The lymphatic system is your body’s natural detox system that is connected as part of your immune system and it is a complex drainage or “sewer” system that consists of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils. Many of us never realize just how important your lymphatic system is nor the fact that it plays one of the largest roles in our bodies by cleansing nearly every bodily cell by removing toxins, metabolic waste and so more. Its also cleanses our cells by absorbing excess fluids, fats, and toxins from our tissues. This waste is pushed into our blood stream where it can eventually be filtered out by the liver and kidneys. Not only is your lymphatic system responsible for flushing out the waste material of the body but it is also responsible for distributing nutrients to each and every part of our body.
When you are living with a nagging health issue like hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s it can be quite trying and you could be doing everything right it seems but yet you are still unable to begin to heal. Did you know that having a clogged lymphatic system could be halting your thyroid from healing? Each Day our bodies are bombarded with a toxic burden of chemicals, we are not feeding our bodies the proper nutrients, we are nutritional deficient, and little to no activity & these are some of the reasons why our system is becoming increasingly polluted. If you have a clogged lymphatic system it won’t allow your body to circulate the fluids and eliminate toxic waste buildup which can decrease the body’s immune function. This can also increase swelling, inflammation and pain along with the possibility of welcoming other diseases and disorders.
If your lymphatic system is clogged with toxins, and you’re trying to cleanse it with the methods in this article, it’s important to try to stay away from more toxins! It would be silly to take Motrin for a stone stuck in your shoe when all you had to do was pluck it out. So why not on this journey go ahead and address the issue at hand. Just like I will describe the need for to you to be drinking filtered water, you can’t expect your lymphatic system to cleanse if you continue to expose yourself to daily toxins. We all understand that toxins are all around us— from the foods we eat, to the products we use and to the air we breathe. Unfortunately toxins are all around us. It’s important to look at your own life carefully to determine where toxins may be the biggest problem and start adjusting your life where needed.
Most often than none, it’s unrealistic for any lifestyle change to happen overnight. It does take practice but with practice does come change. Don’t allow the bigger picture to discourage you. Every small thing you change to better your health will pay off in the end. It’s the small steps that can make a big difference. Start by looking at your life and evaluating the toxins you may regularly come in contact with, understand what must take priority, and replace with these alternative options that I have listed in this article.
(Remember, we each have our own perception of our own realities although we have each walked a different path therefore step out on faith and know that today is the DAY that you begin your journey to a better you. Namaste, Audrey)
How do you know if your lymphatic system is clogged?
There are many ways that your body gives you signs to let you know that your lymphatic fluid is not moving effectively and that the toxins are building up in your body.
Swelling in your fingers/rings fitting more tightly
Skin problems/dry and or itchy skin
Enlarged lymph nodes
Feeling sore or stiff when you wake up in the morning
Cold hands and feet
Increased colds and flu
Unfortunately, due to our chemical overload, nutritional deficiencies, and less exercise we have allowed our system to become stagnant and polluted. Here are a few things that can happen to your body if your lymphatic system is clogged and needs a serious cleanse:
Excess weight or cellulite
Enlarged lymph nodes
How can I unclog my lymphatic system?
Dry brushing is my most favorite way to start each morning. It’s very fast to do (takes about 5 minutes) and when you dry brush, your skin becomes invigorated.
Here’s why dry brushing is so good for you:
It starts off by shedding the dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal. Also it relaxes your nervous system. When you dry brush you stimulate the vascular blood circulation and this allows lymphatic drainage to begin. The circulation motion buffs and smooths your skin to making it appear healthier. Don’t worry about it feeling odd at first you will get use to it after a few times. Those bristles will start to feel calming while it is refreshing your nervous system, improving nutrient absorption, removing toxins and improving the blood circulation.
Simple steps to dry brushing at home:
Buy a good Dry Brush
Make sure your skin is dry (best to do this before your bath or shower)
Begin from bottom and move upwards. You’ll use gentle circular motions or longer smoother strokes or a combination of both.
