Updated: Aug 22
The lymphatic system is the main part of the body that harbors waste and toxins. The clogging of this system normally creates chronic pain. As the detoxification pathways become clogged up with foods we’re not biologically designed to eat, the lymph fluid stops flowing freely and starts to sit inside the lymphatic system, acidify and harden over time.
This is the root cause of most diseases. If we don’t have a sewer system flowing freely out of our bodies, waste builds up and creates a slew of issues for us. Most people are literally up to their eyes in old, un-eliminated waste from metabolic processes. In order to remove this waste, our exit paths need to be able to flow freely. No constipation, sweating regularly, no breathing issues (or addictions to breathing in toxins), daily kidney filtration, and a liver that functions well.
If we’ve done the work to open the elimination doorways, we can move on to the next step of removing this waste which is to move the lymphatic system. Here’s how you can do it! These are 5 practices for encouraging lymphatic movement.
Please note that if your pathways of elimination are not open, heavily stimulating the lymphatic system is not advised. The channels of elimination, bowels, kidney, liver, skin, and lungs, should all be functioning well before attempting to deeply remove stagnant lymph. Otherwise you'll just be moving it around your body instead of out of your body.
Water fasting is the single most effective way to reduce lymphatic waste in the body. If vou're really struggling with stubborn lymph or achieving kidney filtration, intermittent or longer term water fasts might be an option for you if you can accommodate for it. Water fasting has been proven to help reduce lymph node size. Ive noticed in my own irises that water fasting has been extremely helpful for me when I was struggling the most with my IC symptoms which were deeply lymphatic related. Water fasting allows the body to have a break from digesting calories. When that break happens, the body can focus on removing build up waste in the lymphatic system. Fasting creates the perfect conditions for the body to heal itself without obstruction.
2. Fruit Based Diet
Since it's not actually possible to fast ALL the time, we also have to be really aware of what we're eating. Fruit is so powerful for the lymph system because it creates the least obstruction. We already know the body heals itself if we create the right conditions. Eating a variety of foods with very high water content that are packed full of nutrients is ideal when we’re trying to move waste from the lymphatic system. These foods cleanse our bodies while also giving us enough calories to easily sustain life. Fruit is the perfect food for cleansing because it's also very astringent so it actually pulls on the lymph system to rid the body of built up waste.
3. Physical Movement
Physically moving your body is an excellent way to remove lymphatic build up.
Rebounding, inversions, yoga, jogging /walking, massage, dry brushing, deep breathing, exercise, etc. are all excellent for getting both the circulatory and the lymph system moving. If you're doing any of these things, the liquid inside your body is likely moving a lot. Imagine trying to clean a dish without the movement action if scrubbing. This is a critical part of getting lymphatic waste out of the body. The lymphatic system uses the breath to help push lymph fluid around the body so getting your lungs going and physically moving the fluid will encourage it to go toward the open elimination paths. Breath work is a huge aid to moving lymph and physical movement allows the body to contract so the built up waste can be flushed out. The more you can get out in fresh air with higher elevation, the better!
Herbs are some of the greatest lymphatic stimulators available to us. Almost every herb
I recommend in my iris readings and add into my herbal tea blends has some type of lymphatic support properties. Herbs can be used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, promote
cleansing, and help the lymph system flow freely. Some herbs are astringent and can pull
toxins from the lymphatic system into the blood stream for elimination.
Some of my favorite herbs for lymphatic movement are cleavers, red clover, dandelion, ginger calendula, burdock root, goldenseal. and echinacea. Most of these herbs are gentle enough for children too! Make sure those elimination pathways are open before you start pulling with herbs!
My Detox Tea blend is an excellent resource to aiding in lymphatic movement.
Hot + Cold Therapy
Hot and cold therapy are really stimulating to the lymphatic system and help to create movement, aiding in lymphatic drainage. Hot therapies such as dry sauna, castor oil packs
hot stone massage. Hot baths, and heating pads help to create an environment that
loosens up the tension within the lymph system so it cal flow freely. They can be used for longer periods of time than cold therapies. Cold therapies such as ice baths, local ice packs, cryotherapy, ice massage, and cold showers are also excellent for lymphatic movement and pain management. Doing both hot and cold therapies back to back creates a contraction in the lymph fluid because it is a liquid. Encouraging hardened lymph to break up and flow toward the elimination pathways.
There are tons of different ways you can go about moving the lymph system, these are just the methods I use frequently and suggest to my clients. If you’re struggling with chronic illness, or chronic pain, it’s likely because your lymphatic system is clogged. I’d love to help you understand what is going on inside your body and how to reverse it! You can book a session with me or an iridology analysis and we can go deeper into your struggles and how to overcome ANY health concern. You can find my services on the “let’s work together” page!
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