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A Seasonal 3-Day Lymphatic Cleanse To Keep You Healthy All Year Long

A Seasonal 3-Day Lymphatic Cleanse To Keep You Healthy All Year Long
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The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins and waste via the lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump and it is therefore crucial to manually aid circulation of the lymph.

It is also important to understand how your lymphatic system supports every other system in the body – including the immune, digestive, detoxification and nervous systems. For example, lymphatic tissue is a large component of gut and immune health. GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue) lines the entire digestive tract and is the main path of entry for offensive substances (bacteria, allergens, heavy metals, molds, fungi, chemicals, trans fats).

3 Day Lymphatic Cleanse

As stated earlier, there are certain practices you can do to aid lymph drainage and promote detoxification. These practices aren’t new – Native Americans have traditionally used sweat lodges and the Indian Ayurveda practice goes back even further.  

Below is a ‘cleanse’ that can be used to support the lymphatic system that I used with my clients. Of course, I suggest speaking with your doctor before implementing any new health regimen.

Note: You may continue the Lymph Cleanse for an extra 3 days for additional benefit.

Where to start:

  • It is important to eliminate all potential food allergens, including: dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, soy, preservatives and food additives.
  • Avoid all refined and processed food and drink. That means no bread, pasta, crackers, cereal, cookies or anything that comes in a box and/or contains added sugar.
  • Eliminate trans fatty acids found in margarine, commercially baked goods and fast food, like french fries, onion rings and donuts.
  • Limit coffee to breakfast, not on an empty stomach because this will cause stress to your body (especially to the adrenal glands) during the cleanse. Avoid other stimulants as well, such as alcohol, soda and tobacco.
  • Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure, filtered water daily (room temp or warm).
  • Exercise, breathe and absorb the sun daily.
  • For added benefit, get an herbal tincture for Lymph cleansing. One of my favorites is by Herbs-Etc’s. Suggested usage is 30 drops (about a dropper full), 3 times a day. You can put it in filtered water, fresh juice or tea.

Day 1
Gather plenty of fresh – organic if possible – green vegetables:

green onions
zucchini
celery
parsley
mustard greens
turnip greens
cabbage
green peppers
spinach
lettuce
broccoli
carrots
red and/or gold beets

*Although carrots and beets are not green vegetables, the vitamins and minerals found in them aid in detoxification. Beets contain antioxidants such as, beta-carotene, other carotenoids and healing flavonoids. Antioxidants help to limit the damage caused by free radicals, thus they have a healing and cleansing effect on the liver; beets also have folic acid which is necessary for the first phase of detoxification.

Directions:

  1. Wash all vegetables thoroughly, cleaning away any wilted or dead parts. Do not cut or scrape the vegetables. Use all parts, including roots and stems.
  2. In a large canning or stock pot, put a couple gallons of filtered water. This can also be distilled water or spring water.  Add all the vegetables to the pot and cook on low heat for 2 hours. Be sure to keep a lid on the pot during cooking so that vitamins and minerals can recycle with condensation. Remove pot from heat and allow liquid to cool. Drain the liquid from the vegetables and store in the vegetables in the fridge to use later.
  3. Drink three 8 oz. glasses of the vegetable broth twice a day – once before lunch and a second time before dinner.

Day 2  
Drink three 8 oz. glasses of the broth before breakfast, lunch and dinner. If the broth is getting low, you can add more bottled or distilled water at this time.

Day 3
Repeat the three 8 oz. glasses of broth before each meal, but eat the vegetables from the broth for your meals as well.

After the third day, take a day or two to slowly ease back into your healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

Eat plenty of:

  • Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and watercress (steam them lightly).
  • Use healthy oils, such as olive oil (raw or low-medium heat only) and unrefined virgin coconut oil (low-high heat okay).
  • Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure, filtered water daily (room temp or warm).
  • Exercise, breathe, laugh and absorb the sun daily.

Repeat this every Fall and Spring as desired.

Daily Maintenance

  1. Start each day with warm water, adding ½ a lime or lemon to the water.
  2. Clean up your diet, focusing on whole foods with plenty of veggies, quality protein, healthy fat and some fruit.
  3. Partake in a regular nutritional detox and eat high-fibre foods that encourage regular bowel movements 
  4. Investigate any food sensitivities or allergies and remove them for good.
  5. Consider regular visits to a lymph drainage massage therapist.
  6. Don’t be afraid to sweat! Exercise and infrared saunas are great options!
  7. And finally, examine your emotional issues and deal with them head on.

About the Author

Greg Ashby (1)

Greg Ashby, CHHC AADP lives in Ogden, Utah and is an Integrative Health Coach and Functional Nutritional consultant, who’s been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 20 years.

Because of his personal experience with Adrenal and Thyroid disorders, as well as Cancer, he’s committed to the areas of Autoimmunity and Cancer when it comes to research and his work. He is also very knowledgeable and enjoys studying on the Psychology of Eating and Behavior disorders.

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Article originally posted on FitLife.tv republished with permission.

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