Lymphatic Friendly Foods To Add To Your Diet

May 13, 2018 BY Rochelle Clark

I’ve recently been chatting about the importance of being aware of signs your lymphatic system is blocked, but today I want to switch gears a bit and talk about some good things you can do for your lymph system.

As a lymphatic massage therapist, I know how crucial nutrition is in a healthy lymph system. When clients complain of blockage or come in with certain symptoms, I recommend they add the following foods to their diet.

Lymphatic Friendly Foods to Add to Your Diet


Why it’s Good for the Lymph System

That’s right, this Thanksgiving favorite isn’t just good for your grandma’s cranberry sauce, it’s also a great emulsifier of fat. This helps your lymphatic system efficiently transports fats and fluids through the body. Be sure to avoid sweetened or pasteurized processed cranberries. Opt instead for fresh cranberry juice and fruits.

Deep Leafy Green Veggies

Why It’s Good for the Lymph System

Leafy greens are always a good idea, but some of my favorites are spinach, wheat grass, broccoli, mustard greens, turnip greens, and kale. These deep greens have intense cleansing properties that help the lymph fluid and blood make their way through the body. The secret is in the chlorophyll that greens create from the sunlight they process. Add these goodies to your diet any chance you get for a healthier lymphatic system.

Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon and Black Pepper

Why It’s Good for the Lymph System

Got spice? If not, it could be time to spice up your life. Okay, enough with the puns, but don’t skim on your spices. I love ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and turmeric for lymphatic health. These spices have powerful antioxidants that support the brain and help the digestive system function properly, all of which promotes lymph flow.

Seeds and Nuts

Why They’re Good for the Lymph System

Once again, nuts and seeds provide the essential nutrients that we all need to live healthy, long lives. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, avocado oil, coconut oil, chia seeds, olive oil and more are great for your body. They improve your vascular tissue and help your body absorb vitamins and minerals. And you definitely want that if you want to detox your lymphatic system.


Why They’re Good for the Lymph System

Not only do lemons and oranges smell amazing, but they are also fabulous for your lymph system. I particularly encourage my clients to consume lemons, limes, and oranges because they contain enzymes that are critical to maintaining proper digestion health. You can take up to three servings of them per day, particularly lemons in your water for detoxing, to experience relief of many lymph blockage symptoms.

With a proper diet rich in lymph-friendly foods, a regular exercise routine, plenty of hydration and a commitment to loving yourself, you can enjoy a healthier lymphatic system. But if you really want to move your lymph fluids along and maintain your lymph health, I highly recommend lymphatic massage.

Contact me directly to learn more about how a massage can rid your body of toxins and leave you feeling amazing.

6 Responses

  1. George tsougrianis says:

    Hi my mother
    Has severe lymphdema to the point where she must wear compression stockings and wraps. It’s a terrible cycle because it greatly reduces her mobility. What would you recommend as a diet and massage routine to help get it under control.

    George Tsougrianis

    • Rochelle Clark says:

      Hi George, I’m sorry to hear your mother has severe lymphedema. I recommend working with a physical therapist or certified lymphatic therapist in your area that specializes in lymphedema. If your mother’s case is severe, they may recommend daily lymphatic treatment and compression wraps to quickly reduce the volume. Regarding the diet, I recommend working with a nutritionist in your area. Many of my clients have found it beneficial to follow an anti-inflammatory diet or a lower carb diet. I hope this is helpful for you.

  2. CJ Curtis says:

    Thank you for this. I have had a swollen lymph node around my breast and underarm area for a couple of years. This has been diagnosed as non-cancerous by a medical specialist–I have also had a mammogram, biopsy, and two ultra-sounds of the area. I eat everything that you have on your list (and have done so for a long years), but I didn’t know about the lymphatic massage treatment. I will get on to that immediately. Cheers!

    • Rochelle Clark says:

      You’re welcome! It sounds like you will benefit from lymphatic massage. If you need assistance finding someone in your area, let me know.

  3. MS. TERRY BROWNE says:

    Hi Rochelle, How Much Of Each Spice To Add Together? Tumeric, Black Pepper, cinnamon,& Ginger. Thank You 😊

    • Rochelle Clark says:

      Hello Ms. Terry Browne, how much spice you use is purely a personal choice. I prefer to go a bit heavy on the tumeric and ginger, and lighter on the black pepper and cinnamon. Have fun experimenting!

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