What is so important about the Lymphatic System
The Lymphatic system is an integral part of the immune system - it is key in maintaining the fluid balance in our body and, if the lymphatic system is not functioning as it should, we WILL become ill - it could be anything from an inflamed finger to cancer or, anything in between. It is responsible for removing disease causing organisms from our body, reducing inflammation and super-charging our immunity.
The lymphatic system has, previously been a very under-rated system - but, it is at last getting the recognition that it deserves. There have been several important articles in the last few months (Summer 2020), regarding this system as the new frontier of wellness, which, is understanding considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our immune system is reliant upon a healthy functioning lymphatic system , and if it isn't working optimally, our immunity will become compromised.
The lymphatic system is a vast network of vessels, lymph nodes and glands that runs alongside the circulatory blood vessels. The blood vessels continually leach out fluid into the intracellular spaces to bathe the tissue in nutrients. The neighbouring lymph vessels then pick up this fluid, along with all the waste products and any pathogens - bacteria, viruses and dead blood cells and, return it to the blood system, where it is sent to the kidneys to be excreted.
The lymph nodes filter the pathogens , which are subsequently attacked and ingested by specialised blood cells to destroy them and, the spleen - a major organ of the lymphatic system, acts as a depot for storing essential blood cells needed for maintaining a healthy immune system.
The lymph system does not have a pump like the blood vessels (the heart) so, it relies on us to be exercising and providing enough movement to pump the fluid upwards. If we are sedentary the fluid pools, often around the feet or around the abdomen or the face.
So, what happens if the lymphatic system isn't working as it should be? Well, an increase in tissue swelling (oedema) fatigue, illness and inflammatory conditions, such as:
I work predominantly with the Lymphatic system in my Reflexology therapy work, as it is so integral in maintaining a healthy immune system, which, in turn is hugely important in staying healthy.
There are certain situations and conditions which will compromise our immune systems - Stress, spleen removal, chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments in cancer therapy. Chronic illness, where all our energy is being spent trying to combat one illness, will compromise the immune system against other illnesses.
But, there are things that we can do ourselves to help to maintain healthy lymphatic and immune systems. Good breathing techniques, drinking enough water, a healthy diet full of immune boosting foods, having enough sleep exercise, will all help to maintain optimum function of these vital systems and, these are the factors that I will be helping you with - to find the right methods for you to lead a healthy life.