11 Ways To Boost Your Lymphatic System For Great Health

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The lymphatic system, or lymph system as it is also called, is a system made up of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland and tonsils. It bathes our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular sewage away from the tissues to the blood, where it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys. This sewage is made up of the byproducts of our bodily processes, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, illicit drugs, cigarette toxins, other airborne pollutants, food additives, pesticides and other toxins.

The Fat Flush Plan author Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, estimates that 80 percent of women have sluggish lymphatic systems and that getting them flowing smoothly is the key to easy weight loss and improved feelings of well-being.

If you are suffering from injuries, excess weight or cellulite, or pain disorders like arthritis, bursitis, headaches or others, a sluggish lymphatic system may be playing a role.  Here are 11 ways you can get your lymph flowing smoothly.

1.  Breathe deeply. Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, yet no organ to pump it. Your lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver. So breathe in that sweet smell of healing oxygen. Breathe out toxins.

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

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

4.  Forget the soda, trash the neon-colored sports drinks, and drop the fruit “juices” that are more sugar than fruit. These sugar-, color- and preservative-laden beverages add to the already overburdened workload your lymph system must handle.

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 an herbalist or natural medicine specialist before combining two or more herbs or if you’re taking any medications or suffer from any serious health conditions. Avoid using herbs while pregnant or lactating and avoid long-term use of any herb without first consulting a qualified professional.

9.  Dry skin brush before showering. Use a natural bristle brush. Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same 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 if you are pregnant.

 

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

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

By: Michelle Schoffro Cook
Source: www.care2.com

2014-01-07T12:34:05+00:00

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    Q: Is black cohosh good for clearing out the lymph system? My doctor says my tests are all normal but I've had painful armpit lymph nodes now for 7 weeks! I haven't had anything like this since the 80's when I had mononucleosis. I am a diet and exercise controlled type 2 diabetic. I'm also wondering if the ibuprofen I take for sciatica has triggered this weird reaction. The doctor keeps saying my tests are all fine but I know my glands are unhappy. I also am just starting menopause. I am about to go on a 3 week detox. Do you suggest any herbs?

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    Black Cohosh is a great female tonic herb but if you want a great lymph cleansing herb, you should try LOBELIA, RED ROOT, WILD INDIGO BARK, CLEAVERS, GOLDENSEAL, ECHINACEA, or MULLEIN LEAF.

    You should consider detoxifying your body. Please give our Full Body Cleanse a try. It can provide a myriad of benefits for you and your body.

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    Q: I have swelling of the lymph glands (I assume that there called lymph glands) in my face on the side, in front of my ears. What is that a sign of? and how do I treat it?

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    It's a sign of toxicity and you need to detox. See FULL BODY DETOX! Read our article â€BEWARE OF DEODORANTS AND ANTIPERSPIRANTS†because we cover the lymph nodes in that article. We also have an article "Lymphatic Problems" coming soon!

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    Q: I am very much aware of herbs ayurvedic and regular from a child. What makes your product lets say for the lymph and blood work better than another brand. Lets say it has the same key ingredients that is specifically for lymph and blood. Why would you need 25 herbs in a blend opposed to just the main 3 for the specific organ or purpose. I am so tired of trying everything, and want to be on a trusted regimen. I already prepared oppose to me buying each herb single and mixing it myself. My goal as a healer is to be well rounded in all the blending of herbs for specific uses. The best place to start the healing process is within yourself and I have been curious about Dherbs.

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    I mean, why only use the top 3 herbs available when so many other good herbs (i.e. alterative herbs, which are good for the blood) exist and are available? Why shortchange the people? Why not be unique? Why not give people the best BLOOD herbs from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American Medicine, Traditional African Medicine, Traditional European Medicine, etc.? If you take the best herbs from around the world and use in your formulations and compounds, it makes a statement that your products are indeed truly for humanity. Who else is doing this? Who else even thinks like this? Our formulas contain many exotic herbs that are very expensive (for other herbalists and manufacturers) and we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to get and provide the BEST for the people (customer), especially if those exotic herbs are available and not curtailed by government regulations (which many are). And in addition to above, providing these unique herbal formulations and compounds for a very economical and reasonable cost. To be the BEST formula, the formula would have to contain the BEST organ-gland specific herbs from around the world. Now THIS, is what makes Dherbs.com unique, at least in my opinion. However, the products speak for themselves. We are the BEST and provide the BEST!

