Better Health Naturally

by Vicki Moser, CTN

Lymphatic System

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The lymphatic system is a very important, and I believe very misunderstood system.  It can seem to be a very confusing system sometimes, because it is constantly working and producing “symptoms”.  The lymphatic or immune system consists of the lymph vessels, lymph fluid, lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland, tonsils, the peyer’s patches in the small intestine and more

            Your body has three times as much lymph fluid (the clear fluid that appears from superficial cuts) as it does blood, and it travels all over the body.  The heart is the pump for the blood.  The pump for the lymph consists of your muscles and the diaphragm.  With every step you take and every deep breath you take you are pumping lymph fluid.   Just another important reason for exercise.

            Now, why is this fluid so important?  Throughout the lymph system the fluid is collecting the trash of the body.  Think of your body as a large city.  The lymph controls the trash collectors and the police department.  The lymph nodes are the trash dumpsters.  As the lymph cleans the blood of dead blood vessels, cancer cells (that the policeman have either killed or captured), bacteria, viruses, etc, they are deposited in the trash cans for later pick-up and disposal.   If your lymph nodes swell and become sore, that is one of the first indicators that your system is fighting some kind of infection.

            Most of the “trash” will be drained into the large intestine or colon (sewer pipe) for disposal.  However, if the “sewer pipe” is sluggish or even inactive, can you see how this will cause a back-up of this system and make the city very polluted and miserable?  The trash cans will become full to overflowing.  This is just a simple analogy of a very complex and vital system that is necessary for better health, naturally.


Written by cosmicallybeffudled

October 7, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Posted in lymph

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  1. Thank you so much for this. My grandma died of NHL when I was little but no one could ever tell me what lymph nodes or the lymph system was. When I research about it I usually only find symptoms and treatments not necessarily the infected area. I know this is only about the system itself but I believe this is one of the most important clues to what she had that I’ve found.


    October 10, 2008 at 6:45 pm

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