Lymph Cleansing Foods

The lymphatic system is affected by the foods you eat. There are foods that aid the flow of lymph in your body and there are foods that will impede and even block the proper function of the lymphatic system.

If you have been eating a diet heavy in protein and fats, you are a star candidate for a lymphatic cleanse. To prepare your body for a lymph cleanse, the first thing to do is restrict or eliminate processed foods of every kind.

Processed foods contain artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and refined ingredients, such as sugar and white flour. For a rule of thumb, keep this in mind: the more ready-made the food is (eaten out of the box, just add water, heat and serve, fast food, and the like), the higher the likelihood that that food will slow the natural movement of lymph through the lymphatic system. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and seaweeds are "lymph friendly" foods.

Lymph Cleansing Foods

  • dark green vegetables
  • onions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • seaweeds (kelp and kombu especially enhance lymph cleansing)
  • wheatgrass juice and other vegetable juices
  • citrus and other tart fruits (cranberry juice is excellent)
  • bitter foods like radish, mustard greens and kale
  • flax seed and other Omega 3 fatty acids

If you want to be kind to your lymph, do not choose complex foods that challenge your digestion. What does this mean? If it's bleached or processed it's going to be hard on your lymphatic system. In the choice between white bread and whole grain, choose whole grain. If you have a choice between white sugar, candy bars or a piece of dried fruit, choose the dried fruit. All the "white" foods elicit wild, unstable glucose levels in the blood. This is a completely unnecessary stressor on your lymph system.


Lymph Cleansing Herbs

  • burdock root
  • cleavers
  • dandelion root
  • echiacea
  • goldenseal
  • myrrh
  • nettles
  • oregon grape
  • parsley
  • red root
  • yellow dock


Lymph Supporting Vitamins and Supplements

  • Vitamin A
  • Viatmin B complex (especially B5 and B6)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
  • L-Arginine (amino acid)

See also:

What is the Lymphatic System?
How to Cleanse the Lymph System
The Liver-Lymph Cleanse