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Top 10 Ways to Pump the Lymphatic System!

When it comes to healing your lymphatic system, we as humans need all the help we can get! This is because the lymphatic system does not have a pump of its own, like the circulatory system does. The lymphatic system requires us to act daily in order to continue taking care of it. In this article I have compiled the top ways to pump your body’s lymph system to keep it moving and flowing as it should! It is when the lymphatic system is stagnant, blocked, and slow moving, that diseases like cancer, tumors, autoimmune diseases, pain syndromes, fatigue, hormonal issues, skin issues, and more develop in the body! Taking care of the lymphatic system daily is one of the most important and golden foundations of health that everyone must be aware of and put into practice! If you take care of your lymphatic system, your body will reward you with amazing health and healing!

Healing the lymphatic system is truly the key to achieving the best health in the human body. Many people in today’s world are not aware that the main cause of disease is often a blockage, or several blockages, within the body’s main channels of elimination.

There are 4 main channels of elimination that are connected to the body’s lymphatic system and that must consistently stay open in order to keep the cells, tissues, organs, glands, and systems of the body healthy. The main channel that gets my number one focus when I am guiding my clients on their healing journeys are the kidneys. One of the main objectives of a detox protocol is to encourage all the channels of elimination to open - especially the kidneys as they take on the most responsibility to remove lymphatic congestion, toxicity, and cellular wastes. If you have not read my kidney filtration article on my website, I highly recommend it. That article covers what kidney filtration looks like, and how to achieve kidney filtration. It is a must read for everyone that is on a true healing path to rid the body of all disease!

Once your kidneys have begun to filter, you can combine multiple of the lymphatic pumping techniques I have listed in this article. These lymph pumping techniques are the top ways to move and pump your lymphatic system, without creating any extra burden of cellular wastes in your body!

A word of caution: Remember, during your detox you want to focus on relaxation as much as possible! Yes, it is well known that exercise pumps your lymphatic system, but also remember that exercise creates lactic acid in the muscles. If you are already feeling highly inflamed, acidic, fatigued, or you are in pain in your body, vigorous exercise is not something you want to do as it puts a burden on the body in many ways more than one. Light stretching, walking, and restorative, or yin yoga, is acceptable during detox, but lifting weights or doing aggressive exercise is a different story and should be saved for later in your detox journey, when you have healed more of your symptoms and health issues. If your kidneys are filtering, then you can do some exercise if you have adequate energy - although you should always be aware of how much exercise because at the end of the day, you want to always think in terms of conserving your energy and allowing your body to use this extra energy on healing and cleansing.

Once you are achieving kidney filtration, let that be your green light to pump your lymph system - because now all lymphatic congestion and cellular wastes have the main doors – the kidneys - wide open to exit out of your body!

Here are The Top 10 Ways To Pump Your Lymphatic System!

1. Dry Brushing

Pumping your circulatory system through dry brushing automatically pumps your lymphatic system too! The circulation and lymph system are interconnected. Dry brushing is not only amazing for your skin, making it easier for you to sweat to release locked congestion in the subcutaneous layers of the skin, it also encourages lymphatic drainage throughout the entire body. Use a natural bristle dry brush and start by dry brushing under the soles of your feet and towards your kidneys. Then brush your palms and brush towards your kidneys. You want to dry brush towards your kidneys because they are the main channels of elimination for the lymphatic system. Dry brushing is best done in the morning right before you shower.

2. Consuming Fruits

Fruits are the only foods that offer the astringency and hydration necessary to effortlessly keep the lymphatic system moving and eliminating cellular wastes and obstructions (the true cause of disease)! This astringency tugs on the lymph system (which is a slow moving, lipid-based system). This is why I put an emphasis on consuming fruits and raw foods (high in astringency and hydrating factors), as it is crucial to healing the body and all lymphatic based health issues. This is imperative in healing cancer, tumors, autoimmune diseases, pain conditions, swelling and more!

3. Exercise

Easy does it! Restorative yoga, stretching, walking, and cardio can all be great for pumping your lymph system, but caution must be taken! If you are experiencing pain, degeneration or breaking down of your body due to acids, then it is better to leave intense exercising for when you are closer to being completely healed after some time of detoxing yourself. This is because while exercise can pump and move your lymph system, it does also create lactic ACID as a by-product in your muscles, which just adds to the acidic burden that your kidneys and lymph system must then deal with. This is a painful and stiffening experience if you have not done the work yet at taking some time to eliminate some of the acids you have within your body first before creating acids from intense exercise. This is why I recommend gentle exercise that YOU can currently handle in your state of health. This is unique from person to person which is why I highly recommend seeking individualized guidance on your detox and healing journey.

4. Herbs

Lymphatic herbs are one of the best ways to pump your lymph system! They are fantastic lymph system movers but be aware that they do not ensure the elimination of these acids through your kidneys! Kidney herbs must also always be taken while taking lymphatic herbs. If your kidneys are currently not filtering, taking lymphatic herbs can exacerbate your health issues! Lymphatic sewage (acids) - will force themselves out through the skin (the body’s third kidney), making the skin burn and flare up, even for those that do not seem to have skin issues. It is astounding how the skin can hide acidosis so well for so many years! This is a widespread problem that many new to detoxification come across when they are unaware of the kidney and lymphatic system connection. Achieving kidney filtration and gradually introducing lymphatic herbs is the key to true success at pumping your lymph system correctly using the herbs and with avoiding unnecessary detox symptoms on your healing journey.

