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Best Foods For Lymphatic Drainage

Best Foods For Lymphatic Drainage


DRINK. YOUR. WATER. There are many reasons to drink plenty of water & a healthy and working lymphatic system is one of the most important. The lymphatic system is made up of 95% water which means any dehydration could lead to swollen, & clogged lymph nodes. 

♡ Extra Virgin Olive Oil

EVOO is very easy to incorporate into your meal plan & it has loads of amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Top your salad, toss with your veggies, or massage it right into your lymph nodes to reduce swelling & promote drainage.

♡ Lemons & Limes

Acidic fruits like lemons & limes are natural detoxifiers for the entire body. Adding lemon & lime to your water each day can help purify your lymph nodes & get rid of all that nasty, built-up gunk.

♡ Oranges

Oranges are my secret little hack to super-hydration. It contains lots of structured water, antioxidants, & enzymes which all work together to cleanse, support, & protect your lymphatic system.

♡ Apricots

Give your lymphatic system a little boost by eating apricots! Apricots are a nutrient rich source of potassium, which is known to trigger your lymphatic system & increase circulation throughout all your lymphatic vessels.

♡ Berries

Blueberries. Cranberries. Raspberries. All the berries. Berries are super good for your lymphatic system because they are full of antioxidants that help break down blockages in & around your lump nodes.

♡ Leafy Greens

My quick fix for a slower lymphatic system is to add leafy greens to the regimen. Veggies like kale, broccoli, & spinach are full of chlorophyll, a natural super cleanser, & have properties that stimulate lymphatic drainage & circulation.

♡ Seeds – Pumpkin, Sunflower, Etc.

Slow digestion of food can slow lymphatic drainage & lead to clogged lymph nodes. But the magnesium & healthy fats in pumpkin and sunflower seeds promote digestion which increases the speed that those toxins leave your body. You can eat these seeds plain or add them to your salads, yogurt, cereal, etc.

♡ Garlic

Garlic contains tons of antioxidants that work to reduce swelling, break down gunky bacteria, & circulate the lymph fluids. Plus, garlic is absolutely incredible for your immune system.

♡ Herbs & Spices

Love to spice it up. Eating herbs & spices like cilantro , ginger, parsley, & calendula are so great for cleansing & rebooting your lymphatic system. They are known to cleanse most bodily systems, give your immune system a little boost, & reduce any swelling or pain you might be having.

♡ Brown Rice

Swollen feet, face bloat or puffy eyes? No thank you. If water retention is an issue for you, then you definitely need to incorporate some brown rice into your diet. Brown rice contains a super important vitamin called pyridoxine (vitamin B6) that is used by your body to reduce swelling & kickstart your immune system.

♡ Avocado

Avocados are like the ultimate natural beauty hack. Use them on your hair, face, or a lip mask. Additionally, they provide SO MANY health benefits when you eat them. Like the seeds mentioned above, avocados are another super rich source of healthy fats that promote digestion & detoxification.

♡ Ocean Veggies

Ocean veggies like seaweed and spirulina are amazing for the whole body, inside & out. These veggies are nutrient dense & full of calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein, iron & antioxidants!

♡ Nuts

And last, but not least, NUTS. Nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts & Brazil nuts are a super healthy snack & of course, full of vitamins & nutrients that support proper lymphatic drainage. With omega-3 fatty acids, fiber & magnesium, it seems like nuts were literally made to help us detox & unclog our lymphatic system.

The last thing you want is for your body to store toxins & your lymphatic system to be stagnant. Especially now that you know how easy detoxing can be by focusing on your lymphatic health. 

If you’ve never experienced a lymphatic massage, stay tuned for my next blog covering some tips on how to effectively help yourself at home. Or even better, schedule a session to experience the full effect and benefits from a licensed therapist like me. :)


x, Holly

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