Always start at your ankles and move toward your heart. Make sure to move the brush in the same direction.
When you get to your back, brush from the neck down instead, toward your lower back.
Be careful with sensitive skin and never brush over sores, sun burned areas or areas with skin cancer.
2. Oil Pulling*
What is oil pulling? Well, it’s an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that was used to cleanse the body and enhance oral health. it’s helps the body detoxification process and oil pulling helps remove bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your teeth and mucus membranes. it also reduces inflammation in your gums.
How do you do it?
Well, it’s actually quite simple. Upon awaking, before eating or drinking anything, take about a tablespoon of organic, virgin, cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. I swish it like mouthwash by pulling it through my teeth and over every part in my mouth. After you’re finished swishing it, spit out the oil (it will be frothy and pretty gross looking) and next gargle your mouth with mouth out with warm purified water or warm salt-water. Then drink a full 8 oz drink a glass of water with half of a freshly squeezed lemon.
How it works?
Basically the oil does is mixes with your saliva and this activates enzymes which draw toxins that is in your blood. The fat in the oil helps extract these toxins from your mouth. As the oil absorbs toxins, it becomes whiter, thicker and more frothy.
Any form of exercise and movement is needed. You see, your circulatory system has your heart to pump blood throughout your body but your lymphatic system doesn’t has a “pump” and it is entirely dependent on the movement of your muscles. Walking and yoga are also fantastic ways to get that lymphatic fluid to drain.
It’s best to start slow on the exercise and work your way up but be consistent. Think of the tortoise rather than the hare in the beginning and as you get more energy you can exercise longer and harder if you prefer.
4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage*
A lymphatic drainage massage is one easiest way to detoxify that lymph system. Always use a skilled practitioner to stimulate circulation and drain fat, fluids, toxins, and other waste products away from your cells for proper elimination. Acupuncture is another great way to help you with detoxing your lymph system. it’s an ancient and effective TCM treatment, also helps opens up the pathways (meridians) in your body by stimulating lymph flow.
Rebounding is one of the easiest and simplest ways to get the blood pumping around those lymph nodes. Rebounding is the practice of jumping on a small trampoline for ten to thirty minutes. This gets the blood flowing while stimulating the circulation of blood throughout the body. If you have Kidney issues this might not be for you. Rebounding can be hard on your kidneys by putting a lot of pressure on them and your body might not be able to handle the extra release of toxins.
6. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar*
OACV Helps to break down mucus in your body. It also has been shown to kill various pathogens and bacteria. You will also get the added benefit of it helping improve your blood sugar levels.
7. Inversion Table*
An inversion table is a padded table that allows you to lay upside down while strapped in by your feet. The inversion helps to decompress the joints in the body and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system. This allows blood and oxygen to the tissues, which helps to clear out the muscles of toxic build-up. By inverting, gravity works with, not against, the body, encouraging the movement of the lymph system.
Start your day out with meditation, deep breathing and a grateful heart. There are many people who weren’t able to wake up and live another day. I can’t even begin to express the importance of the power of meditation has over the body. It’s been proven to lower your levels of cortisol which is also known as the stress hormone. Deep breathing, from your diaphragm, increases oxygen levels and naturally detoxes your body. Breath is life and you can take a breather anywhere, anytime and refocus. I like to start my day off listening to mediation music to clear my head while I have my legs up against the wall using this yoga pose.
Legs up the wall pose will not only help with your thyroid functions but it also relieves back pain, helps with insomnia, improves posture, helps with anxiety, naturally adjusts your spine, improves your digestion and it starts a lymphatic circulation. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and relies on our movements and gravity to circulate lymph fluid where the toxins in this fluid can be eliminated from your body. If we sit all day the lymph fluid becomes stagnant and start to collect toxins. By simply reversing the flow of gravity in your legs, you begin to circulate the lymphatic fluid and encourage the body to start the elimination of toxins. Dry brushing also will simulate the lymphatic system and improve skin tone.
