What are the symptoms and causes of a congested Lymphatic System?

While we don’t really talk about the lymphatic system, it is a critical part of the body, did you know you have twice as much lymph fluid as blood. It is a network of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials; it is part of your natural sewage treatment system.

A primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph fluid. Lymph fluid contains white blood cells that are instrumental in fighting infection all throughout the body. A healthy lymphatic system is key to a healthy body.

Common symptoms of a congested Lymphatic System

Rings get tight on fingers
Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
Feeling tired
Bloating / Holding on to water
Itchy skin
Weight gain and extra belly fat
Swollen glands
Low immunity
Brain fog
Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
Dry skin mild rash or acne
Mild headaches
Occasional constipation, diarrhea, and/or mucus in the stool

4 Causes of Lymphatic congestion

There are many reasons why the lymphatic system and lymph nodes may become congested, these can be narrowed down to four major causes.

  • Stress has been identified as the cause of about 80% of all chronic health issues.
  • Digestive imbalances may irritate the intestines, which is a classic reason for lymph congestion. The majority of the lymph in the body surrounds the gut.
  • Iodine deficiency is also a common cause of lymphatic congestion. Iodine helps to mitigate the effects of a toxic environment and supports the lymphatic system at the cellular level.
  • Poor Gut Health and Vitamin Deficiency can contribute to a congested lymphatic system. Probiotics, fermented foods and bone broth can help with this (we will get more in detail on this later)

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