16 Ways to Detox Your Lymphatic System

Lymph: The missing link in a liver detox

Thinking about doing a detox cleanse or reducing your chemical exposure? If you’ve been following along with our Common Household Chemicals to Avoid series, you know how easy it can be to start removing harmful chemicals from your home. Many people get discouraged when they go on a fast or start removing toxins from their lives because they feel sick or feel tired and don’t know why. Why would that happen? One reason may be that the lymphatic system is backed up and not able to keep up with the chemicals the body is trying to unload.

How does the lymphatic system work?

A peak functioning lymphatic system is key to health and vitality, but this critically important part of the body is one that most people don’t appreciate or know much about. Your lymphatic system is your body’s built-in sanitation center, the plumbing that carries away and filters out poisonous waste products from every cell, tissue and organ. It absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive tract and delivers them to the cells of the body. It is also an essential part of the immune system that maintains fluid levels, fights infection and produces disease fighting white blood cells. Twice as extensive as the arterial blood supply system which brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells, the lymph is the take away garbage collector and is the largest circulatory system in the body. But, the lymphatic system needs your help to move the fluid through the body because it doesn’t have an automatic pump like the heart, which moves the blood in the circulatory system.1

The lymph system is made up of:

  • Lymphatic vessels – a system of vessels distributed all over the body, gathering clear lymphatic fluid, which surrounds the cells. Lymphatic fluid collects and takes metabolic cellular waste, dead cells, and toxins towards the subclavian veins at the base of the neck to be event
    ually eliminated through sweat, urine, and through the bowels.
  • Lymphocytes – the primary cells of the lymphatic system. There are two major classes of lymphocytes: T cells and B cells. The T cells mature in the thymus, kill invaders, destroy abnormal cells and direct the actions of other lymphocytes. The B cells mature in the bone marrow and produce antibodies that combine with antigens of foreign cells, labeling those cells for destruction.
  • Lymph nodes – filtering stations  where lymphocytes along with macrophages (another type of white blood cell) engulf and destroy bacteria and other foreign substances in the lymphatic fluid.2
  • Tonsils, Adenoids, Appendix, and Peyer’s patches – small masses of lymphatic tissue that prevent infection in areas where bacteria is abundant.
  • Thymus – a small gland under your breastbone that helps produce white blood cells.
  • Spleen – the organ connected with lymph system that produces lymphocytes.
  • Bone marrow  – where lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) are born.

Signs your lymphatic system is backed up

Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. If the lymph is not flowing well, the cells are poisoned from their own waste and the lymph fluid becomes a toxic cesspool, resulting in fatigue, swelling, infection, inflammation, disease, and more symptoms (see below). A combination of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and a toxic environment all contribute to this backup. Rapid improvements in the quality of the cells and blood occur once easy lifestyle changes are made so that the lymphatic system is activated and working efficiently.

Branch Basics | Signs Your Lymphatic System is Backed Up

  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Swollen lymph nodes or tonsils
  • Lack of energy
  • Recurrent sore throats
  • Morning mucous
  • Mucous drainage (especially after dairy or flour)
  • Fluid backup in the ear (especially in children)
  • Ear popping and ringing
  • Reduced ability to fight infection (frequent cold or flu)
  • Constipation or slugging bowel function
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Soreness or stiffness in the morning
  • Bloating, swelling, or heaviness in extremities
  • Arms or hands fall asleep while sleeping
  • Pain, pressure, or stiffness along your spine and shoulders
  • Sore breast or breast swelling with your menstrual cycle
  • Itchy skin
  • Acne, dry skin or other skin issues

What backs up the lymph?

  • Lack of Movement: Proper lymphatic flow requires deep breathing and body movement – the contraction of skeletal muscles force tiny one- way valves of the lymph system to open and close and push the fluid to the subclavian veins.
  • Dehydration: Being dehydrated can contribute to poor lymphatic drainage and cause lymphatic stagnation.
  • Stress: The waste products of stress-fighting hormones are acidic and an acidic body leads to lymph congestion.
  • Chronic Digestive Imbalance: Chronic constipation or diarrhea due to damaged intestinal villi promotes lymph congestion.
  • Processed Foods: An unhealthy diet, particularly one containing processed foods and bad fats, will lead to a sluggish lymphatic system.
  • Chemical Exposures: When your body is exposed to harmful chemicals in skin and body care products, cleaning products or pesticides, it may be unable to unload or detoxify immediately.

