Although the lymphatic system and the issues linked to it aren’t something that often comes up, you can be convinced that the lymphatic system is a crucial part of the body because in fact we have twice as much lymph fluid as blood. It is consisted of tissues and organs which cooperate together to eliminate the toxins waste and other unwanted materials from the body.
However, the main function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph fluid. This fluid contains white blood cells essential for fighting infection in the entire body. So, we can say that a healthy lymphatic system is a key to a healthy body!
Common symptoms of a congested lymphatic system:
- Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
- Rings get tight on fingers
- Itchy skin
- Feeling tired
- Swollen glands
- Bloating / Holding on to water
- Brain fog
- Weight gain and extra belly fat
- Dry skin
- Low immunity
- Mild rash or acne
- Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
- Mild headaches
- Occasional constipation, diarrhea, and/or mucus in the stool
- Elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens
The major causes of lymphatic congestion
Even though there are many factors which can contribute the lymphatic system and lymph nodes to become congested, these factors are considered as the main causes:
In more than 80% of chronic health issues, stress has been considered as the main cause. The chemistry of stress is lymph congesting and degenerative.
They can irritate intestinal villi, the main reason for lymph congestion. The fact that the majority of the lymph in the body surrounds the gut indicates that the quality of the villi is essential for proper lymph flow, assimilation, immunity, and detoxification.
This is also a common cause of lymphatic congestion. Iodine supports the lymphatic system at the cellular level and helps to mitigate the effects of a toxic environment. Constricting clothings can impede normal lymphatic flow. One of the largest clusters of lymph nodes is located in the upper chest area and armpit. Those nodes can act as a source of drainage for the upper chest, arm, and breast.
If the underwire is too restrictive or the bra is too tight, this can prevent normal drainage, and the lymph is constricted. According to some researchers, eventually this will result in long-term impairment of the lymphatic function and can cause breast cancer, fibrocystic breast tissue, and swollen lymph nodes.
3-day lymphatic detox to improve lymph health
If you have experienced at least three of the symptoms we mentioned above, a lymphatic detox will be extremely beneficial for you. In a case you encounter more than five of the symptoms you definitely need a lymphatic detox. In order to drain your lymphatic fluids, all you need is three days.
- Drink Plenty of Fluid
Since lymph is 95% water, dehydration is one of the most common causes of lymph congestion. Without proper amounts of water, lymphatic fluid is not able to flow properly. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water half your weight in ounces on a daily basis. Water, herbal teas, broths, freshly-extracted juices are all great fluids which will help your lymphatic system moving. Always add lemon to your water and juices in order to mineralize the body and the lymph and to have deeper cleansing. Consuming green vegetable juices can cleanse all your detox organs, including lymphatic system.
A number of herbs have proven its effectiveness in improving lymphatic health due to their ability to increase lymphatic flow and clear the toxic substances.
Drink these herbal teas and will effectively detoxify the lymph:
Red root is a herb that is useful in reducing swollen lymph nodes. It is used to reduce cysts, treat lymphatic congestion, supply the tissues with nutrients, and relieve the stagnation of fluids.
Cleavers is herb that can help dissolve cysts and reduce the swelling of lymph nodes. Being diuretic, it can help the body eliminate wastes from the lymphatic system through urination. Also, it is used to dissolve kidney stones.
Echinacea can cleanse the lymph fluid, thus supporting immunity. It can activate macrophages against tumor cells and invading microorganisms. Moreover, it can increase the production of T-lymphocyte, cells that are responsible for cleaning up the extra-cellular fluids during chronic illness.
Red clover has the ability to increase circulation, thus reducing inflammation and detoxify the body.
Manjistha can support lymph flow and detoxify the tissue.