What is lymph fluid and why is it so vital to our internal health?
Lymph is a watery fluid that travels through the lymph network of vessels, connected by lymph nodes. This fluid carries white blood cells (lymphocytes), seeking out infections and pathogens.
Lymph fluid encircles a harmful pathogenic entity and the lymphocytes release antibodies that destroy the invader before it can mutate, become diseased and multiply. Lymph then carries the arrested pathogen to the spleen, then transports the waste to the colon for removal.
The lymphatic system is our internal cleansing system or our toxic waste removal system. It surrounds every one of our body’s three trillion cells. Once these cells process the nutrients sent to them by our digestive system, the cells release waste matter that is of no further nutritional use. If this waste matter is not efficiently removed, we would literally drown in our own toxic wasteland.
Our lymphatic system is a determinant of a healthy or unhealthy immune system. Your immune system can only defend you against illness and disease if lymph fluid is effectively flushing your body of waste product.
A clogged lymph system traps our own toxic waste in our intestinal walls and hundreds of lymph nodes in our abdominal area, setting the stage for pathogens and unfriendly bacteria to develop into several illnesses and diseases.
This happens when the eliminative process is impaired by a problematic lymphatic system. This usually occurs due to overeating, especially foods that are not easily digestible and mostly devoid of nutritional benefit to our cells, leaving more of it to be removed.
When toxic lymph fluid becomes stored rather than eliminated, the transparent fluid becomes murky and thickens into a paste-like substance, making it even harder to eliminate. The toxins putrefy and become a cesspool of disease-causing bacteria.
The American Medical Association reports that a clogged lymphatic system has been clinically related to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. However, the disease we most identify with our lymphatic system is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s Disease) or Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Both are malignant growths of cancerous cells in the lymph system or lymph nodes where lymphatic cells mutate and grow abnormally, become infected with toxins and develop tumors.
Congested lymph fluid can also lead to these common maladies and diseases:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Viral Infection
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Inner Ear Infections
- Puffy Eyes
- Fibrocystic Disease
- Excessive Perspiration
- Bacterial Infections
- Viral Infections
- Heart Disease
- Eczema / Skin Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Parasitic Infections
- Mucous Congestion
So what is lymph fluid? When it is free-flowing and doing its cleansing job at peak performance, it saves us from all of these maladies and more. Our critical role in making all this good happen will be reported in the next post.
Editor’s Note: This post is the second of a three-part series on the importance of the lymphatic system to our health. Part three to appear August 30.