There are several steps we can take at home to build up our immunity to disease and prevent the lymphatic system from clogging up and failing to function properly. After receiving a Lymph Drainage Massage or Full Body Lymphatic Massage at Fluid Factor, try introducing these foods into your diet (and taking certain ones out!) to maintain healthy lymphatic functioning.
First off, processed foods force your lymphatic system to work harder, not smarter. Because of the chemicals used to keep these foods “fresh” for longer periods of time, your lymph nodes have a hard time filtering out all the contaminants, causing bacteria to get into the blood stream and cause sickness. Examples of common processed foods to avoid: lunchmeat, hot dogs, white bread, candy, packaged dinners, fast food, cereal.
Now onto the foods that help your body function optimally. Natural, organic foods cleanse your body without causing extra work for your lymph nodes and other important organs. Dark green vegetables like spinach, kale, sea kelp, and broccoli contain chlorophyll, which helps purify your blood and in turn cleanse your lymphatic system. Flax seeds, wheatgrass, radishes, garlic, beans, nuts, and yogurt are other natural foods that boost your immunity.
Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, have astringent properties which help remove blockages in the lymph nodes. They also contain Vitamin C, which is an amazing antioxidant vitamin for purifying (along with Vitamin E and beta-carotene). These antioxidant vitamins are usually found in fruits or vegetables with vibrant hues, which also makes eating healthy more fun!
Melons promote an alkaline environment for lymph to flow and berries are very rich in antioxidants. Herbs like dandelion root, parsley, burdock root, nettles, and myrrh also cleanse the lymphatic system. Healthy fatty acids contained in avocados, nuts, and seeds also nourish our lymph system for optimal functionality.
Other foods that boost immunity include:
- Red grapes
- Alfalfa sprouts
A healthy diet, combined with regular exercise, pumps lymph through your body, prevents blockages in your lymph nodes and leads to a healthier and happier immune system.
Contact Fluid Factor to learn more or to schedule a lymphatic cleanse today!
– Anita Bakke, LMT, CDT