Branch Basics | 16 Ways to Activate Your Lymphatic System

How to detox the lymphatic system

An active lymphatic system will help to reduce your toxic body burden, increase circulation, and revitalize your health. Here are many options that will get your lymphatic system moving and pumping out toxins.  You’ll find that some of these tips are fun to put into action, many of them are inexpensive or free, and most involve minimal time and effort. Pick three or four suggestions that work for you and put them into practice for 10 days – experience the difference it makes in your energy and wellbeing.

1. Take a few minutes for deep breathing

Fact:  Although the lymphatic system has no pump like the heart in the circulatory system, the movement from the act of breathing, that we do 24/7, is a lymphatic pump in itself and can help direct lymph through the chest. Proper breathing is the most important facilitator of lymphatic function. Constant shallow breathing leads to lymphatic congestion.

Tip: Augment the circulation of lymph through deep diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose, deeply pushing the stomach out. Slowly let your breath go out through your mouth. Deep, slow diaphragmatic breathing for even just 5-10 repetitions (or up to 10 minutes a day) will oxygenate the blood, circulate the lymph especially around the liver, and provide many other benefits. If possible, do this exercise outdoors in fresh air. Video demonstration: Diaphragmatic Breathing.

2. Hydrate daily with water

Fact: Dehydration is a common cause of lymph congestion. Lymph becomes thicker and less mobile when you are dehydrated, but flows well when hydrated. Water, and truly only pure water, can adequately rehydrate the body.

Tip: The best lymph-moving rehydration technique is to sip hot, purified water every 15 minutes throughout the day. Keep a thermos of hot water nearby to make it easy. Don’t overcompensate – we are not promoting overdrinking. Use urine color to help determine hydration level – if your urine is clear, you are drinking too much water. Helpful chart: Dehydrated Urine Colors.

3. Dry brush your skin

Fact: Dry skin brushing promotes lymphatic drainage of toxic waste, which results in many other benefits such as improved immunity, refreshed skin, and reduction of cellulite.3

Tip: Start a habit of dry skin brushing a few minutes before your shower or bathe using an inexpensive natural bristle brush. You can find these in many retail shops, health stores, and online. Hard pressure is not necessary – the lymphatic system is close to the surface of the skin and it only takes a light pressure to release congestion. MindBodyGreen has a helpful step by step guide to dry skin brushing. Green Smoothie Girl has made a downloadable pdf (and video) showing two different brushing methods.

4. Alternate hot and cold in your shower

Fact: Lymphatic vessels contract when exposed to cold, and dilate in response to heat. A hot and cold shower is a type of hydrotherapy that uses the properties of water temperature and pressure to move stagnant lymphatic fluid, increase circulation, boost immune function and metabolism.

Tip: After dry skin brushing, super charge your morning shower experience by alternating hot and cold water for between 90 seconds and several minutes.4 Be sure to always end on cold water. Note: Avoid this if you are pregnant, or if you have a heart or blood pressure condition.

5. Move around whenever you can

Fact: The lymphatic system depends largely on large muscle activity in the body for its circulation. Stagnation from sitting all day is a major problem. People who sit at their computers without taking breaks develop a sluggish lymph system because they do not move.

Tip: Get up to clean up! The good news is any exercise helps – move around for a minute or two every 15 – 20 minutes, do knee bends, go for a walk during lunch, stretch throughout the day and develop a regular exercise routine. Gentle exercise like walking, stretching, rebounding (see below), and swimming are great for moving the lymph.

6. Go for a walk

Fact: One of the best ways to activate lymphatic flow is to take a brisk walk. Walking is a weight-bearing activity that creates gravitational pulls on the lymphatic system each time you take a step.

