What is the lymphatic system?
The main role of the lymphatic system is to assist with drainage of excess fluid and to support the body’s immune system response - it’s the first line of defence in fighting off diseases and infections.
The lymphatic system is made of different elements that all work together - A network of tissues, lymph nodes and organs, such as the spleen. These different elements are connected to rid the body of cell debris, toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials.
How does your lymphatic system work?
Fluid, called Lymph fluid, moves around this network, through the lymphatic vessels and capillaries. It’s a watery, clear fluid that transports white cells around the body. Making it a crucial factor in the Lymphatic system’s defense against diseases and keeping you well.
Nodes & Vessels
The Lymph is also the element that collects the unwanted cells and toxins from around the body. It passes through the lymph nodes – which filter out these unwanted materials. The lymphatic vessels then return this fluid back to the blood after it has been rid of these materials.
Keep Your Body Moving
Unlike your circulatory system which relies on the heart to pump the blood around arteries and veins, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump to keep the fluid moving.
Instead of a pump to move the fluid, it relies on your body natural movements – breathing, muscles, perspiration, and intestinal activity to eliminate the toxins and waste out of the body.
As well as removing debris, toxins and unwanted materials from your body, the Lymphatic System is also responsible for the removal of fat cells!