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How To Support Your Lymphatic System

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

It's important to consider the lymphatic system when improving personal health.

A vital system within the body, this system acts to prevent disease and build immunity, via its movement of excess fluid to and from the heart.

Collecting and carrying fluid (ie lymph) through all parts of the body, your lymphatic system has a strategic working relationship with the bloodstream, and must be maintained if optimal well-being is to be achieved.

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Lymphatic Purpose and Function

Coinciding with its circulation of excess fluid and large proteins, your lymphatic system is a highly unique filtering system that picks up and disposes of waste matter and foreign toxins, that would otherwise build up to detrimental levels within the organs and tissues of your body.

The system has its own collection of internal structures that greatly help this process and includes the tonsils, thymus, spleen and lymph nodes. These structures equally benefit from health maintenance so they can function at high levels on an ongoing basis.

Of the above-mentioned structures, lymph nodes are most essential in the task of waste disposal and are only found in certain regions within your body. These nodes function as cleaning stations through which lymph (a clear and colorless fluid) passes during its course of movement around the body.

Managing toxins and waste released by cells, the nodes also remove any micro-organisms that may be present in the lymph fluid. This is an invaluable arrangement whereby the rate of disease can be minimised, if not halted, due to the tissue macrophages that phagocytize such debris within the nodes of the lymphatic system.

Supporting lymphatic health is closely associated with the management of your overall physical health. In its parts and as a whole, your lymphatic system needs to be nurtured and kept healthy in the short and the long term – not just when health issues arise. 

If insufficient movement of lymph fluid occurs within the body, excess levels can build up leading to tissue swelling, ie oedema. 
Other complications and disorders that can affect the lymphatic system include:

• Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Lymphangitis (inflammation of the lymph nodes)
Lymphadentis (infection of the lymph nodes)
Lymphangiomatosis, and
• Castleman disease.

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Nutrition, Exercise and Supplements

Having lymph drainage massages, formulating a good diet and using a few suitable lymphatic cleansing herbs, such as Cleavers, Marigold, Poke Root, Golden Seal or Echinacea, can all aid and maintain the health your lymphatic system and its cleansing capabilities.

One basic step that you can take today to ensure healthy lymphatic function is regular exercise. Body movement, such as walking, biking, jogging, swimming, gardening or aerobics, are excellent at improving natural circulation. Since lymph can only move by passive means, any motion of the body increases and enhances lymphatic function in a very positive way.

Another beneficial suggestion is to supplement your daily meals with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. While the lymphatic system has protective functions for clearing away unwanted material and wastes in the body, it can be over-burdened by processed and additive-rich food products. 

When it comes to making dietary changes, try focusing instead on higher servings of white meat such as chicken and fish, and wholesome produce from organic sources. With its significant role in your body’s immunity, it is worth promoting lymphatic health naturally, and for good!




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  1. Hoffmann, D. The Holistic Herbal. Forres: Findhorn Press, 2003.

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