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 lymphatic system’s primary function is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

The lymphatic system carries a liquid called lymph, which stores our white blood cells. Lymph is a clear, watery fluid and has protein molecules, salts, glucose, other substances, and bacteria throughout the body.

In addition to the lymph vessels and nodes, the lymphatic system includes several other organs:
๐Ÿ”ธ The tonsils (glands located at the back of your throat that filter bacteria before digestion takes place)
๐Ÿ”ธ The adenoids (a gland located at the back of your nose that protects the entrance to the digestive system and lungs)
๐Ÿ”ธ The spleen and the thymus (filtering organs that scan the blood and produce white blood cells)

Here’s how the lymphatic system works to protect us from becoming sick: We come into contact with various types of microbes, bacteria, and toxins every day that enter our bodies and make their way into the lymphatic fluid. Eventually, the fluid containing these organisms can get trapped inside lymph nodes, which is where the immune system “attacks” any perceived threats by attempting to destroy them with white blood cells.

Another important role of the lymphatic system is keeping bodily fluids in balance. When the lymphatic system works properly, we donโ€™t experience any painful swelling or abnormal water retention.

When the lymphatic system becomes overly stressed, symptoms and signs can include:
๐Ÿ”นChronic fatigue
๐Ÿ”นSwelling in lymph nodes (like throat, armpits or groin)
๐Ÿ”นMuscle aches and pains
๐Ÿ”นJoint pains
๐Ÿ”นSore throats and getting colds more often
๐Ÿ”นFrequent infections or viruses
๐Ÿ”นFibromyalgia symptoms
๐Ÿ”นPossible cancer formation

How to Maintain a Strong Lymphatic System
๐Ÿ”ธReduce Inflammation and Improve Circulation
๐Ÿ”ธFollow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
๐Ÿ”ธExercise & Movement
๐Ÿ”ธMassage Therapy and Foam Rolling
๐Ÿ”ธInfrared Sauna Treatment
๐Ÿ”ธDry Brush