Your lymphatic system plays a very important role in the human body’s fight against disease. It’s largely made up of a network of thin tubes (filled with clear lymphatic fluid) and lymph nodes. The thymus, spleen and bone marrow also all play vital parts in the function of the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes house the lymphatic fluid which contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells, vital components of our blood that fight infection and cancer.
If our lymph fluids get backed up in the nodes or if there are problems with our lymph ducts, it can cause the nodes to swell and become inflamed and can compromise the body’s immune system.
White blood cells (WBC) are the primary reason why the lymphatic system is so important. White blood cell levels are one of the things your doctor will look at in determining if you have an infection. When pathogens invade the body, white blood cells exit the lymph nodes and enter the bloodstream to fight the infection – this is characterised typically by two things: a fever and a high WBC count. Low WBC counts in the presence of a fever can indicate a problem with your immune system.
Unlike the cardiovascular system however, the lymphatic system is not a closed system and unlike your heart, which has a natural pump, unfortunately your lymph system does not. This means that the movement of the lymph fluid relies on the physical movement of the body in order to circulate and prevent the nodes and ducts from becoming blocked with dead white blood cells. Without adequate movement of the fluid, lymph nodes can become infected and disturb the normal homeostasis in the body’s immune and vascular systems. In the brain, a lack of lymph drainage can damage memory and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. The same thing happens when the lymph nodes near our major organ systems don’t flow and drain effectively – it can cause widespread organ dysfunction.
Certain kinds of movement and exercise are regarded as beneficial to the lymphatic system as they assist the movement and drainage of the lymph.
Natural drainage of lymph: 2 main methods
This method is one of the most popular ways to manually drain your lymph nodes, particularly in areas like the underarms (axilla) and all areas when there is a joint present, this is where the lymph ducts are concentrated. This promotes drainage of the lymph fluid away from the nodes of the band axilla to the body’s vasculature. You can also apply this technique to other lymph nodes of the body.
Another way to effectively get all your lymph nodes properly drained is to exercise! Moderate exercise is very effective and helps improve vascular circulation, also promoting adequate drainage of lymph fluid, and is about two to three times better than not doing any exercise at all. This is because lymph flow in and out of the nodes is increased during exercise. You can try jogging, walking, cycling, or other similar exercises for at least 30 minutes, three times a week to help promote proper drainage of your lymph nodes. Staying hydrated also will help remove further toxins from your body, WATER is so important too.
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