The lymph system’s primary functions are three fold:
- To collect waste products and cellular debris from the tissues to eliminate toxins from the body via the bloodstream.
- To Recycle plasma Proteins
- Circulate and producte lymphocytes, white blood cells, for immune response
Essentially the lymphatic system is the second half of the circulatory system recycling plasma proteins that the blood has supplied to the tissue and is the return path for such. You pump your lymph system only by breathing deeply and physical movement and does not have any automatic pumping action like the circulatory system. The Lymphatic system is actually a vital circulatory system with an extensive network of vessels through out the body, below are some essential facts concerning it:
- Contains about 50% more lymphatic fluid than blood.
- Contains over 600 collection sites called lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are formed at junction sites of the lymph vessel network
- Is responsible for supplying plasma-rich protein from your blood as well as carrying away toxins/debris and recycling the plasma proteins.
- Is your primary defense against bacteria, viruses and fungus
- Lymph nodes are the site of most chronic disease/problems when the lymph becomes stagnate
- Auxiliary nodes located in the arm pit, are the primary channels for releasing accumulated lymph from the breasts (In Women)
- Inguinal nodes located in the crease of the groin, are the primary channels for releasing accumulated lymph from the prostate (in men)
- When your lymphatic system’s drainage becomes blocked, your body has a very hard time eliminating toxins. The lymph fluid becomes cloudy and thick with toxic waste, making an ideal environment for numerous illnesses and effectively reducing the oxygenation of the tissue