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More detailed information about the lymphatic system and very interesting reading, see the website link below.
Actual lymphatic vessel pumping waste along
Lymphatic System carries your waste in a pale yellow watery fluid called lymph.
And is made up of: -
Lymphocytes (white blood cells),
Lymph capillaries, vessels and nodes.
Peyer`s Patches - (in the Ileum, stomach)
Lymph capillaries are bigger than blood capillaries and remove unwanted fat, waste, toxins, poisons, excess water and proteins.
Laying directly underneath the skin and covering your whole body they mingle between all the spaces between your cells.
Dirty lymph fluid when collected travels along the lymphatic system then back into the blood and through the heart.
You can collect up to 2.5 litres of fluid per day.
You can see lymph, it is the clear, pale yellow fluid that weeps from a wound after bleeding.
KEEP IT CLEAN!
It regulates your
Waste Disposal, and it is
also your Immune System
STOP IGNORING IT
GIVE IT SOME ATTENTION,
IT REALLY DOES DESERVE IT!!
Fat and Protein Regulator
Controls and transports Fat and Protein
Removes large fat and protein particles directly from the small intestine by lymph vessels called the `lacteals`.
We need `good` fat for internal lubrication, energy and food supplies or we dry up and die in famine.
However, our diet high in BAD fats called trans fats and too much fat, results in cell membranes that are much less fluid.
Without a healthy membrane, cells lose their ability to hold water, vital nutrients and electrolytes and they cannot communicate.
TOO MUCH FAT MEANS cells simply do not function properly!
Immunity - Have you got a healthy system?
Fighting illness, is your immune system strong?
Lymph contains Lymphocytes (whiteblood cells) so the body can fight infection and disease.
Lymphocytes are regulated and introduced by lymph nodes, swollen lymph nodes cannot fight infection effectively.
There are approx 1,000 nodes around body, 200-300 in abdomen.
A sluggish or stagnant lymphatic system means your ability to fight disease or infection is dramatically reduced, cellulitis is a result of an immune system that is impaired - ususally because of swelling!
Waist Away - Increased waist size could mean you need to flush your lymphatic system!
Your Waste Disposal System
Vessels carry collected waste up the Thoracic Duct. It goes back into the blood circulation by linking up with the main vein of the heart.
It is then transported by the blood, excreted out via the lungs, skin, kidneys and bowels.
Trapped waste causes dysfunction within cells, poison leaks to all our systems, unable to be removed this can cause illness and eventually lead to cancer formation
If you allow water to stagnate within the cells it causes effects like fish left in stagnating water, where they will eventually die, cells die and get left in trapped waste!
Water Retention have you been on tablets for more than 6 months?
We are 75% water, our cells need water to talk to each other.
We grew surrounded by interstitial fluid in the womb.
Water within our bodies cannot stagnate or get trapped it needs to be free flowing at ALL times
Our lymphatic system moves up to 2.5 litres of fluid per day from between cells and much more if you exercise.
Continuous and excessive water retention in the body seen as swelling of the limbs, if not removed slowly and eventually causes Lymphoedema, and many other symptoms of illness.
Lymph Vessel and filtering station Lymph Node
Lymph Vessels are for transportation and they must be kept clear and moving towards Lymph Nodes
ALL your lymph capillaries drain along into lymph vessels. Carrying waste, excess fat, protein and anything else the body wants to get rid of through filtration or regulation via the lymph nodes.
Vessels are bigger than blood vessels and have valves, like veins.
Valves stop the back flow of waste fluid from re-entering the cells and to ensure its journey carries on though and to the lymph nodes.
Normal lymph vessels work at 10% of their actual capacity, this allows them to transport huge amount of lymph fluid should we need it for any injury, to help fight infection and is how you can swell up after an injury, bump on head!
If a build up of fluid accumulates (visibly seen as swelling maybe of ankle or foot), and if this swelling is not removed and continues to occur then a condition called reactive fibrosis forms as a result, stagnating water causes our tissues to harden.
Lymph Nodes Your filtering stations
Lymph Nodes are the filters and cleaning stations for our body`s waste.
Varying in size from a pea to a broad bean you have up to 1,000 lymph nodes placed around the body. With up to 300 in the stomach the rest are placed in and around our joints for protection and internal organs.
They have a collagen and elastic fibre outer coating to allow for swelling and filtration.
Your lymph nodes are NOT glands because they do NOT secrete.
There are many lymph vessels that enter a lymph node, but only one vessel that leaves, making cleansing possible by slowing the flow of fluid.
Protein levels of the body and lymphocyte production are regulated in the lymph nodes.
If you are suffering any kind of infection chances are you have felt swollen lymph nodes which will be sore to the touch, they are fighting infection.
If you are overweight and your stomach lays across your lap continuously pressing on the top of your inner thigh, you stop the flow through the Inguinal nodes and swelling of the lower legs occurs - seen commonly in pregnancy and obesity.