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Quickly Drain You Lymph System Using Theses Simple Techniques to Boost Immunity and Remove Toxins

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Clean your Body’s Drains: 10 Ways to Detoxify your Lymphatic System

The lymph system is a complex drainage system. The lymphatic drainage consists of lymph nodes, vessels, spleen, and thymus. The lymphatic system plays an important role in fighting infections and absorbing excess fluids, fats, and toxic waste material from your entire body.

A lack of exercise, iodine deficiency, illness, or digestive imbalances can clog the lymphatic system and cause health issues and diseases. Luckily there are many natural ways to cleanse your lymphatic system and improve skin issues, arthritis, cellulite, headaches, colds, sinus infections, fatigue, cholesterol, digestive disorders, and overall health.

Top 10 Natural Ways To Boost A Sluggish Lymphatic System

1. Alternative Therapies

  • Lymph drainage massage: this type of massage stimulates lymph circulation and drains fat, fluids, toxins and other waste products away from your cells.
  • Acupuncture: stimulates lymph flow.
  • Sauna: saunas or steam baths are an excellent way to sweat out toxins and waste material through the skin and cleanse your system.

2. Exercise

Regular exercise that involves jumping is the best way to keep your lymph system flowing smoothly. Although jumping up and down is the best way to stimulate lymph flow, any type of exercise will do the trick. While your muscles are moving, they massage your lymphatic system which improves lymph flow.


3. Foods To Cleanse Your Lymph System

A healthy diet produces less toxins and waste products, which reduces the chance of a clogged lymphatic system. Try to opt for organic products as much as possible to avoid pesticides and other chemicals.

Foods That Promote Lymph Flow

  • Fruits, especially cranberries that help the lymphatic system, bowels and kidneys to get rid of various kinds of harmful toxins, are loaded with antioxidants and many other nutrients. You can find more information about the healing powers of berries in the e-book The Healing Berry Guide which is a must if you want to become healthier from the inside out and get healthy and easy berry recipes that are sure to boost your health.
  • Veggies, especially leafy greens (due to their chlorophyll content) – also refer to the article how to cleanse your body using chlorophyll.
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Spirulina – Find more information in the article how to boost your health by eating seaweeds and algae.
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Flax or chia seeds – Read here more about the amazing health benefits of nuts and seeds.
  • Avocados

These food sources provide important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, and other beneficial phytonutrients to keep your lymph flowing and cleanse your body. Add more raw fruits, vegetables, and fresh juices to your diet as they provide powerful enzymes and acids to cleanse your lymphatic system.


Foods To Avoid

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Sugar – you can find here 13 effective ways to quit sugar.
  • Meat
  • Preservatives
  • Refined grains
  • Processed foods
  • Foods high in salt
  • Candy and baked goods

All those foods are known to produce toxic waste and may clog your system.

4. Drink Plenty Of Water

Your body needs water to stay hydrated to keep your lymph fluid flowing properly. A good rule of thumb is to drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water a day and ditch sodas, sport drinks, and commercially available sugar-laden fruit juices.

5. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises stimulate lymph flow to avoid toxin build-up and bring more fresh oxygen to your cells.

6. Dry Brushing

The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for detoxifying our body just like the liver, kidneys and colon. Dry brushing is an ancient technique which is part of the Indian Ayurveda and holds numerous health benefits. Not only this, but it’s easy and simple to do, takes only few minutes a day and is very cheap.

Health benefits of dry brushing

Dry brushing exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells, thus contributing to younger, smooth and fresh looking skin. This way the skin is able to better absorb nutrients into the body.

Dry brushing also improves blood circulation and helps the lymphatic system release toxins, thus improving its role in fighting infections and improves the immune system. You can read more about the importance of a proper blood circulation and how to improve it in this article.

It also helps in cells renewal, improves muscle tone, tightens the skin and reduce cellulite by releasing fatty deposits under the skin’s surface. For more natural ways to reduce cellulite click here.


Another added bonus is stress relief. Dry brushing has meditative benefits, especially if done in a quiet place. It may reduce muscle tension and calm your mind, just like a light body massage.

As you can see, dry brushing detoxifies the body from the outside in and works on multiple levels. You can learn more about the concept of detox and how to use detox to energize and cleanse your body in the e-book The Detox Guide.