9.Perform the 5 Tibetan Rites*
These 5 actions, when done together and in the recommended sequence, can help jump-start your metabolism along increasing the flow of the lymph, relieving congestion and encouraging its detoxification. They include spinning in a circle, doing leg lifts, arching your back, making a table, and a full body lunge. These moves will help to drain the lymph towards the heart, enhancing the rate in which it’s cleaned and filtered. The Twists performed are also a great way to stimulate lymphatic flow. Through the practice of twisting the abdomen, the organs and muscles are squeezed, forcing the lymph out of the tissues. This also causes the muscles in the body to contract and relax, which is the primary way lymph moves through the body. By having this as your daily morning routine you are allowing the free flow of lymph system and this helps to prevent stagnation and accumulation of toxins.
Here is a free video which shows how to do a complete circuit of the five rites, including rests between them. She’s able to complete it in a little over 10 minutes, so this is something that you can work into your busiest of mornings, and will set the tone of calm and tranquility that washes over the rest of your day.
10. Lemon Water*
Warm lemon water helps to stimulate the lymphatic system by helping remove the toxins accumulated in the lymph glands, colon, and bladder. The vitamin C in the warm lemon water help to cleanse the liver and helps to Hydrate your lymphatic system. Some cases of lymph congestion is dehydration. Clean Filtered Water and only water can adequately re-hydrate the body. A Lemon is also a alkaline fruit that will help to mineralize the body and your lymph system.
Lymphatic cleaning enzymes were first formulated by Dr Edward Howell (the deceased author of Enzyme Nutrition), with the purpose of digesting away years of accumulation of these large mucoprotein particles or starch-protein conjugates in the intercellular spaces. Digestive enzymes relieve the workload on the pancreas, and free up other reserve enzymes that are needed elsewhere for your body.
Enzymes are produced by the body to help break down the food we eat and they also assist in helping the body to clear toxic-waste buildup in the lymph and in the blood. . If you use a proteolytic enzymes between meals will help to “digest” or breakdown organic debris that are moving through the circulatory and lymph systems, while increasing the lymphatic flow. They also help to lighten the load of allergy-like compounds who’s only job is to free up your immune system from these traveling bandits. Never take protein digesting enzymes (protease) during pregnancy, high doses of proteases can thin the blood and if you have gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastritis, or suffer irritation or burning sensations in the stomach, stop taking the enzymes and contact your healthcare practitioner. You should always eat food with protease enzymes rather than taking Enzymes on their own.
12. Eat Raw Foods*
Raw foods help to neutralize harmful pathogens and lessening the burden on the lymph system. Raw foods are alkaline and have higher levels of naturally occurring enzymes that assist in breaking down toxic buildups, encourage the removal of harmful substances in the body and is a great way to help begin the process of flushing out the lymph system. The key is to eat these raw fruits in the am on a empty stomach where the acids and enzymes in the fruit have the best lymphatic draining and stimulating effects. Lemon, lime and grapefruit are wonderful in helping begin the digestive detoxification. Food grade Lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils work well too just add a few drops to your water throughout the day. All red fruits berries, beets, pomegranates, cranberries, cherries, greens, seaweeds, spirulina, hemp seeds, flax seeds, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.
1/2 of a peeled lemon, lime or grapefruit
1 cup of spinach or romaine lettuce ( if you have thyroid issue go with the romaine)
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
knob of freshly peeled ginger
1/4 cup of red berry of your choice
1 tablespoon of flax-seed oil
dash of pepper
dash of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of dulse flakes( optional)
16oz. of filtered water
Blend until smooth, pour over ice and drink with a straw. This is very filling too!
13. Always Choose Organic*
Foods that are not organic grown have been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides and could possibly be genetically modified. This can add to the toxic build up on your lymph nodes.
14. An infrared sauna*
It’s great to sweat. Sweating is the bodies natural way to release toxins in your system. The sweat excreted through your skin can help release the toxic burden on your lymphatic system.
