Do you know your lymph? Here's a quickie for ya.

People keep asking what can be done to help C*ovid long haulers feel better.

First and foremost, many of the long-haul symptoms indicate a congested and/or sluggish lymphatic system.

And, most people don’t even know what the heck the lymph is or what it does.

So here’s a quickie review.

The lymphatic system is responsible for clearing debris and waste from your cells and supports your immune system by transporting infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body.[1]

If your lymphatic system gets congested, waste products and fluids build up in the tissues contributing to a whole lotta trouble!

And, that trouble looks like this:

  • Poor immunity
  • Swollen glands
  • Stiffness/pain in your joints
  • Dry itchy skin
  • Water retention
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive bloating
  • Lethargy, exhaustion, overall sluggishness
  • Nasal congestion, sinusitis
  • Brain fog
  • Cellulite
  • Hypothyroidism

To heal from long-hauler symptoms, ensure your lymphatic system is clearing debris and moving waste out of your body in a more timely manner. Here’s how:

Drink water!

This is probably the #1 thing you can do to support your lymphatic system.

Drink water.

Not coffee.

Not soda.

Not sweetened drinks.

WATER!

Lymph fluid is about 90% water, and when you become dehydrated the lymph gets congested and thick, and immune cells lack mobility.

Hydrate your body with water that contains electrolytes and/or mineral salts to support your lymphatic system, and as an added bonus, you get to have a good BM.

That’s BM for Bowel Movement… not Big Mochachino.

Daily exercise

You don’t have to go to the gym every day, but you do have to move your body daily.

Walk briskly for 30 minutes, take an online class, run, jump on a trampoline, stretch in the morning, or do one of my favorite lymphatic moving exercises; good old-fashioned jumping jacks.

Do 50-100 per day.

Or… at least start with 10 and build up from there.

If you can get to 50 you’re doing GREAT!

Trust me… your lymph will love you for it.

And, if you are too tired and can’t even contemplate doing one jumping jack, start with an easy Daily Stretching Routine. Stretching can do wonders for your health.

Use Alteratives

There are many plants/herbs that have long been known in the herbal medicine world as alteratives or “blood purifiers” to promote better elimination of waste.

These plants have an affinity for the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, nervous system, and integumentary systems.[2]

Basically, plants like burdock root (pictured above) support and restore proper elimination and better functioning to the whole body. You can get some of these alterative and lymph supportive herbs in this gentle and delicious detox tea below.

Herbal Lymph Detox Infusion.

Now you know what your lymph is and what it does, and how you can best support it and heal from long-haul symptoms. So, send your lymph some love and get moving.

Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite ways to support your lymphatic system.

 

[1] https://www.livescience.com/26983-lymphatic-system.html

[2] https://thenaturopathicherbalist.com/herbal-actions/a/alterative/