How Do I Know if My Lymphatic System is Clogged?
How to Know if Your
Lymphatic System is Clogged
Many health problems arise from or are worsened by a clogged lymphatic system. Simple issues that you have probably had at one time or another include swelling of the hands where the rings that normally fit are suddenly tight and having enlarged lymph nodes in your neck when you are sick. However, there are many other symptoms that can indicate a clogged lymphatic system.
Digestive Issues from Clogged Lymph
Bloating and digestive issues can be directly related to a clogged lymphatic system. Approximately 30% of our lymphatic system is linked to our gut or is in the immediate vicinity. Constipation is a common symptom of congested lymph as are unexplained food sensitivities.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Chronic fatigue and brain fog/confusion are commonly caused by a congested lymphatic system. Recently, it was discovered that the fluid that surrounds our brains and spinal cords (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) is drained by the lymphatic system. If this fluid is not draining, plaques and other toxins can build up in old CSF and make us feel groggy, confused, and lethargic. Similarly, depression has been tied to clogged lymphatics.
Likewise, skin problems such as dry or itchy skin can indicate that our lymph is not flowing as it should. Approximately 70% of our lymph system resides directly under the skin. Cold hands and feet sometimes can be attributed to a backed up lymphatic system.
Sinus Infections & Allergies
Frequent sinus infections and worsening allergies are signs that your lymphatic fluid is not moving effectively, as are an increased occurrence of colds and the flu. The feeling of having a stuffy head, congestion, or dental infections might also point to a backed up lymphatic system.
Soreness / Stiffness
If you often wake up sore or stiff in the morning, you may have sluggish or congested lymph.
Tender breasts are generally caused by retained lymphatic fluid in breast tissue. Elsewhere in the body, general bloating and water retention are commonly caused by a lymphatic system that isn’t up to par.