In “The Lymphatic System and Mental Health Link”, we looked at how a properly working lymphatic system is crucial to maintaining the health of every system in the body, including mental issues such as the ability to concentrate, depression, and fatigue. We also learned what could happen to a body if the lymphatic system were to get bogged down either by too much bacteria or detritus build up, or from insufficient movement to keep the fluid flowing.
Lymphatic System Recap
“Because lymph cleanses nearly every cell in your body…[s]tagnant lymph can…interfere with the system’s ability to cleanse more potentially hazardous concerns, such as bacteria and cancerous or diseased cells from organ tissue. Viral infections, bacteria, and cancerous or mutagenic cells move through the lymph fluid, where they are targeted and destroyed in the lymph nodes…The lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped pockets interspersed along the lymph network…from your nose to your knees. Lymph nodes counteract infection by filtering the lymph fluid, engulfing and removing any bacteria and foreign substances” (www.womentowomen.com).
As part of the cleansing process, the lymph nodes develop antibodies specific to each bacteria, virus, or other illness-causing cells. Lymph cells mature in the bone marrow and thymus, then distributed to the lymph nodes in the lymph fluid waiting for something to come along.
With there being twice as much lymph fluid as blood in a person’s body, which bathes each cell, and then siphons potentially harmful substances from the body, it is clear that we need to pay better attention to this integral system.
Lymphatic Function throughout the Body
Keeping a healthy lymphatic system will:
- help your body fight off diseases and antigens in your blood
- clear out used red and white blood cells and platelets
- clear out any other harmful bodies in the blood
- attack potentially illness-causing agents the make it through the initial digestion stage
- manage allergic responses and food sensitivities
- transports dietary fats into the blood that our bodies need to function