The Lymphatic System

A mysterious, yet vital system of the body

Life depends upon the good circulation of the fluids, including the lymphatic system. Without proper circulation, we could not live. The lymphatic system is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated systems in our bodies.

 

Most people have a pretty good idea of how the cardiovascular system functions, yet there is little understanding of the vital importance of the lymphatic system. 

The cardiovascular system delivers essential oxygen and nutrients to all of the body’s cells. Cells also produce waste matter which must be efficiently removed. 

The lymphatic system is the “garbage collector,” picking up metabolic wastes and toxins from the extracellular fluid of every organ in the body. When working optimally, the lymphatic system clears environmental toxins, wastes, and microorganisms from all tissues of the body. 

 

The lymphatic system is composed of a network of vessels throughout the body that drains fluid (lymph) from tissues to be cleared by the kidney. Lymphatic fluid is formed from the interstitial fluid in the body and the lymphatic system filters it by moving it through lymph glands or lymph nodes. It is one of the primary mechanisms which enables your body to defend itself against harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and toxins.

Whereas the cardiovascular system has the heart to pump blood through the system, the lymphatic system relies on the contraction of skeletal muscles, brought about by body movement and the mechanics of breathing to help move the lymph.

There are many factors that impair the flow of lymph, such as:

  • stress

  • dehydration 

  • lack of exercise 

  • improper breathing 

  • poor diet 

 

Increasingly, the effect of electromagnetic radiation (found in digital cordless and mobile phones, wireless computers etc.) exacerbates a sluggish and congested lymphatic system. 

Although there is 50% more lymphatic fluid in your body than blood, lymph is ignored or misunderstood by most people until they get sick. 

Inflammation is a symptom of stagnant lymph and is a contributing factor to many common illnesses. 

A clogged, sluggish, or weak lymphatic system prevents the body from circulating vital fluids and eliminating toxic wastes, thus weakening the immune system, making us vulnerable to infections and diseases. Many people have badly congested lymphatics and don’t even know it. 

Drinking plenty of clean water, exercise (especially rebounding), deep breathing, and dry skin brushing are helpful for congested lymph.

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