Ronit Mor, ND
The Lymph – Your Self-Regulating Plumbing system
The blood and lymphatic systems are the two major circulatory systems in our body. Although the blood system has been studied extensively, the lymphatic system has been largely neglected until recently. In a recent article, Inho Choi, Sunju Lee, and Young-Kwon Hong of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, propose that it is time for a a brand-new look at the lymphatic system as the other, not the secondary, vascular system, as it is “no less essential than the blood circulatory system for human health and well-being.”
Aside from the circulatory system, the lymphatic system with its vessel network is the most important transport system in the human body. It is composed of your tonsils, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, lymphatic fluid, vessels, and lymph nodes. Approximately two liters of lymph fluid circulate the lymphatic vessels that cover our body literally from head to toe. These two liters are formed continually from the fluid that surrounds each one of our body cells.
Lymph fluid transports nutrients and oxygen for the cells as well as immune cells while picking up many of the body’s waste products and carbon dioxide. It plays a major role in detoxification of the body. If the production of lymphocytes is insufficient, the filtering, the degradation, and the transport of the waste products will be impeded and the bodily environment will be more and more overwhelmed with toxic metabolites and toxins.
Dr. John Douillard explains it clearly:
"The lymphatic system is like the drains in your house and the blood is like the taps. If the drains are clogged in your sink or toilet, do you only clean out the taps? Of course not! You would clean the drains. The biggest drain we have in the body is the lymphatic system, which can stay clogged for many years. This forces us to adapt to an environment of toxins that stress and weaken immunity and other important pathways of detoxification."
If your lymphatic system is congested, your immune system may also be compromised. You should consult with your health practitioner to check your lymphatic system if you are experiencing any of the following:
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To promote healthy lymphatic system function, consider the following suggestions:
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