How to Reset Your Lymphatic Flow

How to Reset Your Lymphatic Flow
Nicole Eckert

Be inspired to become the best version of yourself. Nicole Eckert is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in Halifax, Nova Scotia - with a passion for vibrant wellness.

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How It Works

#1 REBOUNDING

This is the adult term for playing on a trampoline! Jumping for 10-20 minutes is enough to get your lymph flowing while also stimulating circulation and blood flow throughout the body.

 

#2 DRY BRUSHING

Dry skin brushing is a blessed detox practice that stimulates both the lymphatic and circulatory systems. Get your GLOW on with dry brushing. Check out this complete guide to dry brushing - you’ll wish you started yesterday!

 

#3 LYMPH LOVING HERBS

Many herbs provide promising benefits for improving lymphatic health, whether by their ability to improve lymphatic flow and drainage or by expediting the removal of toxins. Here are some of the top herbs for lymph love (please buy organic!):

 

  • Red clover
  • Astragalus
  • Goldenseal
  • Cleavers
  • Manjistha
  • Bupleurum
  • Dandelion

 

#4 MASSAGE

If you don’t love a good massage… I don’t believe you! Next time you’re booking with your RMT, request a ‘lymphatic massage’. This special form of massage specifically targets your lymph flow. Using a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements works to stimulate the lymph - this encourages movement towards the heart for the drainage of fluid and waste. In studies, lymphatic massage has been shown to push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation.

 

#5 DIGESTIVE BITTERS

Enzymes are produced by the body to break down your food and they partake in countless metabolic processes. They are also utilized to clear toxic-waste buildup in both the lymph and blood! Using a digestive bitter tincture formula (that is free from laxative herbs) - such as St. Francis Canadian Bitters - helps support not just the proper breakdown of food, but also helps decrease digestive inflammation. Everything in your body is connected, and healthy digestion can play a vital role in lymph flow.

 

#6 DETOX BATHS

Fill a steaming bathtub and add in two cups of Epsom salt (no added fragrances, flavours, or colours) and a half-cup of baking soda, or some AlkaBath (my favourite german-made alkaline mineral blend). This assists the lymph in clearing out toxins and rejuvenating cells.

 

#7 EAT CLEAN

When you follow a clean eating routine, you will be including more nutrient-dense foods and less processed foods that contain man-made chemicals and additives. By controlling external factors that stress the lymphatic system (aka our diet), we decrease stress in the body. Love your lymph with leafy green vegetables, cruciferous veggies, berries, omega-3 rich foods, raw nuts and seeds, healthy fats and oils like coconut and ghee and herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, cumin and garlic. Find clean eating recipes.

 

#8 USE FRIENDLY PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Considering that 60% of what you apply to your skin, will be absorbed into your system, using friendly personal care products, that focus on using kind and organic ingredients, makes sense for your health and for the love of your lymph! Check out this post on detoxing your personal care products, complete with three DIY recipes.

 

#9 PRACTICE YOGA

Do you flow? Yoga twists, inversions, and flow practices get the lymph moving! This alone can help reset your lymph system and positively support your overall health.

 

#10 ESSENTIAL OILS

What can’t essential oils be used for? Really. These are a few great oils for lymph cleansing:

 

  • Labdanum
  • Juniper berry
  • Geranium rose
  • Carrot seed
  • Helichrysum
  • Lemon balm (melissa)
  • Bay leaf
  • Lemon grass

 

Add a few drops to a carrier oil like jojoba oil and massage into the inner and outer thighs, around the knees, near the armpits, and on the abdomen in a clockwise motion. Always be sure to source out pure essential oils. See here for more info on why cultivation methods and detailed labels are needed to determine essential oil quality.

 

#11 MOVE YOUR BODY

Seriously, right now - get up, stretch it out, move around. Movement is always key. #SweatDaily.

 

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WHY THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM GETS SLUGGISH

Unlike your blood, your lymph does not have a pump. Your lymphatic network relies on the contraction and relaxation of the muscles and joints to keep things flowing. YOU are the pump.

You’re likely reading this while you are sitting right now, so maybe it’s time for a quick apology made out to your lymphatic system?

When the lymphatic system becomes stagnant, it becomes stressed by it’s never-ending toxin disposal duty. This can not only create impaired immunity and disease, but it may also play a role in the development of :

  • Edema (fluid retention/bloating)
  • Cellulite
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatty deposits.

 

Sluggish lymphatic flow may also be a root cause for:

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Swollen glands, ankles and eyes
  • Eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Upper respiratory, sinus and ear infections
  • Frequents colds
  • Tonsillitis, bronchitis and pneumonia

 

Don’t worry – there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Thankfully it really doesn’t take much to get your lymph moving again.

 

Read the complete article: https://www.holisticole.com/blog/how-to-reset-your-lymphatic-flow

 

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Nicole Eckert

Be inspired to become the best version of yourself. Nicole Eckert is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in Halifax, Nova Scotia - with a passion for vibrant wellness.

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