Tip: Plan to take a 15-30 minute brisk walk each day. Swing your arms and power walk for the best results.  If you are not up to that, even a leisurely walk will be helpful.5

Branch Basics | 16 Ways to Activate Your Lymphatic System

7. Jump on a rebounder

Fact: The use of a small trampoline – a “rebounder” – is one of the most efficient ways to reduce lymphatic congestion, stimulate lymph flow, and exercise every cell in the body. Gentle up and down bouncing  turbo charges lymph function. The gravitational pull caused by the bouncing causes the one-way lymphatic valves to open and close, moving the lymph.6

Tip: To get the most benefit out of rebounding, start with The Health Bounce – gently bouncing up and down without your feet leaving the mat. This is a very low impact exercise and very effective at moving your lymphatic system – just two minutes clears the lymph. Build up intensity slowly as rebounding can release too many toxins if you jump in too fast.7

Branch Basics | 16 Ways to Activate Your Lymphatic System

8. Bounce on an exercise ball

Fact: If you don’t have a rebounder, you can utilize the same gravitational pull principle as the rebounder by using an inexpensive exercise ball or yoga ball.

Tip: Always start with a short bouncing time and simple, gentle movements. Even small movements for short periods of time can be very effective in moving the lymph. Build up the intensity of the exercise slowly. Video demonstration: Rebounding [with a Fit Ball] to Activate the Lymphatic System.

9. Stretch or practice yoga daily

Fact: Stretching and yoga poses are especially effective for moving lymph.

Tip: Holding stretches combined with conscious deep breathing can help direct lymph through the deep channels of the chest.

10. Get a lymph massage

Fact: Lymphatic massage reduces swelling, helps detoxify the body, and helps speed regeneration of tissues and cells. You can go for a whole body massage or focus on targeted areas. For example, backed up lymphatic fluid in the head can contribute to head congestion, stuffiness, feeling of pressure in the head or ears, sinus congestion, vertigo, dizziness, even insomnia.8 A simple self-massage can be used to bring that fluid down from the head. This is a great technique for cold and allergies season.

Tip: Schedule a lymphatic massage with a professional lymphatic massage therapist or do your own self massage. Video demonstration: Lymphatic Drainage for the Legs. Try a head massage before bed to improve sleep or in the morning to reduce facial puffiness. Video demonstration: Self Lymphatic Draining Massage.

11. Far infared sauna

Fact: Far infrared saunas provide a gentle, side-effect-free, effective mechanism for detoxification. Their waves penetrate deep into the human body, elevating the body’s surface temperature, activating circulation, sweating and excretion of toxins from the lymph and blood through the skin. The heat also increases your heart rate and encourages deeper breathing, which boosts the drainage process even further.

Tip: If you have access to an infrared sauna, take advantage of this effective lymphatic activator. Practice conscious deep breathing during your sauna to supercharge lymphatic drainage. Take a break every 15 minutes to shower in cold water for 30 seconds to promote even more circulation and stimulation of the lymph.

12. Wear natural fibers & loose, comfortable clothing

Fact: The chemicals in synthetic clothing (made from petrochemicals) are absorbed through the skin, taken up by the lymphatic system and added to the body’s burden of toxins.9 Tight-fitting clothes can also contribute to a myriad of problems, including restricted lymph flow.10

Tip: Wear comfortable clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton, silk, flax/linen, wool, or other natural fibers.11

13. Consider your bras and underwear

Fact: The breast, arm and upper chest area are drained by a large cluster of lymph nodes found in the armpit. Underwire bras or any bra that leaves red marks or indentations from being too tight interferes with lymphatic circulation and may contribute to swollen lymph nodes, fibrocystic breast tissue and breast cancer.12 For men, tight pants and briefs restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid in the testicles causing toxic buildup, which can lead to infertility and greater chance of developing cancer.13

Tip: Avoid underwire bras (particularly with metal underwires) or any tight-fitting bra that is constricting. Buy natural fiber bras and go bra-free when possible. As a general rule, choose loose-fitting pants and underwear made of natural fibers.

14. Cosmetics and skin care products

Fact: Your skin is the largest organ of elimination and absorption—what goes on the skin goes into the body, into the lymph and adds to the trash load.

Tip: Avoid products that include synthetic preservatives, fragrances, foaming agents, and other harmful synthetic chemicals. Instead, seek out cosmetics and skin care products that use safe, plant-based or food-grade ingredients, as they will ultimately be absorbed through your skin and processed by your lymph.

15. Eat Whole Foods, especially healthy fats, fruits & veggies

Fact: Consuming processed foods, junk food, fast foods, sugary drinks, unhealthy fats, refined flour and sugar can cause inflammation and create lymphatic system congestion.

