Why Our Neglected Lymph System Is A Key To Optimal Health

Episode 438 1h 10m


You’ve probably heard of the lymphatic system, but do you really know what it does? It does more for us than you might think. The lymphatic system is a critically foundational system in helping us feel well and age better. It’s actually part of both our circulatory and immune systems, responsible for fluid regulation, cellular clean-up, detoxification, inflammation mitigation, and more. I’m excited to talk more about this neglected part of the body on today’s episode, with Drs. Mehmet Oz and Gerald Lemole. Dr. Lemole provides us with a detailed overview of the many ways we rely on the lymphatic system to feel our best. We talk about how it works as the body’s garbage disposal by supporting autophagy, taking out the old, tired cells to make room for new ones. When it’s not functioning properly, due to things like dehydration or stress, our cellular “junk” builds up and we feel it. Dr. Oz shares some really interesting points about the role of lymph in Traditional Chinese Medicine, something I’ve always been fascinated by. The lymphatic system has been a part of this framework for thousands of years, and Drs. Oz and Lemole shed some light on why it’s something we should be thinking about more deeply in the Western world. We also get into how to support your own lymphatic system daily, through things like exercise, deep breathing, polyphenols, massage, and hot baths. The really beautiful thing is that the things we do to support our lymph also support the heart, brain, gut—you get the picture! It’s just another piece of creating whole-body health. This episode is brought to you by Rupa, BiOptimizers, and InsideTracker. Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com. You can try BiOptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off by going to magbreakthrough.com/hyman and using the code HYMAN10. For a limited time, BiOptimizers is also giving away free bottles of their bestselling products P3OM and Masszymes with select purchases. If you’re curious about getting your own health program dialed-in to your unique needs, check out InsideTracker. Right now they’re offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners 25% off at insidetracker.com/drhyman.

Topics Covered

  • Discovering the importance of the lymphatic system


  • The role of the lymphatic system and how you can support it


  • Scientific research on the lymph system


  • Puffiness, inflammation, and poor function of the lymph system


  • Understanding the lymph system through a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective


  • Creating health using the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine


  • Foods and lifestyle practices to optimize and enhance the lymphatic system


  • The connection between fatigue and lymph flow


  • Supplements to support the lymphatic system


  • What your tongue can reveal about your overall health and other learnings from Traditional Chinese Medicine


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Ep. 438 - Why Our Neglected Lymph System Is A Key To Optimal Health