Signs of a Clogged Lymphatic System and How to Fix It

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a vital part of your immune system that helps your body fight off infections and diseases. It consists of a network of vessels, tissues, and organs that transport a fluid called lymph throughout your body. Lymph contains white blood cells, proteins, fats, and other substances that help your body maintain its balance and protect it from foreign invaders.

But sometimes, the lymphatic system can become clogged or sluggish due to various factors, such as aging, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, or illness. When this happens, your lymphatic system cannot drain the excess fluid and waste from your tissues properly, leading to swelling, inflammation, pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. This can also impair your immune system and make you more prone to infections and diseases.

So how can you tell if your lymphatic system is clogged and what can you do to fix it? Here are some signs to look out for and some tips to improve your lymphatic health.

Signs of a Clogged Lymphatic System

Some common signs that your lymphatic system is not functioning well include:

  • Swelling or edema in your arms, legs, face, or other areas. This is caused by the buildup of fluid in your tissues that cannot be drained by your lymphatic vessels.
  • Chronic fatigue or low energy levels. This is because your cells are not getting enough oxygen and nutrients from the blood due to the excess fluid in your tissues
  • Frequent infections or illnesses. This is because your immune system is weakened by the accumulation of waste and toxins in your lymph nodes and organs
  • Skin problems such as acne, eczema, rashes, or dryness. This is because your skin is not able to eliminate toxins and impurities through the pores due to the impaired lymphatic drainage
  • Headaches or migraines. This is because the pressure from the fluid buildup in your head can affect your nerves and blood vessels
  • Joint pain or stiffness. This is because the inflammation from the fluid retention can affect your joints and muscles
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight. This is because the excess fluid in your body can slow down your metabolism and make you feel bloated
  • Digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or gas. This is because the lymphatic system helps absorb fats and nutrients from the digestive tract and remove waste products from the intestines
  • Mood swings or depression. This is because the toxins and waste in your lymphatic system can affect your brain chemistry and hormones.

How to Fix a Clogged Lymphatic System

If you experience any of these signs, you may benefit from some natural ways to improve your lymphatic health. Here are some tips to unclog your lymphatic system and boost your immune system:

  • Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush out toxins and waste from your body and keep your lymph fluid flowing smoothly. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, preferably spring or filtered
  • Eat a healthy diet. Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, artificial additives, and trans fats that can clog up your lymphatic system. Instead, eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant proteins, healthy fats, and herbs that can nourish your cells and support your lymphatic function. Some examples of foods that are good for your lymphatic system include citrus fruits, berries (any fruit in season, really), leafy greens, ginger, turmeric, flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and herbal teas
  • Speaking of teas – I’ve created a top selling high performing blend I like to call Lymphomaniac Herbal Tea to help support those who are on their detox journey. It contains ingredients such as Red Clover, Cleavers, & Nettle, that have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. You can brew a cup and drink it once or twice a day to help flush out toxins and waste from your lymphatic system and boost your immune system. It’s very tasty, I (Mo) personally drink this tea 2-3 times per day just to help support my body as it does its thing.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity helps stimulate your lymphatic circulation and sweat out toxins from your skin. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, or dancing (heavy on the dancing, that’s my go to). You can also try some specific exercises that target your lymphatic system, such as rebounding on a mini trampoline, jumping rope, or doing yoga poses that involve inversions or twists
  • Dry brush/Massage your lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are located all over our bodies. Manual stimulation of these areas

MASSAGE:

Massaging your lymph nodes can help loosen up any blockages and improve the drainage of fluid from your tissues. You can use your fingers or a soft brush to gently massage your neck, armpits, chest, abdomen, groin, and legs in circular motions towards your heart. You can also use some essential oils that have anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, such as lavender, rosemary, or peppermint, to enhance the effect of the massage. Essential oils are very concentrated and should always be diluted in a carrier oil. Never apply an essential oil directly to your skin. I recommend trying one of our Essential Oil Rollers which are safely formulated for skin application and are convenient to use.

DRY BRUSHING:

Dry brushing is a technique that involves using a natural bristle brush to exfoliate your skin and stimulate your lymphatic flow. Dry brushing can help remove dead skin cells, improve blood circulation, reduce cellulite, and invigorate your nervous system. Start from your feet and work your way up your body in long, sweeping strokes towards your heart. Avoid your face and any sensitive or inflamed areas. We recommend dry brushing before taking a shower or bath so that it naturally becomes a part of a routine that you already do every day.

By following these tips, you can improve your lymphatic health and prevent or reduce the symptoms of a clogged lymphatic system. Remember to consult your doctor before trying any new supplements or herbal remedies, especially if you have any medical conditions or allergies. A healthy lymphatic system is essential for a healthy body and mind, so take good care of it and reap the benefits for years to come.

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