Tip: Eat more fruits and vegetables, especially green vegetables. Chlorophyll purifies the lymph and blood. Eat healthy organic fats such as nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, organic ghee and butter.

16. Drink herbal teas that affect the lymph

Fact: There are herbal teas that step up lymphatic action such as red clover, astragalus, mullein, goldenseal, fenugreek, ginger, wild indigo root, sarsaparilla, golden seal and olive leaf tea.

Tip: Try to incorporate one of these teas or a blend of several of these into your daily routine. Teas are most effective if you drink several cups over the course of the day. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on medication consult an herbalist or a naturopath before drinking these teas.

Understanding how the lymph works and what to do to mobilize your lymphatic system is priceless information. It can make the difference in smoother detox process, catching or not catching a cold, or having a “flu-free winter”. The exciting news is that keeping the lymph moving doesn’t have to cost money – just move with a few daily exercises, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy food. When the lymph is working, the complexion glows and the body is full of vitality; and if you become ill, you have tools to help regain your health. This is a fundamental part of a conscious preventive health care plan.

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      1. I also enjoyed reading the article about lymph drainage I have lymph edema in my left arm and now have some new ways to help me keep the swelling down thank you so much for this article

  2. I admire your product and your philosophy and I appreciate your blog entries. I certainly don’t accept as gospel everything the mainstream medical establishment insists is factual or true—far from it. But I believe you’re doing a disservice to women by saying that wearing tight bras can lead to breast cancer. It’s a theory that has been soundly disproved.
    Thank you.

    1. Robin,

      Thank you so much for this comment. I agree with you and no one should accept everything they are told, but be open to be led to make decisions as they learn more or become aware of information that motivates them to do so. Branch Basics is driven by a mission to empower people with information so they can make their own educated choices that will provide preventable healthcare for their families. The article that was referenced (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/05/19/Can-Wearing-Your-Bra-Cause-Cancer.aspx )says that restricting the lymphatic flow around the breast area MAY lead to conditions that promote breast cancer – a blockage of the lymph and backup of toxic waste. We should all be proactive consumers, acting always from a position of strength, not fear. Education is power as we make decisions for our families.

      We would welcome you to submit the information that this concept or theory has been soundly disproved.


      1. (In reference to the study referenced in the Mercola article) “…based on the writings of a husband and wife team of medical anthropologists who link breast cancer to wearing a bra. The two anthropologists suggested this association in a book called Dressed to Kill. Their study was not conducted according to standard principles of epidemiological research and did not take into consideration other variables, including known risk factors for breast cancer.”

        “We do not know of any epidemiologic studies published in scientific journals that suggest bras directly contribute to breast cancer risk or that lymphatic compression by bras might cause breast cancer.”


  3. Thanks so much for this article on activating the lymph system. I’ve been hoping this info would come into my life. I’ve already started bouncing on my rebounder.

  4. Loved this article! Lots of great instruction and tips. Thank you. I started stretching at my desk while I was reading it. 🙂

    1. Hi I just read the entire article and think it’s so informative wish I could print the whole article. I’m going to start doing what you said because I have all the symptoms. I’m 79 still working full time and sitting all day . Just here lately been feeling everything you mentioned so I am sure I need a cleanse! Thank you for sharing! I hope I can pass this on to two of my daughters! Thank you again!

    2. Hi I just read the entire article and think it’s so informative wish I could print it . Just here lately been feeling everything you mentioned so I am sure I need a cleanse! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you for such an informative article. I have an infared sauna but forgot about the lymphatic massage. Just had one and it was fantastic. Love your products,

  6. This was very enlightening to me!!!Got to get moving !!!!!Thank you so much for your articles!!!!

  7. Thank you so much for articles that have recently become very important.. i’m a 68 year old man with prostate cancer (long term multi radiation therapy) and lymphoma that’s in remission (thank you Lord) they have apparently teamed up to cause lympodema, something I knew nothing about till forced to confront the issue.. thank you for making that an easier effort..

  8. Thanks for this article. Easy to follow and extract the practical tips. I also found the connection between stress and lymph really interesting – never understood how stress could affect eczema but now I have a much better idea.

