Lymph System Overview
The lymph system is the body's secondary circulatory system to the arterial, venous blood system. This series of vessels throughout the body carries lymph-a straw-colored fluid that carries proteins, white blood cells and other components of our immune system.
The vessels are semipermeable so that the lymph fluid can pull in cells, toxins, fluids, and microbes, which will be transported to "filtering stations" such as lymph nodes and tonsils. Eventually, the lymph enters back into circulation via the thoracic duct in the chest.
Unlike blood, lymph does not have a pump to push it through the body. Instead, it relies on the contraction of surrounding body muscles to move it along its course. One of the great benefits of exercise and massage is the facilitation of lymph circulation.
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- What is the immune system?
The body’s immune system, often called our “defense system,” is designed to ward off and eliminate “invaders” such as toxins, bacteria, fungus, viruses, parasites, microbes and pathogens of all kinds. The immune system works at different levels to find “invaders,” and provide immediate response or memory for future response.
In order to do an effective job of defending our bodies, the immune system must be healthy. To keep the immune system in top fighting condition, we need to provide it with the proper nutrition and supplementation, fortifying it with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. We must also detoxify our bodies to minimize toxins, wastes and heavy metals, which weaken and overburden the immune system. It is also important to minimize overall stress in our lives, as well as eliminating specific major issues of stress as they occur (bad relationships, unhappiness in a job, etc.). Stress, be it physical or emotional, weakens our immune system and contributes to illness. Eventually, this leads to a high susceptibility to illness. Decreasing stress in our lives lessens our chances of becoming ill.
If we do what is necessary to make our immune system as healthy as possible, and maintain a good balance in our daily lives, our immune system will function at peak operating condition for our given genetic potential and render our bodies better able to avert most disease.
- What is lymphatic drainage?
The lymphatic circulatory system is the second circulatory system behind the cardiovascular (blood) circulatory system. The differences are that the cardiovascular system has a pump, the heart, while the lymph in the lymph system is squeezed through the lymphatic vessels via body movement. The cardiovascular system does not leak while the lymphatic vessels are very porous. This porosity allows lymph to easily travel from vessels to tissues and back.
The purpose of the lymphatic system is to remove wastes from the tissues of the body and to transport a significant amount of immune system cells to where they are needed to counter infections, toxins and other challenges to the body’s health.
Stress, trauma, dehydration, poor nutrition, low physical activity and infection are all reasons why the lymphatic vessels may not conduct lymph well. This congestion will inhibit immunity, detoxification and result in tissue swelling. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle manual therapy that facilitates lymphatic circulation, thus enhancing overall health. A Light Beam Generator is a technological device that assists in moving lymph wile breaking up lymph cells that are stuck together.
Everyone should strive to have a high level of physical activity to facilitate lymph flow. Rebounding on a trampoline is a simple and very effective way of facilitating lymph flow, but basic physical activity in general is a good way to stimulate lymph flow.
- Helps Detoxify the Body
- Boosts Immune System
- Combats Pain and Disease
- Reduces Tissue Swelling
- Energizes the Body
- Helps reduce effects of aging
Symptoms of Problematic Lymph Systems
Low muscular activity, congested lymph, constricted vessels or incompetent lymph valves can result in stagnation of lymph which may lead to tissue swelling, toxic tissues and organs due to compromised detoxification, microbial overgrowth (infections), fatigue, diminished organ function, pain or disease.
For best treatment of the lymph system, an integrated approach should be taken, which should include nutrition modification, hydration, detoxification therapies, and either manual lymph drainage techniques or use of the low intensity laser therapy. Manual lymph drainage is performed with special manual techniques that focus on moving lymph and clearing areas of lymph congestion. The LBG helps move lymph but its key purpose is to break up protein clumps that would otherwise make the lymph thicker, less fluid and harder to circulate.
A healthy lymph system is dependent upon lymph that is more fluid and lymph vessels that function properly. Having a healthy lymph system means stronger immunity, better detoxification capacity, and a healthier, less disease-prone body.
- Anyone with a compromised lymph system
- Anyone or who suffers from practically any disease and/or fatigue
- Anyone seeking optimum body health
Schedule an Appointment
To arrange for lymphatic drainage treatments, or to learn more about its many benefits, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.