As with many things to do with keeping a body healthy, maintaining mental health also requires making sure other systems of the body are kept healthy. If something is wrong or out of sync with one system it can filter down through the rest of the body. Many times the symptoms can indicate more than one underlying issue.
The lymphatic system is one of those bodily systems that is often overlooked by western physicians, but is recognized in Europe and the Far East for its impact on the health and development of illnesses in other bodily systems.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is made up of a collection of 400 to 700 lymph nodes spread throughout the body, as well as organs and ducts. The largest organ in the lymphatic system is the spleen. The “lymph” is actually a clear fluid and “[y]ou have twice as much lymph fluid in your body as blood” (www.womentowomen.com). The role of the lymph fluid is to absorb toxins, bacteria and other negative things from the body. The lymph fluid consists of 96 per cent water, proteins, digested fats, hormones, and waste products.
Lymph tissue, of which lymph vessels and nodes are made, also generate and store white blood cells – the body’s immune response to infection. Other crucial lymph organs include bone marrow, tonsils, and thymus gland. “The largest concentration of lymph tissues in the body surrounds the intestines…and…actively separates desirable nutrients from undesirable pathogens, and helps mount a defense whenever needed” (www.womentowomen.com).
“As well as cleansing and detoxifying, the lymph system reclaims digested fats and proteins, the body’s source of energy, and adds them to the body’s circulation” (www.alive.com).
How the Lymphatic System Works
Each cell is coated in lymph fluid. The lymph fluid absorbs and drains away toxins, bacteria, infections through the circulatory system. As the fluid passes through each lymph node it is purified and given an immunological boost.