15. Hot and cold showers*
I understand no one likes taking cold showers but this will greatly benefit the lymphatic system. The hot water helps dilate the blood vessels, and the cold contracts them, creating a “pump” action that helps force fluid that may be stagnant in the system. As I’ve explained your lymph system has no central pump of its own. This will help to stimulate the flow of your blood and encourage circulation by the expanding and contracting blood vessels. If you are pregnant or have a heart condition always check with your health care provider before attempting this method.
16. Drink equate amounts of clean water*
You’ve heard it before water is life! Make sure you are drinking filtered water and not adding to your toxic burden by ingesting easily absorbed toxins often present in water such as fluoride, chlorine, VOC’s, and more. You can safely consume up to half your body weight in ounces of water a day (160 lbs = 80 ounces of water). I love my Berkey Water Tank!
17. Eating clean*
I mentioned raw foods now lets talk about eating clean whole nutrient rich foods. Start reading label. if you must eat prepacked foods always look for foods that have a short ingredient list and things that are recognizable as actual food. Various chemicals are added like sugars, questionable oils, sodium and so on. Always avoid soy and if soy is listed as a ingredient. Soy comes in all varieties and are highly processed, high in refined starches, heated oils and again added sugar, salt and low in nutrients and fiber. Oh let’s not fail to mention that soy mimics your hormones and plays a very sneaky trick on your endocrine system. Eating clean and mostly raw food that is rooted in produce is the first step to promoting a healthy lymph flow. These listed are particularly cleansing foods for the lymphatic system:
Dark leafy greens
Fruits in the Low Glycemic index Chart
Algae (chlorella, spirulina)
18. Avoiding Food Allergens*
Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens.
Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:
19. Our words have power*
Our words have power and If we are constantly saying negative things to ourselves or thinking negative thoughts it will eventually begin to affect our body. What comes out of your mouth , goes into your ear & your brain absorbs it. Always be positive and don’t allow problems to dwell. the glass is always half full and there is someone who wants what you have. You are a blessing to someone.
20. Adaptogen Herbs
There are numerous herbs have been shown to support the lymphatic system. Some of these herbs include dandelion root, passion flower, nettle leaf, fenugreek, and manjistha. I’ve taken Echinacea and cayenne pepper together with a healthy fat daily while I was cleansing my lymph nodes. Adaptogen herbs are in a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and also help to protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those that are caused by stress. These herbs also boost your immune functions. Research shows that other various adapotogens — such as ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms, rhodiola and holy basil. Holy basil has been proven to help regulate cortisol levels, protect your organs and tissues against chemical stress from pollutants and the burden of heavy metals, which are other factors that can lead to hormone imbalance, a stagnant lymph system and sickness.
21. Under arm deodorant
Deodorant and antiperspirants impair the underarm lymph nodes. Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants. Sweating is a necessity in life. There are roughly three million sweat glands pumping out as much as 14 liters/ 3 gallons of water a day. Sweat, as stinky and uncomfortable as it can be at times, is a natural and healthy part of life, helping to cool the body, release toxins and helps to maintain normal body temperatures. Sweat isn’t inherently stinky either. In fact, it’s nearly odorless. The stench comes from bacteria that break down from one of two types of sweat on your skin. Deodorant advertisers have done a pretty neat job of convincing us that we’re disgustingly smelly people who in fact need to be refined and save our
stinky selves by their products. We’ve been wonderfully brainwashed
into thinking sweating is a bad thing. Sweating from the heat, sweating
from exercise, and sweating from stress are all different, chemically
speaking. Stress sweat smells the worst. That’s because smelly sweat
is only produced by one of the two types of sweat glands called the
apocrine glands, which are usually in areas with lots of hair—like our
armpits, the groin area, and scalp. The odor is the result of the bacteria
that break down the sweat once it’s released onto your skin. Fun fact:
While women have more sweat glands than men, men’s sweat glands
produce more sweat. Commercial deodorants are something you truly need to purge out of your life. Aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease & Kidney Disease (Scientists noticed that dialysis patients who had these high aluminum levels were more likely to develop dementia too.)
