We constantly try to juggle all aspects of our lives: work, studies, personal life, and health. We'll guide you on how to maintain a balanced, healthy lymphatic system without heading to Bali or giving up life's little indulgences.

Lymphatic Cleansing: 4 Tips to Achieve or Maintain Your Body's Balance

The lymphatic system is one of the most underrated yet vital systems in the body. Lymphatic vessels act as a massive drainage system for the body that must remain clear to function properly. Stagnation in the lymph flow leads to the accumulation of waste and toxins, a weakened immune system, and a broad spectrum of health issues.

1/ Incorporate Fiber Into Your Diet

A sluggish digestive tract also burdens the lymphatic system. As we've explained in the article "Why do we need the lymphatic system and what is it?", the gut's lymphatic system plays a crucial role in transporting dietary lipids. An interesting scientific article on the relationship between metabolic processes and the lymphatic system can be read here.

When we add fiber to our diet, it promotes regular evacuation and cleansing of the intestinal villi, keeping the gut's lymphatic system healthy.
2/ Help the Lymph Move
The lymphatic system doesn't have a built-in pump like the heart, which propels blood throughout the circulatory system where it's oxygenated, filtered, and circulated. As such, to move the lymph fluid, the lymphatic system relies on the contraction and relaxation of muscles and the action of joints during body movements. The Body Tool helps accelerate lymph flow through the vessels. Gently massage your body, moving towards the heart, paying special attention to areas like the neck, legs, and abdomen where lymph nodes are concentrated.

3/ Water, Water, and More Water
Lymph fluid is comprised of 95% water and becomes thicker and less fluid when you're dehydrated. In fact, one of the most common causes of lymph congestion is dehydration. Maintain proper hydration by sipping warm purified water throughout the day to keep lymph flowing normally. You probably already know this, but we'll remind you that sugary beverages, juices, sports drinks, and alcohol add an additional metabolic burden on the body.

4/ Stress vs. Mindfulness
Lymph congestion is exacerbated when you experience physical and/or emotional stress, so a key factor is managing daily stressors. There are various mindfulness practices, including meditation and spending time in nature, that can help you cope with life's inevitable stresses and minimize their impact on your lymphatic system, digestion, and overall health. The ability to slow down, take pauses, and remain calm in the present moment can allow you to gain control over a situation and reduce stress.

Checklist: "Do you have lymphatic congestion?"

Here's a small checklist with symptoms to help determine whether you need to focus on improving lymph flow:

• Facial or limb swelling in the morning and beyond
• Stiffness, especially in the mornings
• Fatigue
• Abdominal bloating, feeling like a "balloon" instead of a body
• Breasts swelling with each cycle
• Swollen glands
• Consistent weight gain without a change in lifestyle
• Chronic sinusitis, sore throat
• Cold hands and feet
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