Do you experience any of the lymphatic congestion symptoms? The fact is almost every condition and disease process can be linked to poor waste removal in the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs. It is made up of
- Lymph – a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs
- Lymph vessels – vessels that carry lymph throughout your body. They are different from blood vessels.
- Lymph nodes – glands found throughout the lymph vessels. Along with your spleen, these nodes are where white blood cells fight infection.
Your bone marrow and thymus produce the cells in lymph. They are part of the system, too (1).
This system clears away infection and keeps your body fluids in balance. If it’s not working properly, fluid builds in your tissues and causes swelling, called lymphedema. Other lymphatic system problems can include infections, blockage, and cancer.
The lymphatic system is unique because it has more than one function. Not only is it designed for detoxification, the immune system’s B and T cells are most active in the lymph nodes of the body. If the lymph is boggy and sluggish our immune response may be compromised.
Learn the basics of how the lymphatic system functions and how to drain, recognize its symptoms and optimize its function.