How to do dry brushing?

You should choose the right type of brush. Choose a brush with firm bristles but not too hard. The bristles should be natural, typically vegetable-derived. It’s best to choose a long handle that can easily reach to areas such as the back.

The best time to do dry brushing is in the shower before washing yourself when your skin is dry. The brush itself should also be dry. Because dry brushing energizes the body, many people prefer to do it in the morning before they shower, but you can do it any time of the day (but not too close to bedtime, as it may have a stimulating effect on you). Dry brushing can be done on a daily basis and even twice a day. Just remember to avoid brushing broken or inflamed skin.

As the lymphatic system flows towards the heart, you should always brush towards your heart using long gentle strokes (avoid back and forth movement).

  • Apply a firm pressure but not too painful to avoid irritating the skin: your skin should be pink after a session and not red.
  • Start from the feet, and then work up your legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms.
  • It’s best to avoid your face as usually the facial skin is too sensitive.
  • Dry brush yourself for about 3-5 minutes and then shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.

You can even do one of these 5 detox baths to further cleanse your skin. Dry brushing is also one of the 70 habits featured in the e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

7. Avoid Chemical-laden Beauty Products

Most commercially available lotions, toothpastes, creams, sunscreens, deodorants, etc. are full of questionable chemicals that end up in your lymphatic system. Choose for natural, organic beauty products or try to make your own chemical-free versions.

8. Herbal Teas

Herbs can be used as a powerful medicine and I’ve already written about herbs and on how to use Herbal Medicine effectively to heal away disease & illnesses in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. Some herbs may help you to boost lymph flow and eliminate toxins. Those include echinacea, goldenseal, red clover, pokeroot, astragalus, or wild indigo root among others. Make sure to contact an herbalist for advice if you are on medication and avoid those herbal teas when pregnant or lactating. You can find here how to make lymph cleansing herbal infusion.

9. Alternate Hot/Cold Shower

Alternating hot and cold shower for several minutes has a beneficial effect on your blood and lymph flow. The heat causes vessels to dilate and the cold makes them contract. Avoid this therapy when pregnant or struggling with a heart or blood pressure condition.

10. Wear Loose Clothing

Tight clothing slows down lymph flow and can cause blockages. So make sure to wear lose clothing or clothing that fits properly.

If you keep those tips and tricks in mind, your lymphatic system will be working more efficiently to improve your overall health. You’ll have more energy, less aches, and less toxin build-ups.

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AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogi, health coach, and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website  and Facebook page

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74 Responses to Quickly Drain You Lymph System Using Theses Simple Techniques to Boost Immunity and Remove Toxins

  1. Lalisha Vazquez says:

    I Love this page always have very interesting information.

    • M.b.padiyar says:

      How long one can be exposed for steam bath after oil is applied to body?

      • Jenny says:

        WikiHow website talks about how to use sauna safely and mentions that the appropriate amount of time to spend in the sauna is around 15–20 minutes at the most, and less if you feel too hot or uncomfortable. It is better to go in and out, taking cooling down breaks, than to roast in it for too long. See their other safety suggestions here –


    Would this be helpful for someone suffering from lymphadema due to lymph nodes removed during to a mastectomy?

  3. Karen Honaker says:

    I am a juicer and a believer that fresh juicing is the best way to go, because it goes right into the blood stream. Sooo healthy for you! 🙂

    • L.B. says:

      [Juiced foods] do not go DIRECTLY into the blood stream. They do have to be digested, regardless of the fact that they enter the body in liquid form. The raw foods in a juice are usually fresh and healthiest because they aren’t heated; the nutrients are not destroyed by cooking. Some foods (tomatoes, for example) contain nutrients (lycopene) that are made MORE available by heating/cooking. Usually, however, most raw foods are more nutritious. But they still don’t go DIRECTLY into the blood stream. They do have to be digested in the stomach and absorbed in the intestines like most other foods.

      • Jenny says:

        Amy who wrote the article meant to say that by extracting juice, and only juice, from fruits or vegetables, all of the pulp and fiber is removed, which allows the nutrients to assimilate very quickly into your body and bloodstream.

