Signs Your Lymphatic System Is Clogged (and what to do about it)

The lymphatic system helps to ensure that toxins get flushed out of our system. It includes the spleen, thymus gland, and lymph nodes. Unfortunately, many of us suffer from overloaded and bogged down lymphatic systems. This is a result of pollution, poor diet, and more.

Signs of a Clogged Lymphatic System

Some of the most common signs of a backlogged lymphatic system include:

  • Joint pain/arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Unexplained pain or injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Food sensitivities
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Sinus infections
  • Digestive issues
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Constipation

Lymphatic Flush

A lymphatic cleanse is an effective way to get your body back to a healthy state. See our Lymph Cleanse Recipe.

Watch Your Diet

There are some foods that will contribute to a healthy lymphatic system. Some of these foods include:

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Fruits (those low in sugar)
  • Garlic
  • Seaweed
  • Chia
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Avocados
  • Cranberries
  • Brazil nuts
  • Walnuts

The vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in these foods helps support a clean and healthy lymphatic system, so try to incorporate them into your diet as much as possible.

Just as there are some foods that support a healthy body and lymphatic system, there are others that do it harm. To avoid bogging down your lymphatic system and to assist in cleansing efforts, stay away from:

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Conventional dairy
  • Non-organic meat sources
  • Refined grains
  • Processed foods
  • Preservatives and additives
  • Table salt

Utilize Herbs

There are also some excellent herbs that can be utilized to support the efforts of your lymphatic system. Some of these herbs include echinacea, astragalus, goldenseal, red clover, parsley, and cilantro. If you can find them, poke root and wild indigo root will also help the lymphatic system cleanse itself.


Exercise is good for our bodies in so many ways, including its ability to help the body flush out toxins. Getting your blood moving and heart pumping can help increase circulation throughout the body, and therefore help move toxins and waste out of the body. Whatever exercise you prefer, make sure it is regular and often. Exercises that require jumping or bouncing are especially great for energizing the lymphatic system.


This isn’t just any massage, but one specifically tailored towards rejuvenating the lymphatic system. A professional massage can help to increase circulation and drain excess fat, fluids, and toxins.


Used in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is effective in treating a variety of ailments, including a clogged lymphatic system. Acupuncture helps to open up pathways throughout your body, therefore releasing the dam of toxins and waste clogging up your system.

Hot and Cold Showers

Sitting under warm/hot water opens up your blood vessels, allowing the lymphatic system to drain itself. Following this up with cold water seals off these tunnels. This combination creates a pumping action within the lymphatic system, allowing it to actually push out stubborn debris.

Dry Brushing

Because it improves your circulation, dry brushing your skin is also great for a clogged lymphatic system. Use a natural bristle brush to brush the skin in a circular motion before showering. Start from the outermost extremities and work your way towards your stomach. This increased circulation allows the lymphatic system to open up and stimulates the flushing out of waste.

Stay Hydrated

Nothing may be more important to a clean lymphatic system than staying hydrated. However, to avoid inundating your system with more toxins and waste, make sure that the water you’re drinking is pure, clean, and filtered; this will mean investing in a source that is fluoride—and chlorine-free.

Wear Loose Clothing

It may seem like odd advice, but loose clothing will allow your lymph system to do what it needs to do. Clothing that is too tight can decrease circulation, creating blockages and buildup. Some particular articles of clothing to be careful of include bras, underwear, and socks.


Breathe in and out deeply to help stimulate your lymphatic system quickly and easily. Be mindful of your breathing, especially when stressed or tense, or working out. Take time every day for some focused breathing exercises to really boost your lymphatic system.

Because of the stress we usually put on our bodies and what we put into them, it is no surprise that many of us feel sluggish due to a clogged lymphatic system. Fortunately, you now know some simple ways to reverse this condition and prevent it from occurring again.


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2 Response Comments

  • Alex | BigBlueWaves Wellness  October 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Enjoyed reading! This post covers all the essentials for a healthy and vibrant lymphatic system.

    This is often ignored, although it enables functioning of the entire immune system.

    I often use a great combo: dry brushing followed by a hot-cold shower. Although people find it inconvenient, I encourage everyone just to try it once and experience the amazing feeling that comes afterward.

    Thanks again, Sasha and keep it up!

  • Tanmay Jsb  April 15, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Good read! People should undersand that our body gives us what we choose to feed it.


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