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Lymphatic health is a key to strong immunity

How to keep a healthy lymphatic system

Your lymph system can render pathogens harmless

The lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels and nodes, the thymus gland, tonsils and spleen, acts as your body’s secondary circulatory system. It’s a network of tubing, millions of tiny vessels, ducts and valves that flush and filter waste products from cells and tissues, and carry them to the elimination organs. The lymph nodes are also the factory for crucial white blood cells (lymphocytes) that produce the powerful antibodies which form the overall defense of your body against infections. A major player in your health, the lymph system is a key to your body’s immune defenses because it can render harmful bacteria harmless.

As lymph flows around your body, large, eater cells called macrophages in the lymph nodes engulf foreign particles like harmful bacteria and cellular debris. Swollen lymph nodes (often really infected lymph nodes) are caused by an overload of pathogens the lymphatic system cannot keep under control.

Is your lymphatic system congested?

Signs and symptoms that your lymph system is congested.

• Your body looks uncharacteristically soft and pudgy or has newly noticeable cellulite. Inadequate lymph flow is a key factor in cellulite development. • You get frequent colds and flu. A congested lymph system means reduced defense against pathogens that cause infections. • You feel extremely sluggish, with low energy or poor memory. You are under chronic stress. Your skin is extremely pale or you are extremely thin. • You use aluminum cookware or alum-containing deodorants, or eat alum-containing foods (some condiments). Chronic exposure to aluminum puts a strain on lymphatic health.

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Lymph healing protocols for immune health

Boost nutrients: Protein and B12 deficiency especially effect lymphatic efficiency. Take a lymph builder drink: 1 handful parsley, 1 garlic clove, 5 carrots, and 3 celery stalks. Add 2 tsp. green superfood like • barley grass. Eat lymph boosting vegetables: cabbage, kale, carrot, bell pepper, collards; or lymph-enhancing fruits: apple, pineapple, blueberries and grapes. Include potassium-rich foods regularly—sea veggies, broccoli, bananas and seafood. Spicy foods like natural salsas, cayenne pepper, horseradish and ginger boost a sluggish lymph system. Take a glass of lemon and water regularly in the morning and white tea in the afternoon for lymph revitalization. Avoid coffee, sugar, dairy products and alcoholic drinks. They contribute to lymphatic stagnation.

Optimize liver health: Herbal bitters like turmeric, cardamom and lemon peel support both liver and lymphatic system. Try • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or Crystal Star’s Bitters & Lemon extract, or a • white sage, astragalus, echinacea root, Oregon grape root, dandelion root tea.

Cleanse your lymphatic system for defense: • Echinacea is one of the best herbal lymph cleansers I know. • Red root and Astragalus, powerful lymph cleansers, are synergistic with echinacea. Crystal Star Immune Support with two species of echinacea are another good choice.

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