There’s a good chance you already know what immune system is. But how about the lymphatic system? Does it ring a bell? This group of organs plays a critical role in keeping your body free from disease. Understanding what they are can help you take care of them better. Here are basic FAQs about the lymphatic system:
What Is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system refers to the network of lymph vessels that are connected to the lymph nodes. These vessels work similarly like the blood vessels such as arteries and capillaries, which help move blood to different parts of the body. The significant difference is the type of fluid these lymph vessels distribute. They work on a clear fluid called the lymph. The different organs and types of tissue in the body produce this. This lymph fluid contains a variety of toxins from their source of origin. They then pass through the lymph nodes, which help filter them, removing “debris” and even killing pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. The lymph nodes, which are also connected to the vessels, can also produce and store infection-fighting cells (white blood cells).
Why Do Lymph Nodes Swell?
Sometimes lymph nodes swell that you can feel them with your hands; they feel round. This happens for many reasons. One, it’s possible that you have an infection or a disease. The swelling is the nodes’ natural response against the attack. It explains why doctors touch your nodes when you visit for an appointment due to possible illness. Second, something may be blocking the flow of the lymph fluid, causing it to pool inside the nodes. It can occur because of a cancer treatment that damages the nodes in the process.
How Do You Help Drain the Fluid?
- The solution to a lymph issue depends on the nature of the problem. If you have a strong immune system, you will find the nodes subsiding within a few days. You can also help improve the drainage of the fluid with these ideas:
- Invest in Luraco massage chairs to facilitate the movement of the lymph fluids through the vessels.
- Drink plenty of water. This is critical since lymph is more than 80% water.
- Improve your diet and exercise to keep the rest of the body healthy. This way, you are less likely to introduce harmful substances into the lymph nodes.
- Decrease your stress as the hormones you create because of it can be acidic to the lymphatic system.
- Consider dry skin brushing.
- Bounce! It does well in stimulating lymphatic flow. You can jump on a trampoline or sit on an exercise ball.
Can You Live Without the Lymph Nodes?
Yes, you can. For example, if the spleen gets damaged, the doctor can remove it, and you will still be fine. It’s the same outcome if you decide to remove your tonsils. The body has more than 300 of these nodes, so a single loss isn’t going to be profound. But it can potentially increase your risk of infection.
The body does an awesome job keeping you safe and healthy. It achieves this through the lymphatic and immune systems. But you also need to do your part to ensure that you don’t overwork them.