Did you know that the lymphatic system is the largest drain in the human body? Unfortunately, it can go be clogged for a long time without realizing you it, causing you to adapt to toxins and stress that reside in the body and weaken your immunity.
Common Symptoms of Lymphatic Congestion
- Bloating/holding into water
- Itchy skin
- Weight gain and extra belly fat
- Swollen glands
- Elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens
- Occasional constipation, diarrhea and/or mucus in the stool
- Low immunity
- Rings get tight on fingers
- Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
- Feeling tired
- Mild headaches
- Brain fog
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
- Dry skin
- Mild rash or acne
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of lymph congestion. The best way to get your lymph moving is to sip water every ten to fifteen minutes during the day. Do it for one day and if you experience dry mouth and are thirsty for this sip of water, it means that you are dehydrated and that your lymph is congested.
If this is the case with you, try this rehydration therapy: Sip hot water every ten minutes for about two weeks. Keep a thermos of hot water at hand to make it easier for you to stick with this regimen.
In addition to sipping hot water, drink 1/2 your ideal body weight in ounces of water daily for two weeks. For instance, if you weigh 140 lbs, drink 70 ounces of water (almost 9 glasses) daily.
10 Ways to Detox Your Lymph
- Rebounding ( jumping on a trampoline for 10-30 minutes)
- Inversion table (padded table which allows you to invert upside down while strapped in by the feet)
- Lemon water (lemon is an alkaline agent that helps to mineralize the body and lymph)
- Enzymes (proteolytic enzymes between meals can help increase lymphatic flow)
- Massage (lymphatic massage is a special form of massage which targets the flow of lymph in the body)
- Herbs ( the best herbs for lymph detoxification include red clover, cleavers, bupleurum and rehmannia)
- Dry brushing (assists in lymphatic flow and boosting circulation)
- Yoga ( it helps to drain the lymph towards the heart, which increases the rate in which it is filtered)
- Eat raw foods (eating raw foods, particularly fruits and veggies, is also a great way to boost the water levels in the body, too)
- Red-staining foods (berries, cherries, beets, cranberries, pomegranate and red root are all great lymph-movers. Beets in particular possess a property that makes them the top food on this list)