
11. Do a detox and colon cleanse treatment. Choose one that is supported by liver enzymes to ease the burden on your liver and kidneys, and to decrease the pressure they place on your spleen.

The appearance of cellulite is often a sign of a congested lymph system. Massage the areas of your body where the cellulite exists, as well as the lymph nodes in your groin to help improve the condition.  Self-massage can be beneficial to cleanse your lymph system, especially if done around your abdomen and breasts.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse
1 cup water
1-2 caps full of ACV
(I make my ACV with 32 ounces of water)
8 ounces equals 1 cup
You can mix honey with it for taste

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse II

In the blender put:
1 cup apple cider vinegar (organic unfiltered)
1 cup raw honey (local is best)
8 cloves of garlic

Mix for 1 minute on high speed. Put it in a glass container and keep it in the refrigerator for five days. Take 2 teaspoons every morning before breakfast mixed in water or juice. Diluting makes it easy to take.

Recipe III

Chop a small onion and a few cloves of garlic and put them in a jar and fill the jar with honey. Let it sit for a couple of weeks. You can use the honey that becomes kind of thin and syrupy just to eat as is, with or without straining or add 2/3 cup of raw apple cider vinegar to 1/3 cup of the honey mixture that has been strained. Dilute 1 Tablespoon of the mixture in juice or water and drink every morning.

11 ways to can get your lymph flowing

There are countless benefits of getting your lymphatic system moving more efficiently, including more energy, less pain, and improved detoxification.

1. Breathe deeply. Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood and no organ to pump it. The lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help transport toxins into the blood stream to be detoxified by your liver. So breathe in healing oxygen. Breathe out toxins.

2. Get moving. Exercise ensures the lymph system flows properly. The best is rebounding on a mini trampoline, which dramatically improves lymph flow, but stretching and aerobic exercise work well.

3. Drink plenty of water. Without adequate water, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. To ensure the water is readily absorbed by  cells, add some fresh lemon juice or oxygen or pH drops.

4. Stop drinking the sugar, color and preservative-laden beverages that add to the already overburdened workload the lymph system handles.

5. Eat more raw fruit on an empty stomach. The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers. Eat them on an empty stomach for best digestion and maximum lymph-cleansing benefits. Most fruits are digested within 30 minutes or so and quickly help you feel better.

6. Eat plenty of green vegetables to get adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph.

7. Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds to power up your lymph with adequate fatty acids. Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

8. Add a few lymph-boosting herbal teas to your day, such as astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, pokeroot or wild indigo root tea. Consult a specialist before combining two or more herbs if taking medications or have any serious health conditions.

9. Dry skin brush before showering. Use a natural bristle brush. Brush dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. Work in the direction as your lymph flows—toward the heart.

10. Alternate hot and cold showers for several minutes. The heat dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract. Avoid this type of therapy if you have a heart or blood pressure condition or you are pregnant.

11. Get a gentle massage. A gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can try a lymph drainage massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Whatever type of massage, make sure it is gentle. Too much pressure may feel good on the muscles, but doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.

Dry Brushing your skin helps greatly with detoxification by helping the lymphatic system to cleanse and rid the body of toxins. One of the main functions of the lymphatic system is to protect against invading disease and micro-organisms. It is also responsible for transporting nutrients to other parts of the body.. However, it does not have its own pumping system and is thus dependent on good breathing (deep breathing exercises helps pump the lymph) and circulation. Daily skin brushing can effectively boost a sluggish lymph system. Always brush the extremities toward the heart. Do not skin brush at night since the stimulation may keep one awake.
Exercises to Clear the Lymph System

      If lymph fluids get backed up in our nodes or if there are problems with our lymph ducts, the nodes may swell and become inflamed and compromise the body’s immune system.
      White blood cells are the reason the lymphatic system is so important. A doctor looks at WBC levels in determining an infection. When pathogens invade the body, white blood cells exit the lymph nodes and enter the bloodstream to fight the infection, characterized typically by two things: a fever and a high WBC count. Low WBC counts in the presence of a fever can signify a problem with your immunity.
      The lymphatic system is not a closed system, and in humans it doesn’t have a pump. The movement of the lymph fluid relies on physical movement in order to circulate and prevent the nodes and ducts from becoming blocked with dead white blood cells. Without adequate movement of the fluid, lymph nodes can become infected and disturb the normal homeostasis of the body’s immune and vascular systems. In the brain, a lack of lymph drainage can damage memory and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. When the lymph nodes near our major organ systems don’t flow and drain effectively – it can cause widespread organ dysfunction.
      Certain kinds of movement and exercise are regarded as beneficial to the lymphatic system and assist the movement and drainage of the lymph.

#1: Massage is one of the most popular ways to manually drain your lymph nodes, particularly in areas like the breast and armpit. When massaging the breast, gently make circular motions that lead away from the areola and towards the armpit and downward.. You can apply this technique to other lymph nodes of the body.

#2: Exercise is another way to get all your lymph nodes drained. Moderate exercise helps improve vascular circulation and promotes adequate drainage two to three times better than not doing exercise at all. Lymph flow in and out of the nodes is increased during exercise. Try jogging, walking, cycling, or other similar exercises for 30 minutes, three times a week to promote proper drainage of  lymph nodes.
#3: Rebound Therapy is technically a form of exercise. Rebound therapy has a variety of health benefits from physical to emotional. Bouncing is really good for your health! Through gentle rebounding on a trampoline (or similar surface), circulation and lymph drainage is improved. It lies with the lymph ducts’ valves. Bouncing is a more intense form of walking. When pressure is placed on the lower extremities, the valves in the lymph ducts close and they open when the pressure is released. When you bounce, the valves close and open more fully than walking or jogging, promoting better lymph fluid evacuation.

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