? Filter out waste products and some of the fluid
? Lymphocytes (specialised white blood cells) in another part of the node kill pathogens. This causes the swelling known as swollen glands
? Trap cancer cells and slow the spread of cancer until they are overwhelmed by it
? Pass the filtered lymph onto the next stage in its journey to the circulatory system
THE FATTY ACID TRANSPORT SYSTEM
Lymph vessels called lacteals are found in the lining of the gastro intestinal tract, mainly in the small intestine.
Most of the nutrients absorbed by the small intestine go into the liver for processing.
Most lipids (fats) are passed onto the lymphatic system to be carried to the blood via the thoracic duct.
The fat enriched lymph from the small intestine is called chyle.
The nutrients released into the blood are then processed by the liver.
WHY IS THIS INFORMATION IMPORTANT?
Blocked lymphatic system
Damage slows the flow.
When lymphatic tissues or nodes are damaged, destroyed or removed, lymph can?t drain normally from the affected area.
It accumulates and results in swelling or lymphoedema. It usually affects the limbs, although face, neck and abdomen can also be affected.
Some common problems of the lymphatic system include:
? Glandular fever ? symptoms include tender lymph nodes
? Hodgkins disease ? a cancer of the lymphatic system
? Oedema ? swelling caused by too much fluid in the tissues
? Tonsillitis ? infection of the tonsils in the throat
Some lesser recognised and more common problems that can occur include:
- Blocked sinuses
- Blurred vision
- Feeling bloated
- Weight gain or difficulty in losing weight
- Dull complexion
- Back pain
- Sore or tender breasts
- Yeast infections
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin disorders
- Hormonal and emotional imbalances
- Chronic depression
- Muscle and tissue tension
- Gum disease and bad breath
- Hearing, balance or sight problems
- Recurrent colds
- Slow healing of wounds
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
? Drink lots of clean WATER! Two litres per day is about right for most people.
? Eat fresh, seasonal, REAL FOOD! Unpackaged, unprocessed, natural food is best.
? EXERCISE every day! A little bit, often, keeps the lymphatic system healthy.
? Dry skin brushing ? moves lymph, stimulates circulation, keeps skin healthy.
? Self massage. Start at the left thoracic duct (base of the neck), moving from the body to the extremities, always stroking towards the heart. ?(See the lymphatic series of videos on YouTube ??http://www.youtube.com/user/ShanTherapy/videos)