WHAT IS THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
Lymphatic system is a subtype of the circulatory system in humans that consist of a complex network of vessels, tissues and organs.
This systems is often overlooked by ordinary people. It is not so obvious, it does not pulsate and has a bad reputation from Cancer, when all of a sudden people realize its importance.
You can think of it like a drainage system. As blood circulates through the body, blood plasma leaks into tissues through the thin walls of the capillaries. Lymphatic system removes this fluid from tissues, returning it via the lymphatic vessels to the bloodstream, and thus prevents a fluid imbalance that would result in a serious danger to one’s health. You can say that its main role is to maintain fluid balance in the body.
It is a one-way system. From the lymphatic capillaries, using its one roads called lymphatic vessels, through the lymph nodes, the lymph is returned to the blood circulation preventing in this tissues from swelling. It also provides a filtering system to the body by removing unwanted pathogens. Lymph is funneled into two main lymphatic trunks, which are connected to left and right subclavian veins at the base of the neck. Every day the lymphatic system drains and cleanses about 3 liters of lymph.
Its second major role is immunological defense. Lymphatic system helps protect the body against infection by producing white blood cells called lymphocytes, which help clear the body of disease-causing microorganisms. It plays a major role in production, differentiation, and proliferation of two types of lymphocytes—the T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes, also called T cells and B cells. T cells gather in the inner cortex and B cells are organized in germinal centers in the outer cortex. They are like two brothers united in defending the house that is under a burglar’s threat. T cells and B cells filter the lymph of viruses, bacteria and fungi and play a role in maintaining a strong defense against pathogens.
A poorly functioning lymphatic system is a risk factor for the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.
How can you support this system to function at its best?
- Exercise – one of the easiest and effective way to improve its function. Especially if you are using a mini-trampoline and use it for at least 10 minutes a day; this rebounding will greatly increase the lymph circulation.
- Herbs – there is a handful of herbs with good modern evidence that they will detoxify the lymphatic system.
- Massage and Dry brushing – there is specialized massage technique called Lymphatic Drainage massage.
- Anti-inflammatory diet – lymphatic vessels are susceptible to destruction from unhealthy diets.
- Hydrate – drink water throughout the day; add a slice of lemon in the morning with warm water on an empty stomach.