5. Hot and Cold

Plunging into alternating hot and cold waters or taking alternating hot and cold showers constricts and contracts the blood and lymph system! In a shower, spend a few minutes in water as hot as you can handle and then a few minutes in water as cold as you can handle. Do this for a few rounds. This is a fantastic and effortless way to pump the lymph system. I recommend this practice especially to those with body pains and fatigue. Hot and cold relieves pain, aiding in detoxification and rejuvenates the body from head to toe!

6. Massage

Massaging the body can aid in areas that are especially stagnant or hardened with lymph congestion. Think of lymphatic drainage massages as an excellent detox tool you can use to aid in your detoxification, but not as a replacement for a detox diet plan and herbal protocol. Light massages are appropriate for most people on their detox journeys, however, if you are highly acidic, or feel especially depleted in your body, DEEP tissue massages are NOT recommended, as it is unwise to move the lymph system so aggressively through massage in these situations. Detox tools like massages can be helpful during your detox journey but there are situations when they are not recommended, and it entirely depends on where you are on your healing journey and your current health issues. This is why detox guidance from a knowledgeable and experienced detox specialist is so necessary in order to ensure that you are on the correct path towards healing yourself!

7. Dry Saunas

Dry saunas take the burden off the kidneys of doing all the lymphatic elimination and redirects a lot of this acidic sewage to be removed through sweating! I do not recommend infrared saunas as they are a form of radiation and heat the body from the inside out, just as a microwave cooks from the “inside out”. Dry saunas are safer and heat the body from the outside in. I have recommended dry saunas to many of my clients and for many - it has been the key to finally achieving kidney filtration! With kidney filtration comes more pumping and moving of a stagnant lymph system as lymphatic sewage is drained through this channel of elimination! Saunas are not for everyone though and must be used intelligently. For instance, many people that suffer from nervous system weaknesses cannot handle saunas. Too much heat can deplete an enervated individual, so it is important to work with a detox specialist when following detox recommendations to see if they can be implemented into your detox protocol effectively.

8. Essential oils

Intelligent and proper use of essential oils can pump the lymph system and help aid in the dissolving of hardened and swollen areas of the body! In conjunction with following a full detox protocol created for you, essential oils are highly beneficial at keeping the lymph system healthy. Essential oils can be used for swollen lymph nodes, tumors, cysts, fibroids, lipomas, and masses of all kinds in the body. Essential oils of lemon, orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, and frankincense - diluted with a carrier oil (such as grapeseed oil) and massaged onto the body can assist in the pumping of the lymphatic system!

9. Abdominal Breathing

Practicing deep breathing (abdominal breathing) in an area full of negative ions (like somewhere in nature, or near a running body of water), relaxes the body and mind and turns on the elimination (parasymphatic) switch in the nervous system, provides oxygenation to the cells to carry out their elimination processes, decongests the lungs, and physically pumps the lymph system through stimulating deep lymphatic structures. Deep abdominal breathing is especially beneficial to those suffering with lymphedema and swelling. Deep abdominal breathing activates the thoracic duct, which is the largest lymphatic vessel of the body! The thoracic duct (the left lymphatic duct) drains 75% of the body and the right lymphatic duct drains the other 25% of the body. Movement with the breath stimulates this fluid movement. To do deep abdominal breathing to activate the thoracic duct, lay down on your back, place your hands on your belly and breathe in through your nose allowing your belly to expand into your hands. Then hold your breath for 2-3 seconds and then exhale through your mouth, slowly letting your breath out. As you exhale, gently press on your abdomen for extra pressure on your lymph system. Repeat this breathing exercise at least five times. Be sure to focus on breathing from your abdomen rather than your upper chest. As babies, we all naturally did this type of breathing, but somewhere along the way, we forgot to practice proper breathing. This is yet another cause you can add to the list of disease creators - along with an acidic diet, unhealed emotions, the toxicity of medications, the genetic weaknesses inherited, and so forth. Deep abdominal breathing is a powerful tool to pump the lymph system!

10. Rebounding

This is one of the more aggressive ways of moving your lymphatic system, so I never recommend rebounding to those that have joint issues in their knees or are too acidic or fatigued to handle this sort of movement. However, if your kidneys are filtering and you are not currently suffering with pain or fatigue issues, rebounding can be included as part of your detox program!

If you are currently struggling with lymphatic related health issues or suspect that you have a very burdened lymphatic system, then it is time to detox! As a detox specialist, I see what your healing protocol should look like through the signs your body exhibits with your symptoms, your health history, your genetic family history, and the signs your eyes reveal through iridology. Analyzing your case is imperative in building the correct detox protocol to heal all the areas that need the most support on your healing journey. If you would like to work with me one-on-one in the healing of your health issues, go to: to book an appointment!

I hope this article has helped you understand how to pump your lymphatic system and eliminate the main root cause of disease in today’s world - acidosis! I also hope that with this information, you have seen just how important it is for you to detox your body to truly heal and to prevent any future dis-eases. It is especially important to detox if you are currently seeing any health issues - especially related to your lymphatic system. Through detoxification with powerful fruits, raw foods, specific detox tools, and an herbal protocol specific to your body’s weaknesses, you can heal and reverse any disease!

Until Next Time,

Happy Healing!

-Ailin Duran D.S.


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