You have probably heard the term ‘lymph nodes’ before. But do you know what they are, or what they do? Simply put, they are an important part of the lymphatic system, which allows nourishing vitamins, minerals and oxygen to travel to cells, and helps to break down and remove waste and toxins.
When you have an illness, such as a virus or infection, the removal of dangerous toxins is especially crucial, and it promotes healthy cell activity. Because of this, making sure the lymphatic system, and especially the lymph nodes, are in peak working condition is critical in ensuring you both fight off illnesses, and prevent them from ever occurring.
A number of factors can show a problem with the lymph nodes. Being overweight heightens your chances of having a slow or inefficient lymphatic system. So does the existence of cellulite, especially in women, as it shows that waste isn’t being properly neutralized. You may feel pain in the area where the cellulite has settled, thanks to inflammation under the skin around the fatty deposits.
Worst of all, you may find that you are prone to infections and illness. This is due to a lack of purity in the blood; lymph nodes cleanse the blood of toxins, bacteria and other undesirables, so your immunity can be badly impacted. So can areas like the spleen, thymus and tonsils. All three are part of the lymphatic system.
Why Should We Cleanse The Lymph Nodes?
Due to their function, toxins can naturally build up within the lymph nodes. Periods of illness, inactivity, a bad diet, and a number of other factors can make this problem more severe. Without their ability to filter properly, you will start to see many consequences that won’t stop until you cleanse the lymph nodes. Think of it as flushing them out, so they are clear and able to work at full capacity.
Holistic Practices For Lymph Node Cleansing
The good news is that you don’t need a complicated, painful or expensive medical procedure to do this. Most people can see a real positive boost in lymph node function by using holistic methods and lifestyle changes, and reap the benefits..
- Eat a proper diet. Start cutting out foods high in preservatives, coloring, artificial flavors and other chemical. Begin eating less animal based products, and instead rely on whole foods like fresh, organic produce and whole grains, and bean based products to make up the bulk of your diet. Try not to eat too many fats, as they are difficult on the body to digest.
- Exercise regularly. Movement and activity are important parts of keeping the whole body healthy. But it also helps oxygen to pass more easily through the lymphatic system, and work properly. Get in 30 – 60 minutes of activity per day, try to walk more, and don’t sit for long periods of time without moving.
- Try deep breathing. Like exercise, deep breathing is a great way to improve lymph node function. Start implementing even small blocks of deep breathing and relaxation into your daily life. Meditation works, but so does just focusing on your breath. Many people choose yoga to be both a physical and deep breathing exercise, all in one.
- Start taking cleansing herbs. These include Red root and Red clover tops, lemon and lemon peel, hinger, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Pokeroot, and Astragalus.
- Try a juicing fast. One of the best ways to get toxins fully cleansed from the body, including the lymph nodes, is through extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables, and avoiding all solid foods during this time. Try a single day fast, and work up to three or five day fasts every few months.