  9. With a diagnosis of lipo-lymphedema, I’ve struggled to find a combination of healthy lifestyle modifications as this complex condition challenges my daily life in so many aspects, including mobility and even what to wear.
    So much of what you say here resonates with my preferences in exercise, dress and nutrition. Your article touches on all of these and offers specific avenues for change. Thank you.

  10. Deep clean will leave your home looking nice and smelling like new. That is a great way to help your home feel happier and more put together. In my opinion, when you have a clean home you like being there more.

  11. Another sure-fire way to get the lymphatic flow going is whole body vibration done several times through the day. My fat disorder doctor says it gets the lymph flowing like nobody’s business!

  12. This is invalid and should not be taken seriously. One the author is not even credible considering she does not work in the biological field she claims that she is an ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT. She is not a scientist. Second, check the sources they are opinion based not factual based. Before you go changing your lifestyle consider checking into the crappy facts she has provided.

    1. The author suggests eating well, exercising, stretching, and breathing…what is not scientifically based about that? …Maybe add something constructive (like a link to an article you found helpful and well proven, for example) instead of just bashing someone trying to help others.

    2. Scientists employed by drug companies are killing millions each year worldwide with their drugs.A natural way of living and eating is the only way to longevity.

    3. The animosity is clear, but there is not a suggestion here that can be harmful, so maybe express your distaste a bit more clearly so they can address your concerns? Sorry you felt the need to antagonize, whatever your reason.

    4. Well, I can validate everything that was in the article. I suffered from every symptom on the list and a few more that weren’t listed. When your lyphatic system is blocked up it reeks havoc in your body. For 2 years I have been slowly draining all the debri and trash my body held and the difference is amazing.

    1. Hello Lisa. Thank you for your question. This is one for your medical professionals. Let us know if they give it the green light. Thanks!

    2. I have this too and was wondering the same thing. How are you doing? I’m going through my 4th treatment and my Dr. Says I’m close to remission!

  13. I have Lymphadema and found these tips very helpful. I use a lymphatic pump twice daily but it doesn’t seem to help that much. I am going to use some of these tips and gradually add to them. I signed for your newsletter also so Thank you so much.

    1. I need someone to answer my question if a person lymphatic is not working right would it cause something like this to the lower part of my legs it real red hurts real bad at times and they swell really bad but I think if I get a pair of support panty hose will help please I need a question asked

      1. It sounds like cellulitis which needs to be treated with antibiotics.

  14. Thanks for this information – I had a double masectomy and 29 lymph nodes removed so I am always looking for any helpfull advice. Lymphedema is a concern for me. Thanks again.

  15. Thank you so much for this article! So helpful! I’m just starting to research detoxifying and this makes so much sense. This may sound silly, but what brand is the gray (blue) v-neck tee shirt in the pictures on the blonde woman? It looks super comfy and I am in need. 🙂
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lisa. Thanks! I asked and she said it was her husbands shirt. She’s not sure of the brand. 🙂

  16. Thank you so much for this article. I was mis-diagnosed with having lung cancer after a persistent cough that lasted approximately 4-6 weeks. After seeing an Oncologist, pulmonologist, heart and vascular doctors, undergoing PET scans, being informed its stage 3 and the “all natural” approach “doesnt work and never did,” I under went a biopsy (heart and vascular dr advised nurse to schedule the port insertion prior to results of biopsy, which I declined). I went in for procedure stayed overnight. H&V dr visited me the following morning to advise me that its NOT cancer but sarcoidosis (toxins in the lymph nodes). Ive never heard of a lymphatic system. This sent me diving into research and the need to live a healthy lifestyle for longevity. I truly believe had I gone ahead and agreed to the port insertion I would have been a statistic. This has taught me that as consumers WE must take control of our health and do our due diligence by researching and taking charge of our lives. Again, a HUGE thanks to you and all the like. Wishing you love and light and continue doing what you do!

    1. Amen! This is exactly what we went through with my husband 12 years ago. Sarcoidodis. A custom blended anti-inflammatory herbal tincture and a strict gluten free diet brought his life back. I just learned in the last month that Sarcoidodis is a symptom of celiac disease! Makes sense then why the gf diet helps so much. Will have him do this lymph drainage protocols to enhance his health.

