THE ROLE OF YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT IT!

Your body is made up of many different systems, some you’ll be more familiar with than others. The respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system, and reproductive system – these are examples of important systems in the body that we all know about and without some of them, functioning on a daily basis would be literally impossible.

There are some other, lesser-known systems, that operate in the body which we are not reliant on in an immediate manner like the respiratory system for example. However, these other systems are equally important for good overall health. One of those systems is the lymphatic system. If it doesn’t function properly, it can cause a whole range of issues with your health, with your skin, and with your overall well being.

Why the lymphatic system is so important!

If problems with the lymphatic system arise and it stops performing in the body as required, a build-up in excess fluid would occur. This means the toxins, bacteria, and damaged cells it is responsible for removing, would stay in the body, stored around the tissue and organs.

This can affect the body in many ways, impacting your health and daily life. The main things people with poorly functioning lymphatic systems experience are:

  • Digestive issues
  • Lack of concentration
  • Brain fog
  • Sluggishness
  • Tiredness / Fatigue
  • Bloating /Weight Issues
  • Dry skin
  • Immune problems
  • Regular Colds and flu

What is the structure and function of the lymphatic system

The main role of the lymphatic system is to assist with drainage of excess fluid and to support the body’s immune system response – it’s the first line of defence in fighting off diseases and infections.

The lymphatic system is made of different elements that all work together – A network of tissues, lymph nodes and organs, such as the spleen. These different elements are connected to rid the body of cell debris, toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials.

Fluid, called Lymph fluid, moves around this network, through the lymphatic vessels and capillaries. It’s a watery, clear fluid that transports white cells around the body. Making it a crucial factor in the Lymphatic system’s defence against diseases and keeping you well.

The Lymph is also the element that collects the unwanted cells and toxins from around the body. It passes through the lymph nodes – which filter out these unwanted materials. The lymphatic vessels then return this fluid back to the blood after it has been rid of these materials.

Unlike your circulatory system which relies on the heart to pump the blood around arteries and veins, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump to keep the fluid moving.

Instead of a pump to move the fluid, it relies on your body natural movements – breathing, muscles, perspiration, and intestinal activity to eliminate the toxins and waste out of the body.

What can you do to boost your lymphatic system health.

The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep your Lymphatic System functioning well; Keep your body moving (take the stairs rather than the lift!), get a good 7hrs minimum sleep, try a lymphatic massage or these other very simple steps you can do every day.

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