Your lymphatic system is a work of art in regards to total body health but you rarely hear anything from mainstream medicine about it.
In fact, the primary stance of most people in the conventional scientific and medical community is that your lymph system is fine and doesn’t need any help or attention from you.
That is terrible advice.
It is responsible for removing toxins and giving every cell a lovely “rinse” in lymphatic fluid. As it travels through your body, it flushes away bacteria and gets rid of excess liquid that makes you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
Any junk you have inside you, the lymph system works to clean it up and get it out.
Read our article “Why You Need to Try a Lymphatic Cleanse” for more fascinating information about this underappreciated core system!
Your immune system, digestion, and even your central nervous system depend on an efficient lymphatic system. Without it, your body would be quickly overrun with bacteria and toxins. If it shuts down completely, you begin to deteriorate almost instantly and can die within hours. It is essential for so many processes but the top three are…
- Balances fluid levels in your body
- Aids in nutrient absorption
- Boosts your immune system
Though it has such an important role, doctors rarely check the lymph system until they’ve checked everything else…twice. As a result, this root cause of many diseases and conditions may go undetected and untreated for years.
To help it do the job of keeping you healthy, it is important to include regular exercises and even deep breathing meditation. Movement and the act of breathing are what keep it pumping strong.
Your diet is always a vital aspect of total body health and it is no different when it comes to the lymphatic system. Here are a few lymph-cleansing foods you can add to your diet to boost the efficiency of this vital body-wide process. They work to stimulate the lymph and get it moving. The more it moves, the better you’re going to feel.
Add these 5 Lymph-Cleansing Foods to Your Grocery List
1. Manjistha root: The world’s oldest health system – Ayurveda – rightly focused on the lymphatic system as the core of the body’s overall health. Manjistha root cleanses the blood naturally while addressing a host of issues on the skin, the liver, the blood, and wound healing. It feeds your cells while actively picking up toxins throughout the body. Add it in powder form to your green smoothie.
2. Cranberries: This fruit is outstanding at breaking up particles of fat for your lymph system to carry away for flushing. They are naturally anti-inflammatory, promote digestion and urinary health, are great for your heart, and contain compounds that have been proven to fight cancer. Try our delicious raw homemade cranberry sauce recipe here.
3. Beets: These vegetables are the source of kids’ sour faces all over the world but they have incredible health benefits that you need in your life. They are one of the best lymph-cleansing foods you can choose that also offer powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, are high in fiber, and showed incredible results in clinical trials in cancer prevention. Studies found that beets lower the risk of colon, stomach, prostate, breast, and other cancers. They’ve also shown promise in boosting libido and relaxing the mind.
4. Cherries: The enzymes and natural acids found in cherries are excellent for lymph health. Try eating a handful on an empty stomach for best results. Your body will work to break them down and start using the nutrients in less than an hour. Studies have found that cherries lower risk of heart attack or stroke, help you burn stubborn belly fat, lower inflammation, improve quality sleep, and contains cancer-fighting compounds.
5. Seaweed: The benefits of seaweed are extensive but in regards to the lymph system, it helps to remove excess fluids you might not realize are sitting (unmoving) in your tissues. The chemical composition of seaweed is actually incredibly close to the composition of human blood. It is a safe and natural source of the critical nutrient iodine, which promotes a healthy thyroid. They also help to regulate hormones and lower inflammation.
If you think adding these foods to your meal plan is difficult, it isn’t! Here is a wonderful recipe for beets that will change your mind about this healthy lymph-cleansing food.
Marinated Beets via Bon Appetite
- 1-pound baby yellow or red beets (trimmed and scrubbed well)
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 medium shallot or sweet onion (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon (coarsely chopped)
- ¼ cup raw pistachios (chopped)
- Kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 425°
- Combine beets, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and ¼ cup water in a baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Cover with foil and steam until beets are tender, 40–50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
- Note: Beets can be marinated 2 days ahead. Cover and chill until ready to use.
- Rub off skins with paper towels; cut beets into cubes or wedges.
- Toss beets with shallot, thyme, remaining ¼ cup vinegar, and ¼ cup olive oil in a large bowl. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Allow to sit for 2 hours.
- Toss with pistachios and tarragon just before serving.
Eating right and improving the efficiency of your lymphatic system doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. Search for recipes and make them your own. Lymph-cleansing foods are beneficial for your whole body!
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