Problems with the lymphatic system cause problems all through the body. They cause flare-ups of pain disorders like fibromyalgia and arthritis, skin conditions, chronic fatigue and headaches, sinus infections, and digestive disorders. Poor drainage also causes excess weight gain and cellulite, cold hands and feet, unexplained injuries, enlarged lymph nodes, and even cancer. With so many possible health problems, it’s evident that keeping your lymph system working is important to your overall health.
The lymphatic system works like a drain for your body, pulling toxins, fats, and fluids from the cells and tissues and emptying them into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the body eliminates these by filtering them through the organs and kidneys. When the body doesn’t filter these toxins, they clog the lymph system, impair the immune system, and ultimately make you sick. Below, we’ll take a look at how you can detox your lymphatic system with these 20 tricks.
1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water is critical to the lymph system’s health. It relies on your body being well-hydrated to pass toxins through the cell wall and into the bloodstream. Once toxins have been filtered through organs like the liver, spleen, and kidneys, water also carries these toxins out of the body as waste. By staying hydrated, you ensure your body has enough energy to carry out this and many other tasks. After all, the body is made up of 50-70% water and fluid composes about 97% of the lymphatic system.
One of the most important times to drink water is as soon as you wake up in the morning. While you sleep, your body is hard at work healing itself and eliminating toxins. Drinking water helps the lymph system eliminate the waste from the night before. On average, men should drink 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) and women should drink 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of water. You may need to adjust this based on factors like your activity level and where you live, too. Drinking lemon water first in the morning also has benefits.