HEALTH TOPIC – LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

If you think of the body being similar to a city with it’s intricate road system. Like all cities, it has its own waste, sewerage and rubbish removals to keep it clean. If these systems break down, the rubbish and sewerage will inevitably bank up and eventually cause an unhygienic and diseased city.

Our lymphatic system is very similar. It has vessels, like roadways running all through the body connecting to our organs. Waste from our body is pushed into these vessels and then collected by lymphatic fluid and disposed of via our lymph nodes. 

This also includes damaged and cancerous cells. . . 

 

There are hundreds of lymph nodes throughout the body.

When our lymphatic system is compromised and not working properly it becomes backed up and toxic, poising it’s own cells from waste. This can lead to swelling, infection, inflammation and disease.

The lymphatic system is also part of our immune system.

It produces Lymphocytes (white blood cells) and other immune cells. The lymphocytes job is to remove bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi from our body. It is the first line of defence against disease.

 The lymphatic system maintains homeostasis, regulating the bodies fluids and removing any excess. This is why we can get fluid retentive when our lymphatic system is compromised.

 The spleen, Thymus, Tonsils, adenoid, bone marrow, Peyers patch (lining of the small intestine) and appendix are all part of the Lymphatic system.

 The lymphatic system is twice as extensive as our blood circulation system but doesn’t have a pump like the heart. Human movement is what pumps the lymphatic fluid around our bodies.

There are ways we can support and improve our lymphatic system such as, 

  • Drinking plenty of clean mineral water
  • Exercise both strength training and cardiovascular 
  • Eating healthy (low carbohydrate Mediterranean Diet)
  • Power plate & rebounder trampoline
  • Lymphatic massages
  • Body brushing