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    Q: I have swollen lymph gland under my right arm. I"ve been having it for years. Sometimes it's very painful with tenderness. The dr. has felt it and they all say that it may be an infection. Sometimes the pain is unbearable. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Please be on the lookout for the new "LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DISORDERS" article that will be up next week. For starters, I suggest you give the FULL BODY DETOX a try. Please read up on it!

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    Q: I dicovered I had a swollen lymph node from my doctor who told me to take vitamin c. the lymph is still swollen; it will go down from time to time but not completely. what should I take? Also I have fibroids tumors and indigestion. I take TUMS like it's candy. HELP!

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    I strongly suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOX. FBD is the Formula #1 and it addresses the lymphatic system. Make sure you only use natural deodorant as well; commercial brand deodorant/antiperspirants cause lymph nodes to swell up. We list alternative products in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Q: My wife has lymph edema in one of her legs. Has it been proven that your detoxifying system would help her in any manner?

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    The FULL BODY DETOX will greatly help this condition, as our Formula #1 is a formula for the blood and LYMPH fluids. Proven? Don't recall of anyone with this particular disease but this kit has healed so many diseases that it really doesn't matter what the disease it. Give it a try and see for yourself!

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    Q: What herbs help the drainage of lymph nodes?

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    The FULL BODY DETOX and the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA .

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    Q: I want to know if you have an herb that helps with leg swelling, edema. I had the entire test, I'm not a cancer patient, and I don't have high blood pressure or any known problems for the swelling, other than inheritance. I am doing lymph drainage therapy right now, and yes the swelling will go down some but it comes right back. Do you have herbs to clean the liver and colon? I get colonics every month; I eat organic most of the time and get foot detox baths. Also I work out at least 4 to 6 days a week for no less than 30 min or as long as an hour.

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    YES, PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX AND TRY DRINKING CORNSILK HERBAL TEA AND/OR JUNIPER BERRY HERBAL TEA DURING THE DETOX AND AFTER.

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    Q: Dear herbalist, I would like to know if it's alright for me to alternate cod liver oil pill (omega 3) in between taking the blood and lymph cleanse. I use to have beautiful skin until spring of this year. Also I want to know if taking teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil is good for healing me of what I believe may be vitiligo, tenea vesicle or eczema (dermatitis). PLEASE HELP.

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    Cod liver oil is crap! Olive oil is healthy and good for you. To repair the skin, focus on cleansing your blood (FULL BODY DETOX, vegetable juice, etc.). Check out our new article "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER".

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    Q: I have lymph edema in my lower right leg & was wondering do you have any herbs that would help me?

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    YOU REQUIRE THEFULL BODY DETOX. AND AFTER THE DETOX, CHANGE YOUR DIET THAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. GO VEGAN!

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    Q: What would one do for a condition called lymph edema?

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    I WOULD PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX IMMEDIATELY! THIS REGIMEN AND CLEANSE IS IDEAL FOR YOU.

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    Q: My niece has colon cancer its in her lymph nodes what should she do?

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    Please have her perform the Full Body Detox as soon as possible. She needs to drink DETOX TEA as well during her detox. Both products are available on our site.

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    Q: I want to know if you have an herb that helps with leg swelling, edema. I have had all the test, I'm not a cancer patient, I don't have high blood pressure or any known problems for the swelling, other than Inheritance am doing lymph drainage therapy right now, and yes the swelling will go down some but it comes right back. Can you help?

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    PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX (AND DO SO PERIODICALLY). ALSO, STAY AWAY FROM SALT AND SALTY FOODS. THESE CAUSE YOU TO RETAIN FLUIDS.

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    Q: Do you have any suggestions for swelling in the feet and ankles.... lymph edema?

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    YES, PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX AND DRINK HERBAL TEA OF CORNSILK AND/OR JUNIPER BERRY WHILE AND AFTER DETOXING.

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    Q: Is dry skin brushing safe while breast feeding (especially if I brush in circular around the lymph nodes)? Are ginger baths, or other detoxing, relaxing, salts baths safe? Are body wraps safe?

