I recently received a Dr. Jocker’s newsletter that featured a section on the lymphatic system and lymph congestion. The featured article was quite long, but did a tremendous job of describing just what the lymphatic system does, as well as some ways to keep it healthy and flowing. I would encourage everyone to read the full article here, as I feel that this part of our anatomy does not get enough attention.
At the bottom was an anecdote from another colon hydrotherapist that blew my mind! She has had clients who receive colonics after jumping on a trampoline (which is one of the best ways to get your lymph moving) and found that matter from the colonic oftentimes comes out with white in it – her understanding is that this is excess lymph draining! The client had been working through an illness and was able to get back to health shortly after that trampoline and colonic session. How interesting is that?
I have had experience with this white substance in clients before. If you are interested in how to keep your lymphatic system healthy, Dr. Jocker’s had eight suggestions for releasing lymph congestion.
1. Deep breathing
2. Staying hydrated
3. Regular exercise and rebounding (trampoline)
4. Dry brushing and healing baths
5. Herbal remedies
6. Hot/Cold showers
7. Massage therapy
While the temperatures are still cold (quite this week!) and cold/flu season still upon us, it might be a great opportunity to try one or a few of these techniques. See if you notice a difference in physical swelling and edema or any immune improvements after a month. For further descriptions on each, please visit here.
I’m also including a smoothie recipe that could be great for lymph cleansing. It looks tasty and would be a great addition to these techniques.
Lymph Cleansing Smoothie
By Renude Clinic
Yield: 1 large smoothie
1 cup of any combination of organic strawberries/ blueberries/ raspberries
2 cups ripe pineapple or melon
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cups leafy greens (You can increase this to up to 3 cups to get more of your daily value!)
Optional: Steep 1 tbsp. nettle leaves or a nettle leaf teabag in 1 cup of water and add this to the smoothie mix once cooled. Nettle is incredibly useful in helping cleanse our blood of toxins, helping to relieve some of the pressure on the lymphatic system to cleanse the blood all by itself. it is possible to buy nettle tea from a good health food shop.
Put all of the ingredients above in a blender and pulse blend for 30 seconds until well incorporated.