The Lymph Stress Quiz
Take the following quiz to learn whether your lymphatic system could use cleansing.
1. Are you overweight?
2. Do you have cellulite or fatty deposits?
3. Do you suffer from aches and pains?
4. Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus or another chronic immune system disorder?
5. Have you ever yo-yo dieted?
6. Do you feel bloated or have areas on your body that seem a little pudgy?
7. Are you prone to lumps and growths in your body?
8. Do you experience abdominal bloating?
9. Do you experience eye puffiness?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, your lymph system could use further tuning up. For generally healthy people, cleansing once or twice yearly (for about three weeks at a time) usually is adequate. If you’re overweight or have an immune disorder, you may wish to cleanse more frequently or for longer periods, under the supervision of your health-care provider.
Source: Schoffro Cook, Michelle. The 4 Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan (John Wiley & Sons, 2004).
Want to feel better and lose weight?
I read a study that said 80 percent of overweight women have sluggish lymphatic systems and that getting this system flowing smoothly is the key to easier weight loss and improved feelings of well-being.
If the lymph system is inefficient, you may see fatty deposits or cellulite or experience aches and pains. Conversely, if you improve the cleansing ability of the lymph system, it will be able to “sweep” away the toxins that are linked to pain, cellulite, fatty deposits and some autoimmune disorders.
A healthy lymphatic system also helps purify the blood through the largest mass of lymph tissue in the body, the spleen. The spleen fights infection and destroys worn-out red blood cells in the body. By cleansing your lymphatic system, your spleen will be better able to handle the retired red blood cells.
Other tips while trying to clean the lymph system...
Eat Well Avoid “chemical foods” that contain artificial preservatives, flavors, colors and stabilizers. Stay away from all the "whites"...white rice, bread, pasta, sugar. I eat a modified Paleo diet (I created my own protocol that I will have available for free on the website in the near future :)
Drink plenty of water.
Without adequate water, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. If you drink inadequate amounts of water daily, your lymphatic system will slow down.
The enzymes and acids in raw fruit are powerful lymph cleansers, particularly when eaten on an empty stomach. Add more raw fruits, vegetables, salads and fresh juices to your diet and your lymph will have the tools it needs to do some serious deep cleansing.
Flavonoids, malic acid, citric acid, quinic acid and enzymes in cranberries and cranberry juice help emulsify stubborn fat in the lymphatic system. Be sure to drink only pure, unsweetened cranberry juice free of sweeteners — pasteurized bottled cranberry juice doesn’t have the same benefits.
Dilute the juice at a ratio of about 4:1, water to cranberry juice. If you prefer a less tart juice, dilute 1 part unsweetened cranberry juice with 2 parts pure apple juice and 2 parts water. Make sure you use only pure apple juice devoid of sweeteners or preservatives.
Eat plenty of green vegetables to provide chlorophyll (the green color in plants) and loads of vitamins and minerals to assist in lymph cleansing.
Foods high in essential fatty acids are critical to ensure a properly functioning lymph system.
The following herbs are in my tincture for cleansing the lymphatic system. I recommend doing this for three weeks at a time, twice per year.
Echinacea (Echinacea spp.). Not only a powerful immune-boosting herb, echinacea it helps lessen congestion and swelling in the lymphatic system.
Cleavers (Galium aparine). Known primarily as a blood and urinary tract cleanser, cleavers also enhances the function of the lymphatic system and decreases congestion and inflammation in the tissues. This herb improves the capacity of the lymphatic system to deal with toxins
MOVE YOUR BODY: EXERCISE IS VITAL
There is three times more lymph fluid in the body than blood, yet the body has no organ like the heart to pump lymph. That means lymph relies on deep breathing and exercise to move. While cleansing the lymphatic system, be sure to increase aerobic exercise — try brisk walking, rebounding on a mini trampoline or jogging. Also, it’s important to take time to practice deep-breathing exercises to help pump the lymph with fresh oxygen.
Thoroughly cleansing the lymphatic system is the key to long-term and efficient weight loss and great health. It is also the key to experiencing great health and living without pain.
In this video a Naturopathic Physician discusses things you can do along with the lymph cleanse tincture.
The lymphatic system is a complex network of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, ducts and glands. It includes the spleen, thymus and tonsils and bathes our cells and carries our body’s “sewage” away from the tissues and neutralize it.
These wonderful elements of the lymph system work together to carry cellular waste to the bloodstream. The lymph system handles toxins that enter the body through external sources, such as foods or air pollution, but also handles internally produced toxins (endotoxins) that are the result of normal metabolic processes in our body.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t undertake a lymph cleanse, nor should people with diabetes or other chronic health problems, except under the guidance of a qualified health practitioner.