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The Lymph - Edema Connection

Your lymphatic system is an essential key to preventing a wide variety of illnesses.

Every body depends on a lymphatic network of vessels and organs that are strategically placed throughout the entire system. The lymph system is similar to the circulatory system's veins and capillaries. Lymph itself, is actually a thick body fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells. These cells collect bacteria, viruses and waste, from the other organs and filter the waste as it moves through the lymph nodes.

Your Lymphatic network constantly labors to help keep clean all of your biological systems.

There are approximately 600 to 700 lymph nodes in the human body. T-cells help destroy infected or cancerous cells. The thymus is the organ where T-cells mature but the spleen is the largest lymphatic organ in the body. The spleen acts as a blood filter. If it detects potentially dangerous bacteria or other microorganisms in the blood, along with the lymph nodes, it creates white blood cells called lymphocytes, which act as defenders against invaders.

The Importance of Movement

When your lymphatic system becomes sluggish, unhealthy or fails, you can become vulnerable to a wide variety of illnesses and health problems. Lymphoedema is when the arms or legs become swollen with lymph fluid that can’t drain properly. This is often a sure sign that your lymph system is not working properly. Edema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in certain tissues within the body; such as swelling that forms in the ankles, legs, hands and wrists.

The lymphatic system depends on physical movement, gravity and muscular contraction to help move the waste out of the body. Unlike the circulatory system, which relies on the heart's pumping action, the lymph system has no pump. This is why daily exercise is so important to one's health. Exercise is what keeps the lymphatic system healthy and flowing.

Helpful Tips for a Sluggish Lymph System

Lymph node inflammation can occur for a variety of reasons. Any infection or virus, including the common cold, can cause your lymph nodes to swell.

  • Get Daily Exercise - Any exercise will do. The key is to move your joints and muscles.

  • Try Rebounding - Rebounding is one of the quickest ways to pump the lymph.

  • Use an Inversion Table - Hang upside down while strapped in by your feet.

  • Drink Lemon Water - Lemon is a good cleansing agent.

  • Get a Gentle Lymphatic Massage - It will feel good.

  • Purchase a Dry Brush - for your skin and brush once a day.

  • Eat More Raw Foods - especially fruits and vegetables.

  • Drink Apple Cider Vinegar - daily, as it helps to stimulate circulation.

  • See a Doctor - if your edema remains constant.

Keeping your lymph moving doesn’t take much – just a few daily exercises, plenty of water, and the addition of some raw foods into your diet. When the lymph system is working well, we can remain consistently healthy.

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