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Foods to Keep Your Lymphatic System Healthy


NUTRITION AND THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM It’s not surprising that our lymphatic system, like the rest of our body, depends on a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to keep it in peak condition. If our body is experiencing a high level of inflammation, this can put increased stress on the lymphatic system and overtime this can lead to dysfunction and impairment. To ensure that you are supporting the drainage and filtering power of the lymphatic system make sure to take in plenty of water and foods with anti-inflammatory properties and reduce your intake of foods that can increase inflammation within the body. (apexptwellness.com)


Geen Leafy Vegetables

  • Includes spinach, kale, chard, arugula, collard greens, beet greens, etc

  • When paired with an extra virgin olive oil or full-fat salad dressing, absorption of vitamins found in leafy greens increases

  • Consider cooked and raw versions. Cooking vegetables makes some nutrients easier to absorb but decreases or destroys others so it is good to take in some of both

Cruciferous Vegetables

  • Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts

  • One study has shown that eating 1.5 cups of cruciferous vegetables per day has been shown to decrease 3 inflammatory markers in the blood by 13%-25% (1)

Berries

  • Contain multiple phytochemicals that have a strong antioxidant effect in the body

Omega-3’s

  • Salmon, wild seafood, flax seed, chia seeds

  • Omega-3’s have been associated with decrease C-Reactive Protein which is an inflammatory marker in the blood (2)

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