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10-Day Lymphatic Detox

Do you feel tired, sore, stiff, swollen, or in pain lately? It could be a manifestation of a health problem. When it is accompanied by chronic fatigue, cold, and feet, brain fog, depression, and frequent illness, chances are your lymphatic system is getting compromised.

What the Lymphatic System Does For You

Your lymphatic system forms part of your immune system and is complementary to the circulatory system. It is a network of thin lymph vessels, lymph nodes, organs, and tissues.

Lymph came from the Latin word “lympha,” which translates to fresh water. From that, you can deduce that the main function of the lymphatic system has something to do with fluids like blood and water.

Here’s what it does:

  • Its main function is fluid regulation where the system collects interstitial fluid (the fluid between the cell and blood vessels) and returns it to the bloodstream.
  • Monitors pathogens and activates the immune response to fight off infection
  • Transports dietary fats from the intestine to the bloodstream
  • Transports white blood cells from the lymph nodes to the bones

Unfortunately, the lymph system also serves as a vessel for cancer cells that break away from a tumor. These cancer cells may end up in the lymph nodes and cause the dysfunction of the lymph system.

10-Day Lymphatic Detox

Disorders in the lymphatic system can weaken immunity and cause a wide range of diseases. Lymphoma, lymphadenitis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, PCOS, endometriosis, skin diseases, hypertension, and osteoarthritis are just a few diseases that can arise from lymph disorder.

Maintaining a well-functioning lymphatic system is essential for overall health. Even if you are not feeling anything, lymph detox is a vital step for increasing energy, balancing the mind and body, and improving immunity.

Here is a 10-Day Lymphatic Detox, a simple commitment to a healthy activity to promote body balance and wellness. These activities may benefit the lymphatic system and all the vital organs in the body.

Remember that it is only applicable to adults who wish to promote lymphatic cleansing. If you are diagnosed with any lymph disorder, seek your doctor’s advice before doing any cleansing activity or taking any herbal supplement.

Day 1 and 2: Diet Elimination

Dietary choices have the biggest impact on health. In the lymph detox, the first step is eliminating the worst food that negatively affects the fluid balance in the body.

These foods should be factored out from the diet during a lymphatic cleansing:

  • High-sodium and processed foodsno fast food copy
  • Dairy products
  • Refined grains and sugars like white bread, pasta, and sugary snacks
  • Fried foods
  • Meat and eggs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

What to eat: Organic vegan foods with healthy oils and herbs for seasoning. Drink digestive tea throughout the day such as ginger, chamomile, peppermint, rooibos, or licorice.

I like to keep food simple. Just as our ancestors used to eat. They didn’t have many of the health problems we have today. Check out The Native American Superfood That Saved American Settlers. You’d be amazed to find out what they did.

Activity: A 30 to 60-minute light exercise like walking, running, biking or yoga. Practice breathing, meditation, and self-reflection.

Day 3: Eliminating Food that Triggers Allergies

Certain foods trigger allergies that might cause the immune system to work extensively and throw off its functions. These may include grains, wheat, nuts, legumes, and mushrooms.

What to eat: Eat only vegetables and fruits in the diet, in any combination and in any amount. It should be prepared using oils and spices as needed. Take herbal teas that support lymphatic functions such as echinacea, astragalus, or goldenseal.

Hands down, the best natural remedies for helping to clear up a stagnant lymphatic system are cleavers and calendula in forms of tinctures or tea. If you don’t have those at hand, you may used the ones mentioned above.

Activity: Light physical activities, steam therapy and massage therapy. Continue self-reflection and meditation.

Day 4: Modified Fasting

On Day 4, eliminate all the solid foods in your diet. This is only applicable to healthy adults who are not ill, pregnant, and breastfeeding. Thin and weak people should also avoid this step and continue with the fruit and vegetable diet options.

When doing the modified fasting, drink only water, tea, broth, or juices as needed. Take diluted fruit or vegetable juice to replace what is lost in toileting.

If you are taking any food supplements, stop using them on this day. You may only take 500-1000 mg Activated Charcoal capsule three times a day or drink 300 mL Magnesium Citrate. These are optional but may help with bowel cleansing.

Activities: Rest, relax, and do minimal to no work. Practice journaling, meditation, and self-reflection.