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. arrowroot powder or ½ cup of cornstarch
5 tbsp. unrefined virgin coconut oil
10 drops of grapefruit essential oil or lavender essential oil
You can pick your favorite scent. I like lavender or grapefruit.
Empty deodorant stick or Mason jar
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together.
Melt your coconut oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
Mix all ingredients the baking soda and arrowroot powder with the oil, Pour into clean small Mason jar,( or your empty stick container) add your essential oil to the Mason jar or the empty stick container, using a wooden Popsicle stick , give it a good stir to mix everything. Close your the lid. Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils.
This will take roughly 24 hours to set. It will thicken up. I use my finger to scrape what I need out of the mason jar and scoop it across my underarm. This will last you for a good 6 months!
You can also find more great recipes along with this one in my book, AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
22. Pharmaceutical Drugs*
You really need to do research on your medications. Some medications have a negative affect on your body especially your lymph system.
23. Personal care products*
Personal care products loaded with parabens, petroleum, and phthalates. Did you know that products we use every day may contain toxic chemicals and has been linked to women’s health issues? They are hidden endocrine disruptors and are very tricky chemicals that play havoc on our bodies. “We are all routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors, and this has the potential to significantly harm the health of our youth,” said Renee Sharp, EWG’s director of research. “It’s important to do what we can to avoid them, but at the same time we can’t shop our way out of the problem. We need to have a real chemical policy reform.” The longer the length of ingredients on your food label means how much more unhealthy it is for you to consume. When an item contains a host of ingredients that most likely you cant even pronounce or remember to spell you can bet your lucky dollar that the natural nutrients are long gone. These highly processed frank n foods are very difficult for the body to break down and some of the chemicals will become stored in your body. Click on this link to see what you should avoid.
You can also find many great DIY personal care recipes alternatives in my book, AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
Here are three recipes from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
Lemon Cream Body Butter
6 Tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa butter
1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
3 drops of Lemon essential oil or 3 drops of your favorite essential oil
Over low heat in a double boiler, put the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a bowl. When it has almost completely melted, remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Allow the mixture to cool until it solidifies. Lastly mix the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer it to a mason jar with a sealable lid. Date and label your product. If you don’t care for the lemon essential oil, use whatever smells best to you. This is your journey not mine I am only here to help guide you.
Homemade Shaving Cream
1 cup shea butter
1 cup virgin coconut oil
3 Tablespoons vitamin E oil
3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or olive oil or jojoba oil
3 Tablespoons Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap
30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
30 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
I like to use an electric mixer, mixing all ingredients until stiff peaks are formed (approximately 2-3 minutes). Store in a mason jar with a sealable lid.
15 drops of lavender
4 tbsp. of vanilla extract
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Place all these ingredients in a 16oz then fill with water.
24. Household chemicals*
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream?
The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?
Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Vanilla grapefruit linen spray
2-1/2 cups filtered water
3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
2 drops vanilla essential oil
1/4 cup vodka
The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener.
If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.
Always shake the bottle be Before spraying on your linen.
Tub & Tile Cleaner
1 /4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup lemon juice
Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil
3 Tablespoons Epsom salt
3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap
1/2 cup white vinegar
Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.
Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.
Throughout my latest book, you will find useful, informative and easy to understand recipes for your mind, body and spirit. When I started writing this book, I wanted to introduce you to the idea of a cleaner less toxic world and for you to learn just how simply easy it is for you to start creating your own cleaning recipes throughout your home but this book has transformed into so much more than just a book full of all natural DIY recipes.
This book will enlighten you and help you have a deeper understanding of not only why you should be more aware but how to be more aware. AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
25. Use Essential Oils Topically
Ginger, peppermint and rosemary essential oils can be applied topically on lymph nodes. This will help stimulate drainage. Specifically on the back of your neck is a great spot to apply these oils to get into the skin, circulation and lymph nodes and allow them to go to work. Always use a carrier oil when applying to the skin. You can find many recipes in my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
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Eric Schweiger, MD, dermatologist; clinical instructor of dermatology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York Cit