      • Olivander says:

        Thank You, that’s exackly what I was thinking, unless You gonna inject Your juice . . . . .

  4. Gail says:

    I have been exercising since September of 2013. This time it is for real. All the above information really does help to make your weight loss a success and knowing that this is a lifestyle makes it even more real. I love to see confirmation on what I am doing from other masters. I refuse to go the the pill or hormone way. This is the real way to live. Thanks

  5. Devonne Jones says:

    Looking for helpful appetizing ways to lose weight and, improve my health while doing it. Thanks for the enlightenment.

    • Rae Bowles says:

      Hi Devonne! I am doing Visalus Project 10 Challenge! I feel great! I have lost 40 lbs, no longer have diabetes or high blood pressure and my fibromyalgia pain is manageable!

  6. Cheryl DeGraff says:

    Where can I get a lymphatic massage?

    • Jenny says:

      There are clinics that specialize in massage or even some physiotherapy centers. Try to find message clinics in your area and see if they specialize in lymphatic massage. You can also ask your doctor for a recommended place.

      • Janet says:

        Jenny – lol re the photo of me that automatically showed up when I left my reply! It’s OLD and I would really like to change it – can you help or advise me re how to replace it with a newer one? Thank you!

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Janet, you will need to change your Gravatar image: login to Gravatar:
          After logging on, you will be able to change your profile picture. Just to let you know, I don’t have any control on your profile image and I cannot change as it.

      • terry says:

        Jenny Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis has a lymphatic massage program. All you need is a referral from your primary care physician. I have found out that dry brushing every morning helps with the swelling. If you go to ( or google dry brushing her name will pop up. You can buy the brushes on Amazon, or order them from her. I have a long handled one and a short one. I do lymphatic massage at night before going to sleep. I have increased my water intake to 64 ounces per day. Decreased my sodium intake. I was leg pressing over 250 lbs before I was diagnosed with primary lymphedema of my right leg. I felt like I had no control over my situation. All the above therapies have really helped. I call it the new normal or work around. Just recently started a water aerobics class, no impact seems to help when there is swelling and pain. This is not a 100% but it does help and I feel empowered to help myself. I hope this is helpful to you. Foods like watermelon, cucumbers and celery contain lots of water. Any other questions please feel free to email me. Terry

    • Janet says:

      Cheryl, I’m a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist and Certified Massage Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area – where are you located? I can see you or refer you to a qualified Therapist in your area. Physicians are prohibited from prescribing massage for any medical condition – something we CMLDTs are working to change. Hope to be able to help you.

      • Pat says:

        Physicians may be prohibited from prescribing massage in your area or state, but not in all states. In Oregon, even some insurance companies will pay for massage prescribed by a physician or DC.

      • Rosemary says:

        Can you recommend a Lymphedema massage therapist in Stuart, Florida?

  7. clarann anderson says:

    Great information use to juice grew up with a mother that juiced during my childhood. I must get back to better juicing. Thanks for the cranberry cleanser.

    • Antoinette VanKlingeren says:

      What is the recipe for the lymphatic cleanse using cranberry? I’m searching but unfortunately I don’t see what you guys are talking about 🙂

      • Jenny says:

        Hi Antoinette, there was a Facebook page that advertised in the past a cranberry juice infographic and referred to this article to read more about lymphatic cleanse. I’ve tried to find this infographic in that FB page but it’s not available anymore. I’ve found it in Google Images, and this is their recipe: 1 pear, 1 apple, 1 cucumber, 1 large celery stalk, 1 handful of spinach and 1/2 cup of cranberries. All blended together. But there are many other recipes like: 1/4 cup pure cranberry juice, 1 Tbsp. quality ACV, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, Water to dilute, Honey to taste. Combine the water with the rest of the ingredients. You can dilute it as strong or as weak as you prefer.

  8. tonya narron says:

    I have crohns disease and struggle with losing and gaining weight. My biggest struggle is having energy. Would this be something that would help me since with crohns my intestines dont absord nutrients and minerals like a normal person would.

  9. dolores thomas says:

    I heard that raw juicing don’t set well and isn’t the best for some people.(The skin). But that the extracting is better. Can anybody give me some info on that.

  10. Arlene Martin-Norman says:

    Grest articles. I like the ingormation on juicing,herbal tea cleanse and cranberry cleanse.

