The functions of the lymph system can be summarized as:
Detoxification of waste products from the body
Immunity boosts to keep the body healthy
Transportation of nutrients throughout the body
Understanding the Importance of the Lymphatic System
When you mention the circulatory system, most people will think of the heart, blood, veins and arteries. But, did you know that the body has a second circulatory system? It is true and it is called the lymphatic system.
First and foremost, the lymphatic system works as sort of a trash collector and disposal system. It pumps lymphatic fluids throughout the body and absorbs toxins, wastes, and other nasty stuff and then helps eliminate it from the body. Without proper lymphatic systems performing its detoxification, toxins would quickly accumulate and cause major problems with every major organ and system in the body and ultimately it would lead to organ failure and tissue death. The lymphatic system also absorbs fats and important vitamins and spreads them throughout the body to the areas they are needed and thus helps keep nutrient levels balanced.
Transportation of Nutrients
Even though the lymph system is a type of circulatory system, it does not have a pump like the heart functions for blood circulation. Instead, the lymph system uses lymph vessels and lymph nodes to absorb the fluids and utilizes the pumping movement of the bones and muscles as we move to push the fluids throughout the body. Being active and moving is critical to the lymph system functioning at maximum efficiency. Without the squeezing of the lymphatic vessels by muscles all the toxins and waste materials begin to accumulate in tissue and this causes pain and inflammation and can lead to illness and a host of other problems.
One of the major components of the lymph system is the thymus and the bone marrow. These two systems are very important in the production of antibodies, and regenerative cells, and work to help identify invading viruses and bacteria, and helps the body fight off illness and disease. The healthy function of these two systems is enhanced greatly by appropriate lymph circulation, good hydration, and a proper pH balance in the body. The importance of the lymphatic system is easily seen when it comes to the immune system and protecting the body against illnesses and boosting the body’s ability to stay healthy and strong.