    A: Dry skin brushing is safe to do while breastfeeding.  It helps promote circulation in the body.  You can do any kind of natural bath soaks including the ginger or sea salt soaks.  Unfortunately you can't cleanse while breastfeeding, but there are other ways to detox the body safely.  We suggest that you try the Electric Greens Combo and the Pre-Natal Laxative to naturally and safely detox your body while breast feeding.

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    Q: I am a 20 year old young women, and I was diagnosed with a condition called lymphademia years ago. Its caused by lack of circulation through the lymph nods which causes swelling in the legs. do you know of any info or medicine for this condition?

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    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse and afterwards take the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA .

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    Q: I have suffered from sever acne on my face and back for the past 8 years. I have tried a lot of things from prescription drugs to natural products and I still break out. I have some other symptoms like vaginal discharge, excessive hair growth and swollen lymph glands in my jaw and neck. Are all of these things related to one another? Please help me! I am 28 yrs and feel that I will look older than I am if I don’t find a solution.

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    Q: I just got finished the Full Body Detox, and feeling good. But I still have the issue I was hoping the detox would take care of. I seem to have some swelling or puffiness under my ear; it seems to be the mucus gland, and or the lymph nodes by my jawbone near my ear, in the morning it always feels like there?s water in my ear. What would u suggest, I was thinking about the parasite cleanse, and I still have some sinus issues. I'm in MD and would like to get an ear coning cleaning, a foot detox, and a colonic, do u know of places in MD, or D.C.? Thanks again.

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    Glad to hear your detox went well. Sounds like a lot of mucus buildup in the ear area. I suggest ear coning and lymphatic massage. Herb-wise, give the Parasite and Worm Kit and regimen a try; for sinus problems I recommend Sinus Formula and Mucus Buster. The Foot Detox and a colonic will do you wonders. However, I don't know of any places or practitioners of such therapies. However, a Dherbs resource is coming soon to help in situations like this. You may be able to get help at a natural foods store or Whole Foods Market where they have boards (message boards) where people list a lot of things.

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    Q: I have a question. My son is 16 and got him detox just 2 days ago. He hasn't started it because he cannot do with school so I told him to wait for vacation and then start because he cannot handle the food diet. anyway, we are vegetarians, and was wondering if he has bad acne, would just the blood and lymph formula work for now until we start detox to take care of his acne. I also ordered that but thought I will start after the detox and he wants to clear his face sooner and detox with diet is impossible at that age and being in school unless he does not follow the diet? What do you think? Can you let me know? Please thanks.

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    Just do the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA for now until he can FULL BODY DETOX and do the diet. Just do what you can do diet-wise given the circumstances. An "ACNE" article is coming very soon! Stay tuned to Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: I just finished your FULL BODY DETOX and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN). I do feel much better however I am still having a constant discharge from my penis foreskin. Dr's who have looked at it say it is not herpes but if not then what? It has discharged since mid November and has not stopped. There is no pain associated with it directly but whenever a get tingling in my feet it feels that that as is the source of the problem. Someone told me they had tingling because of acidic body but then what about this discharge? Is it an infection? All normal STD's were negative but after hearing what the Dr's said I didn't get a blood test. Again I want to say that I think your products are fantastic and have made me much healthier. I did eat some sushi with brown rice, avocado, and kim chi after the kit and woke up the next morning with a headache and sore throat. Also I felt a throb under one of my arms which I had prior to taking the anti-viral kit. Maybe a lymph node? I had a number of raw food meals at a restaurant that used dehumidifier and nuts or seeds in most of their things and would also feel the tingling sometimes after eating this. I have read on some sites that herpes can be set off by nuts so I'm wondering. Anyway where should I go now to completely clear my body of any of these penis sensations discharges and tingling? Also I wanted to say that wow I have had a lot of mucus coming out of my body and my guess is there is probably more that wants to come.

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    Your solution is not in anything external such as the kits (FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) and ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN). They only assist you. Your chronic problem means further work. Keep detoxing, eating a strict diet, etc. until the discharge goes away. Also, you are being compelled by your body to reassess and revise some things pertaining to your sexual belief system. The problem is with the penis so the underlying problem is pertaining to your sexuality. Tell you what: concentrate on your colon and reproductive system. Alternate between the FBD and the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE until you get your results. Healing requires patience! But deal with the underlying problem! What have you been doing sexually or what are your beliefs pertaining to sex? Are they healthy? You have a discharge because something (belief, thought) needs to be discharged.