  11. dorothy racht says:

    cucumbers peeled or with skin? how much liquid does this make…enough for two??

    • Jenny says:

      You can leave the skin on the cucumber as it has fiber. As for the liquid amount – you can adjust it to suit your needs and be flexible with the recipe.

  12. Adrienne says:

    I don’t have a juicer but I want to try. It mentions using a blender. Do you have to peel the skin on the fruits and vegetables when using the blender? How does that work?

    • Jenny says:

      If you use a blender, you need to add water to get the consistency of a smoothie. If the skin is edible, it’s good to leave it as it provides extra fiber. If you use a juicer – it extracts only the juice, and all of the pulp and fiber is removed, which allows the nutrients to get very quickly into your body and bloodstream. However by using a blender to make a smoothie nothing is removed (except for non-edible things, like the peel of a banana). Smoothies are generally more of a thick, creamy texture than juices and are absorbed less quickly into the body and bloodstream due to the fiber content.

      • LoRei deweese says:

        Do you drink the entire drink or tis this for the seven days

        • Jenny says:

          Hi LeRoi, the drink recipe was actually advertised by another Facebook page called “A Well Being”, and as it cleanses the lymphatic system, they refereed to my article in this subject. It’s hard for me to answer on their behalf, but looking at the recipe they say there to drink every morning for 7 days, and it can be repeated monthly. The recipe there is for one day. Every day you need to make it fresh to reap the best benefits.

      • Adrienne says:

        I just purchased my Juicer, but unfortunately I have found that cranberries are no longer in season. Can you use cranberry juice instead?

        • Jenny says:

          You can use cranberry juice, but read the label of the ingredients. Sometimes it is loaded with sugar and other additives. Make sure it has a high content of fruit and the minimum amount of sugar possible (or no sugar at all).

        • eydie says:


  13. Betty says:

    What a great page full of info. Will try the cranberry cleanse. Thank you.

  14. fay says:

    need a juicer to help loose weight and metabolism going

  15. kelsie says:

    Would this help one to clean out their system say for a U.A?

  16. Diane says:

    Is a nutribullet a good alternative to a juicer?

    • Jenny says:

      The nutribullet is a mini-blender that makes smoothies rather than traditional juices, but you can drink it as a smoothie too.

  17. Cheryl Hindmon says:

    Would frozen cranberries be ok to use?

  18. Kelly says:

    I found organic cranberry juice. Approximately how much of that do I add to the recipe?

  19. waunda briggs says:

    would this do anything with stage 3 kidney Disease

  20. Bwv says:

    I bought a “Rocket Extract Pro Personal Blender” because I wanted the fiber content and prefer smoothies over juice.

    Cranberries are out of season, I couldn’t even find frozen, so I opted for juice: R.W. Knudsen ‘Just Cranberry’. It has 9g of sugar for a full cup, but I use 1/2 a cup plus 1/2 a cup if water. It is VERY filling and literally has replaced my breakfast/lunch!

    Side note: Be prepared for things to move in the digestive tract, IF you know what I mean

    • Adrienne says:

      I couldnt find any cranberries either, so i purchased the 100% cranberry juice from Ocean Spray. The weird thing is that my juice came out green instead of red.

    • Melinda Williamson says:

      I’m not sure maybe someone here can reply on this but what about using organic plumped craisens? I used dried cranberrys that aren’t preserved with sulfates all the time in my oatmeal and I soak everything overnight in either water or oatmilk. Can this be a viable substitute when they aren’t in season?

  21. Debra S Lasch says:

    I have a mechanical valve in my heart, and I take Coumadin everyday. I am also suppose to watch how much vitamin K, I am getting in my diet. I really believe I should talk to someone that can help me plan my meals so I am getting even amounts of different kinds of foods, I am not sure if this would be good for me. I am suppose to avoid meat, what does this leave me to eat if I have to keep Cholesterol, Sugar, Vitamin K, out of my diet. By saying no sugar you are also saying no starch, which again does not leave much to eat. Nobody can live off of juice alone, you need bulk and fiber to keep everything going, if you know what I mean!