Day 5: Add Back Vegetable and Fruit

Eat a similar diet recommended on Day 3 of the lymphatic cleansing. It does not include legumes, beans, grains, seeds, or nuts yet. Restart herbs and supplements.

Activity: No stringent exercises, only light activities. You can continue with self-reflection and journaling and some sauna or steam therapy.

Day 6 to 10: Go Back to Steps 1 and 2

For the duration of the detox program, load up on healthy and balanced meals. Keep yourself hydrated at all times with plenty of water and some fresh lemon juice. Eat fruit on an empty stomach and choose leafy greens and a variety of vegetables.

You can also perform these beneficial activities that are guaranteed to boost the lymphatic drainage:

  • Dry brushing with a bristle brush before showering. Brush your dry skin in a circular motion starting from the feet and working your way upwards to the heart.
  • Alternate the cold and hot shower for several minutes to cause the dilation and contraction of the blood vessels. However, you should not perform this activity if you are pregnant or have a heart or blood pressure problem.
  • A gentle massage or lymph drainage massage, preferably done by a healthcare professional or physical therapist.
  • Practice deep breathing to get ample oxygen and breathe out the toxins.
  • Keep moving. Rebounding or mini trampoline activity can significantly improve the blood flow for the benefit of the lymphatic system.
  • Take lymph-boosting herbal teas in the recommended dosage.

Lymph Boosting Herbs

Herbal teas are a great help in the detoxification process. Herbs contain volatile compounds and therapeutic properties to boost the cleansing process.


Cleavers contain active chemicals with potential immunomodulatory and scavenging activities. It has long been used against lymphoma and lymphatic congestion and may inhibit the progression of many types of cancer.

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Echinacea is an effective lymphagogue that drains septic fluid and improves blood flow. It helps enhance the immune system and treat a wide variety of diseases. It contains lectins that can significantly increase the lymphocytes and decrease monocytes and neutrophils.

It’s a great choice to stimulate the immune system but avoid it if you have an autoimmune condition.


Astragalus is a detoxicant and energizer that can stimulate the immune function and tonify the blood and the lymphatic system.

Red Clover

Red Clover is a powerful tonic that can boost immune functions, promote better blood circulation, and prevent fibroids and endometriosis. It can not only prevent infectious diseases but also inhibit the formation of tumors or cancer cells that can damage the lymphatic system.


When used within the recommended dose and period of use, goldenseal is an efficient herb in promoting lymphatic drainage. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is an anti-inflammatory and detoxicant herb. It is widely used in treating Hodgkin’s disease, a type of lymphoma that causes swelling of the lymph nodes and spleen.

Ginger-Echinacea-Lemon Tea for Lymphatic Detox

10 Day Lymphatic Detox - Ingredients

  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried echinacea
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional)
  1. Put the dried echinacea and ginger in a teapot, infuser, or tea ball. 10 Day Lymphatic Detox - Tea Pot
  2. Pour 2 cups of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. 10 Day Lymphatic Detox - Pour Boiling Water
  3. Add lemon juice, and sweeten with honey or maple if preferred.10 Day Lymphatic Detox - Add Lemon Juice
  4. Pour the tea into a cup and enjoy while it’s warm. 10 Day Lymphatic Detox - Pour Into Cup

Take a cup of this lymphatic detox tea during the 10-day cleansing except on Day 4 of modified fasting. After any detoxification program, it is imperative to follow a mindful diet that leans heavily on vegetables, fruits, and healthy oils within your recommended dietary needs.

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Thank you, Nicole!!

Echinacea is related to ragweed, and I’m allergic to it. It causes nasal congestion when I drink teas that have it and chamomile in them. I will have to find an alternative for detox tea.

Hey Danielle!

You can always use the other Herbal Remedies mentioned in the article. For example, you could try the Cleavers Tea or Calendula Tea.

Many Blessings and Good Health!

This sounds great, although I am wondering if wild caught fish is permissible? I need lots of protein and cannot eat soy as it is very bad for the type of cancer I have. I may have to depend on quinoa o9n days it would be allowed. Good thing I love quinoa and that it’s so high in protein and amino acids, no allergy here.

Hello Susan!

Wild-caught fish can be a great source of protein during the detox, especially since it provides essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for overall health and immune support.

Best of luck with your detox, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

Many Blessings and Good Health!

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