  17. Your products look wonderful. I currently use Melaleuca products and would like to know if you are familiar with them and how they compare to yours? Thanks for your insight and guidance

  18. Do all your products come in plastic? I’m trying to make a conscious effort to reduce my use of plastic in an effort to stop polluting The environment n oceans. It’s hard when companies we buy from are not making The same conscienous effort to do same.

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      Thank you for your question! Yes, we are concerned about the amount of plastic in our environment too. That’s why our spray bottles, foaming wash bottles, and laundry bottles are re-fillable, so that they can be used over and over again. We are currently designing glass bottle options and hope to roll them out later this year. If you have any other questions, please ask!

  19. Thank you for this very informative article, very helpful and easily explained to get started right away. God Bless, Karen

  20. Thank you Marilee for the work you put in on this heavily researched article. I am conducting a class to teach women how to nourish and cherish their bodies next month. May I have permission to use your article as one of the instructive giveaways to my students? I am ordering several of your trial kits to offer as prizes in our group breakout sessions. There is a lot of information out here about achieving health and maintaining our vascular systems including the NIH, Mayo Clinic and several other entities research. Your’s speaks to and serves the people who don’t know they have a vascular system, have challenges in reading comprehension and who are in need of clear language to guide them in nourishing and cherishing their bodies. I hope your work continues and gets the support you so justly deserve.

  21. I have allways been in agreement with the hippie way to live, love and be compassionate but when it comes to eating healthy and exercise I tend to side with the couch potato, not by choice as a young person but as an adult trying to make healthy decisions and choices is not an easy change nor is it cheap. Lucky for me I never cared for surgery cereals or drinks never have been a big meat eater and only like my veggies raw…otherwise my eating habits would be all bad. Just the act of trying to change, to make for the better , setting and reaching goals ,can spiritually make for a better mind set, a better mood, a better day, week ,year and yep a better life. I ain’t got no school in medicine and I ain’t got proof but I do have good sense and that says to me…well it sure as hell can’t hurt. Anything that can trigger a better life is good enough for me. F Y I. I have never owned a bra wouldn’t wear one of I did, it’s just too damn hot and uncomfortable and that can’t be good !🌻. Thanks for all the topics you cover I learn something new every time !

  22. Thank u so much for all this information ❤️….I am a breast cancer survivor .My Oncologist from The PLUTA center, in Rochester,NY ; Told me to stop using underwire bras.

    1. I agree with your oncologist. Look at non natural EMF studies in France, Belgium, Russia, et al. The U.S. allows 3000 chemicals banned in the EU. Everyone here should be very proactive with daily lymph stimulation and try to keep their homes and bedrooms as unpolluted as possible. I check CA warnings on anything I intend to buy-if it requires a warning that it may make me sick, it’s a no-go!
      I also do castor oil packs occasionally.

  23. Drs found 9 cm or mm luimp in left armpit. Now same feelings in the right one. Doing Budwig for kidneys, herbals, etc.
    Do what can afford on ss.thks

  24. Thank you so much for the information. I have a swollen lymph node that was just about gone and then it came back. I’m going to implement more movement, and rebounding or bouncing for sure .

  25. Thank you for such an informative article! Exactly the information I was seeking: how does the Lympathic system work and how to support it!

  26. I found your comments very interesting. I’d been using the hot/ cold showers, dry brushing, and massage, for over a year (as suggested by an on line doctor’s blog) and believe it helped with clogged lymphatic system, i.e. Hard knots and swelling in several lymph areas began to clear up, and I began to feel better. However, a bout with pneumonia that required extra strong doses of antibiotics helped clear other symptoms that that lingered for years. Felt better than I have in 30 years…some symptoms have gradually returned over the past 12-18 months, but nothing like before. I still use the hot/cold therapy shower (and pool/Jacuzzi at my gym) as well as dry brushing to help clear my lymphatic system. I plant to add some of your other suggestions too.. thanks!

  27. Would this have ANY help at all on scar tissue? I’m aware of what scar tissue is…..but any effect on scar tissue in the lungs? I might be reaching I know, but just curiousThank you.