    • evelyn says:

      I would suggest you go Vegan, a plant based diet. I became vegan 12 years ago when I got cancer in my eye. They removed my eye and told me that it is a rare cancer with no treatments. I researched and found that the Vegan diet is the best of all.
      You will not feel deprived after you get used to it, there are many options available. I suggest you do some research.

  22. Bim says:

    What are really the causes of lymphadenoma,lower right leg lymphatic problem

  23. Becky Flesner says:

    I need something that would work for Migraines? I get them alot

  24. Missy says:

    Can you leave out the cucumbers? I am allergic.

  25. Sean Carey says:

    Great article!

    Doing a juice cleanse will also definitely help to cleanse the lymphatic system! If you do some of the other things you mentioned in this article while doing a juice cleanse you’ll have even better results.

    The lymphatic system is not talked about enough, and it is yet another important area inside of our body to keep clean and clear. In today’s world it’s practically impossible to do this without going a bit of an extra mile, as there are many toxins in our environment and in our foods. It’s good that someone is presenting this information to people so that they can make their own choices, and take steps to better their health!

  26. Bill Hoover says:

    I am 70 years old and have had a lymphedema on the inside of my right thigh for about 15 years now. This from an injury while working that included a titanium hip, femur, knee, tibia, and fibula.

    I bought an elastic that is to help people with muscle problems of the thigh area. It keeps everything compact while the muscles heal. I use it to keep my edema tightly packed while I walk around all day. I add to this a six ounce glass of fresh squeezed Grapefruit Juice every morning. In the afternoon I have three ounces of real (not cocktail) Cranberry Juice and three ounces of real whole Cherry Juice. Before bed I have a hot cup of green tea with half a lemon squeezed in it. These daily combinations keep my cholesterol down to reasonable numbers, they keep me “going” so I don’t fill up with fluid in the lymphedema, and the combinations do take a bit of my pain away.

    For me, this combination helps keep me walking and feeling like doing something. I hope it helps someone else.

  27. Jay says:

    Hi I’m 41 and have multiple lipoma. Do you think lymph cleanse will help.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jay, I am not a doctor or certified health practitioner so cannot give specific advice. From what I’ve seen in WebMD website, the cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited, so I’m not sure if lymphatic cleanse will help in this case.

  28. LynnAG says:

    I took Lexapro about 12 years ago. It put about 30 pounds on my in just 2 months and made me a zombie. I stopped taking it, but the weight would not come off. Diet and exercise have little impact on the weight loss. I’ve had some success with extreme diets, but once they end, the weight comes back. I have this hunch that the Lexapro is still in my body – in the lymph system. And that it might be removed from taking Reishi mushrooms and/or certain sea weeds. Any thoughts/ideas on this theory? Wondering also if lymph massage would help – just seems that moves the lymph but does not clean it out. Don’t know if anything really will…? Any thoughts?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not a doctor but the thought that this drug is still in your system after such a long time doesn’t make sense to me. There can be many reasons as per why you struggle to lose weight. It can be a health related condition such as low thyroid function (this is just an example, I’m not saying that this is necessarily what you have), or not being physically active or other reasons. Lymph massage has many benefits (and you can read more about it in my article about dry brushing), but I wouldn’t rely on it to lose weight. Have you talked to your doctor and explained exactly what’s going on with you? It’s hard to give specific advice without knowing your medical history and your current situation.

  29. yvonne says:

    hi,i had a breast scan done today and was told I have multiple lymph nodes under my left armpit,wil d lymph cleanse help out?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Swollen lymph nodes in armpit can be caused by an injury or infection and in rare cases by breast cancer or lymphoma. The doctor should give you more information about the cause of the swollen lymph nodes. The lymph cleanse is good as a general preventative or maintenance measurement, but it is not instead of specific diagnosis in your case.

  30. Evelyn says:

    I’m seeing my first Lymphatic therapist this week.I’ve been dealing with endometrial cancer for a year now, 3 months of radiation and 6 months of chemo, not much luck with either so we did a complete hysterectomy . Now 6 months later it’s back along with lymphatic edema. My Dr arranged an appointment with a therapist. I wasn’t looking forward to it but after reading your article and reading everyone’s comments I’m anxious to see her now. These juice recipes sound great. I’m gonna give it a try, I’m only 72 and I still have a lot to do with my grandkids. Good luck everyone.

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