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11 Ways to Boost Your Lymphatic System for Great Health

6.  Eat plenty of green vegetables to get adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph.

7.  Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds to power up your lymph with adequate fatty acids. Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

8.  Add a few lymph-boosting herbal teas to your day, such as astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, pokeroot or wild indigo root tea. Consult an herbalist or natural medicine specialist before combining two or more herbs or if you’re taking any medications or suffer from any serious health conditions. Avoid using herbs while pregnant or lactating and avoid long-term use of any herb without first consulting a qualified professional.

9.  Dry skin brush before showering. Use a natural bristle brush. Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same direction as your lymph flows—toward the heart.

10.  Alternate hot and cold showers for several minutes. The heat dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract. Avoid this type of therapy if you have a heart or blood pressure condition or if you are pregnant.

11.  Get a gentle massage. Studies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Whatever type of massage you choose, make sure it is gentle. Too much pressure may feel good on the muscles, but it doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.

There are countless benefits of getting your lymphatic system moving more efficiently, including more energy, less pain, and improved detoxification.  Adapted from Weekend Wonder Detox by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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The stuff in the blogs blows out my

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2:58AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

thank you

3:57PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank you for the information. I try to be fit and healthy but I have a tendency to get IBS and so can't eat raw fruit on an empty stomach. It would cause hours/ days of pain. The exercise tips are useful.

6:52AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Thank you !

9:31PM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thank you.

2:50AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing

11:52AM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Thank you. Very useful info.

12:35PM PST on Jan 12, 2014


10:37AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

This is the first time I have heard of some of these methods to Detox your Body.A couple of them I will try.What concerns me is the part where it says consult a Herbalist or National Special about are if you decide to take 2 are more Herbs together.Think I will leave that one Alone.Where I used to work we were selling a bottle of liquid combination to detox your body for a sales rep.....I don't remember what it was called .I do know it was expensive.

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