  28. Thank you for sharing the importance of managing our lymphatic nodes. This is good information to share with friends and family. 🌈🌤

  29. What do you do when your mesentary organ has compromised your lymphatic system by the vagus nerve damaged?

  30. I have been picking up on Lymph/lymphatic system info here and there and just today I also wondered to myself, ‘should I dry brush and do my hot/cold shower or would it be too much and somehow counteract something etc.’ So glad I came across this article it has been so wholesome and informative! And you answered my question for me – Thank you so much 😀

    1. Hi Melanie. We are so glad you ask and are glad that you are being proactive in gathering information and educating yourself before making a big purchase.

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      Wishing you all the best in your project!

  31. I would also offer Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Gashana (brisk dry massage using silk gloves), and whole body vibration therapy can help… thanks for the great info!

    1. Ooomph you already has Lymph Drainage Massage (sorry!) Garshana (is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that makes use of silk gloves… similar to dry brushing but a bit less intense.)

  32. Thank you for this information. I’m planning on starting some of these detox treatments soon. The deep breathing & the brisk walk are two of my priorities.
    The dry brushing makes sense also.

  33. After breast cancer , 25 yrs ago I had silicone breast implants. I recently suffered a repture.
    I had the implants removed but realized I had had the slow leak for a long time. I became very ill. I am now trying to help flush my lymph system to flush out the silicone.
    I have been doing several of your suggestions and am beginning to feel much better!
    I have always been super healthy and lots of energy, so this has been hard. Any other suggestions. I am currently 76. I hope to regain my health and energy, tho I know she is also a factor, tho it an exscuse!

  34. Thank you for this information. I have chronic bilateral lower leg lymphedema. I have learned how to do lymphedema massage to myself to keep the passages open and if my lymphedema gets too out of control, I get a referral to a lymphedema massage specialist. I wear lymphedema wraps on my lower legs, which aren’t cheap, and are HOT in the Summer. The lymphedema seems to be hereditary in the females on my father’s side of the family. I am disabled and regular exercise, such as walking, is hard for me as I no longer have any cartilage left in my knees. I do try to swim as much as I can, but had TOTALLY FORGOT about the rebounding or bouncing on a fitness ball which I do have. I am trying to cook from scratch and cut out processed foods. I actually went sugar free entirely for awhile and you would not believe how much better I felt! The pain was significantly less! Anyway, thank you for this article/post/information.

  35. Thank you for sharing this. I have been battling Lymphadema for 20 years. No one has ever explained this to me. I understand more of what causes my problems & actually have ways to help with the situation. Thank you.

  36. Thanks for your info. on the lymphatic drain. I would like to find a specialist with years of background treatment for lymphedema/ lipoedema in PENSACOLA, FL.

  37. I have a multitude of health issues mainly fibromyalgia & all the symptoms that go along with it, my armpits are very swollen, fatty, puffy looking. Is there anything to do to see if my lymphatic system is the issue, dry brushing the armpits, would detoxing possibly take down some of the puffiness or can a poor lymphatic system cause excess fat?? Looking forward to all responses.

    1. Heather..Kathryn here..holistic RN retired secondary to Lyme and coinfections..have you been tested for Lyme..ELISA is useless..comes back neg..they will tell you don’t..second tier testing is Western Blo..some but most don’t test positive according to CDC..however..check out Dr.Richard Horowitz..world renown Lyme Literate MD..Dr Dan Cameron..just type in Lyme..Fibromyalgia is not a disease..it is a symptom..tho allopathic docs have said it is..have you been bitten or scratched by a cat recently..Bartonella..known as cat scratch fever is also most common co infection of Lyme..hope this helpful..my eldest sister is experiencing this right now..if your lymph nodes are swollen they are doing their job

  38. I am a massage therapist and with everything I just read I will be getting a lymphatic massage if they are open. I am 67 years old and my neck and armpits are swollen. I know my lymphatic system is sluggish. I also no that I haven’t been walking enough. Of course I had a sit down job and retired last year. Thank you for this wonderful article. I think I will go empty the dishwasher.

  39. What? No pills? I’m excited now to know this and to know all the ways I can do something about getting rid of these lymph nodes! Usually I see there’s a pill for this and a pill for that and personally I don’t need any more pills to take. I’m 68yrs old and am diabetic and have high bl pressure, cholesterol problems and anxiety&depression. It’s like the pills control me but now I can control a part of me without them! Thank you!

    1. Hi Cathy. We’re so happy to pass along this information. Just be sure to check with your medical team before you stop taking a prescribed medication.


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