The Secret to Staying Healthy: the Lymphatic System

by in Health, Home, Natural Cures December 5, 2016

In every situation you need a cleansing system to make things work, like a sewer or a garbage system. Let’s take a moment to talk about the sewage system of our bodies, the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

The Lymphatic system consists of lymphatic vessels, similar to the circulatory systems veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to the lymph nodes, where tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus are all part of the Lymphatic System. There are hundreds of lymph nodes all over the body! There are deep inside of the body, such as around the lungs, heart, or closer to the surface, like under the arm or groin. 

When you have a sore throat and swollen glands, you have swollen lymph nodes. This is why doctors always feel your throat when getting checked out. Swollen lymph nodes is a sign that your body is preparing to fight infection. Lymphatic health is crucial to the overall health of the body. You may wonder what you can do to help improve your lymphatic function. Well, exercise can be a great way to improve your lymph health. It created vigorous motion to help stimulate water disposal and the flow of lymphatic fluid.

Another way to keep your lymphatic system up and running properly is to breathe efficiently. You should breathe using your diaphragm. Other than circulating more oxygen to your tissues, deep, diaphragmatic breathing helps in the circulation of lymph fluid. When you breathe efficiently using your diaphragm, you are actually massaging your abdominal organs and lymphatic vessels so that the lymph fluid can flow generously.

Surprisingly, coming home from work and kicking your feet up on the coffee table has more benefits than just comfort! Putting your feet up after a long day is for a reason! You are draining the lymph, which has collected there as a result of spending so much time on your feet. Spending some time during the day with your feet up is a good idea so that you don’t get the build-up at the end of the day. Drinking water is the go-to solution for many issues. Filtered water keeps your body optimally hydrated and keeps your kidneys flushed of toxins.