One of the most overlooked but important organ systems in our body is the lymphatic system. It connects to nearly every major part of the human body, and like other critical organs like the brain and heart, the lymph system works around the clock to filter and clean our bodies of toxins, cellular waste, and coordinate the immune response to respond to pathogens like bacteria and viruses. The lymph system is a crucial part of the immune system, and can be seen as a highway for critical immune cells to reach distressed areas of the human body.

Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system lacks an organ like the heart to pump and move lymph, a fluid similar to blood that carries waste instead of oxygen. Instead, the lymph is pumped through the body through the movement of muscles and joints. As a result, when there is too much waste in the body for the lymphatic system to clear out normally, it can get clogged up, disrupting bodily functions. This can result from severe illness or when the body goes through significant detoxing. When it results from detoxing, this reaction is called the “Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction” and the reason why one normally feels worse before feeling much better. To clarify, this is a normal and healthy response showing that harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are being killed off inside the body. It is a temporary condition that while uncomfortable, is actually a sign that healing is taking place.

Yeast beta glucan is one of the most powerful antioxidants and detoxifying compounds discovered by scientists. When supplementing your diet with yeast beta glucan, your immune system and glutathione production is modulated, vastly increasing the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and foreign pathogens, causing the body to detoxify itself rapidly.

This leads to the previously mentioned Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction. This is a short lived experience, ranging from a  few days to at most a few weeks, depending on the level of built up toxins. It primarily results when the amount of toxic waste in the body is in excess of the body’s capacity to eliminate it quickly from the body.

The following symptoms are signs of the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, and is a sign that the body is hard at work rejuvenating itself.

  • Muscle Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Cramps
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Rashes
  • Abnormal Heart Rate
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

When the lymphatic system is overloaded, these are the expected consequences. This is a result of the lymphatic system lacking an organ like the heart, which beats faster to accommodate physical activity. That being said, measures can be taken to reduce the severity of the reaction.

First, most waste compounds are water soluble, and staying hydrated is very important if you want to ensure optimal activity in your lymphatic system. While this seems obvious, proper water intake is often overlooked in modern society.

While this will limit the rate of detoxification process, it can allow the body a chance to catch up with the rate of waste elimination.

Secondly, the lymphatic system ability to move lymph through its passages is reliant on the muscles and joints of the body. Therefore, exercise stimulates the movement of the lymph within the body and can accelerate the rate of detoxification. Ideal forms of physical activity include walking, running, swimming, or any type of whole body exercise. Massages have also been shown to stimulate the movement of lymph throughout the body, and can be of great benefit to those suffering from slightly swollen lymph nodes.

 

Third, rest is critical for a recovering body. The detoxification consumes a lot of energy from various systems in your body, and proper sleep and nutrition is required to ensure the detoxification is performed completely.

 

Finally, if the steps above are not enough to alleviate the symptoms to a tolerable level, one can always reduce their intake of yeast beta glucan. While this will limit the rate of detoxification process, it can allow the body a chance to catch up with the rate of waste elimination.

Again, the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction is a sign of the body recovering from years of toxic build up. They are typically short-lived, with most occurrences resolving within a few days. If you have any serious concerns arising from a specific reaction after starting to take this product, you should consult your primary care physician. The information provided is for educational purposes and not intended to be or replace medical advice from your licensed healthcare professional.