The Lymphatic System is similar to the drains in your home. It clears away infection and keeps your body fluids in balance.
When any of your homes drains have a clog you get: unpleasant odours, the sink and basin stay full, the toilet doesn’t flush, particles such as food, hair and bacteria become stagnant in the drain. When the source of the problem is unclogged, the water and waste it carries flow freely through the pipes again.
So too, the lymphatic system can become congested and lead to adverse health reactions including soreness of breast, fatigue, eczema and chronic skin problems, cold limbs, bloating, headaches, body rigidity, and weakened immunity, infections, blockage, and cancer. Nodes that have been removed during cancer surgery can leave part of the body without a way to drain off the lymph fluid in the affected area. Many of the lymph vessels now run into a dead end, and fluid can back up. When the lymphatic system is not working properly, fluid builds in your tissues and causes swelling, called Lymphedema (also called ‘lymphatic obstruction’) and it can become a life-long problem.
Lymphatic System Health
The lymphatic system is part of the vascular system (also called the circulatory system) and an important part of the immune system, comprising a large network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph directionally towards the heart. The arteries and veins carry blood throughout the body. Delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues and taking away tissue waste.
The lymphatic system does not have a heart to pump it. Its upward movement depends on the motions of the muscle and joint pumps. There are easy and effective ways to improve the health of both your cardiovascular and lymphatic circulatory systems.
Drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly (both cardio and strength training). Eat healthy. Get a massage. Try manual lymph drainage therapy. Shake it up with vibration and rebounding exercises.