Lymph Drainage: The Secret To Staying Healthy

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs which work together to clean and filter all the toxic and waste material in the body. Interestingly, the body has three times more lymph than blood.  Being the body`s most important detoxification system, it is of utmost importance to educate people about the products which overwhelm this system and compromise its function.

Nearly 80 percent of our immune cells are contained in the gut, particularly in the GALT, a gut associated lymphatic tissue.  The lymphatic system is made of lymphocytes, known as white blood cells, which are also stored in the spleen, appendix, bone marrow, behind the heart, and all lymph nodes throughout the body.

What is the lymphatic system’s role?

The body pumps 90 percent blood and sends it back to the heart. The other 10 percent comprise the lymph. All bacteria, toxins, viruses, chemicals, and cancerous cells are passed through the lymph, where the body is warned if a foreign compound needs to be eliminated.

Every cancer is diagnosed with a lymph node biopsy. You wonder why is that so? The lymphatics are the leftover blood which covers each organ in the body. If the lymph doesn’t flow properly, due to the standard American diet which is highly unhealthy, then cancer cells and toxic waste cannot be removed.

In that case, the waste is eliminated by the bowels. These toxins eat away the system and are not recognized by the immune system in the lymph, but are rather exposed to organs and cause metastasis.

This is how cancer spreads

This is the reason why every diagnosis is made with a lymph node biopsy. If the cancer is located there, it goes throughout the body and people are forced to undergo poisonous chemotherapy due to the spread.

The problem with chemotherapy is the fact that it doesn’t differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells, meaning that kills them off both. Hence, keeping the lymph system moving and healthy is of utmost importance so it can warn the immune cells if there is a problem and initiate detoxification.

The lymphatic system is exposed to a wide range of toxins on a daily basis, such as pollution, food additives, smoking, chemicals, pesticides, exhausts, and prescription pill ingredients. What`s more, most people fail to get sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals, which causes the system to falter.

 Below you have a few symptoms of sluggish lymphatic system:

  • Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Brain fog
  • Cold hands/feet/poor circulation
  • Cellulite
  • AM Soreness/stiffness
  • Exhaustion
  • Constipation
  • Discoloration of legs

Tips to get the lymph flowing

1. Exercise

Any activity which creates moments of zero gravity helps the lymph move. Creating zero gravity, also known as rebounding, moves the lymph upward to the heart and the axillary lymph channels.  This typically requires muscular effort which is pushing against gravity.

2. Inversion

Inversions help the lymph move from the lower extremities from to the heart.  Combining exercise and inversions equals YOGA, an exercise which detoxifies and rejuvenates sluggish lymph systems.

3. Deep breathing

Taking deep breaths is a good way to move the lymph towards the lymphatic channels.  Since the body has more lymph than blood, each activity which requires deep breathing is a great way to filter lymph and move it properly.

4. Diet

Eliminating processed food and avoiding pesticides or GMO is a must!  Make sure you include more whole foods in your diet and focus on a plant based diet.  What`s more, it is important to eat with the seasons, which means that you should eat cooling foods in summer and warm food in winter.

5. Lots of red foods

Red foods like beets, cranberries, cherries, and pomegranates are extremely effective in stimulating the lymph and are widely used to cleanse the system.

6. Dry brush in the morning

Dry brushing with a natural bristle brush is a good way to get your lymph moving! Make sure you brush upwards on the arms and legs towards the heart, using circular motions.

7. Drink plenty of lukewarm water

Swap sugary drinks for lukewarm, fluoride-free water.  Lukewarm water lubricates the lymph and allows is to flow easier.

8. Massages

Gentle massages stimulate the lymph up to the heart.  They also help with stress, which is often the cause of poor lymph flow.

9. Iodine

As reported, low iodine is a common sign of improper lymph flow. Iodine basically promotes toxin removal from the lymph, which is the reason why you should aim at keeping healthy iodine levels.


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