The lymphatic system is most likely the most neglected system of the human body and a mechanism that is poorly understood by the average healthy individual. It’s a very important network of nodes and vessels responsible for regulating fluids, distributing filtering and fats toxins out from the fluid between cells.
The tonsils, thymus and spleen are part of the lymphatic mechanism in addition to the immune system. While the lymphatic system expands all over our whole body, there are regions where lymph nodes are focused and behave as what I’d call”collection debris centers”. They are situated in the subclavian (collarbone), the axillary (armpits) and in the inguinal (the crease where your thighs and abdomen meet) regions.
After lymph flushes through the machine, sucking and collecting all the pollutants, it flows through those areas to appropriate channels for cleansing/metabolism (liver) or filtering/excretion (kidneys). If an area of tissue becomes infected, the lymph transfers germs and tissue compounds to the adjacent lymph nodes, which respond by producing cells which are released into the flow to fight the disease.
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When you’ve got a sore throat and also get swollen glands (lymph nodes) on the sides of your neck, this is a sign that the lymphatic system was activated to fight the disease. When a cancer is present in the cells, it may be transported into the lymph nodes. That’s why doctors often check lymph nodes for the presence of cancer cells. The lymphatic system isn’t on the heart, therefore it must rely on something else to make the necessary pumping activity and take care of the flow.
The three most important procedures of lymphatic circulation are outside massage, muscle growth and contraction, and extreme exercise. This means the more you go, the livelier it becomes. Exercises such as walking, cycling, using the staircase are methods to avoid stagnation of the inguinal nodes. Light weights, playing catch and swimming get the axillaries moving. And for our subclavian, tapping with the ends of the fingers gently tap just above and just below the collarbone and neck rotations.
Exercise also makes us breathe more rapidly and profoundly. Aside from circulating more oxygen into the cells, deep breathing also aids in the flow of lymph fluid. Children breathe deeply from their diaphragm; nonetheless, as we progress in age, our breathing changes to the torso and becomes faster and shallower. When we breathe in and out deeply, we’re really massaging the thoracic duct located at the base of the neck upwards into the neck so the lymph fluid can flow liberally.
Now, you see why the body should move and why everyone should know what this system does. It’s a protector and a defence system against disease, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and disease. When the lymph isn’t overloaded, our health is preserved with nature’s own detox style. But when the lymph is running slow and there’s too much waste, a blockage in the lymphatic system occurs, resulting in symptoms such as chronic fatigue, water retention, allergies, eczema and other skin ailments, infections, ear or balance problems, arthritis, headaches, cellulite, excessive perspiration, obesity, and etc.. Lastly, also make sure you drink loads of clean, fresh water to keep yourself hydrated and assist the kidneys flush out toxins, and needless to say, watch what you eat.