Your lymphatic system is the part of your immune system which uses white blood cells to clean away waste fluid surrounding your cells. It consists of bone marrow, lymph nodes, lymphatic fluid and vessels, the spleen and the tonsils. If the lymphatic system is unable to function properly, the result may be chronic degenerative disease, hormone imbalance, and suppression of the immune system. Several methods exist to clean the lymphatic system and keep it running properly.
Get plenty of exercise to keep your lymph system clean, since the lymph system requires the pumping of the heart to keep things moving. Work up a sweat to purge toxins in your system. Speed up your lymph system from 120 ml an hour to as much as 1,800 ml an hour through vigorous exercise.
Jump on a trampoline to provide exercise not just at the muscular level but also at the cellular level. Stimulate the one-way valves in the lymphatic system through this jumping, also called "rebounding." Improve the diffusion of interstitial fluid between cells through jumping. Practice deep breathing while walking briskly or jogging to cleanse the lymphatic system.
Laugh. Exercise your diaphragm muscle by deep belly laughs, which cause the diaphragm to flutter rapidly, in turn stimulating the central lymphatic vessel running through the center of your body.
Drink plenty of water. Your body needs approximately 1 tbsp. of water per lb. to stay properly hydrated and keep the lymphatic fluid flowing properly.
Eat plenty of greens. Get enough C and B vitamins. Avoid foods that are difficult to digest, particularly fatty foods, animal products, and especially sugar. Eat organic foods as much as possible, avoiding processed foods containing artificial preservatives, flavors and colors. Eat raw nuts, seeds and avocados to get the essential fatty acids your lymphatic system needs.
Eat raw fruits and vegetables, which contain enzymes that work powerfully to clean the lymph system. Drink diluted unsweetened cranberry juice to emulsify fat in the lymphatic system.
Take cleansing herbs on their own or in a tea or tincture to cleanse the lymphatic system. Useful herbs for purifying the lymph system include astragalus, cleavers, echinacea, goldenseal, poke root and wild indigo root.
Place your fingers on your neck right under your ears, one hand on each side of your neck.
Push the skin on your neck firmly downward, working your fingers down your neck and away from your ears. Take 10 massages to work from your ears down.
Place your hands on the inside of your shoulders along your collarbone, one hand on each side of your neck.
Push the skin along the top of your shoulders inward toward your collarbone, massaging inward five times.
Tips & Warnings
- Poke root can be toxic, and should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women, or by anyone with leukemia or gastrointestinal irritation.